Furniture Makes the Room (Hardcover)

Create Special Pieces to Style a Home You Love

By Barb Blair, Paige French (Photographs by)

Chronicle Books, 9781452139999, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

List Price: 27.95*
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Knack Studio founder Barb Blair is famous for her "knack" with furniture: spotting classic pieces and transforming them into modern showstoppers. In this inspiring book, Blair goes beyond the nuts and bolts of furniture refinishing to show how to style rooms with each customized piece. For instance, she transforms a well-worn coffee table with a painted ombré design, and then reveals how to incorporate it into a bright and sunny den, a cozy reading nook, and a cheerful bedroom. With instructions for 15 before-and-after furniture projects—dressers, tables, beds, armoire, and more—in Blair's signature bold style, a "toolbox" section detailing her favorite techniques and materials, and photos of dozens of inspiring interiors, Furniture Makes the Room unlocks the secrets to decorating livable rooms around statement pieces.

About the Author

Barb Blair is the founder of Knack, a brick-and-mortar retail shop and furniture design studio. Her work has been featured on dozens of top design websites. She is the author of Furniture Makeovers and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Paige French is a photographer specializing in lifestyle, editorial, interiors, food, farms, and gatherings. She lives in Athens, Georgia.

Praise For Furniture Makes the Room: Create Special Pieces to Style a Home You Love

"Fans of Barb's first book will be thrilled to see that she's back with another volume as useful as it is beautiful. Furniture Makes The Room will spark new ideas and also give you the technical know how to implement them - it is the perfect addition to any creative home!"- Justina Blakeney, designer, author, and founder of The Jungalow

"This book is pure magic. Barb has created a beautiful yet practical guide for anyone to use when decorating their own space. Barb consistently creates amazing furniture, but this book proves that she also can style amazing spaces." - Kirsten Grove, Interior Stylist, Blogger, and founder of Simply Grove

"I smiled with each turn of the page while reading this book! Barb's ability to repurpose vintage finds using her clever perspective is inspiring. She will help you find a hidden gem in your own home." - Susan Hable, designer, color expert, author, and co-founder of Hable Construction