Your Home A Living Canvas: Create Fabulous Faux Finishes and Amazing Murals with Paint

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North Light Books, Oct 24, 2007 - Architecture - 144 pages
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Uncover the glory in your home! Use paint to create inspired living spaces that reflect your style and your home's character.

Once upon a time, there was a sad little Victorian house on the corner, abandoned by its previous owners and abused by time. Your Home, A Living Canvas is the Cinderella story of that house and its transformation into a charming, historic home, thanks to the loving care of acclaimed decorative artisan, Curtis L. Heuser.

From the grand staircase to the cozy third-floor master suite, this book takes you along on the complete floor-to-ceiling, room-by-room makeover. You'll learn about the design concepts and inspirations for each space, along with real-world how-to's behind the wall treatments, ceiling features, architectural highlights, and other exquisite details.

  • A series of 25+ step-by-step demonstrations show how Heuser used murals, trompe l'oeil and faux finishes to blend old with new, reclaiming the spirit of the house's former glory, while incorporating unique personal touches.
  • Covers a range of decorative styles, from the exotic crackle-finish bookcases in the study, to the Italian country villa-inspired kitchen, to a sophisticated dining room that embodies the Old World ambiance of classic European interiors.
  • Offers a wealth of expert decorating advice on using color to evoke mood, displaying your collections, mixing and matching eclectic furnishings, and more.
Whether you're interested in a simple faux finish technique or are dedicated to preserving the architecture and charm of your own historic dwelling, this book will help you create a living environment rich in color, texture and atmosphere ... a place called "home."

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Your Home a Living Canvas: Painting Murals & Faux Finishes on Any Surface

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Professional decorative painter Heuser met the art director for North Light Books while holding a yard sale to dispose of the contents of his newly purchased 1890s Italianate-style fixer-upper. Thus ... Read full review


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Curtis Heuser is a local artist specializing in custom paint finishes, expert murals and trompe l'oeil techniques. He has transformed fine interiors in several states and has been featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer and Post, Cincinnati Magazine, Around the House with Jay Shatz and HGTV's Before & After Show.

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