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The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions: 1000 Decorating Ideas for Windows, Bedding and Accessories Paperback – 1 Jan 1999


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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Charles Randall Inc; 5th Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890379034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890379032
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally, a well organized easy-to-use book on window treatments.
--Joy A Gilbert, Interior Designer -- Interior Designer

Endless combinations and imaginative schemes are portrayed by
fusing tops, tiers, draperies, miniblinds and shades to create fanciful
decorative motifs -- Home Textiles Today

Finally, a well organized easy-to-use book on window treatments. -- Joy Gilbert, Interior Designer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Illustrated with thousands of vivid pictures, this encyclopaedia is filled with original ideas for dull, featureless and problem windows. It also deals with many other subjects such as pillows, seat cushions, bedding, lambrequins, cornices, swags and shades. Every type of window is covered, from corner to clarestory, from bay to bow, picture and palladian. In addition to the 14 main chapters, there are several glossaries explaining decorating terms, textile fibres and their properties, drapery fabrics, basic window types, fabrics and fabric terms.

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What an excellent book! As a seamstress for many years and also a professionaly trained curtain maker I'm always on the look out for reference books to give me ideas for various projects. I'm also a keen miniaturist with a large collectors quality dolls house and purchased this book to use for that purpose. Be warned - there are no photos of finished items or 'how to do' instructions but for anyone trained in curtain making it will give you good ideas as it is chock a block with coloured sketches. You would still need a good knowledge of curtain making and comprehensive instructions from elsewhere to make some of the more complicated designs but if you just want a book to give you ideas, then go for this!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct 1997
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1000 illustrations plus tons of useful information. Draperies, Swags, Jabots, Shutters, Bedspreads, Valances, its all here in graphic detail. Illustrations by Patricia Howard, a leading interior design artist.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Great Idea Book for Window Treatments 11 Mar 2006
By Virginia Allain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This fifth edition has all the sketches in color. Just to give you an idea of how comprehensive this is, there are 19 pages showing valances, with five per page. I love this book, as it really opened our minds to the variety of styles available for windows. No more boring windows.
There's even a section for draperies, swags and valances used with beds.
I particularly liked the section "Windows With a Challenge" that showed solutions for such issues as an air conditioner in a double-hung window or dealing with arched top windows.
This has two index sections in the back. One is the usual word index and the other is a 38 page visual index showing the windows in black-and-white thumbnail sketches.
It's terrific, not just for professional decorators, but for all individuals wanting a new look for their home.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Interior Designer Reccomended! 15 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have seen the 3rd edition of this encyclopedia. It was a fabulous reference guide. It is NOT for people who are making curtains themselves, but for those who wish to update the look of their window treatments. As an Inderior Designer, I reccomend this book as a reference guide to many styles of window treatments.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Great picture guide for window treatment styles 9 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WINDOW FASHIONS: 1000 DECORATING IDEAS FOR WINDOWS, BEDDING AND ACCESSORIES is a wonderful picture reference guide for designers when planning a room. It is an easy way to locate the perfect window treatment you are searching for to complete a room and to show the customer an idea of the finished product. It has many types of styles in each category of fabric window treatment and includes many kinds of pillows, bed coverings, etc.. This book includes more styles than I have seen anywhere in any one book. It is wonderful if you are looking for drawings of many, many, many kinds of window treatments.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
a 'must have' for decorators and seamstresses 16 Dec 1999
By betsieg@qwestinternet.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I now own 2 copies of this book as I am constantly loaning it out and cannot live without it for more than a day. It helps my clients to decide on window treatment ideas and because of its extensive pictures, it can replace hours of thumbing through magazines etc.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Over 1000 decorating ideas 18 July 2003
By Melanie Bysouth, Editor-in-Chief - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Blending current, popular styles with extraordinary new approaches, the fifth edition of The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions is a must have for designers, from beginner to expert.With more full-color illustrations than ever before, this book presents myriad window treatments for any room in any home from the most simple to the most challenging. Throughout its more than 200 pages, which include detailed sketchings, cost-saving ideas, yardage and fullness charts and the sketchfile method, you will quickly see why this book has become the industry standard for window decor inspiration.
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