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Interior Design 4th Edition by John F. Pile

For one/two-semester introductory courses in Interior Design.

A comprehensive, applications-oriented introduction to the evolving field of interior design, with a focus on the challenges facing designers in the 21st century. Emphasizing good solutions to real problems by examining best practices from the past and present, the author details case studies using a broad range of projects from modest home and work-place designs, to public areas, to full professional involvement in large commercial spaces.

Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design by Christine M. Piotrowski

If you're embarking upon a career in interior design, here's a highly visual overview of the profession, with in-depth material on educational requirements, design specialties, finding a job, and the many directions a career in interior design can take. Featuring informative interviews with working designers, this Second Edition includes updated educational requirements and a list of accredited interior design programs in the United States and Canada.

Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces by Maureen Mitton

More than a decorating guide, Residential Interior Design teaches the fundamental skills needed to plan interior spaces for all types of homes, in all decorative styles, from remodeling to new construction. Taking a step-by-step approach, this valuable primer reviews all aspects of interior architecture as it relates to human factors and daily use.

Authors and interior designers Maureen Mitton and Courtney Nystuen explore the minimal amount of space necessary in order for rooms to function usefully, from the kitchen to the bathroom, the bedroom to the hallway, and every room in between. Packed with hundreds of drawings and photographs, this valuable tool is brimming with useful information regarding codes, mechanical and electrical systems, the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessibility codes, special considerations for multi-family dwellings, and a variety of additional factors that impact each type of room and its corresponding space.

With a focus on quality of design over quantity of space, Residential Interior Design is the first stop to designing equally efficient and attractive rooms.

Interior Design Course: Principles, Practices, and Techniques for the Aspiring Designer by Tomris Tangaz

Presenting all the design principles and techniques needed for creating beautiful rooms, Interior Design Course advises readers on how to think visually and develop distinctive, personal styles of their own. The book is organized into units that reflect interior design courses offered at leading schools. Step-by-step tutorials guide readers through the entire design process, starting with planning the space, then instructing on choosing color schemes and furnishings, and working with a variety of materials. Separate units focus on design principles pertaining to the suburban home. . . the urban live/work loft apartment. . . utilitarian bathroom and kitchen design . . . commercial interiors, including restaurants, retail spaces, and offices. There is also a chapter on becoming a professional interior designer, with advice on preparing a portfolio and marketing one's skills. A gallery of finished examples by professional designers and advanced students presents scores of beautiful and instructive color photos.

The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors by Anna Starmer

What a cool idea for the color challenged among us. Design expert Starmer claims to have sifted through 16 million color possibilities to produce 200 combination's fit for a king and queen and their royal family. The up-front introductions simply whet the appetite, from an abbreviated discourse on the color wheel to two all-too-short ideas on gathering inspiration by creating scrapbooks or a mood board. Then come the palette choices, separated into nine hues. Each individual palette features eight hues: one main with three variations, along with an overview and mood; room applications (e.g., living room or kitchen); ideas for accents; and highlights, whether for balance or contrast. The only issue? Too many selections--and too few ways to cross-index and cross-reference. Barbara Jacobs Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Inspired High-End Interior Design by Shane Reilly

This book features a collection of interiors by 77 of the countrys leading interior designers. Examining the different sources of inspiration for design, author Shane Reilly unveils the intricacies of how art and collected objects, furniture and fabric, a personality, concept, or color, and architecture can form the concept behind the look of a room. Through interviews with designers, the author explains the inspiration behind each room and how the designers manage to "pull it all together," the aspect of interior design that is so challenging for homeowners. Over 300 photographs of beautiful rooms enrich the readers understanding of the interior design creative process. A focus on unique, high-quality pieces results in a celebration of high-end design, that all designers, homeowners, and fans of luxurious living will love.

Colefax & Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration
by Chester Jones

These are the hallmarks of the style developed by Colefax & Fowler in the post-war years and currently more fashionable than ever. This informative and fascinatingly anecdotal book tells the story of the firm's founder, John Fowler, and shows his style evolving through his association with Sibyl Colefax and Nancy Lancaster and later through his work restoring National Trust houses. It describes the expert craftsmanship and technical skills which produce the ageless Colefax & Fowler look and shows examples of their current work in different types of rooms in a wide variety of locations, ranging from Badminton and Sudeley Castle, large and small country houses, to flats and mews houses in London and abroad.

Chintz in glorious faded colors, fringed and tasseled curtains for years of fireside comfort: these are the hallmarks of English Country style, developed fifty years ago by the preeminent English design firm Colefax & Fowler.  Colefax & Fowler is both a history and pictorial celebration of the enormously influential design firm. In addition, it describes the expert craftsmanship and technical skills behind the firm's internationally acclaimed artistry. Packed with over 260 sumptuous color photographs, Colefax & Fowler is a spectacular source for anyone interested in interior design.

The Art of Tile: Designing with Time-Honored and New Tiles
by Jen Renzi

From subtly shimmering white subway-style walls to dramatic colorful mosaics, tile is one of the most seductive ways to enhance the beauty of a space. Long prized for its durability, tile has become more of an object of aesthetic desire than ever before. Your heart may be set upon using it, but with thousands of imaginative options available, you may not know where to begin. Now, The Art of Tile beautifully illustrates what to use, how to use it, and where to use it.

First, design writer and tile enthusiast Jen Renzi walks you through the basics of using the medium: selecting the best materials for certain spaces; installation and maintenance considerations; and aesthetic aspects, such as using tile as an accent or pairing tiles with different patterns in the same area. She then helps you answer the big-picture questions: Do I want Eco-friendly bamboo tile in the bathroom? Gorgeous gold-leaf Italian glass tile on my back splash? Or just a neutral-colored tile with a raised texture? Along the way, you’ll see dozens of installations to spark your imagination, including all of the latest advances and never-before-seen options, such as luxurious leather tile floors that coddle the feet, surprisingly realistic imitation-wood tiles made from porcelain, and an explosion of roses in a red-and-white dining room mosaic.

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