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Sharon Hanby-Robie is an interior designer and an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She is the resident home-décor expert and on-air personality at QVC, Inc. She is the author of several books including My Name Isn't Martha But I Can Renovate My House. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401602843
  • ASIN: B003E7EYJO
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Laurent on February 6, 2009
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This is the best decorating book I have read. Although I confess to being an HTV addict, the emphasis on trendy design on that network sometimes gets old; this book is refreshing because it is filled with practical advice about how to make your home suit your own tastes. I found the photos less inspiring than photos in most home decor books because most of the rooms shown are too formal or too country for me. However, the excellent text more than makes up for that. I borrowed this book from the library but now I am going to buy a copy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joyce A. Dorn on February 24, 2008
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I am in the process of having a new home built for me - I haven't a clue what I am doing but this book helped. The book is written with a ease that the do-it yourself decorator will understand the basics and the pictures help you to see this in your own way for your own style. I have found that my decorating style is Cottage design and I now know what I have been doing will always be with me and now I can begin to pick up pieces for my new home and it will work - for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Breakfield IV VINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
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This book was a huge letdown for me. I realize that design is pretty much whatever you want to do, but I wanted tips on why designers choose to do certain things more often and why they choose those things. For example, I tend to put my sofa and love seat at a right angle to each other with a rectangular rug in front of them and a coffee table on the rug. I'm told this isn't good design and the sofa should sit partially (or completely) on the rug, etc... I want to know why and how to do a better job of this type of design.

I also found the photography to be terrible, with shots of rooms with open sunlit windows washing out the entire photo in many cases!

There was also lots of bad design in the book. A bathroom full of diagonals that made me DIZZY looking at the picture and florals that would have made an 80 year old woman proud. This was just not what I was looking for at all.
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I checked out Decorating Without Fear from the library, on a lark. I expected it to be another one of those "flip-through" decorating books, but I found myself READING this one. And liking what I read. I'm even considering getting my own copy.

I've flipped through decorating books before. Lots of lovely photos ... of somebody else's house. I get the distinct feeling that I will never attain such an elegant-looking arrangement.

Decorating Without Fear contains great advice for making our existing homes more comfortable as well as more visually appealing. The book addresses the other senses ... smell, touch, feeling of being sheltered, etc. and spells out the ways our environment influences those. By making conscious choices, you can influence your unconscious reaction to a room. Good advice. Practical advice. I have always suspected that decorating doesn't have to be about being perfect, about being ostentatious, about impressing visitors. This book confirmed those suspicions.

The author is an interior decorator. Some of the example photos show rooms in her own home. You will find fewer photos than in the average decorating book, but they're well chosen to illustrate a point in the text. The photographer did not light the rooms well, so that often the images are too dark or too light, but I don't think it undermines the great advice presented by this book.
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