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"The art of living graciously"--Dust jacket.
Known for creating homes with a feeling of history, the traditional architect illustrates how he blends classical architecture, interior decoration, and landscape when renovating historic homes and building new "old" houses.
A full-color book showcases the 30 most lavish homes featured in Veranda magazine.
In her first book, the South's most inviting designer explores her principles for creating a beautiful home rich with comfort and warmth. Barbara Westbrook has been designing classically inspired homes full of Southern charm and a European touch for more than twenty years. A native of Virginia, Westbrook grew up accompanying her mother to antique shops and was introduced by her to Virginia's rich architectural legacy. With a design vocabulary that ranges from casual American to formal English to French modern, Westbrook's homes share a welcoming elegance, whether it is a country cottage or a penthouse apartment. In Gracious Rooms, she sets out her principles for creating a house rich with both polish and patina. Walking the reader through a dozen stunning homes--light-filled lake retreats, contemporary houses, and historic mansions--Westbrook shares her accessible, appealing ideas. From the judicious use of symmetry to the importance of including natural elements in a room, utilizing colour to unify spaces within a house, and setting a mood with materials, Gracious Rooms is rich with advice and inspiration.
Mrs. Howard, Room by Room is the follow-up to Phoebe Howard's critically acclaimed Joy of Decorating and takes readers even deeper into the design process, revealing the seemingly small but essential tips and tricks that will help them imbue their own homes with Mrs. Howard's celebrated Southern style and taste. The book is divided by room, with chapters addressing living rooms and libraries, bathrooms and kitchens, bedrooms, children's rooms, and even outdoor spaces. Images of the most gorgeous examples of rooms are chosen from more than 12 spectacular homes in locations as diverse as New York City, Nashville, and Atlanta. Mrs. Howard, Room byRoom is sure to capture the hearts of her many fans and will inspire new readers with Southern charm and design ideas.
"As a principal architect at the Minnesota-based firm SALA Architects Inc., Mahady considers the aspects of home design that are pleasing to the senses and make people feel comfortable. Her mission is to explore the physical spaces that create this welcoming feeling. Most chapters cover Minnesota homes designed by SALA and include discussions and images of specific areas and rooms. Mahady contrasts the historical use of home spaces with how space is used today, as illustrated by beautiful photographs of architectural details. She also includes floor plans for nearly every home. In a conversational style, she shares a lot of insights into home design. VERDICT This book will serve as a design reference source for those building, remodeling, or redesigning their homes and looking for inspiration. The text is easy to read and offers a thoughtful analysis of traditional home spaces." -- Valerie Nye, Santa Fe Univ. of Art and Design Lib., NM.
The famous design team discusses the principles that guide their extraordinary work and share ideas for creating atmospheric environments.

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