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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 Books on style seasoned for a more sophisticated audience; 1 'This season's new books are for a more sophisticated audience, eager to learn more about ever-more esoteric topics. ' LAUREN SHAKELY Clarkson Potter Publishers i i ' i I v..ar. - - .1 It T f IIs t ? ' By Barbara Mayer The Associated Press For some readers, the photographs are the only consideration when buying a decorating or style book. Those who want to use the book for a decorating project or to become more knowledgeable must shop more carefully. Many decorating and style books are written, photographed and published in other countries and picked up as-is by American publishers. Sometimes a product source list for the United States is added, sometimes not. Check the copyright information and skim a chapter or two before you buy, if you expect practical information. . With ever-increasing numbers of decorating and style books being published, topics have to be more wide-ranging. . "This season's new books are for a more sophisticated audience, eager to learn more about evermore esoteric topics," says Lauren Shakely, editorial director of Clarkson Potter Publishers in New York. : "With personal style such a strong trend in decorating, people seem to be trying to find a book that matches their taste and offers jdeas without dictating exactly what to do." : The following 11 books are a representative sampling. ? DECORATING HOW TOS The Decoration of Houses, by Alexandra Stoddard (Morrow, $30). I With no color photographs, this book is for someone seriously SOMETHING DIFFERENT A Room of Her Own: Women's Personal Spaces, by Chris Casson Madden (Clarkson Potter, $30). Meet 35 women, see what their favorite room looks like, and read what they have to say about it The women include Oprah Winfrey and dress designer Jessica McClintock, as well as women such as Sister Mary Joaquin, a hermit who lives in a one-room adobe-and-wood dwelling in New Mexico. Irreplaceable Artifacts: Decorating the Home with Architectural Ornament, by Evan Blum and Leslie Blum (Clarkson Potter, $35). Evan Blum founded Irreplaceable Artifacts, an architectural salvage business in New York. Photographs of these fragments used in decor are the real pleasure of the book, which includes a brief account of the popularization of this decorating trend. While no dealers other than Blum are mentioned, there is a list of restoration resources. Country Wisdom, by David Larkin (Houghton Mifflin, $35). Larkin lives in an early 19th-century farmhouse in upstate New York and his book is a quirky combination of historical lore and what he likes about living in the country, with evocative photo- graphs. Maharajas' Palaces: European style in Imperial India, text by Sylvie Raulet and Laurie Verniere and photographs by Anne Garde (Vendome Press-Riz- two. But don't expect the book written by an English writer for an English publisher to be very helpful in planning a kitchen in the U.S. There is no source list B The Art of Framing, by Piers and Caroline Feetham (Clarkson Potter, $40). After a brief introduction on the history of framing, this profusely illustrated book originally published in England gets down to brass tacks. Ideas for a wide range of works, including objects and fabrics, are shown. Although a section offers how-to information, use the book as educational reading and take its ideas a professional framer to execute. DECORATIVE ARTS HISTORY Southern Furniture 16801830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, by Ronald L. Hurst and Jonathan Prown (Abrams, $75). This weighty book is everything a scholarly decorative-arts history book should be. A short entry section sets the context. Most space goes to excellent color photographs of spectacular pieces of furniture, with an essay on each. Our Governors' Mansions, by Cathy Keating with Mike Brake and Patti Rosenfeld (Abrams, $60). Four-color photographs of the official homes of the state governors are accompanied with a brief synopsis of each house's history. The writing has a stately tone, but the book lacks the colorful writing that might have brought out the personality of each house. interested in the nitty gritty of decorating or about to embark on a decorating project. Stoddard introduces readers to basic decorating concepts such as scale and proportion and tries to teach them how to think like a decorator. Tabletops: Easy, Practical Beautiful Ways to Decorate the Table, by Barbara Milo Ohr-bach (Clarkson Potter, $24). If setting a beautiful table is your goal, this 136-page book is full of color photographs to inspire you. It includes instructions for projects such as making a topiary and no-sew napkin rings, and a source list of suppliers. The Storage Book: Over 250 Ideas for Stylish Home Storage, by Cynthia Inions (Abbeville, $29.95). Artful color photographs make this book fun to leaf through, but it was written and probably photographed mainly in England and there is little or no way to acquire the products shown. Making the Most of Kitchens by Gilly Love (Rizzoli, $19.95). The pictures in this 80-page book may spark an idea or THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dress designer Jessica McClintock's garden room, whinh shp' uses for sketching in her San Francisco home, is part of A Room of Her Own: Women's Personal Spaces, by Chris Casson Madden. : table with seating for 200. The photographs are a bit muddy, so some of the splendor is lost. Still, this is a rare chance to see inside exotic palaces that com-; bine European and Indian design. zoli, $85). The book tells fascinating tales about places such as Jai Vilas in . Gwalior, where a solid-silver miniature electric train carried liquor and cigarettes to guests at a dining Awnings making a comeback Brings You ILIBSEIMPAIW LDWIMS AWNINGS from 1H ', These days, though, awnings and canopies are making a in a Grand New Gallery of Homes k.-rt F Sr. fV.f li-M. ' I 'jt .1 ANnllstlT"-fl U"fjt&- fi'iisfiijC'H- nmmm ' Newport - 1,866 total sq. ft. - Luxury 3 bedroom, 2'Abath townhome with 2-car garage. Capri III - 2,122 total sq. ft. - Luxury 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bath patio home with 2-car garage. Model "A" - 2,962 total sq.ft. - Luxury single-family home, 3 bedrooms, 2 'A baths, and 2-car garage. Model "D" - 3,064 total sq.ft. - Luxury single-family home, 3 bedrooms, den, 2 baths, 2-car garage, porte cochere. -1 1 'rTTM Regent - 2,245 total sq. ft. - Luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bath patio home with 2-car garage. Model "B" - 2,697 total sq.ft. - Luxury Model "E" - 3,921 total sq.ft. - Luxury single-family home, 3 bedrooms, 2 'A baths, 2-car single-family home, 4 bedrooms, den, 3 baths, 2- Glenwood II - 2,163 total sq. ft. - Luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bath single-family home with 2-car garage. garage. car garage, porte cochere. V 9 r?r?iOr 7vlut- t 21-. , . .. . !'- Vaimmmm ''nB dwrnrxia comeback in commercial and residential areas. They most often are seen on the facades of suburban shopping strips, adding colors, pattern and civility to the instant and less-than-impressive fake-stucco architecture of video shops, discount stores and fast-food outlets. There's a revival of interest in awnings for homes, too, particularly in a retractable form that can provide on-demand shade for outdoor decks and patios. The revival is due in part to nostalgia and the reluctance of some homeowners to let an outdoor classic fade away. But it is also fueled by technological advances in outdoor fabrics and awning frames. Acrylics don't fade Cotton canvas is still available, but most of today's awnings are made of solution-dyed acrylics, which are said to be less prone to fading and deterioration by ultraviolet light from the sun and to mildew. Solution-dyeing adds color to the fibers when they are still in a semi-liquid state, locking the color into the fabric. Acrylics perform well outdoors because the way they are woven allows them to "breathe." Mildew-producing moisture doesn't get trapped in the fabric. , Stronger aluminum framing has been combined with motorized retractable systems that allow an awning to be extended or retracted at the touch of a button. Wind sensors can automatically retract an awning when the wind reaches a certain velocity. Other sensors respond to light, automatically extending an awning in bright sunlight. Of course, fixed-in-place awnings and manual retractable yersions are widely available. Protects carpeting In addition to shielding an outdoor space from the heat of the sun, awnings can contribute to an energy-efficient home. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, homes with awnings are eight to 15 degrees cooler than identical homes without awnings. . A study by the University of Illinois found that awnings can reduce air-conditioning costs by up to 25 percent. They can also protect carpeting and furniture inside a house from the damaging effects of D"' - Model "C" - 3,623 total sq.ft. - Luxury Townhome "BC - 1,865 total sq.ft. - Oakmont - 2,681 total sq. ft. - Luxury 3 bedroom plus den, 2 bath single-family home with 2-car garage. Windsor - 3,330 total sq. ft. - Luxury 4 bedroom plus den, 3 bath single-family home with 2-car garage. single-family home, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2- Luxury townhome, 3 bedrooms, 2'A baths, and 2- car garage. car garage. MmMfflffimMMmuffltmifa Abacoa tuauia v 1 Totntbomes $I20's J Florida Club $170's Stuart (561) 220-8508 Homes mmlable Oakmonl Slnilelamtlv boma SlWs to SliOi I Championship Golf Course and Lakefront homes! Itiniler (561) 62S-60f,Q 1 Ditvctiuns: Take l-)S to Smart exit (Mil (k west on Hiahway 76 for one half mile to Honda Club. Homes available: Models A - E J Directions: Take 1-W to I ... exit SK (Donald Ross Road). I i Go east half mile to I welcome Center. 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Or lake Honda s Turnpike to exll m and ' i HO west one mile, fcntrance on naht. y Florida Club: Clwmpionship Golf Course and Lake front Homes Wonderful views of the Championship Florida Club golf course and glistening lakes in a secluded, Stuart area setting surrounded by trees and native landscaping. RivcrVValk and Village Walk Resort style living - with no membership fees! RiverWalk, in West Palm Beach and Village Walk, in Naples are DiVostas idea of paradise, which offer waterfront luxury and an incomparable lifestyle. Stroll down landscaped paths and footbridges to the Town Center with a convenient Village Store, gas pumps and a car wash - for residents' use only. 1 lere you can have a sandwich with friends, enjoy a game of tennis, a swim or a workotit at the fitness center - it's resort-style living every day, with shops, services and recreation ;. . a private, gated community of luxury waterfront homes! 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