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Abode a la Mode: 44 Projects for Hip Home Decor Paperback – December 1, 2005
From Publishers Weekly
Ledoux's guide to funky apartment decorating on the cheap proves even the most dramatic overhauls can be achieved with a little fabric, creativity and, of course, a glue gun. This cheerful over-sized paperback packs a mod punch on every colorful page, giving DIYers easy to follow instructions for such projects as an adjustable ceiling globe echoing shades of Noguchi, as well as a sunny atomic clock that makes those vintage George Nelson versions look dour. Ledoux emphasizes retro, and quickie projects like an idiot-proof fabric-covered roller shade help transform even the dreariest room into a mid-century haven. Though some readers may be too busy to decoupage a dresser with '50s reproduction fabric, even time-strapped urban hipsters will delight in projects like the "mostly no-sew pillows" that add a colorful edge to a dumpy sofa. Ledoux's southern roots show as she helps readers create a Warhol-like "celebrity triptych" using a photo of Elvis. Fun, fashionable and, best of all, easy, Ledoux's projects will provide even the least crafty of young adults with ideas to jazz up their humble apartments.
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Aimed at hip, young renters on a budget, this craft title combines an overview of basic interior--design principles with cheap, high-style home-decor projects. Ledoux's conversational text begins with a long opening section filled with excellent, practical decorating advice: "If you have a paint chip in your hand, drop it immediately. . . . Starting your room with a wall color and then trying to find everything else to match is backward." There are more than 40 projects, which are divided into categories--windows, lighting, furniture, and so on. The projects vary in complexity, but most assume some familiarity with tools and aren't for those dipping their paintbrushes for the first time. Still, Ledoux's instructions are clear and easy to follow, her materials inexpensive, and the finished projects--the kitchen backsplash made of dominoes; a light sconce made of blueprints--are unique and inspired. Fans of ReadyMade magazine may be the biggest audience for this, but Ledoux's whimsical, stylish ideas may easily lure some of Martha's devotees, too. Gillian Engberg
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Top Customer Reviews
In perusing this book, I've found ideas on just about every page that I can either utilize as the author outlines, or alter to my own design style (as the design style in this book is mostly for contemporary/modern or eclectic/retro interiors). Even better, the ideas outlined in this book all require very little cost, and are perfect for teens or college-students or young adults.
My only real dismay with this book is that it's light on design for functional furniture. It has a lot of ideas for making things like coasters, lighting, wall decor, etc. but is really lacking in functional pieces. One of the few functional designs shown in the book is for a chair that requires utilizing a pipe bender--and I don't know about you, but who wants to be bothered renting a pipe-bender, when we can go buy the same chair it shows us how to make at Ikea for $20?
Nonetheless, it's one of the better books I've seen in a while, where crafting for the home is concerned. It's hip, fresh, and a great resource for those of us who like to make something out of nothing.
I had high hopes, but this is really a book for someone that has no imagination what-so-ever.
I think the best section of the book was the lighting chapter. Many projects were assembled using regular household or easily obtainable objects. There were several projects that popped out at me and really caught my eye. My favorite was the Domino Art on page 12 and 117. Wow! Other items I liked were:
* Art paper Shade Tube, pg 61
* Bowl brush holder lamp, pg 69
* Amoeba Light, pg 72
* Rolling 2-Tier coffee table, pg 97 (have seen this built on decorating shows)
* Crate Ottoman, pg 101
If you like "hip" modernistic décor, you will find this book an inspiration.
I probably won't get around to building any of the projects in the book exactly as the author created them, but it is one of my favorite books of the year in terms of providing a great design influence. By that I mean that I really liked the feel and style of a lot of the projects, so that was where its value is for me. I also really like design that has a re-use & recycle slant to it, so this was up my alley. The book won't be all things to all people-- which one ever is?-- but if you like ReadyMade magazine, for example, and if you appreciate DIY modern design with a funky flair, I definitely recommend this book.
To my great surprise & delight, a dear friend had it sent to me. She'll be visiting me next week - she's from France - and I can't wait to show her!
Filled with easy to re-create OR expand upon ideas, the book covers almost everything, from wall art & accessories to furniture & floors!
Instructions are concise, with inclusive lists of materials & tools. Photos & diagrams are clear & easy to understand.
This book is perfect for getting a jump start on design & decorating with economy, fun AND taste, and proves they needn't be at all mutually exclusive.