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Let's Ask Michael : 100 Practical Solutions for Interior Design Challenges Paperback – April 11, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Devotees of Payne's HGTV series, Designing for the Sexes, will welcome this richly illustrated user-friendly guide to interior design. Payne, a California interior designer, has compiled frequently asked questions he has received from viewers since his show first aired in 1998. Divided into sections by rooms, the author addresses design issues such as color, space, light and budgetary considerations. For example, a stay-at-home working mother who is using a guest bedroom for an office wonders how to make the room most attractive and efficient for both her and sleepover guests. The author suggests purchasing a "Murphy" bed that can be housed behind wall cabinetry with shelves that can be closed when the bed is not in use. Payne is also adept at resolving conflicts in taste between two people who are living together. He helps a husband and wife who are planning to remodel their living room in order to reconcile the husband's love of new design trends that emphasize light metals with his Japanese wife's desire to incorporate elements from her culture. Since both tastes begin with simplicity, Payne demonstrates a design marriage between traditional Asian simplicity and geometric lines. The color photos complement and strengthen the author's solutions. Although Payne does take budgetary and space constraints into account, this manual will be most useful to upper-middle-class families who live in houses rather than apartments.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Excerpts from feature article about author Michael Payne by Erica Noonan.
A couples-therapy view of decorating. .
Every Thursday night at 9, Payne strolls up the front walk of a Los Angeles mansion to call decorating timeout for a bickering couple. Usually, he introduces the design dilemma with something provocative like, "She loves French country. He loves Salvadore Dali melting-clock posters. Can these two ever agree? Then in 30 minutes, courtesy of Home And Garden Television, they invariabley do.. .
Payne, 57, is the first of the new wave of telegenic, celebrity interior designers to advocate for the man of the house. For decades men's decorating opinions were ignored -- or worse, mocked by women and the designers they hired.. .
..."It's all about compromise," he said, and most "Designing for the Sexes" couples end up happy. ... Payne's first book, "Let's Ask Michael," a collection of reader e-mails and solutions to common design dilemmas, is due to be published next month by McGraw-Hill... . .
Top customer reviews
I do think he offers excellent advice to the emailers, but I was looking for something more general, which can give you answers to EVERY day situations. Many of these homes have particular architectural obstacles, which you probably wont encounter in your average home. I had bought another copy for my mom's birthday, but I am returning it. I don't think she will need that book. I'll get her another decorating book.
The show is really Michael's wonderful personality and design flexibility. Here it shows in advice on all rooms from kitchen to bath to living room to bedroom to dining room to family room and all others. His adept touch is in them all, such as this suggestion in regards to breathing new life into stale furniture on a tight budget: "have it professionally painted." It's answers like this that endure this guy to us in HGTV's audience.
The index here is critical, since it cross-sections his answers not just by room, but by style, by topic e.g. wall color, by furniture piece, etc.
100 of them with good color shots and sketches and Michael. Only thing wish he'd included was a recommended bibliography for us who would like to go deeper.