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Laura Ashley Guide to Country Decorating
     

Laura Ashley Guide to Country Decorating

by Lorrie Mack, Lucinda Egerton, Jane Newdick
 

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Creativity and practicality merge in a step-by-step guide featuring the distinctive Laura Ashley country style, giving a fresh, innovative look to the comfort and simplicity of rustic living. Country Homes & Gardens Main. HomeStyle Alt.

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Creativity and practicality merge in a step-by-step guide featuring the distinctive Laura Ashley country style, giving a fresh, innovative look to the comfort and simplicity of rustic living. Country Homes & Gardens Main. HomeStyle Alt.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Laura Ashley needs no introduction. In this survey of different regional adaptations of her rustic sympathies, attention to detail remains constant, whether the inspiration is Provencal (note rafters, lavender, lemons) or the American Southwest (likewise, terra-cotta, cacti, candles); eight other basic styles come under consideration. The authors and photographer grant us access into rooms and nooks, spotlighting details, such as various types of flooring (tile, wood, linoleum); shelves; fireplaces; and pillows. The book is divided into several parts, following an introduction, that address general design concerns, technical advice and accessories. Crisply plush, the book is likely to seduce, though it may ultimately be more useful as escape or fantasy than as a manual: the pictures are so tranquil, they lead one to forget about the work that went into creating these interiors-and that one would need to reproduce. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The late Laura Ashley, who popularized the English country look of cabbage roses and overstuffed chairs, continues to influence home design through her company's retail stores and home furnishings designs. What sets this book apart from other country decorating titles as Elizabeth Wilhide's Traditional Country Style (Rizzoli, 1992) and Mary Emmerling's American Country: A Style & Source Book (Clarkson Potter: Crown, 1980) is breadth of coverage. Mack ( Conran's Living in Small Spaces , Little, Brown, 1988) extends the Ashley style to other country looks, such as Shaker, Tuscany, and American Colonial. She also offers a how-to section for experienced artisans, providing readers with instructions for making their own country touches. This latest addition to the Laura Ashley family will be a good purchase for any library's home decorating collection.-- Gayle A. Williamson, Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Ilene Cooper
Whether you actually are able to decorate your house in a country style or just enjoy dreaming about it, this latest Ashley guide, full of the same gorgeous pictures and good advice as its predecessors, is certain to have appeal. Defining country style as characterized by its combination of function, tradition, and style, the authors examine the forms the look takes in various locales, everywhere from Sweden to Santa Fe; offer tips for creating country style with paint, flooring, and fabrics; and then show how such accessories as floral arrangements can provide finishing touches. For the more ambitious readers, there are directions for such projects as a trompe l'oeil toy chest or a patchwork quilt. A lavish, lovely book that serious decorators won't let languish on the coffee table.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562827458
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.87(d)

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