750 Style & Design Ideas

750 Style & Design Ideas - Gardening Book

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Country Living:
750 Style & Design Ideas

447 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 12.0 x 9.0; softcover

Enjoy the ease and charm of country style, no matter where you live. With 750 tips from the editors at Country Living, this far-reaching, sumptuously photographed book is your guide to every aspect of the good life. Country decorating is all about feeling comfortable and relaxed. The characteristic furnishings are not only appealing, but also practical. Hand-painted tile back-splashes add bright color to a kitchen and stand up well when exposed to cooking steam, while louvered shutters look inviting whether they're closed to provide privacy or open to let sunlight in. Antiques are essential to this style for both their beauty and the history they evoke. Learn what to look for in the antiques that are popular with collectors. Detailing and size, for example, affect the value of whimsical chocolate molds. Be sure to consider the crispness of the colors and patterns on brown-and-white transferware.

Country crafts are an integral part of country decor. Try striking yetsimple projects like these to fill your home with warmth and personality: a colorful berry and vine wreath enlivens a front door, pretty pressed-leaf curtains bring the outdoors in, and a padded headboard dresses up a bed. The romance of country is epitomized in the garden, where you can get away from the everyday world in your own lush haven. Follow the tips for planting grass in and around your garden and you'll have a beautiful lawn to be proud of. Plant hydrangeas -- they stage a brilliant transformation from the sky blues, purples, and pinks into gorgeous autumnal hues after most flowering shrubs and perennials have gone for the season. Then take advantage of all your hard work by planning a late-summer garden party! One of the best features of country living is delicious, home-style cooking. Add to your recipe collection with such comfort foods as Cranberry Cornmeal Pancakes, Chutney-Glazed Pork Tenderloin, Americana Potato Salad, and Pear Maple Upside-Down Cake. Bonus: Close-up profiles of country icons, including Adirondack chairs, wedding ring quilts, watering cans, and more.

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