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Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide (Sunset Design Guides) Paperback – September 15, 2009

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About the Author

Author Kerrie L. Kelly is an award-winning interior designer and owner of All American Design & Furnishings, Inc., a design firm that works on residential, model home and commercial space that's based in Folsom, California.

Sunset Magazine has a circulation of over 1.1 million and a readership of 5.325 million.

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Product Details

  • Series: Sunset Design Guides
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376013524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376013521
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vincent J. Catalano on August 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Home Decor is one of those rare design books that offers a broad look and fresh trends for all rooms of your home. It's obvious the author took great pains to select people with a variety of expertise to contribute and add richness to the content.

The photos are big and plentiful and the text offers practical advice for do-it-yourselfer's as well as people that might choose to use a designer. Ms. Kelly also has a section of how to interact with designer to make the experience better. I also checked out her website [...] where you can see further examples of her projects.

A must read for anyone looking to improve their nest!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Locker on September 9, 2009
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This is no ordinary interior design book. It is brimming with outstanding visuals and is extremely well written. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to make improvements in their home. As the author states, "Everyone deserves great design!" This book is a rare treat that the reader will use as a reference over and over. As one who taught interior design for years, I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy on August 3, 2011
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I love to peruse catalogs for design ideas (Pottery Barn, PB Kids, Ballard Designs, Horchow). But books, not so much. Because, in my mind, design books fell into 2 categories: (1) campy, DIY books for "dummies," or (2) coffee table books with gorgeous photos, but the tiny text doesn't say anything helpful. So, when I received "Home Decor, A Sunset Design Guide" as a gift, I was skeptical -- and proven wrong.

This book is exceptional and stands out above the rest for as much as what it is as what it is not:

-- The book is like an introduction to design, without being too simplistic. (e.g. None of that "Step 1, Step 2...") Its contents "Getting Started," "Room-by Room Design," "Surfaces," "Palettes," "Furniture," "Finishing Touches") and their sub-topics are clearly laid out in a logical, easy-to read/follow fashion.
-- The text reads and flows well. It's like someone is walking and talking with you through, say, textures and patterns, and why X goes well with Y or Z. Also, examples are given about what to try and why.
-- There are "insider tips" from design professionals (whose bios are presented at the front of the book, as you'd find in a magazine, so you can put a face/background with the advice given).
-- There are "at a glance" sections (e.g. "Wall Finishes at a glance") which clearly lay out pros, cons, $$ to consider (in bullet points) about, for example, "wainscoting."
-- Much to my delight, there were notes about "Green Issues" in the "at a glance" sections. Hurray for finding an author who cares enough about the environment to insert a quick blurb about each medium re: how it will affect the air or carbon emission issues. Fantastic.
-- The photos are beautiful. Just gorgeous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on March 15, 2010
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I am remodeling my house this summer and looked to this book for ideas. It definitely delivered. A great variety of ideas - lots of photos as well as design advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee on January 28, 2011
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I love this book. Every time I look at it I see something I missed. If you are going to remodel, or just need some decorating tips, this is a beautiful book.
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My wife and I got some great ideas from this book when we were remodeling our bathroom. The high quality pictures are fantastic.

It is limited in styles. I think it appeals to most people today but it's certainly not meant to be comprehensive.

I bought this book after I bought my first house. The ideas are great but most of them in impractical for people who are not wealthy. These books are useful for people who are really, really into interior decorating or are on their 4th house and can afford the high cost of rugs, quality furniture and furnishings that aren't cheap. It's certainly not out of reach for everyone and it gives something to aspire to.
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The author has taken the time to create a well rounded design book, whether you are in the market for a quick fix, long term fix or a do it yourself version. The bases have all been covered.

I refer to this quite a bit for my personal home as well as for clients. It is a nice way to be able to reference a picture and decide this is the feeling I want to incorporate into my space. The pictures are beautiful and along with it's modern touches there are very classic elements that will last a life time.

Thank you for this wonderful book!
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I was so excited when Home Decor was published. The inspiration, advice and design ideas In Kerrie Kelly's book is truly one of a kind. The pictures are beautiful, and the designs are exceptional. Kerrie has addressed every aspect of your home inside and out. I love Kerrie's motto: Everyone deserves great design! You must consult this book before beginning any of your home projects.

Great job Kerrie and everyone involved in making this book possible it's remarkable!
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