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Home Decor Cheat Sheets: Need-to-Know Stuff for Stylish Living Paperback – June 21, 2016
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Alice Mongkongllite is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Design | Media Arts and has since worked at an advertising agency, mobile gaming startup, and in various cafés around the world while freelancing. She is currently a graphic designer at BuzzFeed. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend.
- Publisher : Ulysses Press (June 21, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612435548
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612435541
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #498,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book continues in this unhelpful fashion. After a page illustrating six nightstands, we're treated to the helpful information that the best height for a nightstand depends on the bed. This is either the same height or a couple inches higher. There ... value for our 14 bucks. And so on the book goes ...
I struggle with sounding unkind, but the title is correct: this book IS a cheat sheet--cheating me out of my money by giving virtually nothing in return except some simple drawings. There are two areas where the creators give us real information: How to paint a paneled door (which I'm sincerely glad to know), and how far lights should hang in different living areas.It's nice that they share all the parts of a table lamp (page 94)--like what a socket knob is--but not sure why that's helpful.
The book has pretty colors, and if you have young children, I'm sure they'd be delighted drawing people in all the white space around the various little illustrations. Otherwise, I recommend saving your money and subscribing to a decorating blog or two--or even just doing some Google searches. There are so many good ones out there with truly helpful info-- and they're free.
As much as I love physical books, gotta love a Kindle edition as you can pick and choose your chapters with just just a click, which makes it much easier when you're looking for particular information. After perusing the whole book, I went back and looked up the chapter on design and decor tricks. Proportion and scale are always something I've had trouble with. I've bought furniture before that didn't work for the space just because I liked it. Now I have have a better idea how to make my space and style fit together. This will be a go-to in my reader any time I have a home improvement bug.
Any of the useful information in this book can be easily found online. There is a wealth of infographics on Pinterest from countless decorators and most are more detailed than anything in this book.