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Small Space Decorating (Better Homes and Gardens) (Better Homes and Gardens Home) Paperback – June 21, 2011
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A small space can be Spectacular. Want proof? Explore the beautiful rooms in this book. Whether you're decorating a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, a bedroom, an office, an entry, a kid's room, or any other room, the experts at Better Homes and Gardens® have collected all of the inspiration you need to turn a ho-hum space into a showstopper.
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How do you decorate smaller homes and rooms attractively? What design and decor principles maximize space? This book answers these questions, and is one of the few books published recently on small space decorating. It's brimming with ideas and photos to illustrate the ideas so you can see how the principles look in a real room. The book organizes rooms by function with chapter titles: Live, Cook, Eat, Bathe, Sleep, Work, Multitask, Enter and Play. The Live chapter highlights topics such as furniture, storage, windows & light, walls & ceilings, color, art & photos, fabric & pillows and accessories.
There are an average of 3-5 small space decorating tips per page with accompanying photos to illustrate the tips--the rooms tend to be more informal, casual and comfortable in styles ranging from contemporary to cottage, to traditional with a twist to modern or an eclectic combination of these.
Interspersed throughout are eight case studies of actual homes in which small space principles have been used successfully. My favorite case study is a stylish New York City studio apartment. There's a skillful use of color with white covering the dominant surfaces--walls, sofa, bookcase, Parsons desk and bed--punctuated with gold, beige, black and leopard print accents. The result is sophisticated, fun and looks spacious. What interested me about the book is that the rooms didn't look cramped or small--they look natural and cozy.Read more ›
Great manual for the visual learner. Written in a reader friendly, cookbook format, it "cuts to the chase" addressing each decorating issue without laborious text to scan through. There are text boxes inserted throughout labeled: Design Basics, How To, and Glossary. Virtually every design suggestion has an illustration. The beautiful pictures are a feast for the eyes. All of the designs have eclectic appeal with classic charm. Emphasis on cozy--no far out designs.
I find a new idea each and every time I look at the book. The only problem with the book is that we can't do it all!
Oh, by the way--I love this book!
Picking up Small Space Decorating and reading this article made me realize living small is the only way for me -
Good to everyone that wants a small cozy space!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really didn't enjoy this book. The pages were too busy and the homes were crowded and unappealing as well.Published 1 month ago by Sheri R
Love this book. I am renovating a small house to move into shortly. Lots of good tips. Loved it.Published 4 months ago by cfred
Extremely "dated", even though copyright date of this book is 2011, what a difference 5 years makes in the home decor world! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kannl
Not what I thought I ordered. I wanted the monthly magazine which isn't so thick.Published 6 months ago by Rosalie Karth