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What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design [Kindle Edition]

Mark Lewison , Sherri Houtz , John R. Haigh
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Get the book on home design that's been downloaded over 90,000 times...

Discover the insider secrets top designers keep to themselves with these interior design essentials...right at your fingertips.

Savvy, bold, and highly readable, "What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design" is a gem of instruction to design types who have the heart to do-it-themselves, but need a little direction.

Design doesn't have to be frustrating, puzzling or expensive. On the contrary, the key to home decorating is having fun. Interior designer, Mark Lewison, shares his proven commandments so everyone can design with confidence.

The book is divided into three easy-to-read sections, beginning with Mark's "Ten Commandments" of home design told in a manner both amusing and easy to remember. Next, "Executing the Design," will drive home these commandments in more detail, while providing the knowledge to make important decorating decisions. Finally, "Dear Mark," further illustrates how to use the Ten Commandments by using real-life situations and pictures.

It also includes simple-to-use appendices that explore color usage, decorating styles, window and floor treatments, lighting, fabrics and textures—enhancing the understanding of interior design knowledge.

With a mantra to keep it simple, Mark provides a touchstone and a template on how to create spaces that are balanced and beautiful personal expressions that fit in your budget. Style has a new face—yours! Now, you too, can think big and learn to master and hone your creative visions, and better yet, how to implement and create them. It takes effort to execute design plans, but with these easy-to-use tools and insights, designing your rooms is a breeze!

*** TOP TEN REASONS FOR YOU TO READ "WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THIS ROOM?" ***

● Impress your friends and family by knowing the difference between a Boucle and Matelasse

● Be able to understand and use "trickorating" techniques

● Redesign your entire space without losing your lease deposit

● Easily apply "makeup" to your room for eye-catching flair that makes it pop

● Learn how to save 50+% on your furnishings

● Discover how to look fabulous in your own home

● Avoid the deer in headlights look when visiting furnishing showrooms and home stores

● Fool your friends by making cheap look expensive

● Turn mistakes into clever design

● Make sentimental eyesores blend seamlessly into your space

And one more reason to read "What Would You Do With This Room?": know when it's time to grab a can of kerosene and a match, and courageously begin anew...

Happy designing!

***Apply Mark's 10 home design commandments with the Mark On Call app. ***

BIO: Mark Lewison received his MS degree in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts. Since 1986, he has worked extensively as a professional interior designer, sharing his creativity and vision with both residential and commercial clients. In addition to running his interior design company, Mark is a full time faculty instructor in the Interior Design Department at The Art Institute of California - Hollywood.


Editorial Reviews

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Los Angeles interior designer Mark Lewison wants to help you transform that outdated bedroom, poorly functioning office space or embarrassing guestroom. The designer's new book, "What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design" offers 10 easy design commandments, guidelines for creative design, as well as a "Dear Mark" section with real-world examples. Lewison's mantra? "Keep it simple, keep it simple, keep it simple." --California Home + Design Magazine "Daily Find", December 15, 2008

From the Author

"Almost every week, someone asks me what I would do to turn a problem room into a beautiful space, a sanctuary," says Lewison. "Over the years, I've honed my approach to ten basic commandments. This book shows people with little or no design experience how to infuse their own personality into their home to create comfortable and distinctive living spaces."

--Mark Lewison


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  • File Size: 2977 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00686TY7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great real life decorating book. January 1, 2013
By Eileen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I decided to splurge on this in the kindle edition, $2.99, not much to risk if I do not like it and I have found that often you do not get much when you buy a digital book for only a few dollars. Well, not the case with this one. I started out with the intent of just skimming it to see what it had to offer, but soon found myself reading from page to page. That is saying quite a bit as I am more of a skim and read here and there type person, yet this book had caught my attention enough to keep me on each and every page. The 10 commandments are simple, yet very helpful suggestions that you can use to take your ordinary room and turn it into spectacular with just a few changes. I love the "use your eyeliner:" suggestion. I new there was some reason I had those black pillows on my couch. It also contains a very helpful real life suggestion section in which readers ask questions providing a room photo and he gives suggestions from his 10 commandments to take the room from almost there to that actual designer look. The best part for me though is how he deals with the reality of daily life, I will be putting a small semi closed desk by my front door and maybe a few hooks on the wall or a bowl for keys as he is right if we tend to accumulate clutter by the door (and who doesn't), then we should design with that in mind. I have learned all this and have not read the book from cover to cover yet. But, this is one book that I will read, from cover to cover. Buy this one, you will not be sorry.
Eileen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you the FOUNDATIONS of Design you must have March 24, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not a lengthy book; it is not filled with glossy photos. If you want a coffee table book, go elsewhere. If you want to understand the basic principles of interior design, BUY THIS BOOK. My copy is filled with yellow highlighter markings, and I am so glad I bought it as a reference. In plain, simple language the author explains how to look at your home, what materials to consider and why, and gives invaluable hints and tips on paint, color, proportion, etc. The author's first--and most important--principle is to design/decorate for HOW YOU LIVE. We all want to live in a perfectly decorated showplace, but very few of us actually live that lifestyle. After reading the first chapter, I sat down and composed a list of what I expect of my environment and how the design of my house needs to service that. In other words, don't use Scalamandre silk on the sofa in the TV room if you have kids and dogs. Don't try to make your room look like a furniture showroom by removing the TV if you're a CNN junkie. This sounds simplistic, but this basic principle is at the very center of how you will decorate your home.

I found this to be an invaluable grounding in the principlaes of design. It is clearly stated, practical, and well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars June 30, 2014
By Maggie
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Helpful and inciteful
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it February 4, 2013
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I bought this book because I'm currently re-entering the interior design world after 13 years of climbing the wrong ladder. This book is very informative and its a good refresher course. The ideas within got my design juices flowing again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved How Informative This Book Was! October 31, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is really easy to read and easy to implement.

Interior design used to seem really overwhelming to me. Now I feel like I can manage it better.

Great guide for the novice designer and I think this is a great reference even if you have more experience.

The cover is great in person. Can't wait to gift it to some of my friends.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dear Mark," December 19, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is a charming, irreverent primer for the new, (and not so new), DIY home decorator. Lewison's 10 Commandments from "Design for how you live," to "Don't forget your eyeliner!" will pave the way for just about anyone to create a better home.

My favorite part is the section entitled "Dear Mark... What would you do with this room?" Real people have sent in photos of real problem rooms and ask for advice. From "Holy CLUTTER! What's going on in here?" to "VOILA! All of your dark upholstered furniture is now a lofty looking off white!" Lewison imparts his tricks of the trade in lively, encouraging prescriptions.

Because remember:"The bottom line is that you want to look good in your own home."
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - A must read! November 2, 2008
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Interior Design is an art-form unto itself and this book takes the key principles that designers already know and applies them in ways that ANYONE can understand. Get this book and you will be able to start making improvements that you, previously, never thought possible. What Would You Do With This Room? is the next best thing to hiring an interior designer.....for a lot less! Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decorating Basics August 6, 2014
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Good basic info.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great advice
Published 2 months ago by loriann
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M TYPING IN CAPS BECAUSE I'M SHOUTING...
... THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SHORT CHEAP DECORATING BOOKS FOR THE KINDLE. THIS IS THE BEST. I'VE READ THE OTHERS: ELEGANT AND EASY ROOMS, CHOOSING THE PERFECT COLOUR, DESIGN YOUR... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pen Name and That A
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a pamphlet, not a book.
Very short, not much info. I was expecting fabulous photos of well-designed rooms...none of that here. Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by Born to Shop
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
This book was good for ideas and helpful tips. Well thought out and organized. I found a couple of ideas that I do plan to use in this book to combine with another idea I picked... Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Savannah2751
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book but I bought the program first for $5.99 leaving me with $1.99 on my iTunes card. I was still able to buy the book. Here it's $31.00 for the book alone. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Diane Wesner
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor design
I couldn't take the book seriously because the layout is poor. For a book on design they should have hired a designer to lay out the book.
Published on July 18, 2009 by Juliet Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars great interior design
this book is insightful and very helpful when it comes to making small and simple improvements to the home that can make a world of difference and gives advice for larger scale... Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by hp
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Mark Lewison received his MS degree in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts. Since 1986, he has worked extensively as a professional interior designer, sharing his creativity and vision with both residential and commercial clients. In addition to running his interior design company, Mark is a full time faculty instructor in the Interior Design Department at The Art Institute of California - Hollywood. He is also a member of M.O.C. Interior Designer, LLC and co-creator of the Mark On Call(TM) for iPhone and Mark On Call HD(TM) for iPad iOS home design apps featured in The Guardian, Good Housekeeping and Men's Health.

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