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Elegant and easy foyers, halls, and stairs : 100 trade secrets for designing with style
Landis, Dylan, 1956-
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Publication Information:
New York : Dell Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
ix, 111 pages ; illustrations : 18 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Home Location
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NK2117.E5 L36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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People spend just brief moments of time in foyers, halls, or on stairways, and that's exactly why these mini-rooms are the perfect place for decorating with passion, fantasy, and virtually no fear of commitment. In ELEGANT AND EASY FOYERS, HALLS, AND STAIRS readers will discover how to make a long, narrow hallway feel like a room (not a tunnel); tips for turning a doorway into a beautifully framed portal; how foyers can double as dining areas, or halls as libraries, and much more.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Landis, a contributing editor to home furnishings magazines, culls from designer interviews, showhouses, and magazine pages, as well as from fellow writers, to get the best and brightest tips for adorning different rooms. Each of his three new books follows a similar outline. Walls and ceilings are discussed first, then the main and supporting pieces of furniture, windows (if applicable), and finally miscellaneous details. Paint, obviously, is an important component of his recommendations, such as coloring the ceiling with a sky-blue tone or using black as contrast for great vintage two-tone photographs. Furniture gets sumptuous treatment in inexpensive ways, too. Landis and cohorts are firm believers in both flea market finds and nonmatching unusual pieces to create a look. Among the finishing touches suggested are changing bulbs from white to pink, recycling fur coats into area rugs, and encouraging guests to sign the foyer hall wall. Some great ideas are presented in these three little books, although they are llustrated only with black-and-white drawings. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Landis, contributing editor to Metropolitan Home, expands on her previous book, Elegant and Easy Rooms (LJ 1/98), dividing its information into separate books and giving more tips she has assembled from interior designers over the years. While in her previous book she gave unaccredited tips, here she identifies the designers and even mentions specific products, such as which Benjamin Moore color a designer recommends for hallways, making the information even more helpful to amateur decorators. In each book, she discusses furniture, windows, ceilings, and walls, concluding with a list of resources for home furnishings, paint, and accessories. An excellent purchase for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.