Trompe L’Oeil Today offers a fascinating overview of the range of styles and techniques of illusionistic painting for private residences and public spaces, restaurants and other commercial interiors, and even indoor swimming pools. It covers unusual techniques, such as anamorphism, and bold geometric patterns, as well as more traditional Trompe L’oeil subjects, including Pompeian-style wall…


Concrete pavers are one of the hottest pavements around homes, commercial buildings, and urban spaces. Designers know that the selection of pavement patterns and colors have a big influence on the character of these places. In this book, you’ll learn the design vocabulary of basic paving patterns and progress to more intricate variations. Each of…


Award-winning architect Lester Walker s books on American home architecture have become classics in the field, selling over 200,000 copies. Now, at long last, Walker has created a step-by-step guide for prospective homebuilders who want to play a role in customizing their house plan. Each stage is illustrated with easy-to-follow diagrams and photographs. “Designing A…


This book is the first synthetic treatment of Venetian woodcarving and woodcarvers. It opens with an introduction covering all aspects of the subject – materials, techniques, patronage, genres, and style, as well as social history of the profession in late Medieval and Renaissance Venice. There follows a biographical dictionary of nearly 600 woodcarvers, largely based…


With the publication of Living A Beautiful Life, Alexandra Stoddard originated the idea of creating an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility with simple touches that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. As a world-famous interior decorator, she has worked her magic on interiors large and small, from mansions and embassies to cottages and studio apartments….


First published in 1887, “Fences, Gates, and Bridges” is an instructional guide to the best ways to build a variety of fences, gates, hedges, bridges, and culverts. The section on fences boasts a wealth of information on building various types of fences, including rail, composite, garden, board, and picket. It also explores how to construct…


A gun is only as good as its owner, and far too many are poorly maintained and serviced, even when taken to “professionals.” For the serious hunter and gun owner, The Gun Owner’s Handbook takes the mystery out of gun maintenance. Topics covered include: Your Work Area Lighting Tool Storage Screw Drivers Bore Cleaning Equipment…