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Rustic accents for your home : 45 projects from vines, twigs & branches
Bethmann, Laura Donnelly, 1953-
Publication Information:
Pownal, VT : Storey Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 117 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
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TT873 .B48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TT873 .B48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TT873 .B48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement

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The natural world is our home, and we like to bring a little bit of it into the house, writes Laura Donnelly Bethmann in the preface to this unique home decorating guide. She and co-author Ann Ramp Fox practice twigology, which they define as "the art of forming whimsical, practical, naturally pleasing twig things while enhancing one's knowledge of the unique characteristics and beneficial qualities of trees." Now they share their art in this colorful handbook filled with easy-to-make, attractive, and inexpensive features and accents for every room using vines twigs, and branches. One look and you'll yearn to be a twigologist, too. Getting started is easy with the authors' clear, straightforward instructions, a few simple tools, and some free of inexpensive materials. In no time at all you'll be creating your own natural-feeling home environment, accented with the whimsical projects you've made with your own hands.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Two excellent sources of new ideas for home decorators who want to try something different. Bethmann and Fox's book is the more "crafty" of the two. The authors' goal is to help you give your home that rustic look with the creative use of the simplest of materials: twigs. Introductory material offers tips on how to gather twigs, transport them, and bind or glue them. Specific projects include all manner of both decorative and functional objects (potted-plant trellises, baskets, blotters, mirrors, and shelves). More complex projects include log-cabin dollhouses and dollhouse furniture. A good source of ideas for the rustically inclined craftsperson. Skinner's text is a more ambitious primer on using paint to produce creative design effects. Painted walls, floors, furniture, fabrics, and garden implements are all covered, and the range of unusual uses for simple paint ranges from stucco-plaster effects as wall treatments to painted geometric borders on wood floors to harlequin cupboards and handpainted curtains. Throughout, the authors supply detailed instructions as well as helpful and attractive four-color illustrations. Although designed to be used by do-it-yourselfers, this idea-rich volume is likely to be of equal interest to home decorators who plan to use professional painters. --Ilene Cooper

Library Journal Review

Bethmann and Fox fill their book with rustic-style projects to be made from natural materials. They begin with what types of tree materials to collect and how to go about it, they explain the supplies needed, and they illustrate the common techniques used for the projects, such as binding and notching. The easy-to-follow projects that follow range from simple to complex. Whereas Abby Ruoff's Making Rustic Originals (LJ 5/15/99) explained how to add rustic accents to existing furniture and decorative accessories, most of the projects here show how to create new items, such as plant stands and dollhouses, wholly from twigs. Public libraries should purchase where nature crafts are popular. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Into the Woodsp. viii
Chapter 1 Twigology: The Art and Craft of Working from Nature's Storehousep. 1
Chapter 2 Getting Started: Rustic Adornmentsp. 11
Chapter 3 Artful Arranging: Walls and Windowsp. 55
Chapter 4 Natural Decorating: Rough-Hewn Furnishingsp. 87
Chapter 5 Little Logs: Making Miniaturesp. 103
Indexp. 116