From Publishers Weekly
Ledoux's guide to funky apartment decorating on the cheap proves even the most dramatic overhauls can be achieved with a little fabric, creativity and, of course, a glue gun. This cheerful over-sized paperback packs a mod punch on every colorful page, giving DIYers easy to follow instructions for such projects as an adjustable ceiling globe echoing shades of Noguchi, as well as a sunny atomic clock that makes those vintage George Nelson versions look dour. Ledoux emphasizes retro, and quickie projects like an idiot-proof fabric-covered roller shade help transform even the dreariest room into a mid-century haven. Though some readers may be too busy to decoupage a dresser with '50s reproduction fabric, even time-strapped urban hipsters will delight in projects like the "mostly no-sew pillows" that add a colorful edge to a dumpy sofa. Ledoux's southern roots show as she helps readers create a Warhol-like "celebrity triptych" using a photo of Elvis. Fun, fashionable and, best of all, easy, Ledoux's projects will provide even the least crafty of young adults with ideas to jazz up their humble apartments.
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Aimed at hip, young renters on a budget, this craft title combines an overview of basic interior--design principles with cheap, high-style home-decor projects. Ledoux's conversational text begins with a long opening section filled with excellent, practical decorating advice: "If you have a paint chip in your hand, drop it immediately. . . . Starting your room with a wall color and then trying to find everything else to match is backward." There are more than 40 projects, which are divided into categories--windows, lighting, furniture, and so on. The projects vary in complexity, but most assume some familiarity with tools and aren't for those dipping their paintbrushes for the first time. Still, Ledoux's instructions are clear and easy to follow, her materials inexpensive, and the finished projects--the kitchen backsplash made of dominoes; a light sconce made of blueprints--are unique and inspired. Fans of ReadyMade
magazine may be the biggest audience for this, but Ledoux's whimsical, stylish ideas may easily lure some of Martha's devotees, too. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved