- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811826538
- ISBN-13: 978-0811826532
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matt Maranian a freelance writer and former actor now living in Vermont, where he and his wife operate perhaps the hippest vintage clothing store in Brattleboro. He is the coauthor of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, L.A. Bizzaro.
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That said, I was a bit disappointed in this book. About a quarter of it I really enjoyed, but most of it did not impress me all that much. Some of the homes featured actually struck me as a bit bland and pedestrian (particularly the two minimalists, who seemed really out of place in this book). Several of my friends have homes far more stylish and visually eclectic than many of the ones featured in this book.
I'm an artist/musician and pop culture/paleontology/geology collector who is looking to jazz up my apartment into a swankier bachelor pad. I'm always on the lookout for cool design ideas and inspiration, and clever ways to integrate one's collection of oddities into their decor. As a red-blooded male though who is working on transforming his pad more into an irresistible babe lair, very little of the men's homes featured in this book appealed to me. Several stuck me as going for a "Liberace-on-a-budget" look. There were a couple of homes however that I did really like though, but they were outnumbered by the overly flamboyant ones.
There are design ideas for every room of your home including the living room, bedroom, office, bathroom, patio and entertainment room. Throughout the book over 20 different homes are shown and the owners share their design ideas and tastes with the reader. The homes reflect the owners' own unique personal style. There is an office decorated with wall-to-ceiling zebra prints, a bathroom featuring walls covered with cheap toys, and both a bathroom and bedroom come alive with psychedelic colors. There are a few more moderate rooms like a postmodern living room and a Moroccan style guest room. If nothing else some of these room will make you laugh.
Even if you hate all the home's décor the book is worth the price just for the projects. Some of my favorites include a framed mirror, flame pit, minimalist style disk partition, a flaming volcano centerpiece and "Cousin It" tissue box cover. There are lots of lighting projects as well, including a "Hawaiian Eye" swag lantern, a birdcage lamp and cocktail mug lamp. It also shows you how to easily make custom curtains without using a sewing machine and create an inlaid area rug.
There is also lots of helpful advice on growing things. This includes a list with care information of hard to kill indoor plants as well as advice on growing herbs and vegetables in containers for those that don't have a yard. A list of what alcoholic beverages to store in your home bar, advice on how to garnish and variety of punch mix recipes are also included. There is even advice on picking party music and transforming an ugly room into something wonderful and affordable.
As a bonus you get an excellent resource list including most major flea markets in almost every state across the U.S. A warning for those who are sensitive, there are a few sexual pictures and words in this book. If you looking for a book with unique decorating ideas, great home décor projects and great advice on everything from choosing carpet to making drinks this is the book to get.
Modern replications can sometimes be extremely pricely. I like this that Pad gives everyone from professional designers to a typical college student, how to create innovative and fun spaces on a shoe string budget.
As a fan of mid century 1950s modern, I found some great ideas in this book.. There are some really outrageous interior designs too. I would recommend this for anyone interested in mid century through 70s decor. Or anyone into the bizarre and kitchy as well
J. R. is the author of: Lady Liberty: The Definitive Julie London Handbook