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Kitty Bartholomew's Decorating Style : A Hands-On Approach to Creating Affordable, Beautiful, and Comfortable Rooms Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 2, 2005
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I received my book last week and I'm loving every page. Nothing like a great book to end the evening. -- From a Reader
If you've ever wanted to visit Kitty at home, here's your chance . . . like spending time with the lady herself. -- Carol Duvall, host of HGTV's The Carol Duvall Show
Kitty brings a natural coziness to decorating, and she has a knack for making homes look lived in. -- Mario Buatta,
Kitty is "a woman for all seasons." She can do anything. She was great fun to work with on television. -- Willard Scott
This book is spectacular. It's all you'll ever need to make decorating utterly doable and fun. -- Judith Krantz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Many of us want books that tell us exactly what to do. And that's fine. But this book encourages you to think about your family, your needs, your desires, your preferences, your history, your future--and then make decorating decisions based on all that. Your house should be very personal to you, not based on the dictates of a magazine editor.
It's an amazing experience to be reading through this book and a specific decorating problem you have starts to bubble up in your mind, and the solution to it begins to emerge. I had this experience while reading this book, as did a friend of mine. For instance, I had never thought about my dining room before with any clarity, but I knew that nobody ever sat there, even though it's adjacent to the living room. With a small house, it doesn't make sense to have a whole space that is never sat in. So while I was reading this book, I started wondering: "What is wrong with that room?" I realized the table should turned the other way, that it needed some mirrors to liven up the walls, it needed more light, and I replaced two of the chairs with a little silk brocade-covered love seat that was in my office. I put bed risers under the four legs to raise it up to be comfortable at table height. Now that is the favorite spot in the combined living room/dining room area. Everybody in the family wants to sit in the cozy corner I've created, to read, or to use their laptops to send email or surf the Internet. I'm so pleased with what I did, and it was completely unique to my house, my needs, my family.Read more ›
SHE'S REAL AND SHE CARES.
When I buy a decorating book (and I confess I have an bit of decorating book addiction), there's usually a sense of what's trendy, what's hot, what will impress my friends. It's like POW . . . HOT . . . SLICK . . . COOL.
NOT SO WITH KITTY'S BOOK! It's not about shallow pursuits to impress. or being a uppity person with an overly decorated home.
It's about making my family home so warm and cozy and comfortable that everybody wants to be there! They crave being there! I can't keep them away. Godness, how I want to create a home like that, that wraps around me and my family and makes us feel warm and cared about.
THIS BOOK SHOWS HOW TO DO IT. It's all about family, and people, and connection.
Here's a quote from Kitty, from page 22:
"Your home is your haven, your retreat. You want to spend quality time there, but you can't have quality time in a room that's cold, where people don't want to spend time, or where guests feel uncomfortable. The more senses you engage in a room, the more quality time people will spend there, and in many ways, the better provider you will be. How can you engage people's senses? Set a bowl of fragrant flowers on a piano, place a mirror to reflect a magnolia tree in full bloom, and keep cozy knitted throws a arm's reach. Providing for people is more than putting food on the table, more than buying new clothes. It's providing an environment that is conducive to quality time."
I LOVE THAT ATTITUDE, THAT CREATING AN ENVIRONEMNT TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF DECORATING.
I have a deep need for this kind of thinking. I WANT to read more. If Kitty writes more decorating books with this tone, I'll be first in line to buy one.
Here's what I noticed: There is a really nice, caring tone to these books. Kitty has such a calm awareness of the COLORS and MATERIALS and MEANING behind everything she does. Colors mean something. Materials mean something. It's not just meaningless stuff.
For instance, she shows how to weave together a TIE COLLECTION to cover a chair seat, and also the same with a BELT COLLECTION. So instead of TOSSING OUT the memories of our past, we can repurpose them to use in our homes.
I love her chapter on FLEA MARKET SHOPPING. Used tools like wooden folding tape measures have VALUE and DIGNITY, she says, and should be preserved and used. Yes. I COULD READ A WHOLE BOOK ABOUT REPURPOSING TREASURES INTO ITEMS FOR OUR HOMES.
This is a book about HONORING US AND OUR FAMILIES, not trying to be better than the Joneses. Kitty couldn't care less about that.
LIKE THE OTHER REVIEWER SAID, THIS IS A BOOK THAT NEEDS TO BE READ, NOT JUST FLIPPED THROUGH LOOKING AT THE PICTURES.
IF more of us had this attitude of caring, there would be less junk in our homes, fewer family memories in the landfill, and A MORE CONTENT AND WHOLESOME FEELING TO OUR HOMES.
THIS IS A DECORATING PHILOSOPHY THAT NEEDS TO SPREAD ACROSS THE LAND, IN MY OPINON.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have enjoyed Kitty and her style since finding her show in the early (and better) days of HGTV. Great pictures!Published 7 months ago by East coast
Kitty's style may seem "dated" to some (and, to be fair, in this book there is quite a bit of faux painting, stenciling, and window treatments nobody would do today), but I... Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Moyer
The photos of various rooms in Kitty's home that were re-decorated (before and after) are vivid and beautiful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C. Brock