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Sundials: History, Theory, and Practice

by René R.J. Rohr

Masterly account of long and colorful history of sundials, with practical instructions for building your own. Formulae, rare dials, mottoes, and much more. 104 figures. 51 plates.


A Manual of Historic Ornament

by Richard Glazier

Hundreds of detailed illustrations depict painted pilasters from Pompeii, early Gothic stone carvings, a detail from a stained glass window in Canterbury Cathedral, more. Over 700 black-and-white illustrations,...


Wrought Iron and Its Decorative Use

by Maxwell Ayrton & Arnold Silcock

Superb treasury presents an informative survey of wrought iron throughout England with illustrations of gates, railings, screens, and other elaborately rendered works. 239 black-and-white illustrations.


Victorian Architectural Details: Designs for Over 700 Stairs, Mantels, Doors, Windows, Cornices, Porches, and Other Decorative Elemen

by A. J. Bicknell & Co.

Hundreds of rare illustrations depict wide range of design alternatives for prospective homeowners of the late 19th century. The emphasis is on architectural details — from cornices and dormer windows to piazzas...


Houses of Mexico: Origins and Traditions

by Verna Cook Shipway & Warren Shipway

This book delves into the roots of the bold yet elegant Mexican style, illustrated with many photographs from Spain and Portugal reflecting the Moorish influence. In addition to coverage of the architecture...


Tradition of Craftsmanship in Mexican Homes

by Patricia W. O'Gorman & Bob Schalkwijk

This book of more than four hundred photographs shows the detailed work of Mexican homes, including adobe; stone; brick and masonry; plaster and stucco; wood; terracotta and tiles; iron, metals, and glass; and...


Visual Merchandising: Mirror and soul of a point of sale

by Gianfranco Giacoma-caire

Visual Merchandising is a technical manual that has more than 400 photos and 100 drawings. It speaks about the aesthetic aspects to set a window shop and the internal visual in a store. Analyse the psychological...


Design with Japanese Obi

by Diane Wiltshire & Ann Wiltshire

Japanese Obi or "sashes" are colorful pieces of fabric that can be used to great effect in interior decorating as well as traditional Japanese dress.

In Design with Japanese Obi, the authors present the obi as...


The Science of Getting Rich

by Wallace Wattles

WHATEVER may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent...


Expertise and Architecture in the Modern Islamic World

by Peter H. Christensen

Expertise and Architecture in the Modern Islamic World explores how architectural traditions and practices were shared and exchanged across national borders throughout the world, departing from a narrative that...


Barefoot Luxury

by Sandra Espinet

Glamorous Latin American getaways of the ultimate luxury class.

Latin America is known for its grand resorts and ultimate in warm-weather relaxation. And Sandra Espinet knows all about this elegant style, designing...


Decorative Sketches

by René Binet

At the turn of the 20th century, artists and craftsmen throughout Europe and America were profoundly affected by a new art style that took its inspiration from nature. Generally referred to as Art Nouveau, the...


The House in Good Taste

by Elsie de Wolfe

"Good taste can be developed in anyone, just as surely as good manners are possible to anyone. And good taste is as necessary as good manners," declared Elsie de Wolfe, the "first lady" of American interior...


Art Nouveau Architecture

by R. Beauclair & M. J. Gradl

"These beautiful plates feature wonderful aspects of this revolutionary architecture including grand staircases, wrought iron balconies, ornate mantels, and intricate storefronts. Bright colours, floral and...


Juan O'Gorman

by Catherine Nixon Cooke

To create the "Confluence of Civilizations" mural commissioned for the 1968 World's Fair in San Antonio, Texas, Juan O'Gorman collected natural stones from all over Mexico—twelve colors in all—field stones...


Barclay Butera Modern Living

by Barclay Butera

Today’s modern living is more than great style and good decorating; it’s a way of life. For the past several decades, Barclay Butera has dedicated himself to creating beautiful spaces for his discerning...


American Rustic

by Chase Reynolds Ewald & Audrey Hall

An intimate look at rustic homes, cabins, architecture, and decorating in true American rustic style. Included are fresh takes on traditional log cabins, sustainable projects, artistic abodes, and places for...


The Backstory of Wallpaper: Paper-Hangings 1650-1750

by Robert M. Kelly

Most wallpaper books are about surface design. This one looks below the surface to discover the material culture of wallpaper as it became popular in Europe and came to New France and New England. It asks...


The Decoration of Houses

by Edith Wharton & Ogden Codman

Thousands of books on interior design have come and gone since the 1897 publication of this pioneering manual, but The Decoration of Houses remains, thanks to the insightful and inspiring advice of its co-authors....


The Well-Traveled Home

by Sandra Espinet

Luxury homes with international panache.

“The essence of my interior design work seeks to reflect the evolving interplay of the domestic and the international, while remaining true to my intent to create alluring...