Mediterranean Style: Relaxed Living Inspired by Strong Colors and Natural Materials

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Vibrant, informal, and above all refreshingly simple, Mediterranean Style presents a world synonymous with relaxed living. From Provence and Tuscany to Marrakech, an imaginative sense of color and pattern prevails, as well as a creative use of natural material and local designs. Floors are natural wood or tiled with terra-cotta, ceilings have exposed beams, and the imperfections of brick and plaster can be highlighted with a light wash of color.

Inspiring photographs of Mediterranean places and a practical text guide us through the parts of a large or small home, with chapters devoted to walls, floors, windows, doors, furnishings, and outdoor spaces. In addition, there are 12 illustrated projects with clear instructions showing how to incorporate this style into a contemporary home.

Packed with ideas, this original book explains how to achieve a simplicity that both reflects individual taste and is in tune with the current popularity for a unpretentious, informal, stylish home to relax in, whether a city apartment or a country house.

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Vivid colors, bold simplicity, textural contrasts, stone, tile, and stucco--these are the hallmarks of this refreshingly unpretentious style, which is easy to live with and surprisingly simple to evoke at home. Vibrant photos and detailed, practical text explore all the elements of the look and explain what to do with your own walls and floors, windows and doors, furnishings and accessories to re-create the look. And the 12 step-by-step projects (including sand-textured or distempered walls, a pebbled floor, a fretwork window screen, studded doors, and a mosaic tabletop) prove that it doesn't take a huge effort or a huge budget to achieve the relaxed grace of this popular decor. The sun-drenched rooms filled with natural materials and accented with the occasional exotic touch (a filigreed lantern, Moroccan dishware, a kilim rug, Moorish arches, Spanish-style wrought ironwork) are extremely inviting--you'll want to sprawl on a cushy divan and sip a cool beverage as you drink in the enticing warmth of this wonderful style. --Amy Handy

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Catherine Haig was the managing editor at House & Garden magazine. She writes regularly as a freelancer, contributed to Laura Ashley at Home, and wrote Decorating with Pictures with Stephanie Hoppen, and making the Most of Bathrooms.

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