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 Product Description-Use What You Have Decorating : Transform
  Your Home in One Hour With Ten Simple Design Principles --
 Using the Space You Have, the Things You Like, the Budget You
                            Choose
Lauri Ward created a revolution in interior design-the most accessible and affordable approach to decorating ever. In Use What
    You Have(r) Decorating she shows readers how to do it themselves-quickly identifying the ten most common decorating
 mistakes, offering simple principles to correct them, and giving DIYers a proven system for making their home look better than
they ever dreamed it could. Filled with dramatic before-and-after photos, this guide shows anyone how to turn "ho-hum interiors
               into inspired spaces without undertaking bank- breaking shopping sprees" (Ladies' Home Journal).

Finally, finally, a practical home-decorating book for the reader who is not a millionaire! Rather than call in a professional design
consultant to tell you which walls "must go" and throwing out everything you own in favor of new and expensive designer fabrics,
   furniture, and fixtures, Ward starts with what you already have and makes dramatic transformations by arrangement, use of
color, and a few inexpensive additions of objects or materials. Her idea is to use what you already have and like, and operate on
 a budget you can afford to make your home more satisfying and aesthetically pleasing to you without being a slave to passing
  trends, fads, and radical transformations that end up making you feel like a stranger in your own home. 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



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Customer Reviews:
164 of 170 people found the following review helpful

too many restrictions, April 8, 2002 By Justus Pendleton (Colorado Springs, CO United States)
   This review is from: Use What You Have Decorating : Transform Your Home in One Hour With Ten Simple Design Principles
-- Using the Space You Have, the Things You Like, the Budget You Choose (Paperback) A better title for this book would have
been "How to Rearrange Your Single Purpose Living Room If You Have a Fireplace And Nice Furniture to Create a Comfortable
Conversation Area". She talks exclusively about living rooms and 90% of the problems she shows are solved by moving the
furniture closer together so people can hold a conversation comfortably. And not just any living room but a certain kind of formal
living room. Almost every room she shows has a fireplace and has a very regular geometric shape. How do I create a focal point
if my living room is an octagon with windows on almost every wall and no windowless wall is big enough to put a couch under?
Only one room she shows has a television in it. How do I create a comfortable conversation area that also lets me (and my
guests) watch television? How can the fireplace be the focal point of the room if I also have a television in it? What if I live in a
800 square foot apartment and don't have the space for the strict...


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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful

Down-to-earth advice for everyone, October 21, 2002 By And You May Find Yourself (Eurasia)
This review is from: Use What You Have Decorating : Transform Your Home in One Hour With Ten Simple Design Principles --
Using the Space You Have, the Things You Like, the Budget You Choose (Paperback) The most useful feature of this book is
the list of major decorating mistakes: the author illustrates them clearly, so you can see why they are mistakes, and offers
simple, inexpensive solutions. The before-and-after black and white photos of unmistakably real homes (first two pages: what's
wrong here? overleaf: how did we fix it?) are very convincing. You'll get a lot of basic knowledge out of this book: how to create
a good conversation space, how to create "flow" in a room, how to avoid visual clutter, what to do with collections. Her method
of presentation teaches you what questions you need to ask yourself in order to show your own furniture and space to its best
advantage. Which is what decorating is all about, right?I have a few quibbles: why does Ward assume that only men are
interested in good hi-fi equipment while women would be happy with anything that doesn't interfere with their decorating
scheme?? I beg to differ... Her style is generally rather "feminine" -...


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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful

An excellent book on arranging, February 15, 2000 By Jennifer Gregory (Raleigh, NC)
This review is from: Use What You Have Decorating : Transform Your Home in One Hour With Ten Simple Design Principles --
Using the Space You Have, the Things You Like, the Budget You Choose (Paperback) I found this book to be extremly helpful
because it guides you through creating a visually pleasing home that is also functional by rearranging items that you already
have. So many people have beautiful things in their home and expensive furniture, but do not arrange these items so their
rooms "work". This book gives you practical advice that you can really implement in an hour or two. It fullfills a need that is
overlooked in most interior decorating books.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...

				
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