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House Beautiful Great Style

Pittel, Christine

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ISBN 10: 0688144683 / ISBN 13: 9780688144685
Published by Hearst Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Jacket has mild crimp to head of spine, small scrape to front panel, else text and jacket as new. Printed on glossy paper, a sumptuously illustrated volume on houses. 224 pages, abundatnly illustrated with color photos. Oversize book will require additional postage.Not a remainder copy, not an ex-library copy, not a book-club edition. Stored in cool, odor-free environment. Most books ship within 24 hours. We pack carefully, with moisture protection, bubble wrap, and a cardboard "sandwich" to protect every book and ensure it arrives undamaged. Digital photos available on request for any book. Size: 9 x 11". Bookseller Inventory # 001546

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Title: House Beautiful Great Style

Publisher: Hearst Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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A panoply of outstanding rooms from today’s leading designers. More than 300 lush color photos accompanied by highly readable text salute the celebrated tastemakers of the last century— including legendary decorator Billy Baldwin, the old-school “Southern Gentleman” famous for his dark walls— and the phenomenal “Sister” Parish. Contemporary stars such as Mark Hampton, Victoria Hagan, Bunny Williams and John Saladino reveal where they find creative inspiration, how they bring their efforts to fruition, and how you too can make a beautiful home..

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Just as a moment of silence in a musical passage heightens the melody, empty space, neutral walls, or bare floors allow a room and the furniture in it to breathe. Design today is more often a matter of subtraction rather than addition as rooms are reduced to a few good pieces that are all the more striking surrounded by space.

Paring down often means that the best features of a room become more prominent: the moldings, the mantel, the honey-colored parquet. Good editing, however, does not mean that the furnishings should be stripped down to a futon and a single tulip in an ovoid vase. It can be as simple as keeping the horizon line of the furniture low to let the architectural elements of the room emerge.


As Scarlett O'Hara and every designer know, personal destiny and the fate of houses can hang on a curtain. Dressing an individual and dressing a room have much in common: Fabric can transform a wallflower, or a wall.

Textiles can also have a major environmental impact, softening hard surfaces and muffling sound. Even a small dose, such as harlequin-patterned seat cushions used around a dining table, will punctuate a dcor. And it doesn't have to cost a fortune to create a fantastic look. Designer John Saladino, for example, favors unbleached muslin, which he gently drapes over a window to create a soft dip in the middle.

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