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The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Edwards
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This e-book is in fixed layout format. To zoom on text or pictures simply double tap the area on which you’d like to zoom.

Through stunning photographs and step-by-step instructions, designer and lifestyle expert Kelly Edwards brings a myriad of looks, tastes, and approaches to chic home design in this guidebook. From the kitchen and the bedroom to the home office and the out-of-doors, Kelly illustrates how to achieve the best color, texture, proportion, and overall design aesthetic and passes along decorating tips from amazing designers and tastemakers. Individual chapters contain a wide array of images and inspiration for the respective spaces along with an assortment of do-it-yourself “recipes” to achieve just the right personality.

Editorial Reviews


"Experienced do-it-yourselfers will find an abundance of decorating ideas here."—Library Journal

"Edwards shows you how to achieve a balanced, stylish home that is as unique as you are."—RENO & DECOR

“VERDICT: With close to 300 color photographs of sophisticated interiors, experienced do-it-yourselfers will find an abundance of decorating ideas here.” —Gayle A. Williamson, Library Journal

“Practical, insightful, inspiring, and thoroughly ‘user friendly,’ The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home is very highly recommended for personal and community library interior design instructional reference collections and supplemental reading lists.”  —The Interior Design Shelf

About the Author

Kelly Edwards is a designer, a lifestyle expert, and a television personality. She is a former cohost of HGTV's "Design on a""Dime" and Style Network's "My Awesome Room "and "Tacky House" and is a segment host and design expert on AOL "Living." She has appeared on the "Tyra Banks Show" and has been featured in magazines such as "Cosmopolitan," "Good Housekeeping," "Life & Style," "Men's Health," and "Midwest Living." She is the national spokesperson for Waterpik Showerhead. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5871 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLU41DY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E-book Version Designed for KF8 Fixed Layout June 25, 2013
This book is specially designed in Amazon's fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read. When you tap on the text, that region of text will pop out in a box, with larger text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! May 20, 2013
Kelly has done a wonderful job with this book. The rooms are inspirational and the recipes are very informative. I love the different styles used and love the fact that it is broken down by rooms. The book is beautiful to look through and a great value, will be displaying on my coffee table as well.

She has been great to watch on HGTV and Style Network through the years, am happy to finally see that she now has a book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DESIGNS FOR ALL TASTES May 20, 2013
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I am so inspired by many ideas for each room in the house. This book has answers for the frustrated person who is at a loss when it comes to sparking up a corner, making a room inviting, and using unusual objects to add interest. Thanks to all the examples, I will want to pour over this book over and over again. I won`t be afraid to experiment with this guide.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars May be ok in print but terrible e-book May 9, 2013
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There are lots of nice pictures and you can read section heads but the content (body text) is totally unreadable on a 9 inch tablet running Kindle for Android. It locks into landscape, full screen, no zoom. All I can figure out is it's a bunch of landscape pictures, not an e-book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such good ideas! May 11, 2013
By a p
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Loved the way the pop ups worked. Lots of pictures and descriptions. Some do it yourself instructions also. Small scale coffee table book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of ideas December 12, 2013
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Designs were very appealing. Instructions we'll detailed and clear. Game plenty do ideas i have been looking for and can do myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Concept!!! October 15, 2013
Thank you Kelly for being the first designer to come up with such a creative concept!!! Everyone has their own style of design but in my opinion your ideas can be brought in to any home! My two favorites are the orchid bowl and the projector art on a chalk board! I've used both ideas for gifts recently and my friends loved them!! Keep following your dreams Kelly! I think you are a top designer and I love this book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this book! September 26, 2013
By Jenny C
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Such a great book with many ideas for all styles!
I have recently moved into a new home and was at a loss for pulling my rooms together to completion and this book has offered me many ways to do that. Using a few of these simple recipes, I have successfully completed a few project in my home and love the rooms everytime I walk through them! This book has inspired and given me the confindence to mix some old furniture finds with some new furniture in my home. I absolutely love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful
Not very practical for my needs. Would've been nice if it had more than two useful ideas in the whole book.
Published 22 days ago by shinesmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by yusuf koc
1.0 out of 5 stars Download not compatible
I primarilly use the Kindle for PC app, though I do sometimes use it on my iPad. Out of over 600 books, this is the only one which gives me an error "The item is not compatible... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JonS
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Not done in a readable format for kindle
I borrowed the book from the library and enjoyed it so much that I purchased it on Kindle. This was a big mistake! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan Garrett
1.0 out of 5 stars Cannot access this in any format
I have tried and failed to upload this book to my phone, Kindle, and computer. This is topic that I am very interested in so I find it very disappointing that the author could not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pixie Stix
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish ideas
Fabulously stylish, great ideas, great tips and pictures. Helps you give your place flair with pops of color and style.
Published 10 months ago by Cruz Elena Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Concept
Enjoyed the new approach to designing a room..just like cooking up a great meal.
The design recipes are easy to follow...which makes it kind of idiot proof... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sergio Coronado
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas interspersed
Positives: this book's photos are well shot and nicely presented; some concepts seem easily adapted to fit a variety of projects; the author doesn't skimp on providing a range of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jigme Daniels
2.0 out of 5 stars Designs are subjective...
Not a very useful book for anyone except, probably the writer. At least I did not like most of what was in the book.
Published 10 months ago by Poonam Abbi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Not excited when my wife purchased this book. Thought I was in for complete overhaul of the house with terrible decorating ideas. Surprisingly I liked a lot of the design looks! Read more
Published 10 months ago by M Jackson
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More About the Author

Kelly Edwards is the co-host and design coordinator for HGTV's Design on a Dime as well as STYLE Network's Tacky House. In addition to being seen weekly on television, Kelly can also be seen as the segment host and home decorating expert for Shelter Pop where she offers online visitors her trade secrets and unique approach to design. The celebrity designer has been offering dwellers with decorating dilemmas, distinctive design tips, bargain-decorating projects, and total home makeover transformations inspired by personal style and popular trends. Kelly is well known for her knack in re-purposing everyday items into extraordinary collectibles, refurbishing unique home accessories, and crafting recipes for creative cleaning solutions.

Most recently Kelly has been seen on the Marie Osmond Show, the Tyra Banks Show, in the pages of national magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Life & Style and Midwest Living, and deemed over the airwaves as the MacGyver of Design, thanks to her amazing ability to turn a simple space into an innovative interior with only a $1,000 budget. Not just another designing diva, this former teen beauty queen is also a do-it-yourself darling with passion for
all things self-created from fabrics to fashions to foods.

Kelly has also been a spokesperson for Clorox, Ebay, Mattel and various lifestyle brands. This year she has teamed up with Waterpik as their newest spokesperson for their line of deluxe showerheads.

The Chicago native has contributed to regular lifestyle segments on WLS-TV ABC Chicago Channel 7, appeared in Infomercials for Oreck and Circuit and makes appearances at home improvement and design trade shows nationwide. Currently, Kelly resides in sunny California and is currently writing her new book "Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home", due out May 2013.

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