Early American Country Interiors

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There’s a reason so many old homes are able to maintain their appeal and desirability over decades and even centuries: the reliance of the original builders on classic principles of design. Author Tim Tanner, a staunch advocate that something well designed will stand the test of time, has coupled basic design principles with a wealth of specific examples using wonderful old objects and materials, illuminating effective design ideas for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living ...

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Overview

There’s a reason so many old homes are able to maintain their appeal and desirability over decades and even centuries: the reliance of the original builders on classic principles of design. Author Tim Tanner, a staunch advocate that something well designed will stand the test of time, has coupled basic design principles with a wealth of specific examples using wonderful old objects and materials, illuminating effective design ideas for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, pantries, and other spaces.

The author and his wife, Johnna, restored their first nineteenth-century home in 1988, and have been involved in restoration and reproduction projects using reclaimed materials ever since. This book is meant to be an idea book for designing beautiful interiors that embody the essence of Early American country style—designs that above all include a sense of warmth, comfort, and familiarity.

Tim Tanner is an artist, author, educator, builder, and industrial and graphic designer whose work appears in numerous venues—from national bestselling books to award-winning furniture and homes. An avid historian since childhood, he is a founding member of the American Longrifle Association and a member of the American Mountain Men. Tim’s writings have appeared in various publications, including the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal and Muzzleloader Magazine. He is on the art faculty at Brigham Young University, Idaho, and oversees Web design for
BYU-I online courses. A native of Utah, he and his family currently reside in Parker, Idaho, where they are in the process of restoring another gem of a home, originally built in 1890.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423632764
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 453,323
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Tanner restored his first ca 1870s home in 1988, and has been involved in restoration and reproduction projects using reclaimed materials ever since then. He is an artist in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and is on the faculty at Brigham Young University Idaho, where he teaches Art and Design.

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Living Rooms and Keeping Rooms

Living and keeping rooms in the Early American home are often the epitome of comfortable living spaces. These rooms, if designed well, embody the ideals spoken of throughout this book. They are warm, inviting, and often display some of the most notable visual treats for the eye, including historical art and artifacts. Here one may escape the hustle and bustle of modern living more fully, surrounded by treasures and stories of bygone years. Living and keeping rooms also potentially offer a wider available palette of historical materials, textures, colors, and furnishings than other spaces in the home, allowing the perfect blend of focal points, repetition with variation, and harmony (some of the principles of design highlighted throughout this book).

I’ve also seen living and keeping rooms that perfectly blend modern technologies, with cozy in-floor heating, large-screen entertainment centers hidden imaginatively behind vintage doors, and dramatic, artistic lighting never dreamed of by our ancestors. For these reasons, living and keeping rooms can be some of the most enjoyable spaces to create in the Early American home.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Introduction 10

Living Rooms and Keeping Rooms 17

Repetition with Variation 35

Kitchens 39

Emphasis, Subordination, and Focal Points 64

Dining Rooms 69

Balance 80

Pantries, Butteries, and Washrooms 83

The Rule of Three and the Golden Section 97

Bedrooms 101

Alignment 118

Bathrooms 121

Harmony 130

Other Spaces 133

Materials, Textures, and Colors 143

Exterior Spaces 147

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Well done!

    Highly recommended to lovers of American country antiques & collectibles. A keeper!

    David Smith's work is beautiful!

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