House Beautiful the Fabric Style Book: Decorating with Stripes, Plaids, Florals, and More

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Hearst Books, 2004 - House & Home - 208 pages
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Drawn from House Beautiful’s wildly popular “Swatch Watch” feature, this inspirational new guide shows home decorators how different colored and textured fabrics work with a variety of furnishings.

Charming florals or cool abstract patterns? White-on-white or a splash of brilliant color? Just like clothes make the man, fabric makes the furniture. House Beautiful understands that, and so the editors are letting sofas, chairs, settees, ottomans, lampshades, and more put on a “fashion show.” As in the magazine feature, beautiful photographs display every piece of furniture covered in several different fabrics; with each change of material, the item’s appearance is transformed. The magazine’s experts explain exactly how the choice of color and pattern affects the furniture’s appearance. For example, stripes on a sofa highlight the couch’s shape and give it a contemporary flair, while a floral pattern de-emphasizes the form and adds traditional country charm. A range of sofa and chair styles are included, as well as ottomans, benches, chaises, curtains, lampshades, fabric-covered headboards, and more. With details on fabric content, technical terms, decorating pitfalls, and upholstering tips, this is the ideal reference. A Main Selection of the Homestyle Book Club.

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Following the maxim "form follows function," Dellatore offers readers advice on choosing home fabrics that will not only fit their individual tastes but also suit their domestic needs. The book is a ... Read full review

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Excellent reference and insight to decorating.
I give it 5 stars.


sofas 14
chairs 78
benches 122
treatments 144
small touches 168
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Dellatore is the owner of C.J. Dellatore LLC, based in New York City.

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