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Use What You Have Decorating: Transform Your Home in One Hour with Ten Simple Design Principles Using...
Lauri Ward
039952536X
October 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Finally, finally, a practical home-decorating book for the reader who is not a millionaire! Rather than call in a professional design consultant to tell you which walls "must go" and throwing out everything you own in favor of new and expensive designer fabrics, furniture, and fixtures, Ward starts with what you already have and makes dramatic transformations by arrangement, use of color, and a few inexpensive additions of objects or materials. Her idea is to use what you already have and like, and operate on a budget you can afford to make your home more satisfying and aesthetically pleasing to you without being a slave to passing trends, fads, and radical transformations that end up making you feel like a stranger in your own home.

Among the many tips and guidelines, Ward starts with the top 10 decorating mistakes that...



The Complete Decorating and Home Improvement Book: Ideas and Techniques for Decorating Your Home - a Complete Step-by-Step Guide
Mike Collins
076073643X
January 2003
Hardcover
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Caribbean Elegance

0810910098


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From Library Journal
Connors, a West Indian decorative arts scholar, presents a comprehensive guide to the development of West Indian furniture and its makers during the colonial era. Detailing the historical and sociological influences at play, he shows how each island's furniture began by reflecting the styles of the various ruling countries (England, Holland, Spain, Denmark, or France) and later evolved into a uniquely Caribbean style as the islands' furniture makers, who were primarily African slaves, began to develop their skills and incorporate African decorative motifs into their designs. Use of the islands' hardwoods, such as mahogany, and the prevalence of items best suited to the climate, such as caned rockers, four-poster beds, and armoires, further defined the style. Numerous color photographs show the furniture in historic...


An Affair with a House
Bunny Williams
1584794704
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
For 28 years the world-renowned interior designer Bunny Williams has been involved in a passionate love affair with an18th-century New England manor house that she found in sad repair. From the moment she walked up the driveway and her palms began to perspire, Williams knew she wanted the affair to last forever. In her sumptuous new book, An Affair with a House, the venerable decorator describes in detail how she and her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, rescued, nurtured, renovated, and decorated the well-worn house, giving it new life as they restored each room, resurrected the abandoned gardens, and filled this weekend home with family and friends. Through photographs, anecdotes, how-tos, and recipes, Williams provides a rare inside look at a top decorator's retreat and explains how she approached the joys,...


Pad : The Guide to Ultra-Living

0811826538


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Book Description
You have a futon left over from college, some dingy end tables that Aunt Miller left you, and an apartment whose carpeting dates back to the Me Decade. The decorating magazines and TV shows never seem to talk to you. So what? With some attitude, know-how, and a lot of your own style, your place can be transformed into a fabulous Shangri-La, a swanky venue fit for living and entertaining well. Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living is filled to bursting with hip, affordable projects for every room in the house and shows how to use basics like lighting, plants, mirrors, and paint to enhance even problem areas. Numerous testimonials from real people with real living spaces demonstrate how a little spaces demonstrate how a little spunk and individuality can overcome the limitations of the average urban dwelling. Offering a...


The Beverly Hills Organizer's Home Organizing Bible
Linda Koopersmith
1592331548
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
At last—an easy-to-follow, step-by-step visual guide to organizing your home room by room and piece by piece. Most organizing books are too complicated to actually use—you have to read them cover-to-cover, search for the information you need, then try to remember it once you finally find it. And after all that, it may be useless! With The Beverly Hills Organizer’s Home Organizing Bible, you can quickly turn to the section they need, and then follow organizing ace Linda Koopersmith’s decluttering "recipe" step by step, just like a cookbook. Everything you’ll need is there on one spread! Linda’s practical strategies and smart storage systems help you clear out the clutter and stay organized for good. • Packed with organizational tips and techniques that are easy, inexpensive,...


The Ultimate Decorating Book: Over 1,000 Decorating Ideas For All The Rooms In Your Home
Judy Spours
1855857294
August 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Filled with photographs of every room of the home, this book provides less practical information on decorating than would be expected from the title. The illustrations will give experienced decorators ideas on various ways to accent and decorate the home. Interspersed are brief instructions on various painting and sewing projects. If there is a strong interest in interior decorating this will give more examples than many sources, but be sure to supplement it with some good do-it-yourself project books, such as the Paint, reviewed above. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
“Heavy on ideas...elaborately illustrated...perfect for those would-be decorators who like to look at lots of pictures. Remarkably crisp and invariably eye-catching, the...


Charles Faudree's Country French Living
Charles Faudree
1586857150
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Though it's rare for Tulsa and Paris to be mentioned in the same breath, interior decorator Faudree (Charles Faudree's French Country Signature) has made a handsome living by bringing a bit of the French to the Midwest. Famed for his Parisian buying trips, where he negotiates with flea market vendors using a pen and paper, Faudree confides "a signature piece doesn't have to be expensive. You can get the look without the seventeenth-century armoire." The look the designer refers to is typified by floor-sweeping silk draperies and overstuffed chairs upholstered in merrily patterned fabrics long on luxury. Faudree's obsession with textiles is evident on every page, and far from simply focusing on predictable pastoral-themed toile to recreate the charm of French country cottages, his experiments with dragon-fly...


More Splash Than Cash Decorating Ideas: Over 1200 Tips, Tricks, Techniques and Ideas to Decorate Your Home
Donna Babylon
0966822706
January 2004
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Both of these books take a helpful approach to interior decorating. Babylon, designer of home decorating patterns for McCall's, gives tips for every room of the house. Instructions for projects referenced within the text are all contained at the end of the book. Linsley (First Home, LJ 5/15/98) continues with her style of sparsely illustrated advice, this time on how to decorate in a luxurious style within a budget. Both books give instructions on various projects such as painting effects and sewing soft furnishings that are covered better in such books as Jocasta Innes's Applied Artistry (LJ 1/96) or Complete Book of Soft Furnishings (reviewed below). However, the advice in both will give an amateur decorator hundreds of ideas. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You'll Love
Nate Berkus
1401301371
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Nate Berkus, regular contributor on The Oprah Winfrey Show, contributing editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, and nationally renowned decorator, has created a book inspired by his belief that everyone should love the way they live. This step-by-step guide to achieving your own beautiful rooms is based on Nate+s signature style and innovative approach to design. As a small boy, Nate could often be found rearranging his room (as well as helping his mother and the other neighborhood mothers rearrange theirs). Throughout the years his passion continued to grow, and soon Nate was heading his own award-winning firm with an elite roster of clients. But it was Oprah Winfrey who gave Nate the chance of a lifetime-the opportunity to go into millions of homes around the world and join her mission to help people live their best lives....


Discovering Home with Laurie Smith
Laurie Smith
0696224062
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Laurie uses her own home, personal design journal, and classical training to teach design techniques.

Inspirational, full-color photos capture Laurie’s before-and-after design process.

Gives homeowners confidence to work with any home’s architectural "bones."

Strategies to arrange furniture, choose colors, and play with patterns to create rooms that reflect personal interests and tastes.

Expert advice for window treatments, lighting, fabrics, color schemes, and accessories.

About the Author
Jackson, Mississippi, interior decorator Laurie Smith is one of the two original designers on TLC’s Trading Spaces and a favorite among fans. Laurie, who trained at the School of Design in New York City, describes herself as “elegant, but eclectic.”...



Pottery Barn Home
Oxmoor House
0848727657
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Introducing the ultimate sourcebook for the stylish home: Pottery Barn House & Home is filled with easy ideas for decorating, updating, and furnishing a cohesive, welcoming space. Whatever your style or budget, whether you’re completely remodeling or simply refreshing one room, you’ll find inspiration and practical guidelines to make your home a special place to be. Key Features and Benefits: * Discover hundreds of easy solutions for every aspect of home decorating: space planning, color selection, lighting, materials, fabrics, furnishings, accessories, and displays * Get a glimpse inside real-life living rooms, gourmet kitchens, spa baths, home offices, outdoor spaces, and rooms of every style—including 700 photos commissioned exclusively for Pottery Barn books * Learn about the latest...


Domicilium Decoratus : Hillcrest Estate, Beverly Hills, California
Kelly Wearstler
0060897988
February 1, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description

An acclaimed interior designer and author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Modern Glamour, Kelly Wearstler presents sumptuous photographs of one of her most incredible design achievements yet -- her family home, the Hillcrest Estate

With her impeccable taste, fearless technique, and discerning eye for color, shape, pattern, and texture, Kelly Wearstler's status as an internationally acclaimed interior designed is unparalleled. With buoyant ease, she will confidently cover walls in iconic graphics, select a captivating animal figure as a focal point, or add a lush expanse of contrasting color to an otherwise monochromatic space. Combining grace and flawless skill, she can change a simple room into a work of art. Her home is no exception. Domicilium Decoratus reveals the most private and...



Winter House
Charlotte Moss
1400054389
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Lavishly illustrated and endlessly inspiring, Winter House is the ultimate guide to creating a place—and a frame of mind—that will bring you joy throughout the years.

A winter house is a place to recharge your body and your spirit. Whether you spend the season on the slopes or in a cozy apartment in a snowy city, you can capture that feeling of warmth and welcome in your own home.

In Winter House, acclaimed interior designer Charlotte Moss shows how to transform your home into a beautiful and inviting retreat. Using her own quintessential winter house as an example, Moss demonstrates how rich, patterned fabrics, gorgeous tableware, and other unique design details combine in a warm and sumptuous environment.

Within Winter House are spaces for every purpose, from...


Country Living: 750 Great Ideas for Decorating on a Budget
Staff of Country Living
1588163040
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Country Living's 750 Style & Design Ideas has sold nearly 50,000 copies-and this lushly photographed follow-up taps right into the red-hot craze. It's makeovers made easy and affordable!

Extreme Home Makeover, Trading Spaces, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: these days, people can't seem to get enough of makeovers. But most of us think we have neither the time, nor the resources or know-how to accomplish the look we want. That's why Country Living-- the authority on transforming a home into a tasteful, comfortable refuge--offers simple but lovely decorating ideas that are well within the reach of every budget. More than 400 breathtaking photographs present a wealth of inexpensive ways to bring style and charm to every room in the house--and outdoor spaces, as well. You'll...


Candice Olson on Design
Candice Olson
0696225840
January 10, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Candice’s fresh, honest approach to design shows readers how to create rooms that are beautiful and functional, perfectly geared to what they love and how they live.

With her trademark humor and sense of fun, Candice shares design secrets and dozens of practical tips to help readers plan and execute successful room makeovers.

Room tours illustrate Candice’s approach to design, and quick-read sidebars highlight favorite features and ideas readers can use in their homes.

Includes decorating ideas, tips, and advice to update and reinvent living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, basements, and more!

About the Author
Candice Olson is one of the top interior designers in North America. Her signature style incorporates creativity, practicality, and...



House Beautiful 750 Decorating and Design Ideas: Express Yourself with Color, Pattern, Light and Style
House Beautiful Staff (Editor)
1588162699
August 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The editors of House Beautiful magazine have pulled together this large, inexpensive, though ultimately simplistic book. Arranged by chapter headings such as "Colors & Patterns," "Walls, Windows & Floors," and "Space & Storage," the book does offer a bounty of decorating ideas with hundreds of beautiful photos in an attractive layout. With only one to three photos per double-page spread, this book is candy for the eye. Written in the margin are ideas addressing each photos-some helpful, but most obvious or silly. In the chapter "Personalize & Accessorize," one caption reads: "An object by itself is only and object. Juxtapose it with something else and it becomes a composition." "Recite a poem at your next dinner party" is another suggestion. Though the book is quite beautiful, it's not very helpful; home...


Michael Smith Elements of Style
Michael Smith, Diane Dorrans Saeks
0847827623
November 22, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Acclaimed designer Michael Smith has earned a reputation as the thinking celebrity's decorator, with a client list that includes Cindy Crawford, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Pairing lush interiors with dynamic insider advice, Michael Smith's Elements of Style beautifully captures the essential building blocks of good interior design. Smith covers in depth the most common decorating decisions everyone faces: working with color, selecting the right paint, choosing window treatments and floor coverings, creating a luxurious bed, and building a furniture collection over time. Illustrated with stunning color photography, including a dozen homes presented in depth to demonstrate how rooms work alone and together, the book also includes practical sidebars on learning how to buy...


Design on a Dime
HGTV Books
0696218496
Dec 2003
Bargain - Paperback
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Book Description
Design-conscious readers can examine creative makeovers that cost less than $1,000.

Highlights 20 rooms from the show, including before-and-after photos.

In-depth instruction for projects from stenciling walls to customizing furniture.

Show’s talented design team provides plenty of practical tips and foolproof techniques to restyle, recolor, remake, and rearrange any room of the home.

Includes a room arranging kit with dozens of templates.

Provides detailed buying resource information.



Tile Your World: John Bridge's New Tile Setting Book
John P. Bridge
0974275433
December 20, 2003
Paperback
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Builders' Booksource
John Bridge's book has the kind of depth and breadth of information that we are sold on.

Cambium Books
Very complete coverage . . .

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Country Living: 750 Style and Design Ideas for Home and Garden
Country Living Staff (Editor)
1588162702
August 2003
Paperback
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Dollar Store Decor
Mark Montano
0789313030
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
From the most popular decorator on TLC’s hit show “While You Were Out” comes a guide to the coolest kind of decorating on the skimpiest of budgets. Just a few dollars and a bit of creativity go a long way toward adding spice to your living space without breaking the bank. Stores like Dollar Tree and 99¢ Dream are popping up in every city in America with a treasure trove of items from frames to faux flowers. With these materials―and some easy instructions from Mark―readers will learn how to create and embellish everything from lampshades to storage areas for a fraction of the cost they would pay anywhere else. These projects are so cool no one will ever guess how little was paid!
Edgy and stylish, this book is the hippest guide available on shoestring budget decorating.


Casa Florida : Spanish-Style Houses from Winter Park to Coral Gables
Susan Sully, Steven Brooke (Photographer)
0847827038
October 11, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Florida’s architectural history can be traced to the Spanish colonial settlement of St. Augustine in the mid-16 century, while the state’s architectural development reached its mature stage in the 19th century. Casa Florida is an exuberant, full-color celebration of the enduring influence of Spanish architecture and design upon Florida’s resorts, private houses, and gardens.
Casa Florida explores the earliest influences of the Spanish style in the Sunshine State, its revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and its contemporary expression in architecture today, with a strong focus on the style’s unifying concept of fantasy and Florida’s unique tendency to inspire enraptured states of mind and spectacular built environments. Susan Sully provides colorful history and...


Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy
Frances Mayes
0767917464
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Only those who love sitting through slides from other people's vacations are likely to warm to Mayes's latest, on the joys of owning a renovated Tuscan villa. Mayes's first book on the subject, Under the Tuscan Sun, sold two million copies and spawned a Hollywood film, but with each return visit to familiar territory (Bella Tuscany; In Tuscany) Mayes finds less fresh material. This work is a grab bag of guess-you-had-to-be-there anecdotes (Mayes devotes an entire paragraph to the activities of a wasp that flies into her study while she's writing) and suggestions for how readers can, as Mayes and her husband, Ed, do, live the good life in northern California and Italy. (Hint: it takes a lot of money.) The book includes 25 recipes, though few are specifically Tuscan. Instead, Mayes devotes space to Nancy...


Modern Glamour : The Art of Unexpected Style
Kelly Wearstler
0060394420
March 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Bold, complex, decadent, dizzying, rich, colorful: Wearstler’s residential and hotel designs are not for the faint of heart. The founder of the Los Angeles "architectural interior design" firm KWID worked as a Hollywood set designer before she decided to focus on real-life living spaces, and her vibrant, multi-layered interiors still look like backdrops for drama. In this design cum promotional book, Wearstler explains her aesthetic philosophy and lays out suggestions for those readers who would like to emulate her "unusual and kaleidoscopic" style, which graces such famous California hotels as the Viceroy, Estella and Maison 140. Certainly, the book’s large, full-bleed color photographs do justice to the variety of her creations. One two-page spread showcases a bathroom tiled in maroon, pink and white...


Living Large in Small Spaces: Expressing Personal Style in 100 to 1,000 Square Feet
Marisa Bartolucci, Radek Kurzaj
0810991055
May 1, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
With a little imagination and creativity--and without hiring a professional--almost anyone can transform a small living space into a comfortable and stylish environment. Whether decorating a dorm room, an apartment, or a little cottage, what we strive for is a look and feel that expresses our individual personalities. Part style guide, part idea sourcebook, this handy volume--designed to meet the needs of real people with real budgets--is packed with smart ideas, basic design principles, and enough inspiration to get you off the sofa to make it happen. In her lively, informative text, design guru Marisa Bartolucci takes readers inside 33 small homes from cities across the U.S. to reveal how a strong sense of style--rather than design know-how or unlimited resources--is the most effective tool for transforming an...

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