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From Publishers Weekly

If you want to inject light, energy, and optimism into your life, making over your home—or even just a single room—is a good place to start, maintains Ty Pennington, the spiky-haired host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and designer of a home goods line for Sears. With that credo in mind, Pennington sets out to help average homeowners redesign their home—and presumably their life—one room at a time. The book focuses on the three high-impact areas of the house: the bedrooms, living spaces and work spaces, and includes lists and special sections such as Balancing a Room with Art and Big Ideas for Small Spaces. The text relies heavily on personal stories and design experiences from the families that have appeared on his show. In the end, Pennington, with his off-the-wall personality, provides a solid and basic design manual. (Sept.)
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Pennington, host of the television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) and author of Ty's Tricks, explores over 20 EMHE projects, giving practical advice on how an amateur can achieve similar results. Fans of the show will be interested in the background stories of the families and their design challenges. In addition, Pennington offers concrete advice on accessing needs, defining personal style, and selecting furniture and color for every room of the house. Although the text is a bit wordy, Pennington's writing style makes the advice easy to absorb. Because his TV series is so popular, this book will find a readership in many public libraries.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743294742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743294744
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a designer, I read all the new home decorating books, and I really enjoyed this.

Ty Pennington, the host of Extreme Makeovers, shares his talent and enthusiasm for makeovers and design in Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories. This full color book is sure to inspire.

In the introduction, Pennington writes of his heartwarming successes at making over homes on Extreme Makeovers for people in need: "The experience of creating warm, inviting sanctuaries for families who really need them has made me a true believer in the power of positive thinking."

He believes that a makeover can transform your life. He is also adamant about decorating to suit your own sense of style.

Good Design concentrates on the bedroom, living spaces and work spaces.

Part I
The 12 steps to take to prepare for a makeover include smart ideas like taking before photos of the space.

In Prep Work, he has a quiz to take to discover your style. The styles include: minimalist, traditionalist, maximalist, ethnologist, naturalist, and "You're Me" (all of the above.)

There is a very good section on color and how it affects mood.

Part II Sleeping Spaces
Includes a section on art as a focal point, rooms with high contrast, the importance of lighting, and natural features.

About recycling, Pennington writes that he employs "Reincarnation," which is "giving something that you might otherwise throw out or give away a completely new life." One example he shows takes posts from a front porch and using them for the posts for twin beds. Brilliant!

There is also a nice section on kid's rooms.
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This is a nice book. The photos and the stories about Extreme Makeover Home Edition are really great, and the information Ty gives is fresh. Ty is right--sometimes all it takes is changing a room to give everything a fresh perspective. Some of the ideas in this book are really simple and easy. But the best thing by far is the hilarious quiz.
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This book was phenomenal!! It really showed me the guidelines to creating a masterpiece room. I now have now have a lot of good ideas for designing my new bedroom. I even asked my Mom if I could fix some other rooms in our home. I now have a lot more inspiration and confidence for creating new rooms!! Thanks Ty!!
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