"Country Living": The Country Home (Country Living S.)

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Peace, comfort, natural, relaxed, sensual - words inextricably associated with country style that perhaps explains why this style of decorating is still so popular. Intrinsic in country style is a certain nostalgia for a bygone age, but The Country Home shows how we can reinterpret past styles for today's living. Hence there are classic country kitchens and family sitting rooms, bedrooms with quilted eiderdowns and chintz curtains, Victorian-styled bathrooms and flagstone halls, eccentric Irish cottages and cool New England clap board homes. "Get the look" sections show how to create the paint effects or curtain treatments required to achieve the look, plus practical tips on colour, fabrics, storage and lighting.

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Judy Spours is a writer and editor specialising in interiors, design and decorative arts. She is the author of a number of books, including titles on interior decorating, the design of floor, antiques and twentieth century ceramics, and Country Living Inspired by Flowers..

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Bring the outside in with "Floral Interiors", a glorious book celebrating all that is floral through the decades. From earliest times and in all parts of the world, plants and flowers have been depicted in pictures, on textiles, on ceramics and our passion for them lives on today. Not just a bunch of flowers in a vase but on cushions and wallcoverings, florals make an appearance everywhere. Traditional or contemporary, close inspection of any room will reveal a flower or leaf motif somewhere. On that Victorian bookcase as acanthus leaves, on the tile fire surround, the curtains, wallpaper or book spine. This lavishly illustrated book demonstrates how they can be incorporated into any setting - either overtly or less conspicuously as a complementary detail. Full of ideas to inspire, you will discover how to match cool creams, vibrant terracottas, sultry yellows and calming blues with floral decorations. Mix and match floral fabrics to create an individual statement, display a collection of floral jugs or plates, paint a mural or do some floral needlepoint. Bringing nature into the home is a centuries-old tradition, a way of introducing nature into our rooms and thereby inducing a sense of calm into our busy lives. For lovers of flower arrangements or just all things floral, this lovely book will inspire and be re-read time and time again. - Lucy Watson

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