Classic Interior Design: Using Period Finishes in Today's Home

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Random House Incorporated, 2003 - Architecture - 176 pages
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This beautifully illustrated guide from top interior designer Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill reveals the best of architectural and furnishing detail from England and America's most enduring decorating styles of the last 400 years.

A companion volume to her 2001 Classic Design Styles, this book focuses on architectural details from seven distinct historical eras and identifies the vital details of each period. Carved stone fireplaces, marble columns, tapestry wall hangings, eighteenth-century windows, and plain and painted plaster wall finishes, as well as cushions, tassels, and curtains are all detailed with an eye to applying them to our homes today.

With in-depth historical surveys of each period, illustrated feature by feature, the book is filled with beautiful photographs and hundreds of creative ideas accompanied by insider tips, practical advice, and inspiration from one of the world's top interior designers.

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Classic interior design: using period finishes in today's home

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Period architecture and decoration are examined in these books by two well-known interior design writers. Gilliatt (Mary Gilliatt's Complete Room by Room Decorating Guide) leaves out the "nuts and ... Read full review

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Great review of historical decor - always fascinating to learn the genesis of different pieces and design styles. Read full review

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Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is the daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, whose family home is Blenheim Palace. She lives in London and runs the highly successful design company Woodstock Designs. She is the author of six books, including Classic Design Styles, Classic Entertaining, and Classic English Interiors.

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