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Caroline Wrey's finishing touches : inspirational ideas and 25 step-by-step projects to enhance your home.
Wrey, Lady, Caroline.
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Publication Information:
London : Collins & Brown, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Finishing touches.
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TT387 .W738 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Anyone who is familiar with Lady Caroline Wrey through her highly successful books and her immensely popular courses knows that she has a way with the special finishing touches that make a room into an interior designer's prize-winning statement. Here she shares her fabulous ideas for fashioning and decorating with the small details that make a big difference in a room. Fire your creative spark with the exquisite color photographs: use her professional secrets to enhance a hallway, choose and arrange china, or display a collection of prized objects. Make cushions, chair covers, curtains, and headboards as well as decorative tiebacks, tassels, piping and bias binding, and buttons. Finish up by following Lady Wrey's clever suggestions for showing off these finishing touches to best effect. 128 pages, 200 color illus., 8 1/4 x 11.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Wrey's is a very Englsh, rather formal style of decorating, filled with chintzes, elaborate tassels, and billowing curtains. Wrey began her career as a designer of window treatments, teaching courses and writing such books as The Complete Book of Curtains and Drapes (1991). The 25 projects are traditional, and not necessarily easy to master; for instance, Wrey concedes that a gathered valance demands thorough practice with machine pleating. The step-by-step, close-up photographs are excellent guides for novices and for experienced sewers, though the level of difficulty for each needs to be indicated. Every few pages, Wrey takes a breather to expound upon a decorating theme--displaying collections, the art of mix-and-match fabric, among other topics. Patience is a definite virtue here. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Wrey provides clearly written and illustrated instructions on larger projects, such as draperies and other soft furnishings that will add decorative touches to an already decorated room. Although some projects are simple, such as a message board that requires no sewing, most are a bit more complex. The projects are arranged by room into chapters in which Wrey gives suggested color schemes and fabrics and concludes with a "style story" with suggestions on dressing a bed or setting a table. Purchase where there is an interest in English country-style decorating projects. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.