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Windows: Recipes & Ideas

Lowther, Richard, Robinson, Lynne

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ISBN 10: 1844002071 / ISBN 13: 9781844002078
Published by Quadrille, 2005
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Title: Windows: Recipes & Ideas

Publisher: Quadrille

Publication Date: 2005

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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London-based designers Lynne Robinson & Richard Lowther believe a window not only illuminates a room - letting the light stream in or gently diffusing its power - it also frames the view out into the world, or screens it for greater privacy and intimacy. Decorated in an individual way, a window can also provide a stunning focal point for a room. Their book Windows: Recipes and Ideas presents all of the ways windows can transform a room, illustrated by more than 162 color photographs.
This book has special feature spreads devoted to further ideas and "recipes" for particular requirements within the home, whether they be filtering strong sunlight, creating warm blackout solutions or screening an unpleasant view. To back up each design and idea there is easy-to-follow technical information on how to achieve professional results.

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From simple do-it-yourself shades to elaborate stained glass creations, Recipes & Ideas: Windows features an enormous range of creative projects for turning a plain window into a work of art. The introduction focuses on the architectural details that make windows stand beautifully on their own--no covering necessary--and how rarely our "dream window" is to be found. Later chapters provide step-by-step instructions for window treatments appropriate for every room and every decorating style in your home. Many are simple and inexpensive, using organza, burlap, vinyl, and plain metal grommets or clasps as hangers.

Sections are divided not by room, but rather by amount of light you wish to block from the area. The fabrics shown get lighter as the book progresses, ending with several unusual suggestions for making movable, rolling screens or collapsible reflectors. One lovely picture shows living plants being used to create a summery screen. There's also a fun section on seasonal possibilities, achieved with paint, stencils, and suction cups--you'll find some great inspirations for holiday decorations. The illustrations and detailed instructions of the last chapter demonstrate sewing and installation techniques to ensure professional-looking results. With such a large variety of techniques, some do require an experienced hand at the sewing machine, but the authors make an effort to supply simple alternatives to complex methods whenever possible. With this book and a few weekends of sewing, your windows can have an original new look that you'll be proud to show off. --Jill Lightner

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