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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Midway (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572841281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572841284
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR MONICA PEDERSEN:

"A radiant, high-energy mistress of ceremonies." —Joyce Wadler, New York Times

"Monica Pedersen...has made her passion for home design into a remarkable and respected career." —Stacy Flannery, Sheridan Road

"Very lovely and endlessly funny...We love how cool [Monica Pedersen] stays under pressure to get a home ready for market with only $2,000. And we totally respect the way she adds graphic punches to her rooms, making them not just salable but also livable." —Apartment Therapy

"[Monica Pedersen] shows homeowners how to maximize their living space and beautify their homes." —Jae-Ha Kim, Chicago Tribune

"Want your own bedroom haven? Master Bedroom designer Monica Pedersen from HGTV’s Designed to Sell advises: 'Invest in elegant, luxurious fabrics. And if you’ve always dreamt of solid white bedding or a dramatic canopy, then go for it.'" —Domino magazine

"Monica Pedersen has certainly made a name for herself in the high-end design world. You might recognize this stunning, bubbly blonde from HGTV, where she stars on Designed to Sell and hosts the cable network’s Dream Home Giveaway 2011." —Vegas Magazine

"When designer and television host Monica Pedersen isn’t helping home sellers...on HGTV’s Designed to Sell, she puts her style savvy to work on a variety of other projects here in hometown Chicago." —Chicago Collection

"Some truly amazing ideas and a total inspiration for anyone looking to do a little something special at their next gathering!" —Carmen Christensen, Time2Design

"Make It Beautiful offers both design that will make you wish you were living in the pages as well as simple steps that people can implement for their own gatherings." —Maris Callahan, My Daily Find Chicago

About the Author

Monica Pedersen’s work as an interior design expert and television host can be seen on HGTV’s Designed to Sell, Bang for Your Buck, Showdown, and Dream Home. Her writing has been featured in Redbook, USA Today and The Washington Post.

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Finally a high-end entertaining ideas that any budget can acheive through this book.
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I had never heard of Monica Pedersen before reading this book, so her name at the front of the title wasn't a selling point for me.
Nyssa
Fantastic advice, gorgeous photography and great photos of Monica Pedersen.....what's not to like about this combination?
Douglas B. Frazier

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann de Vries on May 3, 2013
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This book was not what I expected and I did not find it to be very useful. From the description, I thought this book would have ideas and photographs that would serve as a "how-to" for entertaining at home. I thought photos and text would concentrate on this topic. I was wrong.

This book read more like a self-indulgent exercise in demonstrating how fabulous the author, her family and her friends are. Yes, there were a few photographs of decorating ideas, but there were even more photographs of the author, her family and her friends. Every chapter was a party theme and every chapter was full of these people in various poses, sometimes in the party setting, but more often simply in isolated portraits. But hey, these people are so fabulous and so wonderful, that I will love seeing them mug and smile for the camera and I will be happy to pay money to do so.

What about the text and ideas about setting up for the themes? The word "pretentious" comes to mind. Yes, I am definitely going to set up a party in Fabio's restaurant and I am definitely going to jet off to shop in high end boutiques for accessories and props for the fabulous party at Fabio's. I just love hearing about all of the author's friends and family, and about how wonderful and fabulous they are. I just love all these little anecdotes about her mother's favourite tea and her mother's advice on what container to use to serve tea. And yes, that was sarcasm. I am not sure of the ratio, but there seemed to be more text about these people than there was about entertaining ideas. I was expecting a book giving me advice on entertaining, and not a personal memoir.

Some personal anecdotes can add to a book and make it interesting, as long as they don't constitute the main portion of the book.
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This book might be great for someone with money.. although if one had money they would probably just hire Monica and not buy this book. I don't think the average person wanting to entertain is going to find much here.

The baby shower- she hired an artist to make a custom blackboard for the babies room, then had the event catered. The cake came from a bakery. How is this really DIY for an event? Maybe I misunderstood the thrust of this book.

There is a lot of "I did this" or "I did that" but not really how.. for example, with the graduation party, "I chose a sage green fabric." the book is more about the parties she threw and how fabulous they were, than anything that would help me throw a party. Lots of pictures of her, her friends etc, but not a lot of pictures on how to decorate or combine. And again the event was catered. Picking up a phone and calling a catering company is not and idea for entertaining at home in my world. But then, I don't feel this book was directed to my world. The graduate's mother was out "antiquing" and came upon 26 fabulous swedish chairs so Monica told her to grab them and then they could be used for later parties. Where the heck would I store 26 fabulous chairs I found while out antiquing? (BTW, I "antique" at salvation army) One nice tip was to have everyone write in a book and present it to the graduate, but that's hardly a fresh or original idea.

And so it goes for the tea, coffee, wine tasting, etc. I did this and we had a fab party. Whip up some drapes with extra fabric one has laying around, don't we all? Hang original artwork to give guests something to converse about .. yeah, don't think my kids third grade turkey hand project is going to qualify for that one. Have Fabio cater my party.. I'm on board with that one .. sigh..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nyssa on May 26, 2013
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I had never heard of Monica Pedersen before reading this book, so her name at the front of the title wasn't a selling point for me. The fact that her name came first in the title would lead me to believe that she's some sort of expert or has some following that would make it a draw for fans to buy her book. After reading her book, I'm still wondering why she's apparently famous and what it is she's done to get that way.

Each event covered in the book such as a baby shower, wedding reception, book club meeting, or wine tasting among others is covered in a chapter of its own. There is a text description of the event, people who attended, where it was held, and so forth. While there are photographs of the events, they are heavy on people who attended and light on detailed closeup pictures of the design elements and decorations. Photographs of how to accomplish the designs and decorations are non-existent. No discussion of budgets or the approximate cost of any of the items is mentioned for any of the events.

Part of the sub-title of the book is "Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home." That is misleading since most of the events covered do not occur in the author's home. Many occur at either another person's home, a golf course, a park, or a restaurant. At none of the events does the author cook a meal, snack, or other refreshment except hot cocoa. The food is either catered, purchased at a bakery, or prepared by someone else. There are recipes included for several of the items served at events, but only one is from the author herself: the hot cocoa recipe that can be found on a can of Hershey's cocoa. So food preparation for entertaining at home is not Ms. Pedersen's forte.
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