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Tricia Guild's design and detail : a practical guide to styling a house
Guild, Tricia.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Design and detail
Publication Information:
New York : Simon and Schuster, [1988]

Physical Description:
159 pages ; 33 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :

On Order

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Move over, Laura Ashley, here's another English designer with her own line of fabrics, wallpapers, and furnishings to promote. Using her own home and a family apartment as decorating laboratories, Guild expresses a vividly original sense of design as she sets about putting her individual imprint on English style. The effect is certainly more contemporary and hip than Laura Ashley, and Guild herself is a personable guide and adviser. Touring her own home, she shows off her products in the best possible light through a series of tempting color photographs and drawings. For do-it-yourself decorators, the book also gives instructions for making pillows, curtains, and other accessories. An appendix lists British and U.S. sources for Guild designs. Index. JB.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this lush and lavish picture book, designer Guild takes us through her London house, explaining the rhyme and reason of her renovations. She recommends an effusively colorful, eclectic style while introducing principles of interior design and giving technical advice. Permanent design solutions are not for her; an evolving home and sensibility are. She enjoys debunking conventions, to a point, and recommends boldness in making a space one's own, including the use of asymmetry and occasionally riotous period, pattern and color mixing. The book's weaknesses include unimaginative suggestions about gardens and pictures. Also, the text too often refers readers to Guild's own design company for materials and consultation, a self-serving strategy. Guild's Midas touch (putting frescos in a kitchen) is not within average reach, and her designsaggressively vivid, plumply elaborateare not for everyone. However, her rules of thumb in thinking about design are useful and appealing. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved