Learn how to:
-Design with your inner stylist in mind
-Arrange your living room
-Mix modern pieces and Mom's hand-me-downs
-Choose the right paint colors
-Freshen a formal kitchen space
-Make a small space look bigger
-Hang pictures properly
-Jazz up your walls
-Buy good furniture (on a budget)
-Kill the clutter
PLUS: Suggestions for displaying your stuff in fun and interesting ways, DIY wall art ideas, tips for organizing every room, information on basic home repairs, and more!
The secret to those gorgeous interiors in the magazines lies not in the things that fill the rooms, but in the "decorating story" or point of view that the designer has applied to the space. With How to Decorate, learn how to create your own design concept and implement it with color, furniture, fabrics, lighting, accessorizing, and styling. This book also helps solve a decorator’s biggest challenges, from working around a home's existing architecture and organizing a space, to mixing patterns and editing collections.
Best of all, 150 color photographs and charming watercolor illustrations--and even a bookplate for personalizing this guide--provide inspiration that makes this book as useful as it is beautiful.
Among the insider tips is information on:
-Finding a dedicated space where you can organize paint samples, fabric swatches, and magazine clippings
-Choosing a sofa wisely
-Determining appropriate wall finishes and textures
-Identifying what fabrics are right for you
-Styling your decor to reinvigorate your space
-Plus, the best suppliers for rugs, linens, accessories, and more
"Interior design should be about telling a personal story, and Shannon Fricke has nailed it on the head with How to Decorate. Her genius tips ring true for novice and professional decorators alike, and her decorating workshop-in-a-book organization helps simplify what can be a very intimidating process. This book will empower and motivate you to tell your personal story through your home decor. Bravo, Shannon!" --Jenny Komenda, designer and founder of Little Green Notebook
"How to Decorate throws out stuffy notions of doing things the 'right' way and instead invites us to imagine our homes as playgrounds for authentic self-expression. Fricke promotes the idea of decorating at its best, as a means of creating surroundings that reflect who we really are and what we love . . . while having a blast in the process!" --Camille Styles, event designer and editor of CamilleStyles.com
"Shannon strikes the elusive balance between visual inspiration and practicable action. This is a book you'll both display and put to constant use." --Anne Sage, blogger and founder of The City Sage
Downsizing is often associated with negative feelings and emotions. With her beautifully illustrated practical guide Downsize with Style Bettina Deda encourages you to see it differently, to embrace the change and the
opportunities that come with it.
Downsize with Style will guide you through an easy-to-follow 5-step process to successfully manage your downsizing project.
Plus expert tips from international designers, real estate and removal specialists!
You will discover:
* How to overcome procrastination by working with a plan, checklists and practical tips
* How to identify decorating essentials
* How to achieve a stylish home without breaking the bank
* How to deal with emotional topics and items
* How to refine your apartment lifestyle
‘Downsizers are seeking quality and effi cient design and lifestyle opportunities. The only dilemma many face is how to “pack up” their lifelong belongings and start afresh with style and ease. Bettina Deda has come to the rescue. Her fl air for design, and her practical advice, help turn what could be a time of emotional turmoil into one which promises an exciting new beginning.’ – Petrina Smith, editor The Retiree Magazine
Ever wondered how to transform your laundry room from drab to fab? Your kitchen from prison to paradise? Your bedroom from boring to beautiful?
Now you can, in this comprehensive interior design tome by design maven extraordinaire Sarah Richardson. Within these beautiful, full-color pages and photographs, Sarah walks you through each room in your home, from the master bedroom to the kids’ rooms, to the kitchen, the bathroom, and everywhere in between, showing you how to turn a house into a home—Sarah style.
Featuring full-page design spreads with stunning attention to detail, Sarah Style is a cache of creative, unique ideas for transforming your living spaces. You can make your dream home a reality, and the inspiration—and complete know-how—is right here in this premier source for all things interior design!
“A complete and happy home is so much more than a series of pretty rooms. Between these two covers, we’ve captured everything we’ve learned at Apartment Therapy about decorating, organizing, cleaning, and repairs, so you can make and maintain your own fabulous home.”
—from the Introduction
Getting a room to feel right is more instinct than science. You know a great space when you see it. Apartment Therapy trains your eye with more than 75 rooms, from bedrooms to kitchens and living rooms to kids’ rooms and workspaces. Explore every detail—lighting, color palettes, flooring, and accessories—that brings a home to life and, most important, makes you happy in it.
Don't test color combinations on your body yet!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decorating Your Home, second edition, enables you to create a homey look without all the blood, sweat, and tears. From setting a realistic budget to understanding the tools of the trade, feel confident about home decorating.
Chock-full of expert advice, including how to mix color and pattern like a pro to the best ways to transform a flea market find, the tips and tricks included in 101 Decorating Ideas cover every room in the house and include a wide range of ideas--some that can be done by yourself and within a day, to larger projects that might require a little more time and assistance, but all with beautiful photography that will inspire you along the way and help you transform your home into a place you can’t wait to get back to every day.
Like a perfectly overstuffed chair, Melissa's encouragement beckons you to get comfortable and then get creative as you:find beauty in the ordinarydiscover your style and let it shine with simple ideasentertain possibilities and people with more gratitude and joygather inspiration in the 31-day Love Your Home Challengeleap from dreamer to doer with confidence
Much more than décor! This is your invitation to fall in love with the home you have and embrace the gifts of life, people, and blessings right where you are.
Pattern is the strongest element in any room. In Living with Pattern, Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use that element, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house. She covers pattern usage you probably already have, such as on your duvet cover or in the living room rug, and she also reveals the unexpected places you might not have thought to add it: bathroom tiles, an arrangement of book spines in a reading nook, or windowpane gridding in your entryway. This stunning book showcases distinct uses of pattern in homes all over the country to inspire you to realize that an injection of pattern can enliven any space, helping to make it uniquely yours.
From the Hardcover edition.