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Kitty Bartholomew's Decorating Style : A Hands-On Approach to Creating Affordable, Beautiful, and Comfortable Rooms Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 2, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1594860718
  • ASIN: B000BLNP2I
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Happily for Kitty's fans, this book exudes the same style, personality, and knowledge that have made her so beloved. -- Ed Spray, president of Scripps Networks (DIY, Fine Living, Food Network, Home & Garden Television, Shop at Home Network)

I received my book last week and I'm loving every page. Nothing like a great book to end the evening. -- From a Reader

If you've ever wanted to visit Kitty at home, here's your chance . . . like spending time with the lady herself. -- Carol Duvall, host of HGTV's The Carol Duvall Show

Kitty brings a natural coziness to decorating, and she has a knack for making homes look lived in. -- Mario Buatta,

Kitty is "a woman for all seasons." She can do anything. She was great fun to work with on television. -- Willard Scott

This book is spectacular. It's all you'll ever need to make decorating utterly doable and fun. -- Judith Krantz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Anderson on January 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you like to read, if you have time to read, this is a fantastic book about a specific decorating philosophy--how to make YOUR house work for YOUR family.

Many of us want books that tell us exactly what to do. And that's fine. But this book encourages you to think about your family, your needs, your desires, your preferences, your history, your future--and then make decorating decisions based on all that. Your house should be very personal to you, not based on the dictates of a magazine editor.

It's an amazing experience to be reading through this book and a specific decorating problem you have starts to bubble up in your mind, and the solution to it begins to emerge. I had this experience while reading this book, as did a friend of mine. For instance, I had never thought about my dining room before with any clarity, but I knew that nobody ever sat there, even though it's adjacent to the living room. With a small house, it doesn't make sense to have a whole space that is never sat in. So while I was reading this book, I started wondering: "What is wrong with that room?" I realized the table should turned the other way, that it needed some mirrors to liven up the walls, it needed more light, and I replaced two of the chairs with a little silk brocade-covered love seat that was in my office. I put bed risers under the four legs to raise it up to be comfortable at table height. Now that is the favorite spot in the combined living room/dining room area. Everybody in the family wants to sit in the cozy corner I've created, to read, or to use their laptops to send email or surf the Internet. I'm so pleased with what I did, and it was completely unique to my house, my needs, my family.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Clamar on November 4, 2005
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My passion is decorating my house.It's sort of a mix of Cottage, Country French and Miscellaneous.I have a zillion home decor books and I have always tried to pick up little tricks and emulate someone else's style. But, since I read "Kitty Bartholomew's Decorating Style "I have abandoned all inclinations and obligations to copy. Inspired by the book,I do what I like and what looks good to me and it works out well---in my opinion. And my opinion is what counts!!!I don't think Paige Rense will come calling, but I'm happy!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Benson on October 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just can't get over how rich with meaning this book is. It finally struck home to me WHY I LIKE KITTY SO MUCH.

SHE'S REAL AND SHE CARES.

When I buy a decorating book (and I confess I have an bit of decorating book addiction), there's usually a sense of what's trendy, what's hot, what will impress my friends. It's like POW . . . HOT . . . SLICK . . . COOL.

NOT SO WITH KITTY'S BOOK! It's not about shallow pursuits to impress. or being a uppity person with an overly decorated home.

It's about making my family home so warm and cozy and comfortable that everybody wants to be there! They crave being there! I can't keep them away. Godness, how I want to create a home like that, that wraps around me and my family and makes us feel warm and cared about.

THIS BOOK SHOWS HOW TO DO IT. It's all about family, and people, and connection.

Here's a quote from Kitty, from page 22:

"Your home is your haven, your retreat. You want to spend quality time there, but you can't have quality time in a room that's cold, where people don't want to spend time, or where guests feel uncomfortable. The more senses you engage in a room, the more quality time people will spend there, and in many ways, the better provider you will be. How can you engage people's senses? Set a bowl of fragrant flowers on a piano, place a mirror to reflect a magnolia tree in full bloom, and keep cozy knitted throws a arm's reach. Providing for people is more than putting food on the table, more than buying new clothes. It's providing an environment that is conducive to quality time."

I LOVE THAT ATTITUDE, THAT CREATING AN ENVIRONEMNT TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF DECORATING.

I have a deep need for this kind of thinking. I WANT to read more. If Kitty writes more decorating books with this tone, I'll be first in line to buy one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cindi Orgeta on February 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm loving this book. It's full of logical,commonsense, rational advice on making your home look and feel good to your and your family. There are no trends, no being too cool, no trying to show off. This book and this philosophy is what I've needed to get my house feeling better. Kitty is obviously very grounded and very intelligent, as well as being good with her hands. I recommend this book if you want to make your home feel good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Jaeger on June 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Kitty's new book was a delight. I read it cover to cover within a day and a half. There's always something new to learn and while Kitty's show is no longer on the air, at least this book is a compilation of all her decorating advice with beautiful detailed descriptions and instructions on how to make many lovely items for your home to express your own individual taste. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in making their home a unique, personal and affordable space to really thrive in.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Real Woman on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I got this book and Kitty's new KNITTING BOOK around the same time. I didn't even know Kitty put out books, even though I've been a fan for YEARS.

Here's what I noticed: There is a really nice, caring tone to these books. Kitty has such a calm awareness of the COLORS and MATERIALS and MEANING behind everything she does. Colors mean something. Materials mean something. It's not just meaningless stuff.

For instance, she shows how to weave together a TIE COLLECTION to cover a chair seat, and also the same with a BELT COLLECTION. So instead of TOSSING OUT the memories of our past, we can repurpose them to use in our homes.

I love her chapter on FLEA MARKET SHOPPING. Used tools like wooden folding tape measures have VALUE and DIGNITY, she says, and should be preserved and used. Yes. I COULD READ A WHOLE BOOK ABOUT REPURPOSING TREASURES INTO ITEMS FOR OUR HOMES.

This is a book about HONORING US AND OUR FAMILIES, not trying to be better than the Joneses. Kitty couldn't care less about that.

LIKE THE OTHER REVIEWER SAID, THIS IS A BOOK THAT NEEDS TO BE READ, NOT JUST FLIPPED THROUGH LOOKING AT THE PICTURES.

IF more of us had this attitude of caring, there would be less junk in our homes, fewer family memories in the landfill, and A MORE CONTENT AND WHOLESOME FEELING TO OUR HOMES.

THIS IS A DECORATING PHILOSOPHY THAT NEEDS TO SPREAD ACROSS THE LAND, IN MY OPINON.
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