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Wonder what Grandma would have used to clean greasy kitchen walls? Cure a sore throat? Conquer insect pests in her vegetable garden? Wonder no longer! Whatever your grandma did to fix and maintain things around the house and garden, it probably worked. That's because the old ways are often the best ways when it comes to solutions for everyday problems, ideas for saving time, and handy advice for getting the job done. And that's where 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints comes in. Find the best hints, tips, and secrets for everything from cooking, cleaning, and home maintenance to pet care, gardening, and holiday celebrations. You'll also find ways to adapt and improve some old-time methods. Discover an amazing variety of useful and clever ideas, including how to: Clean copper pans, using buttermilk and salt Make real sourdough bread the way the pioneers did Fight wrinkles and create kissable lips Use natural ingredients to repair your hair Create your own unique perfume Organize common space in your home Use ivory soap for polishing silver and insect control Safely separate drinking glasses that have been stuck together And more! With 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints on your kitchen table or nightstand, you're always in the good company of an old-timer who's ready to dispense a helpful hint, encouraging word, or sage secret at the turn of a page. 310 color photographs
Hundreds of beautifully rendered, royalty-free images painstakingly adapted from a host of design traditions: primitive tribal, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Byzantine, French Renaissance and more. Also, decorative motifs derived from metalwork, heraldic ornament, floral vignettes, letters, other elements. Invaluable sourcebook for artists, craftworkers and decorative art enthusiasts.
Answers on: soils, fertilizers, landscaping, ornamental plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, tubers, corms, roses, perennials, annuals, biennials, lawns, vegetables, fruits, house plants, weeds, etc.
The Family Handyman's 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You'll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.The Family Handyman's 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You'll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home. Here's just a small sample of what's inside: The smartest thing you can do before going on vacation Push a button and save $100 Be ready for any natural disaster Make burglars bypass your house The most effective way to cut heating and cooling costs Clever shortcuts for home maintenance--indoors and out Keep mice, ants and other invaders out of your house Boost curb appeal without remodeling What to do when the power goes out The most common--and costly--homeowner mistakes Eliminate noises, odors and other household irritations Grow the best lawn on the block Secret weapons pros use for easy, instant repairs Make appliances last years longer The key to drip-free faucets Make your mower start right up--every time Cures for damp basements Exterminate mold and mildew Pick a paint color you'll love Get faster downloads and better TV quality Stop peeling paint Plus, incredibly easy repairs for appliances, plumbing, flooring, walls, furniture and more!
This comprehensive treasury of copyright-free floral designs - chosen from rare periodicals and illustrated books - offers graphic artists and craftworkers a variety of floral favorites in ornamental styles that range from 18th-century classical to Victorian and Art Nouveau. Selections include reproductions from such 19th- and 20th-century periodicals as The Studio, L'Art pour tous, and Formenschatz, as well as a wide range of materials from American, English, French, German, and Spanish typography catalogs. Ideal for embellishing almost any artistic or craft project, the motifs include such favorites as roses, tulips, irises, lilies, and violets. Use these eye-catching motifs to decorate menus, invitations, stationery, book covers, and advertisements, or create needlework patterns as well as designs for textiles and woodworking. Artists, designers, illustrators, and craftspeople will find this rich selection of exquisite designs a valuable addition to their resource libraries - one they will turn to again and again for inspiration as well as ready-to-use floral creations.
The illuminated letters in this volume by the great Victorian designer Owen Jones, many taken from an illustrated edition of The Psalms of David, represent popular alphabet motifs that have been copied by artists and designers for more than a century throughout Europe and North America. Each page of this versatile archive contains approximately 40 magnificently embellished individual letters of the alphabet. (There's also an additional page of equally attractive Arabic and Roman numerals.) Foliated and filigreed designs -- ranging from small to large, simple to spectacular -- display the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that have become synonymous with Victorian design. Commercial artists, graphic designers, and craftspeople will find this elegant and versatile treasury of copyright-free decorative letters an excellent and indispensable sourcebook for graphic projects calling for old-fashioned Victorian charm.
101 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster recommends a variety of techniques to emphasize the strong points of a house and minimize its weaknesses.
Invaluable source of information for art historians, craftspeople, dealers, collectors, and preservationists includes hundreds of finely detailed illustrations of garden seats, candelabras, moldings, gates, balcony grilles, vases, crosses, funerary ornaments and monuments, finials, doorknobs and many other ornamental features. A rich source of inspiration and royalty-free graphics, as well, for commercial artists and designers.
A painter whose father was an engraver and publisher of the same name, Matthäus Merian (1621-1687) published this remarkable group of unusual and highly imaginative animal illustrations. This copyright-free collection includes a large and fascinating selection of engravings that illustrate scientific specimens and legendary creatures - all meticulously reproduced from an extremely rare eighteenth-century edition.Carefully arranged into six major divisions (quadrupeds, snakes, mollusks and crustaceans, fish, birds, and insects), approximately 1,300 copyright-free images include realistic and fanciful portrayals of a varied array of real animals, in addition to such imaginary creatures as unicorns, dragons, basilisks, harpies, griffins, and other mythical beasts. Identifying captions in Latin accompany many of the illustrations. Commercial artists, illustrators, and craftspeople will find a host of uses for these lovingly detailed engravings: as book and magazine illustrations and as attention-getting graphics ideal for enhancing flyers, brochures, newsletters, and any number of other print projects. Art lovers and antiquarians - anyone with an interest in the art and ideas of an earlier era - will enjoy browsing through these wonderful antique images.
The latest volume in the popular 150 Best series, 150 Best Cottage & Cabin Ideas is your ultimate resource for creating the ideal remote retreat. Discover 150 cottages and cabins from around the world that feature the luxury of modern home construction while preserving the surrounding landscape and utilizing local natural resources. These enviable dwellings showcase inspirations for homeowners, designers, and architects--from exposed-beam ceilings and built-in furnishings to large open-floor plans and floor-to-ceiling windows that accentuate picturesque views of the great outdoors.Filled with stunning full-color photographs and detailed design plans, this volume highlights hidden sanctuaries that offer spacious, comfortable, and, most important, more natural living environments. Whether you're planning a vacation with family and friends or looking for a way to escape the daily grind, this book allows you to explore the diversity and simplicity of the modern cottage and cabin.
Featuring interiors that exemplify the beauty and simplicity of small-space design, 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas is the latest volume in the bestselling 150 Best series.Composed of stunning photographs, floor plans, and insightful text, this book will help you discover how architects and designers from around the world work within a confined square footage to create innovative living spaces. 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas profiles a diverse range of homes, from rural and urban constructions to town houses and renovations. It reveals how to utilize walls, floors, and furniture to make a small room appear large, and it shares other methods and decorating tricks to inspire homeowners and designers.Secret storage systems, convertible furniture, and mindfulness of materials combine to create unique and flexible homes. This extensive collection celebrates functional, striking design meant to maximize the most minimal of spaces.
One of the most popular interior design trends, minimalism highlights the essence of a room, stressing clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and a limited color palette.In 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas, photographs and floor plans of minimalist homes around the world are featured. The images are of stunning bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms; and insightful text complements them to reveal the methods used to make the minimalist rooms so eye-catching and desirable. The text includes a wealth of both big-picture and more focused ideas. It covers subjects such as walls (if and when to use them), doors, and partitions; flooring, lighting, furniture, and staircases; and explores color, patterns, materials, and texture.The houses featured in this extraordinary volume were developed by distinguished international designers at the forefront of the minimalist movement. The result is a guide that offers both inspiration and practical, easy-to follow advice for creating maximum beauty using minimal elements.
This information-packed volume explores the manifold ways in which architects and designers meet the various challenges of designing and decorating apartments for their clients. Featuring an extensive collection of apartments from around the world, 150 Best New Apartment Ideas provides an in-depth look at the most stunning, innovative, and practical design solutions working today. Covering a wealth of information and showcasing the latest design trends, this little book is an inspirational source of ideas, perfect for the homeowner and the professional alike.
An essential reference and the latest in the popular 150 Best series, 150 Best New Bathroom Ideas offers an in-depth look at modern bathroom designs created by internationally renowned architects and designers.Inside, readers will discover harmonious approaches and practical materials to use when designing bathrooms, from light fixtures and color schemes to floor, wall, and window treatments. Along with numerous ideas for the shower, toilet, sink, and bathtub, this book is an indispensable guide to designing an attractive, functional, and cost-effective bathroom.Featuring hundreds of photographs, 150 Best New Bathroom Ideas explores the diversity of current trends and is an excellent source of ideas for homeowners, designers, interior decorators, and architects. From the glamorous and roomy bath-spa to the small but smart powder room, bathrooms can make a big statement with creative ideas that are as stylish as they are useful.
150 Best New Kitchen Ideas offers interior designers and homeowners the latest in modern and traditional kitchen design. Showcasing 150 profiles of the most exciting kitchen designs from around the world, this stunning compendium provides innovative solutions and practical advice for creating attractive, functional, and affordable kitchens, no matter the size of the space. Explore the diversity of current trends from concept design to beautiful finished kitchens--there is no shortage of ideas or wares to make cooking a much more pleasant experience. The newest addition to the 150 Best series, this indispensable guide, illustrated with hundreds of photographs, is an inspirational source of original ideas to create a beautiful new kitchen.
150 Best Sustainable House Ideas features the latest innovations in environmentally friendly home design. From heating and cooling solutions to wind energy systems, solar paneling, thermal glazing, and even Trombe walls, the ideas featured inside are complemented by photographs and architectural plans of gorgeous, sustainable houses around the world.
150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Featured inside this lavish guidebook are 150 never-before-shared tips and techniques provided by internationally renowned architects and designers, along with full-color photographs and diagrams of sixty-five uniquely beautiful projects from around the world. The design ideas reveal how to create exterior spaces that are clean, modern, and comfortable, as well as how to use cutting-edge materials that are practical, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Best of all, the design ideas featured inside are easy to follow and can be tailored to the unique tastes and needs of individual homeowners.
These crisp, black-and-white images will lend a distinctive Far Eastern accent to any project. Hundreds of eye-catching images include geometrics, abstracts, optical illusions, plus other intriguing configurations that adapt easily for use as spot illustrations or as repeating patterns. Professional and amateur artists, illustrators, and designers will find this inexpensive treasury a priceless source of royalty-free inspiration.
1,519 All-Natural, All-Amazing Gardening Secrets is filled with old-time wisdom, ingenious advice, surprising tips and expert tricks for the garden of your dreams. With less time, money and effort you can create a beautiful garden.1,519 All-Natural, All-Amazing Gardening Secrets is filled with old-time wisdom, ingenious advice, surprising tips and expert tricks for the garden of your dreams. With less time, money and effort you can create a beautiful garden. We'll show you how plan and design your garden, choose which plants are best for your climate zone, and maintain your dream garden. Here are just a few of the secrets you'll find in this book: Want greener grass? Add some Epsom salts to a gallon of water and spread it on your lawn. Hoping for juicier tomatoes? Add a spoonful of sugar at just the right time. Trying to keep ants at bay? Make a hot chile and water mash and pour directly into the anthill.
With over 200 detailed illustrations and descriptions, these two catalogs are essential reading and reference materials and identification guides for Stickley furniture. Among the items depicted and described are chairs, rockers, stools, settles, desks, library tables, music cabinets, drop-leaf tables, nests of tables, chests of drawers, sideboards, china cabinets and dressing tables.
This title explores what life was like in the 1950s American home. An age of optimism, it is about living the American Dream and how this was achieved, changes in the home, new convenience technology, new ways of living. From Ranch House to American Modernism to affordable homes in the suburbs, this was how to live the good life in an era of unprecedented prosperity and opportunity.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The 1950s was the first great age of the modern kitchen: labor-saving appliances, bright colors and the novelty of fitted units moved the kitchen from dankness into light, where it became the domain of the happy housewife and the heart of the home. Formica - a new space-age material - decorated with fashionable patterns topped sleek cupboards that contained new classic wares such as Pyrex and 'Homemaker' crockery, and the ingredients for 1950s British staples: semolina, coronation chicken and spotted dick. Electricity entered the kitchens of millions, and nowhere in the home was modern technology and modern design more evident. Bold color, clean lines and stainless steel were keynotes of the decade, and it is no surprise that 1950s kitchen style is now the height of fashion once again, with names like Cath Kidston picking up on the best of '50s kitchen kitsch, and manufacturers like Dualit, Kitchen Aid and Aga doing healthy business with retro appliances. This book - a celebration of cooking, eating and living in the 1950s kitchen - is a feast of nostalgia, and a mine of inspiration for anyone wanting to recreate that '50s look in their own home.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Masterfully executed designs in reproductions of two rare catalogs: ornamental borders, corners and frames with intricate floral and foliated patterns, architectural ornaments and design elements, religious symbols and figures, animals, mosaics, landscapes, much more. Invaluable to artists and craftspeople working with textiles, wallpaper and other decorative items.
A familiar decorative detail that's found both inside and outside of Victorian homes, fretwork delights the eye with its graceful interlaced designs. This vintage sourcebook, reproduced from a rare edition, provides today's graphic designers and craftworkers with intricate plates of authentic patterns, including scrollwork, finials, banisters, interlaced vines, foral carvings and many other elegant fretwork designs. They're perfect for lending a quaint touch to countless print and crafting projects.
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