Country Living Decorating with White

Country Living Decorating with White

by Gina Hyams
     
 

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From whitewashed walls and clawfoot tubs to faded cream fabrics in antique quilts, Country Living Decorating with White showcases a beautiful new vision of how to use this classic hue. Punchy, inviting, and striking images go room by room, explaining the art of choosing the right shade of white and blending it with other colors and objects. The book is packaged…  See more details below

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From whitewashed walls and clawfoot tubs to faded cream fabrics in antique quilts, Country Living Decorating with White showcases a beautiful new vision of how to use this classic hue. Punchy, inviting, and striking images go room by room, explaining the art of choosing the right shade of white and blending it with other colors and objects. The book is packaged with a stunning wicker-textured cover.

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Publishers Weekly
Awash in a seemingly infinite range of warm shades and cool hues of white, this handsomely illustrated how-to includes eight informative chapters thoughtfully edited by Hyams. Pristine, inviting rooms and vignettes are amplified by a breezy, lucid text that extols the virtues of the color most associated with light, tranquility, and spaciousness. As a "blank canvas that offers endless possibilities," white's abilities to weather stylistic changes, hide flaws, and highlight details in rooms romantic, traditional, and contemporary are persuasively documented. Bathrooms and bedrooms are included, with special attention lavished on the bath, including tips for selecting a claw-foot tub. There are strategies for striking the right visual note with textures, layering, shine, textiles, china, and painted furniture.While other colors creep in,it is in the context of "cozy"companionship: for example, blue and white "from watery light blue and periwinkle to cobalt and navy." Even red makes a brief appearance, along with black, whose "grounding quality adds sophistication and drama." Wood is also recommended as a warming accent, and tips on how to display collections are chronicled with engaging images. A helpful Index is included. (May)
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"Awash in a seemingly infinite range of warm shades and cool hues of white, this handsomely illustrated how-to includes eight informative chapters thoughtfully edited by Hyams. Pristine, inviting rooms and vignettes are amplified by a breezy, lucid text that extols the virtues of the color most associated with light, tranquility, and spaciousness. As a 'blank canvas that offers endless possibilities,' white's abilities to weather stylistic changes, hide flaws, and highlight details in rooms romantic, traditional, and contemporary are persuasively documented. Bathrooms and bedrooms are included, with special attention lavished on the bath, including tips for selecting a claw-foot tub. There are strategies for striking the right visual note with textures, layering, shine, textiles, china, and painted furniture. While other colors creep in, it is in the context of 'cozy' companionship: for example, blue and white 'from watery light blue and periwinkle to cobalt and navy.' Even red makes a brief appearance, along with black, whose 'grounding quality adds sophistication and drama.' Wood is also recommended as a warming accent, and tips on how to display collections are chronicled with engaging images. A helpful Index is included." —Publishers Weekly
 
“Close to 150 color photographs fill this volume with captions describing successful design features and giving decorating tips. The classic motifs of white with blue or black are given primary focus, although every room of the house is shown with various color accents . . . Given the continuing popularity of country style, this book will provide amateurs with plenty of refreshing ideas.” —Library Journal

Library Journal
As Hyams (Pacific Spas: Luxury Getaways on the West Coast) shows here, the use of white in home decor can create a cozy look rather than one that is brutally stark. Close to 150 color photographs fill this volume with captions describing successful design features and giving decorating tips. The classic motifs of white with blue or black are given primary focus, although every room of the house is shown with various color accents. A guide to the various hues used, such as provided in Lisa Cregan's Blue: 350 Inspiring Ways To Decorate with Blue, would have been helpful. VERDICT Given the continuing popularity of country style, this book will provide amateurs with plenty of refreshing ideas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588168603
Publisher:
Hearst
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
295,694
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Responding to renewed interest in the country lifestyle, Country Living fills a unique niche among shelter magazines. Country Living, with 11 million readers, is the largest-selling shelter magazine on the newsstand and the definitive guide to country lifestyle.

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