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Sabrina Soto Home Design: A Layer-by-Layer Approach to Turning Your Ideas into the Home of Your Dreams Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Exclusive Home Decoration Tips from author Sabrina Soto
Choosing artwork for your home can be tricky and tiresome! But here are some simple suggestions to help relieve the pressure.
- Keep the style of your décor in mind when making your selection. You don't want your artwork to clash with existing items in your room; so, if your room is traditional, stick with traditional artwork. The same applies for modern, rustic or contemporary rooms.
- Buy artwork that is proportional to other pieces in your room. You want to create a sense of visual balance. Be careful not to choose pieces that are too large or too small for your space. A good rule of thumb is that your art work should be 60% to 75% the width of what you are hanging it over. So if your sofa is 80" wide then your art work should be no more than 60" wide.
- If you cannot afford large pieces of art, choose a series of smaller pieces that you can hang together in rows or collages.
- Avoid problems with glare by skipping the fancy frames and glass; unframed art is really popular right now and will add more depth to your space. Look for canvases stretched on frames, or prints on wood or metal backings. This will making shopping a little easier and often reduces the price of the piece.
- Always hang your art at eye level, no matter how tall your walls are. This will ensure the artwork will draw just the right amount of attention.
- Most importantly, buy what makes you happy; buy what you love!
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Sabrina Soto's simple, step-by-step process for creating the home of your dreams
You want your home to look the way it does in your imagination—beautiful colors, stylish furniture, attractive lighting, and ample storage for all of your stuff. Whether you can see bits and pieces of it in your mind, or you are just inspired by a color or a texture and aren't sure how to turn it into an effective design, the thing that stands between most people and the home design they dream of is the lack of a simple, effective decorating process. If you have the ideas but are hungry for the "how," Sabrina Soto can help you realize your design visions one step at a time.
In this book, Sabrina shares with you her process of design, beginning with a cold, hard look at the space—an honest evaluation of who lives there, how you want to use the room, and your personal tastes and preferences. Once you've identified your design goals, she shows you how to tackle each "layer," such as color or furnishings. Following along with the chapters, you'll build a cohesive home design layer by layer.
Packed with useful and time-tested tips and shortcuts like those Sabrina features on her TV shows and website, as well as visual guides to different styles of furniture, fixtures, and other design elements, the book also shows you how to save money, time, and effort—without sacrificing style.
There's no time like the present, and no method like layering, to unleash your creativity and create a stunning home.
Top Customer Reviews
First the good part: She does a good job of giving very broad concepts such as define what you want to feel in your room, sketch out the living space, and proceed from there to pick a color, furniture, texture, and accessories. There are also some good hints like arranging accessories in odd numbers, etc.
I felt she missed the mark in the color area because she mentions how many people are afraid of choosing color but doesn't do much more than state some moods evoked by certain colors and lists a couple examples of popular design color combinations. I think she should have illustrated more on how she decides on a color, listed some of her favorite popular colors (there are several she mentioned as using over and over in her TV shows), and finally taken examples of rooms she was making over and following the process from the beginning to the end with pictures and commentary. There are finished project photos but they arent my favorite illustrations of design work and dont provide much help if the point of the book is to aid in design step-by-step. Another thing I feel she needs to go into more detail with the the concepts she talks about. Her rules are stated in very broad terms and don't help much besides giving people an idea and why she thinks it is useful in most chapters. If she is directing this at all experience levels of readers, she definitely needs to go into more detail on her concepts. Finally she needs to help with the accessorizing step more than saying accessories smaller than grapefruits can make a room look cluttered and the like.Read more ›
This isn't simply a how-to book, but a gold mine of decorating ideas and a springboard for formulating your personal decorating style. I think the best part is, she incorporates her HGTV High-Low experience by offering design tips that don't break the bank. She says you don't HAVE to buy one-of-a-kind pieces to make your home perfection, you just have to learn how to "edit" what you have to create your dream design. This book breaks down the design process for any budget, any space, and any style -- it's the best decorating book I've purchased, well worth the money!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written in such clear language. I felt like I was being consulted in person as things (what, why, how) were explained to me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by phenomdee
Information was helpful but the photos were not here although they portrayed her point in the design.Published 6 months ago by Maggie
Was disappointed. Seems bland. I was expecting something young, fresh, colorful. It's all just basic and sort of boring.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty good book. She offers some pretty good tips. She writes about colors and
about the color wheel. Short and concise as well. Read more
I love Sabrina, but this book is terrible. The photos are not her work which is usually the point. I think it was probably written too prematurely in her career.Published 14 months ago by Lilia S.