Judith Miller Classic Style

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Classic Style

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Photographs and descriptive text celebrate classic decorating styles in the homes of Europe and North America, including neo-classical, American empire, English Regency, Greek revival, twentieth-century modern, and postmodern design styles

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The rich vocabulary of classical architecture and design has endured for centuries. The appealing symmetry, strong proportions, diverse decorative motifs, and cool elegance are just as appropriate today as they have been through the style's many reincarnations. Ancient Greece and Rome set the stage; the Renaissance revived the look, both in the integrity of its original forms and then in the flamboyance of baroque and rococo; the 18th century rediscovered it and followed it through the numerous permutations of neoclassicism (Empire, Regency, Greek Revival, Biedermeier); and postmodernism co-opted its ornamentation and imagery to breathe life into stark modernist interiors. The style's stealthy opulence and quiet grandeur are perfectly captured in the exquisite photographs and articulate text of this superb volume. Antiques and interiors expert Judith Miller encapsulates the essence of each of the style's versions, then provides concise verbal sketches of every element: exteriors; interior details like doors, fireplaces, and floors; decorative features such as wallpaper, furnishings, and collections; and room-by-room analyses of various classical features, along with six case studies of spectacular homes that exemplify the style, including the residences of Michael Graves and Bill Blass. The photos capture a wonderful array of authentic period rooms and classically inspired contemporary ones. From color, fabric, and furniture choices to ornamental accents like columns and moldings to fully integrated rooms, there is a plethora of terrific ideas here to help bring this graceful style into one's own home. --Amy Handy

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Judith Miller is the cofounder of the hugely successful annual publication Miller's International Antiques Price Guide. She has developed her broad knowledge of interiors through her expertise in antiques, through the restoration of several period houses and through photographic trips to both period and modern homes worldwide. She is the coauthor of Period Style, Period Details, Period Finishes and Effects, International Country and Victorian Style, and the author of Period Fireplaces, Period Kitchens, Judith Miller's Guide to Period-Style Curtains and Soft Furnishings, The Style Sourcebook and Country Finishes and Effects.

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