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Designed for the do-it-yourselfer, this new book from the McMillans (House Comfortable: The Art and Science of Comfortable Living, LJ 9/15/96) provides all the basics for home decorating, including styles, lighting, room-by-room design, and accessorizing. The Dummies format works well here; tips and pitfalls are highlighted with icons, although there are too few pictures to illustrate some points. Kitchen design would have benefited from a checklist of design considerations similar to the one provided with bathroom design. Given the popularity of the series, this is a worthwhile purchase for public libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The perfect book for the frustrated interior decorator in each of us!"
—Karla Krengel, Kitchens.com

Easy, affordable solutions for stunning home makeovers

Give your home a great new look!

Turn your home into a designer showplace without spending designer dollars! This friendly guide shows you how to create stunning rooms by mastering your own personal decorating style. Expert advice and cost-cutting tips will help you create the home of your dreams, whether you want to paint one room or redesign your entire house.

Praise for Home Decorating For Dummies

"This guide will prepare you with the basic recipes you will need to make your interior more pleasurable."
– Karim Rashid, Famous Designer

"Wow! Has there ever been a more complete home decorating tutorial? This step-by-step guide instills confidence as a complete home decorating course or as an invaluable resource for specific information."
—Caroline H.S. Hipple, President, Storehouse Furniture, Inc.

Discover how to:

  • Prepare a floor plan
  • Mix colors, patterns, and textures
  • Make the most of small spaces
  • Create focal points in every room
  • Design floors, ceilings, and walls that grab attention
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (October 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764541560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764541568
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Syrie Bianco on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Good,Solid advice on actually furnishing your home stylishly and comfortably instead of just fantasizing about the unaffordable and unattainable. I found a lot of helpful information to get me through each stage of a project. I really liked the way the authors wrote...very down-to-earth and friendly, unintimidating and real. I only wish there were loads of pretty pictures too!
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97 of 107 people found the following review helpful By JD on July 20, 2000
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After checking out many books from the library and pouring over glossy photos of rooms as large as my whole house, I felt more discouraged than inspired. If you can get past the name of this series of books, this particular "Dummy" book has all the same information about interior design as the books that cost three times as much. Get those out of the library and look at the photos for free. There are only a few photos of rooms in this book. It is mostly just the basics of what you need to understand very basic interior design concepts. Is everyone but me living in a house with 12 foot ceilings, rooms that are 400 square feet and windows looking out on the ocean!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By atlantis4569 on September 9, 2004
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This book isn't bad at all. I find myself picking it up when I'm trying to watch t.v. It has pretty good details about different things...fabrics, lighting, flooring, walls, etc. As another review stated, 'I wish it had more pictures', and I also wish it were longer. I really don't think it could have had any more detail though. It's well worth the money, no doubt. My next book will be "remodeling for dummies"....
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Breakfield IV VINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
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I'm a fan of the "dummies" books. I loved Wine for Dummies, but this iteration falls short. With almost no color illustrations and a lot of dry reading that didn't really tell me much at all, I walked away feeling like I had wasted my time and money. Ultimately, you will learn the difference in different styles but very little about how to put it all together. I was looking more for a, "this is how you design a living room" and "this is how you design a bedroom" type of book. I know 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 DID learn one thing that stuck, diagonal patterns create the sensation of motion. There, I saved you $14. :-)
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
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Like all the "handbook for Dummies" series, this is good, basic, straight forward information for the novice, written in a very friendly, unintimidating style.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Syrie Bianco on December 30, 1999
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Good,Solid advice on actually decorating your home instead of fatasizing about the unaffordable and unattainable. I found a lot of helpful information to get me through each stage of a project. I really liked the way the authors wrote...very down-to-earth and freindly, unintimidating and real. I only wish there were loads of pretty pictures too!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1999
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I decided to give this book as a gift, as it is a good introduction and starting point when in a quandary as to where to begin in the process. This was the first book I read on home decorating and it did give me some things to consider that I might not have thought of with the massive project of decorating, coordinating color schemes, lighting, etc. I went on to more in-depth books, which this wasn't one of them.
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