Classic Decorative Details

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Random House Incorporated, 1994 - Architecture - 192 pages
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This magnificent book is devoted to the art of the finishing touch, those all-important details that transform an ordinary interior into a very special, stylish place.

Written by an inspired designer who is also an authority on fine arts and antiques, this elegant and accessible book is a visual lexicon, brimming with design ideas and underpinned by a well informed, practical text.

Bringing together the very best of Classic European and American style, The Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill shows what to look for, how and where to find good pictures, fabrics and objets d'art at reasonable cost, and how best to use and display them. There is sound advice, too, on the care and repair of everythnig from chandeliers and antique mirrors to a collection of old teddy bears.

With the help of this book, you can become an instant expert on collecting silver, glass, and ceramics, find out how to use rugs and throws for maximum effect, how to hang pictures, display leather-bound books and make dramatic impact with flowers and fruit. There are also ideas for accessoriing outdoor areas with a confident touch.

Illustrated with over 250 exquisite photographs, here is a wealth of inspirational ideas and down-to-earth advice, adding up to an indispensable sourcebok of timeless, classic taste.

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About the author (1994)

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is the daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, whose family home is Blenheim Palace. Her interest in interior design began in the Baroque grandeur of Blenheim and the other great houses in which she and her family live, and on leaving school she pursued this interest by studying fine art in Florence and Paris. Her formal studies were completed in England at the world-famous Inchbald School of Design.

Lady Hernietta now runs the highly successful interior design company, Woodstock Designs, and undertakes commissions worldwide. Her fabric and wallpaper collections, marketed as Spencer-Churchill Designs Ltd, are sold through leading interior design stores, as well as in her own outlets in London and Woodstock, England, and through Grey Watkins in America. She is a past President of the British national chapter of the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID) and is an active member of the unified International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

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