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Decorating Without Fear: A Step-by-Step Guide To Creating The Home You Love Paperback – Bargain Price, April 17, 2007
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I also found the photography to be terrible, with shots of rooms with open sunlit windows washing out the entire photo in many cases!
There was also lots of bad design in the book. A bathroom full of diagonals that made me DIZZY looking at the picture and florals that would have made an 80 year old woman proud. This was just not what I was looking for at all.
I've flipped through decorating books before. Lots of lovely photos ... of somebody else's house. I get the distinct feeling that I will never attain such an elegant-looking arrangement.
Decorating Without Fear contains great advice for making our existing homes more comfortable as well as more visually appealing. The book addresses the other senses ... smell, touch, feeling of being sheltered, etc. and spells out the ways our environment influences those. By making conscious choices, you can influence your unconscious reaction to a room. Good advice. Practical advice. I have always suspected that decorating doesn't have to be about being perfect, about being ostentatious, about impressing visitors. This book confirmed those suspicions.
The author is an interior decorator. Some of the example photos show rooms in her own home. You will find fewer photos than in the average decorating book, but they're well chosen to illustrate a point in the text. The photographer did not light the rooms well, so that often the images are too dark or too light, but I don't think it undermines the great advice presented by this book.
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The decorating advice in this book is very helpful. What really impressed me was how down to earth it is. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by John Satterfield
This looks like a book you would put on the shelf; however, it offers many timeless suggestions on home decorating. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Helene Mackenzie