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The Decoration of Houses

Stoddard, Alexandra

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ISBN 10: 0688149596 / ISBN 13: 9780688149598
Published by W. Morrow, New York, NY, 1997
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by Author. The books text appears to be clean, white, and crisp. Light shelf and corner wear to the books cover and corners. Binding is still in good condition. Light scuffing and rubbing to the books cover and corners. " Signed By The Author?" Dust Jacket price has been blacked out with sharpie! Size: 25 cm. 498 pp. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Crafts & Hobbies; Interior decoration; Education. Signed by Author. ISBN: 0688149596. ISBN/EAN: 9780688149598. Dewey Code: 747 21. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 1561010312. Bookseller Inventory # 1561010312

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Title: The Decoration of Houses

Publisher: W. Morrow, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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In 1897, Edith Wharton and architect Ogden Codman, Jr., collaborated on The Decoration of Houses, a groundbreaking book on the art of interior design. Now Alexandra Stoddard gives us her own version of decorating houses for today's world, making the wisdom and expertise from her thirty-six years of interior design experience accessible to all individuals, regardless of their budget or the size of their home.

While adhering to the classical principles espoused by Wharton and Codman, Alexandra Stoddard shows us how to see our homes as professional designers do: as an expression of our own personalities. She teaches us how to think about space, scale and proportion, color, light, and texture as she advises us on the different elements of a roomthe floor, furniture, lighting, fabric, art, and more. She captures the essence of interior design by attuning us to our own sense of beauty, giving us the confidence to create the home of our dreams.

Alexandra Stoddard's decorating clients range from notable individuals to young people starting out. She's designed the interiors of mansions and embassies as well as cottages and one-room studios.


Alexandra Stoddard has reinterpreted and restated for a late-20th-century audience the basis of Edith Wharton's and Ogden Codman Jr.'s 1897 The Decoration of Houses, then a groundbreaking book. Stoddard's approach to interior design is sensitive, holistic, practical, and thorough, building a solid aesthetic on classical design principles. Readable and appealing, the book offers a thoughtful analysis of the intersection of architecture with personal style, interspersed with concrete and sensible suggestions for the decoration and use of floors, walls, furniture, and storage space. As in Stoddard's other books, her warm personality comes through on every page. (You have to love a woman who says, "Most rooms are improved by the presence of books.... A house with many books is a house with many mansions.")

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