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Furniture
Judith Miller
075661340X
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Marry a well-established subject-matter expert to a publisher recognized for its lavish four-color and educational tomes, and the honeymoon will last forever. Antiques maven and collector Miller talks all about furniture in what could easily be dubbed the best reference book of 2005. Twelve information-packed chapters divide and conquer, starting with 4000 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E and ending with postcontemporary and modern in 1970 to the present. There is nary a second to pause and linger: page after page describes the period, its defining elements of style, and its famous artisans and books and offers historical time lines and a collection of sample chairs, tables, case pieces, desks, and the like. The 3,000 photographs are superb, each with brief description, date of manufacture, dimensions, provenance (when...


Building Real Furniture For Everyday Life (Popular Woodworking)

1558707603


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Book Description
Geared towards casual woodworkers and enthusiastic DIYers, this book opens the door to stylish, affordable furniture that anyone can build! The step-by-step instructions cover 20 projects including high-use household items such as futons, armoires, lamps, dressers and nightstands. All of the designs: -Are easy to build and take only one to three hours to complete -Use inexpensive, readily available materials -Produce sturdy furniture designed for the long haul It's perfect for those on a budget or just testing their woodworking skills -- or both!


New Fix-It-Yourself Manual
Reader's Digest
0895778718
Oct 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
The indispensable bible for keeping a home in tip-top shape, it is the time- and money-saver every homeowner needs. It functions as a repair manual, an evaluation guide, a compendium of household hints, an emergency reference, and a homeowner's encyclopedia. Over 3,000 illustrations.


Do-It-Yourself Furniture Layout Kit
Muncie Hendler
0486242137
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Moving or redecorating? Use this handy furniture layout kit to design your rooms before you purchase or reposition a single item. Includes 215 furniture shapes, graph paper and complete instructions.


Making Authentic Craftsman Furniture: Instructions and Plans for 62 Projects
Gustav Stickley
0486250008
January 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
Make authentic reproductions of handsome, functional, durable furniture: tables, chairs, wall cabinets, desks, hall tree, more. Construction plans with drawings, schematics, dimensions, and lumber specs reprinted from 1900s The Craftsman magazine.


Eva Moves the Furniture: A Novel

0312421036


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From Publishers Weekly
After Criminals and The Missing World, it should be no surprise that the immensely talented Livesey continues to juxtapose strange events with mundane daily activities, sending a jolt through her ordinary characters and settings. The wonder is that she can draw readers into her world so gently that the barriers between reality and the fantastic quickly fall. The first time the narrator Eva McEwen sees her "companions" she is six, and living near the Scottish town of Troon with her middle-aged father and her aunt, who came to raise Eva after her mother died in childbed. Though much loved, Eva is lonely, and when a woman who "shone as if she had been dipped in silver" and a young girl with long braids and freckles appear one afternoon in the garden, she is at first unaware that they are not corporeal. The...


Concrete Countertops
Fu-Tung Cheng
1561584843
Mar 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
At first, the idea of using concrete for kitchen countertops has the same appeal as using cardboard boxes for cabinetry or dining on the floor. Naysayers are in for a surprise as architect Cheng elevates this pedestrian building material to a new level, using it to create beautiful and functional countertops. They are a far cry from rough sidewalks, having polished surfaces that can be colored or have interesting objects cast into them. Cheng shows the entire process: design considerations, mold-making, concrete selection, installation, and maintenance, all using straightforward instructions supplemented by excellent illustrations. Showing an innovative use of a common and inexpensive material, this title should be part of comprehensive public library home improvement collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business...


Making Authentic Shaker Furniture: With Measured Drawings of Museum Classics
John G. Shea
0486270033
May 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Thoroughly analyzes, explains and illustrates the criteria and techniques used by the Shakers to design, construct and finish the furniture and crafts for which they have long been admired--in authoritative text, over 250 photographs and measured drawings for over 80 classic designs, ranging from a sugar scoop to a peg-leg footstool to a Harvard trestle table. 262 halftones. 140 black-and-white line illustrations. Index.


Upholstery Basics
Cowles Creative Publishing
0865733198
Aug 1997
Paperback
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About the Author
The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of sewing, crafting, quilting, home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.


Phaidon Design Classics (3 Volume Set)
Editors of Phaidon Press
0714843997
April 13, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
PHAIDON DESIGN CLASSICS is the first comprehensive and authoritative collection of classic design objects. This beautifully illustrated three-volume set of books presents 999 industrially manufactured products, carefully selected by a group of experts. It is the first definitive illustrated sourcebook on the evolution of design to include such a wide scope of objects in detail. From cars to furniture, from tableware to cameras, from everyday objects to airplanes, this breadth of design has never before been collected in such a way before. PHAIDON DESIGN CLASSICS tells the story of design’s evolution around the world from the late 1600's to the present, bringing together patents, prototypes, old advertisements, original drawings, images showing the process of manufacturing, as well as rare archival...


Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction
Andy Rae
1561584029
October 2001
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The second installment in this planned three-volume guide will, no doubt, join the first and third (to be published at the end of this year) in offering woodworkers of all competencies a great set of reference books. More important than words here are the high-quality photographs illustrating each step, especially if there's no expert or teacher nearby. Former magazine journalist Rae does a creditable job of organizing concepts and contents, and explaining the most technical of terms in plain English. Techniques are presented in a range of skill options, catering to both novice and highly professional craftspeople. Some of the tips on how to save time and money are ingenious; for example, recycling Popsicle sticks and gluing them to sandpaper to clean up tool marks in hard-to-reach corners. Barbara...


Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets
Danny Proulx
1558706763
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Superbly detailed, this fully updated step-by-step guide walks readers through all the stages of planning, design, construction and installation of kitchen cabinets. It makes it all possible, even with only a few basic tools. And its practical approach anticipates readers' questions and concerns every step of the way. Danny Proulx covers: Planning, cutting and assembly details for upper and lower cabinets A range of cabinetry-from simple cabinets and custom appliance garages, to over-the- sink cupboards, lazy-Susan shelving and stemware storage Practical information on kitchen design, material selection and tool shortcuts Unique information on customizing cabinets, building strong cabinets quickly, combining traditional methods with European cabinetry techniques and hardware Plus, a full-color gallery of...


Antiques at a Glance: Furniture
James MacKay
1856487172
March 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Learn to tell the difference as experts explain the signatures and styles of particular makers, firms, and even owners worldwide. Special sections cover stools and chairs, sofas and settees, tables and desks, bookcases and cabinets, and bed and bath furnishings. Along with tips on finding truly valuable pieces come illustrated indicators for detecting repairs, restorations, and more that lower value.


Jansen (20th Century Decorators)
James Archer Abbott, Mitchell Owens (Editor)
0926494333
April 1, 2006
Hardcover
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VERANDA, May-June 2006
"…critical addition to every design library… mind-boggling in its profundity of detail from remarkable sources…"

Book Description
JANSEN is the first comprehensive study of Maison Jansen - the most celebrated decorating house of the 20th century. the book documents the evolution of this legendary Paris-based company from family firm to global enterprise. It showcases over 30 of the firm's most alluring commissions, including rooms for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Shah and Shahbanou of Iran, and President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy for whom Jansen renovated and redecorated the White House. Over 300 illustrations in color and duotone.

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Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique Furniture: An Illustrated Guide to Identifying Period, Detail, and Design, Vol. 1
Tim Forrest
0821223259
October 1996
Hardcover
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Debbie Travis' Painted House
Debbie Travis
0609808168
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Believing that wonderful paint effects need not entail the many complications of oil-based materials, acclaimed painted-finishes expert Debbie Travis has developed easy step-by-step methods for terrific-looking treatments, all achieved with water-based supplies. With large, beautiful photos, clear instructions, and well-chosen colors, she demonstrates 35 different finishes for walls and floors (textured, patterned, and stone types) and for furniture, trim, and accessories (antique and specialty, metallic, and stenciling methods), plus four "master techniques" (colorwashing, ragging, sponging, and dragging). Travis also gives careful attention to getting started, which she believes intimidates people even more than learning the actual techniques. She explains how to find inspiration, choose a style appropriate to...


Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Finishing
Jeff Jewitt
1561585920
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
With scores of color photos showing in medias res finishing work and dozens of carefully composed illustrations showing angles, strokes and tools, this latest entry in Taunton’s guide series should give even the most amateur aspirant a shot at sophisticated wood finishing effects. Jewitt, a Cleveland-based refinisher who runs his own business, is the veteran of two previous books, Hand-Applied Finishes and Great Wood Finishes. Here, he uses his expertise to introduce would-be home finishers to everything from the right brushes and spray guns ("conventional" v. "HVLP," or High Volume Low Pressure), to the proper techniques for sanding molded edges by hand, to the difference between glazing and toning. The book is intelligently laid out: no page is ever too busy, but each spread contains enough information to...


Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear, and Much, Much More!
Alan Fields
1889392197
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Congratulations, you're expecting a baby! What you may not be expecting is all of the requisite gear you "need" to look after your dear bundle. Fear not. Denise and Alan Fields, authors of Bridal Bargains, are here to tell you what's super and what's silly, and how to find it at the best price. You'll learn all about how (and where) to shop for a crib and dresser (including how to get European styling at reasonable prices), what you need in bedding and what can be skipped (a hint: no baby requires the $200 quilt!), which clothing brands are safest and least expensive, and how to shop for monitors, toys, car seats, strollers, books, videos, and more. The authors have field-tested every major brand (and several of the minor ones), and they provide star ratings and annotations at the end of every chapter. A helpful...


Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden : Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More
Sherri Warner Hunter
1579905854
May 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Hunter introduces the fundamentals of concrete within the context of craft, familiarizing novices with the tools, equipment, mixing methods, and safety precautions used with the most common general-purpose cement, Portland Type I. She moves from a brief history to discussions of aggregates such as pea gravel and marble chips to mixing and finishing, woodworking, and metalworking. Starting with the basic mix, readers will find recipes for 21 varieties, and an initial project: casting a simple bowl. Hunter moves on to flexible molds and various core materials used to produce landscape statuary and concrete columns. The basics of cement carving are covered, as are techniques for texturing the surfaces of outdoor chairs and garden sculpture. Each of 25 projects, advancing from beginning to intermediate and advanced, is...


Shopping the North Carolina Furniture Outlets: How to Save 50-80% on Your Next Furniture Purchase
Ellen R. Shapiro
1400046475
April 2003
Paperback
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From Booklist
There are at least 50 good reasons why 60 percent of all U.S. furniture is manufactured within a 100-mile radius of Hickory and High Point, North Carolina. Yet, after acknowledging a few, New York researcher-writer Shapiro concentrates on guiding readers in shopping with great and greater savings--even up to 80 percent. First, the critical definitions: What's the difference between retail stores, manufacturer's outlets, and clearance stores? Is it worthwhile to travel to North Carolina--and pay for shipping as well? The best time to realize the best savings? The directories follow: one for High Point (plus Thomasville), and the second, for Hickory. Both feature detailed descriptions of malls and single stores, with every piece of buying information available, from annual sales months to payment specifics. She also acts as...


Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture: 27 Stickley Designs for Every Room in the Home
Robert W. Langbaum
1892836122
October 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Traditional American furniture styles have enjoyed an enduring popularity, which makes titles about them ideal choices for most collections. Lang offers measured drawings of 27 examples of Craftsman furniture designed by Gustav Stickley. Because they were created by measuring actual Craftsman antiques, these drawings will prove invaluable to those interested in historical accuracy. Designs for chairs, bookcases, tables, and beds are included, each with a bill of materials and a number of illustrations. A section on woodworking techniques and materials rounds out this title. Moser's work covers over 50 projects, based on the Shaker style, that unlike Lang's are not absolute reproductions but either near facsimiles or Moser's own adaptations. Designs include furnishings of all types, from small household...


Dangerous Liaisons : Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)
Harold Koda, et al
0300107145
April 17, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
During the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92), fashion and furniture were not simply meant to be beautiful but were also intended to arouse, attract, and seduce.  Published in response to the critically acclaimed and hugely popular exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in the fall of 2004, Dangerous Liaisons focuses on fashion and its interplay with the paintings, furniture, and decorative arts of eighteenth-century France. Featuring beautiful color photographs of the exhibition’s installation, details of the garments, and supplementary historical material, the book demonstrates how the extravagant clothing of the period reiterated the splendor of Rococo and Neoclassical interiors. 
 



Furniture Hot Spots
Jennifer Litwin
1592285899
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Review
Furniture Hot Spots is an excellent guide to one of the most puzzling and intimidating areas of consumerism - buying furniture. Author Jennifer Litwin became a furniture expert and the result is this guide with vital information on hundreds of stores in twelve of the top USA cities for furniture shopping. Travelers will want to take this practical guide with them when they travel Coast to Coast.
-Jo Werne, Contributing Reporter, The Miami Herald

"This is a must-read for anyone ready to buy furniture. Litwin has done a great service for the American consumer."
-Bennet Bolton, National Enquirer

"When it comes to shopping for furniture, Jennifer Litwin is a great person to have on your side. Her in-depth knowledge of furniture design and construction and her zest for everything furnishings made her an ideal...


Lamps of Tiffany Studios
William Feldstein
0810912813


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Nature Form & Spirit : The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima
Mira Nakashima
0810945363
December 1, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Acclaimed furniture designer George Nakashima (1905-1990) made boldly original pieces prized for their superb craftsmanship and their organic use of the natural lines and grain of wood. Today his beautiful creations are avidly sought by private collectors and are housed in museum collections all over the world. This survey of Nakashima's life and work-written by his daughter, the noted designer Mira Nakashima-is the most revealing look we have ever had at this woodworking genius and his profound influence on contemporary design. Mira Nakashima chronicles not only the furniture designs for which her father was best known, but also his equally fine work as an architect. Illustrated with a wealth of photographs never before published and containing much new information from the Nakashima studio archives, Nature, Form, and...


Japanese Cabinetry: The Art & Craft of Tansu
David Jackson, Dane Owen
1586851136
November 15, 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Tansu are, in a simple sense, wood furniture pieces, but Jackson, a conservator and collector of tansu, and Owen, a gallery owner, make the case that tansu should be seen in the U.S. as an art form. Tansu, they argue, represent the height of Japanese craftsmanship in the Edo and Meiji periods, reflecting increasing societal wealth and evolving tastes. The authors compare the simple, elegant cupboards and chests to Shaker objects, which "are now feverishly collected as art, yet would not be without respect for the traditions and skill they embody." The 300 color photos support their contentions-the pieces are delicately finished with lacquer and hand-forged iron and are made of more than one kind of wood. Hand-tinted Meiji-era photographs accompany synopses of period history: in one, a doctor feels a patient's...

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