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Your Home A Living Canvas Create Fabulous Faux Finishes And Amazing Murals With Paint [Hardcover]

Curtis L Heuser

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Book Description

Oct. 24 2007
Uncover the glory in your home! Use paint to create inspired living spaces that reflect your style and your home's character.

Once upon a time, there was a sad little Victorian house on the corner, abandoned by its previous owners and abused by time. Your Home, A Living Canvas is the Cinderella story of that house and its transformation into a charming, historic home, thanks to the loving care of acclaimed decorative artisan, Curtis L. Heuser.

From the grand staircase to the cozy third-floor master suite, this book takes you along on the complete floor-to-ceiling, room-by-room makeover. You'll learn about the design concepts and inspirations for each space, along with real-world how-to's behind the wall treatments, ceiling features, architectural highlights, and other exquisite details.

  • A series of 25+ step-by-step demonstrations show how Heuser used murals, trompe l'oeil and faux finishes to blend old with new, reclaiming the spirit of the house's former glory, while incorporating unique personal touches.
  • Covers a range of decorative styles, from the exotic crackle-finish bookcases in the study, to the Italian country villa-inspired kitchen, to a sophisticated dining room that embodies the Old World ambiance of classic European interiors.
  • Offers a wealth of expert decorating advice on using color to evoke mood, displaying your collections, mixing and matching eclectic furnishings, and more.
Whether you're interested in a simple faux finish technique or are dedicated to preserving the architecture and charm of your own historic dwelling, this book will help you create a living environment rich in color, texture and atmosphere ... a place called "home."



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1 edition (Oct. 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158180783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581807837
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 25.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Curtis Heuser is a local artist specializing in custom paint finishes, expert murals and trompe l'oeil techniques. He has transformed fine interiors in several states and has been featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer and Post, Cincinnati Magazine, Around the House with Jay Shatz and HGTV's Before & After Show.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best faux books to come out in a while Jan. 13 2008
By Regina Garay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In my humble opinion, this is one of the best faux books to come out in a while. The colors are rich, photographs are plenty (great before, during and after shots), the directions easy to understand and follow and finally, the finishes shown can give anyone -- from the novice to the professional -- new ideas from which to choose from. Being in this profession for 10 years, I like books that offer something new to learn. I must kindly disagree with the negative review given -- I found the title was exactly on point and I found that the use of plaster for the mural and design elements was imaginative since it made the designs "pop" out even more. The mix of murals and faux made this book more versatile and interesting...something every living canvas should be.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book puts magnificence within your reach! Nov. 20 2007
By Captain Fig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Awesome" has become a word so inappropriately and over used in contemporary language that I hesitate to include it in this review, but applied in its truest form is the only word that does justice to this book.

This work is an extraordinary journey in artistic expression and delight that includes a gift to the reader that, although promised by the introduction, delivers in greater abundance than I would ever have believed. While basking in the grandeur of seeing what a gifted artist has achieved in transforming a wreck into a palace, it suddenly becomes apparent that regardless of imagination or individual talent, much of what is showcased is achievable by anyone with even the most modest of abilities!

Don't know where to find your inspiration? Curt shows you where he found his - a beloved knick-knack, an interesting antique store item, a pleasing fabric pattern - you name it, he reveals that inspiration is a natural inclination easily found within the simplest of everyday items.

Don't know how to employ your source of inspiration? Curt shows you a myriad of ways to do just that.

Afraid you don't have the knowledge or talent to tackle faux finishing? I thought so too until seeing how easy it was to follow the simple step-by-step directions. This book inspired me to try my first faux finishing project with results that far exceeded anything I would have thought possible, particularly since it was my first attempt. People can't believe that what I accomplished wasn't done by a professional.

At a loss in selecting a color palette? (My nemesis!) Curt hands you many on a silver platter! I've always found picking colors that work together the hardest part of decorating. With more than two dozen examples, just find one you like and Curt gives you the exact palette down to the specific paint name that you just take to the store! It doesn't get easier than that!

I originally purchased this book because of my interest in renovation, remodeling and design, and love of art in general. I've always enjoyed improving the various homes I've owned and love seeing how others transform stones into gems. While I have painted many a wall and baseboard in my life, decorative painting was something I thought I would never attempt or be able to achieve. How wrong I was and thanks to Curt I know now that magnificence is within my reach. I can't wait to attempt my first mural!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Masterpiece Jan. 6 2008
By Anne E. Sharrard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Curt Heuser's book illustrates his labor of love from buying a rundown row house in Newport, KY to its complete reconstruction and decorating that parallels the interiors of the mansions of Newport, RI. The beauty of the book, aside from its obvious visual appeal, is the unexpected didactic aspect. Curt not only shares the tools of his art and explains their uses, but also gives the reader the exact shade of each Sherwin Williams paint he employed. He almost has me believing I can paint clouds and cherubs in the tray ceiling of my foyer--if only I can conquer my fear of heights.

Curt's dedication to detail, years of collecting, and patience to wait for the perfect stained glass and mosaic tile demonstrate remarkable dedication to a vision that was well worth the wait. I highly recommend this book whether you want to learn to faux finish or simply want a lovely coffee table book to leaf through. It's amazing to behold the same level of craftsmanship in a newly refurbished house that we thought ended with the Golden Age.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BOOK! Oct. 18 2007
By paintmistress - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am overwhelmed by the beauty and warmth of this artist's residence. Just breathtaking! The man is a genius with color - I have never seen a place more colorful and inviting - as he has hand painted nearly every wall and ceiling in the home, with incredible detailed murals and custom faux finishes. Then there is the decorating...the home is tastefully designed with old world sophistication: Victorian Gothic styled antique furniture, odd and uniquely displayed collections, incredible stained glass windows, a custom gourmet styled Italian country kitchen to die for, etc. I think this book is the perfect inspirational guide for anyone interested in the making of fine interiors and unique European influenced murals and faux finishes. It would also be an invaluable resource for those interested in do it yourself home makeovers as well as historic renovation. The resource lists included throughout this book reveal where to find every detail that Heuser incorporated into his home's amazing rebirth. All in all I found this book a real bargain and well worth the value!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "OUTSTANDING" Value! Oct. 18 2007
By artistic soul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The quality of this hardcover book is "first-class"! It is richly stuffed with the most beautiful interior photographs I have ever seen, highlighting the classic murals and custom paint finishes in this fine historic home. I actually had the opportunity to tour this remarkable home during the National Tall Stacks riverboat event in Cincinnati OH. and Newport KY., in 2006. This book gracefully captures the warmth and "old-world" ambiance of the home. The graphic design or "look and feel" of this book is luscious as well- accompanied with an informative filled, yet delightful and entertaining read. For the low price, the content and value of this book is immense!!!!

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