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Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Livingby Matt Maranian
This is the book to aid you in your quest for your own personal life of eXceSs. A compilation of insanely dedicated, obsessive people who with the help of way too much paint-fur-glitter-bamboo-colored lights-animal print fabric-taxidermy-Catholic paraphernalia-gold lamÃ© ? and way too much time to kill ? have transformed their homes into the most exciting, revolting, sexy, nightmarish digs you've ever seen. As museum pieces, they are astonishing in their complexity. As living spaces, they are ridiculous. Yet, people live in them! If you are tired of the monotony of your own home; your ugly Martha Stewart wreaths or your flavorless Ikea purchases, this is a great sourcebook for ideas. (There is even a how-to section with a number of craft projects to get you on your way.) There are plenty of concepts presented that are ripe for exploration and maybe, with a little discipline, can help you set up the ultra-pad of your dreams.
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You have a futon left over from college, some dingy end tables that Aunt Miller left you, and an apartment whose carpeting dates back to the Me Decade. The decorating magazines and TV shows never seem to talk to you. So what? With some attitude, know-how, and a lot of your own style, your place can be transformed into a fabulous Shangri-La, a swanky venue fit for living and entertaining well. Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living is filled to bursting with hip, affordable projects for every room in the house and shows how to use basics like lighting, plants, mirrors, and paint to enhance even problem areas. Numerous testimonials from real people with real living spaces demonstrate how a little spaces demonstrate how a little spunk and individuality can overcome the limitations of the average urban dwelling. Offering a complete lifestyle package, Pad has instructions for building your own home bar, ideas for party themes and recipes ? and even collateral hangover cures! This total living guide will have your place all spruced up ? and the envy of guests ? in no time.
About the Author
Matt Maranian a freelance writer and former actor now living in Vermont, where he and his wife operate perhaps the hippest vintage clothing store in Brattleboro. He is the coauthor of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, L.A. Bizzaro.
Jack Gould a Los Angeles-based photographer whose work appears regularly in the New Times Los Angeles.
Susan Tudor has worked as a photo director, fashion designer, textile artist, and graphic designer. She lives in Los Angeles.
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