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Styling for Entertaining: 8 Simple Steps, 12 Miracle Makeovers Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743246624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743246620
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"If you want to whip your house into shape or even just get the place clean, throw a party!" That's the premise behind Coelho's second book, a fun volume devoted to domestic makeovers for entertaining. Following an introductory chapter with eight "easy" steps for getting a place party-ready in a day or less, Coelho focuses on preparing four spaces commonly used for company (living room, dining room, patio and lawn) with three different themes in mind. Coehlo's eight steps-from thinking about the occasion to styling the food and table-are designed to be accomplished in one day, though certain steps require ongoing attention. For instance, step 4 involves creating a style board; the author suggests "pasting, tacking, or sticking small items to the board that have inspired your style. These may include fabric swatches, small ornaments or accessories, paint samples, tear sheets from magazines, pictures from your Style File, and recipes and food photos that can fan the creative flame." In other words, it's not so easy. But the themes, such as a star-spangled summer celebration on the patio, are imaginative and the results-for anyone with time to follow through-will likely be beautiful.
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Is it a cookbook, decorating tome, or a crafts manual? A little of each, as self-proclaimed stylist Coelho follows her first book, Susie Coelho's Everyday Styling (2002), in preparing for parties and gatherings of more than one person. The subtitle seems a bit daunting--and scary as well. After all, how much work/time is involved in making over four "rooms"--lawn, patio, and living and dining rooms? Quicker than you can say "Martha Stewart," Coelho first explains her eight-step process, then creates a dozen different entertaining scenarios, from vintage romance to champagne wedding. And, yes, each features instructions, craft ideas and directions, plus fairly simple recipes. Asian Fusion, for instance, teaches the art of Japanese paper collage combined with Vietnamese spring rolls. At Christmas, there's a how-to guide on fashioning the perfect pom-pom accompanied by a recipe for ricotta pancakes with honeycomb and banana. Two-dozen-plus recipes and easy-to-follow one-day fabrication instructions make for some unusual and inexpensive parties. Barbara Jacobs
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As always, Susie shows you how to make the most out of what you've got. I LOVED the magical transformations and can't wait to try some of them out at my next party.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2003
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i have followed susie coelho's career since she first started with HGTV. Her latest book STYLING FOR ENTERTAINING is such a great find because it actually gives you step by step advice on how to transform space for entertaining, without breaking your budget....and also how small things can make a big difference in your home.
this book inspired me so much, that i invited friends over for drinks this past weekend and used some of her entertaining ideas
and let me tell you.....they were a big hit.
can't go wrong with this book or with susie coelho.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
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I think this book is fantastic. I am definitely going to use the Christmas idea for my home. Susie Coelho's style is so simple and elegant, I really love it. I also bought a book for my next door neighbor and she also enjoyed the book very much. I noticed Susie is hosting a television series called Outer Spaces on HGTV so I am going to tune into that as well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AR on November 3, 2003
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Susie Coelho's new book provides an exciting, viable, yet simple way to take charge of your own entertaining and liberate the creative vision you didn't know you had! Susie uses her easy style, personal experience, and practical insights to guide both the novice or experienced host to reach for the stars, at a cost that might pleasantly surprise you. Keep this book handy, refer to it the next time you are entertaining, and the payoff could be instantaneous!
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