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The ultimate home style guide
Sorrell, Katherine.
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Publication Information:
London : Ward Lock, 1998.
Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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NK2115 .S62 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
NK2115 .S62 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NK2115 .S62 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This guide provides ideas for home decorators and interior designers, showing how to achieve different styles, such as Mediterranean or medieval, to enhance the home. It gives colour cues and fabric swatches for wall and floor treatments, lighting schemes, soft furnishings and furniture.

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Booklist Review

Most homeowners, novice or longtime, find it easier to buy real estate than to furnish it. Two recent British imports, both by relatively accomplished design professionals, attempt to teach even the color challenged how to successfully mix and match hues. Sorrell assumes readers have mastered the fundamentals. What she concentrates on is style--specifically, 25 types, from historically based (medieval, Arts and Crafts, and modernist) to geographically influenced designs, such as Caribbean, French chic, or Russian. Each is accompanied by precise descriptions and color photographs, detailing the specific treatment of colors, lights, fabrics, and accessories, among other things. Taylor chooses a combination of approaches to educate, starting with layouts and planning but concentrating the majority of pages on pretty rooms and styles. Less filled with particulars, this book is about feelings and solutions, such as Shaker simplicity to achieve tranquillity, and modern colors to revive an old-fashioned kitchen. Page after page demonstrates in pictures and a few words how to accomplish different looks. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Few books present as wide a variety of decorating styles as found here, although Lawrence Schwin's Decorating Old House Interiors (LJ 1/97) remains an excellent source for American interiors. Sorre gives information on historic styles from medieval to contemporary and ethnic styles from European country to Asian, Latin American, and African. Each style is described in terms of development and influences, typical furnishings, treatment of walls, floors, and lighting, and color and fabric; the style is finally summarized by having key elements pointed out in a room. Sorre's chatty tone and advice on what to make oneself and where to look for furnishings make this book extremely accessible to amateurs. Experienced designers will also benefit from the well-presented and thorough information. Highly recommended for all types of interior design collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.