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Speed Decorating: A Pro Stager's Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less Paperback – September 29, 2009
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"Vegas helps would-be decorators fast-forward their dreams in Speed Decorating. The book is in large part a typical decorating primer, but with a focus on getting things done fast. Vegas guides readers through such steps as assessing a room, setting a timeline and shopping smart, and gives suggestions for specific rooms. She offers lots of handy tips, such as ways to corral and disguise lamp cords and quick ideas for freshening a kitchen."— Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal
"Jill Vegas knows how to make any home beautiful.... Her talent and work are priceless!" --Barbara Corcoran, founder, The Corcoran Group
It's like speed dating but only better. Speed Decorating: A Pro Stager's Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less (The Taunton Press; $21.95) by Jill Vegas is everything that hiring an interior decorator is not. That means you have to actually do most of the work yourself. There are a few rules to follow — or break if you dare. First, learn the seven principles of decorating: calm; condition; style; arrangement; light; color and texture; and details. Then incorporate the three-step process: Evaluate the situation, explore solutions and take action. These must all be done fast; otherwise it's not speed decorating! Most tasks fall into one of three categories. A magic-wand makeover takes a few hours or a day. Mini boot camp can be done in three days. Slowpokes have a week to complete an ultimate boot camp. --Martha Phifer, Orlando Sentinel
If you're like me, after a day parading through the Parade of Homes, you get home and wish your house looked like those on the tour. Speed Decorating by Jill Vegas (Taunton Press) might help. Vegas is a home stager whose work has been featured on HGTV, National Public Radio and other places. One idea: Stack books on a chair, put a lamp atop the books, and you have an instant nightstand. I wouldn't have thought of that. The book doesn't get into big, involved projects. But it gives tips for changes you can make in a few hours, over a weekend or in a week. It also gives quick cleaning tips, guides you through a closet makeover and offers shopping tips and lighting rules. --Debra Boyette, News & Observer
Top Customer Reviews
If you intend to spend a week per room reviving your home, I'd start with Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's Apartment Therapy instead. If your hope is to add grace notes, any of Alexandra Stoddard's decorating books may be more inspiring.
The title is VERY misleading. The author talks about making changes that take FAR more than a week to do. I didn't learn any "trade secrets" either. Really, the book is a waste of time and money and I feel the title totally misrepresents the content.
As the other 1-star reviewer writes, this is a clever title disguising poor content and bad production - the interiors are dated, the text banal and badly written, the paper is really cheap so the colours look strange. There are no 'before' shots, there's nothing in the way of 'speedy' projects, and there's no home featured here that doesn't already have great architecture and designer furniture.
if you came looking for this book, as I did, after seeing it on the Apartment Therapy blog, save your money: they've already used the best pictures online.
I'm returning mine to Amazon for a refund - the first time ever I've done this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Content very helpful even though photos don't really match my style. Inspiring!Published 8 months ago by Mama Z
Not what I thought it was going to be but a great resource it needed.Published 11 months ago by Theresa Travelute
A great little book for easy and fast tips to style your home like a pro!Published 19 months ago by Amanda White
The decorating and staging ideas were good - but the example furnishings were a little dated. I'll use the book to help stage a house that will be on the market.Published on April 23, 2014 by Lorraine D.
This was a major disappointment. It did not demonstrate to me any of the proposed guidelines that I was looking for.Published on January 4, 2013 by rosemary
This book is a fun read. I've gotten to use various ideas in it to help with our new house. It's a keeper for future plans too.Published on July 23, 2012 by Deanna
I was hopeful that this book (copyright 2009) would have some fresh ideas to offer based on the back cover description: "Unbelievable instant transformations for every room in the... Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Diane Wiley
It was the preview that sealed the deal. After glimpsing a few pages, I immediately ordered this book, eagerly awaiting its arrival. So pleased with my decision. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by P F Zeno