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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Northwest Arm Press (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192678104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926781044
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Gale C. Steves, former editor-in-chief of Home magazine, is an established authority on everything to do with the home. Her reader-friendly approach to decorating and remodeling has inspired millions with ideas and real solutions. It was in response to consumer queries about making their homes more livable that she developed the concept of Right-Sizing. The National Association of Home Builders has recognized Steves' outstanding contribution to the building and remodeling field with a Certificate of Merit. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women and was most recently inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers. Steves' consumer magazine experience includes key editorial positions at Ladies Home Journal, American Home, and Woman's Day, among others. She is also the author of several books, including Weekend Cooking and Home Magazine's Best Little Houses.

Customer Reviews

Lot's of wonderful ideas!
Grammy
Now is the perfect time for this book, since many people need to make adjustments in their homes for different ways of living.
L. Marrero
A friend raved about how useful this book was.
mjt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Marrero on June 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is truly an achievement-- marrying form and function in one book, making it both beautiful and extremely useful at the same time! The exercises and questions are very relevant and useful and organized very well. I love how it covers lots of angles on lifestyle and preferences, even down to profiling the "secret napper's" bedroom and discussing kitchen design for those who entertain or those who don't. The hundreds of photographs both illustrate and inspire with fresh ideas for storage and design. Now is the perfect time for this book, since many people need to make adjustments in their homes for different ways of living. Well done!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By pepperathome on June 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love the upbeat tone of this book. The author has somehow secretly looked through my windows to see the problems of my home. She realizes that I need to manage my space better. I like her message of "improve, do not move". Every chapter has some helpful hints and even more useful illustrations and diagrams. For example, this is the first time I have seen a design book touch on issues to consider if you are too tall or too short. Her novel solutions for the long-legged make me want to rush out to buy them, and then I discovered that Steves even helps me there. In the back of the book are innovative sources for things she has discussed. I hate books with pretty pictures that leave me only dreaming about how to make that happen in my house. She leads the way and makes right-sizing seem easy enough for a non-professional to accomplish
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mjt on June 25, 2010
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A friend raved about how useful this book was. She lent it to me as I was shopping for a new dining room set. They're expensive and I didn't want to make a mistake. This book is user-friendly and clearly "empowers" you in making a decision. It became fun. I bought my own copy. Renovations, decorating, organizing etc it's all covered here in an intelligent but entertaining way. I'll save a fortune in the future referring to this book before I act.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rhea alexander on June 1, 2010
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I appreciated the layout of this book, it has many check lists to make it simple, Gale has thought of everything to make this painful process easier. Once I got into it, I actually started to enjoy myself and the benefits are tremendous, we can see what's in the hall closet again!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Troxell on August 3, 2010
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If you're thinking about making some changes to your home to make it more in line with your lifestyle, here's one book that is sure to provide you with constructive ideas and provocative questions to ask yourself as you tackle this process. Filled with astute lists of things to consider along with basic information needed to successfully navigate the potential pitfalls of any remodel or new construction project, Gayle Steves draws on her vast experience in the world of getting the most mileage for your money and time. Whether you undertake changes to your home environment as a DIY type or work with a professional, this book will be an invaluable resource.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joan S. Krga on July 12, 2010
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I can't believe there is finally a book about decorating that deals with real issues, real life, and real solutions. So manny decorating books are way beyond my abilities or expectations, not to mention my budget. Right-Sizing is the absolute right size for my lifestyle. Thanks!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerard J. Rouleau on May 28, 2010
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Found this book to be one of the best on this subject. The subject matter is well covered with tips, ideas and resources. It's just not a pretty coffee table book, but an actual workbook that you can apply on any decorating or remodeling project for your home. First class and impressive is the best way to describe this book.

Jerry Rouleau
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