A Seasonal Guide to Decorating with Fabric: Ideas & Inspiration Projects & Patterns

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House Beautiful Magazine, Gabi Tubbs, Rhoda Murphy
Hearst Books, 1997 - Crafts & Hobbies - 191 pages
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Taking as its theme the diversity of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, House Beautiful provides inspiration with decorating ideas that range from simple lampshades and curtain tiebacks to a glorious tented storage unit. The colors, textures, and moods of each season are translated into a distinctive look for each room in the home. The first four chapters are filled with a dazzling range of photographs, showing interiors furnished in the colors and fabrics of each season. The final chapter of the book translates ideas into reality. Here you will find step-by-step illustrated instructions for more than thirty basic projects, including blinds and curtains, pillowcases, cushions and bolsters, slipcovers, table linens, lampshades, and screens. All these and more are shown throughout the book, made up in the colors and fabrics of each season. In addition to these basic projects, each season includes two special designs, with full instructions, for an exciting furnishing idea. These include a wonderful coronet and bed hangings, a glorious garden canopy, and a sumptuous silk bedcover.

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About the author (1997)

Murphy writes on interior design, architecture, and remodeling. She is former editor to House Beautiful magazine and has written articles for Good Housekeeping and other national magazines.

Simone Smart has developed a range of stenciled giftware which she sells through mail order, at her shop in Wilton, Wiltshire and through a gallery in 5th Avenue, New York. Her commissions for private clients are extensive and are in addition to her work for V&A Enterprises (giftware for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London). She runs regular stencil workshops, focusing on designing, cutting and spray stenciling.

Pia Tryde is amongst the most talented and versatile of today's photographers and her photography is recognizable by the freshness of her approach. Her use of natural light brings out the truest colors in her subject matter and her shots have an honesty about them that comes from their clean unclutteredness. Her recent work includes pictures for "Julia Bird's Soft Furnishings" and "New Swedish Style" by Sasha Waddell.

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