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Use What You Have Decorating Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Among the many tips and guidelines, Ward starts with the top 10 decorating mistakes that professionals all know about, but that anyone can recognize and fix. She covers diagnosing problems that jar the eyes, offers suggestions on items to banish and others to borrow from elsewhere in the home to create more visual appeal, talks about how to shop for furniture that will work with what you already own, offers tips for new homeowners and people just starting out to make older furniture work in new spaces, and covers the kinds of dramatic improvements possible through the use of the right artwork, accessories, and lighting. This is a great gift book for newlyweds, new homeowners, or anyone interested in creative, lively home decorating without breaking the bank. --Mark A. Hetts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Instead what we get are 10 basic design guidelines. And I do mean basic. I honestly have to wonder about all of these people who have fireplaces and don't use them as the focal point of the room. While it seems like what she says is just common sense, I suppose there is some good in having it written down. It just seems like it isn't really enough information to fill an entire book and then charge $16 for it.Read more ›
This book does not focus on interior decorating as a whole or the components that are traditionally addressed in interior decorating books(picking a style, a color theme, window treatments, picking furniture and accessories). This book concentrates on the arranging portion of decorating. The book does not contain color photos (However, I did not find that to be an issue and actually found black and white to be helpful in this case because it didn't distract me from the topics). If you are looking for a book to guide you through the overall decorating process, you will be disappointment with this book. Check out Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book for a complete book on interior decorating. However, if you are looking for a book to help you arrange your stuff, then you will be absolutely thrilled with this book and the results you produce.
There were so many decorating suggestions that have helped me in other areas - size of art over the sofa, height of lamps in living and bedrooms, the use of pairs, what to do when you have a tall item, and collections.
I felt the use of black and white photos helped to keep the book timeless, as color trends change so often. I was disappointed towards the end of the book as not enough was said about accessorizing, such as placement, shapes, sizes, and texture. Also, it bothered me that most completed rooms were carbon copies of each other - in other words, no individuality. The book can be restrictive too - there are a lot of "musts".
I still feel that for the new decorator this book is a must-have. It really gets to the point. You will look at your rooms with new eyes and realize just what you need to do to make them right.
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It is, however, a very useful and thorough instruction manual for trouble shooting design and flow problems in your home and remedying them without completely knocking down walls... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Taryl J. Giessel
It contains the same things you can discover by Googling on line. No big revelations here.Published 2 months ago by CARO
Postive and practical guide to decorating ~ both understanding the process, evaluating what you have and planning how to improve your home with what's on hand to match goals you... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
A dated and very unimpressive book, most of the pictures are black and white, which is dissapointing for a decorating book.Published 18 months ago by Karen Francis
I found this book to be useful as soon as I finished reading it! No one has ever explained any of these basic principles to me, especially an interior decorator. Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. M. Young
I discovered this book at a local thrift store and paid $3 for it. What a return on my investment! Even though the book is more than a decade old, all the strategies for furniture... Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Amy B
Great book for advise. Solved my design problem for one room at least. It doesn't have color pictures and it does give basic design advise that can be applied to most situations. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Tess