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Home Decorating for Dummies
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Do you long to create picture-perfect rooms but can’t quite seem to achieve them? Do you want better functioning spaces for working, playing, or living? Do you clamor to express your personal style? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, you’ve turned to the right source for real answers from the pros.
Home Decorating For Dummies,2nd Edition is for all kinds of people in all kinds of decorating situations, including:
Each part of Home Decorating For Dummies,deals with a broad area of decorating, and each chapter contains specific and detailed information. You'll discover tips on
Home Decorating For Dummies,2nd Edition contains all the basics – including how to figure out what you can spend; how to spend it; and the latest and greatest in styles, trends, and technology. What do you do with your space next? The possibilities are endless.
Whether it's one room or a whole home that needs spiffing up, "Home Decorating For Dummies" is the perfect way for readers to find and show off their personal style. Also included is a colorful photographic tour of time-honored styles. 100 line drawings and cartoons.
"Home Decorating For Dummies will help you design your own magic environment." — Oleg Cassini, Designer
A Reference for the Rest of Us!
"Thanks to Home Decorating For Dummies, even a novice can learn to achieve comfort with style." —Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub, Home & Garden Editor, Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, South Florida
"The co authors demystify the entire process to help you achieve professional results." —Olivia Bell Buehl, Author of Tiles: Choosing Designing and Living with Ceramic Tile
Give Your Home a Million-Dollar Makeover —Easily and Economically!
Create a Look That Says "Welcome Home!"
Worried you'll spend a fortune decorating and end up with house of horrors? Let Home Decorating For Dummies ? spark your imagination and help bring your ideas and enthusiasm to life with money-saving, practical suggestions on space planning, furniture styles, window treatments, and accessorizing with art and personal mementos. This hands-on guide shows you how to find your own sense of style and create a space you'll be proud to call home.
Worried about spending a fortune decorating your house but ending up with more of a mess than a makeover? Let Home Decorating For Dummies spark your imagination and help bring your ideas and enthusiasm to life with practical, money-saving suggestions on space planning, furniture selection, window treatments, and accessorizing your own home. Give your home that million-dollar makeover easily and economically with this wonderful hands-on guide to creating your own sense of style and grace...on any budget!
Hundreds of ideas, resources, and budget-wise tips from this decor-savvy mother-and-daughter team of interior designers will inspire you to new heights of interior design projects yourself. Glance through more than 30 pages of full-color photos for some great inspiration, from bright lighting ideas to moldings, wallpapers, fabrics, accessories, floor coverings, and more. Discover the fundamentals of decorating and design, make a room fit your style with the right colors and textures, and create looks with timeless appeal in any room of the house. From floor to ceiling, you'll be impressed with this book's clever solutions to all those familiar decorating woes.
About the Author
'Katharine Kaye McMillan,former senior editor of a New York City-based national magazine, is a writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers. She is a contributing writer to internationally circulated Florida Design Magazine.She is the co-author of several books on decorating and design, including Sun Country Style,which is the basis for licensed signature collections of furniture and accessories by three leading American manufacturers and importers. A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, she holds a masters degree in psychology and is a doctoral student in psychology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.
Patricia Hart McMillanis a nationally known interior designer, whose interior design work for private clients, designer showcases, and corporations has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New York Timesand USA Today.Known as a trend spotter and for clearly articulated views on design, she is quoted frequently and extensively in both trade and consumer publications. She a ppears on TV and talk radio. A prolific writer, she is coauthor and author of seven books on interior design and decoration, with Sun Country Style signature collections of furniture based on two books. She has taught decorating courses at several colleges and conducted numerous seminars across the U.S. She is decorating editor for Christian Woman Magazineand reports on design trends for The Sun-Sentinel,a Tribune newspaper based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has been editor-in-chief of two publications and was head of a New York City-based public relations firm representing some of the most prestigious names in home furnishing and building products. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in art history (with an emphasis in architecture), from the State University of New York (New Paltz). She was awarded a certificate from The New York School of Interior Design.'
Table of Contents
Part I: Basic Planning.
Chapter 1: Bringing Your Vision to Life.
Chapter 2: Planning Your Budget.
Chapter 3: Evaluating Your Space.
Chapter 4: Understanding Design Principles.
Part II: Creating Surface Interest.
Chapter 5: Eyeing Color Basics.
Chapter 6: Applying Pattern Basics.
Chapter 7: Feeling Your Way Through Textures.
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting Basics.
Part III: Style and Substance.
Chapter 9: Living with Historic Decorating Styles.
Chapter 10: Decorating with Contemporary Styles.
Chapter 11: Determining Your Personal Decorating Style.
Chapter 12: Finding Out about Furniture.
Part IV: Creating Backgrounds.
Chapter 13: Creating Wonderful Walls.
Chapter 14: Finding Fabulous Floors.
Chapter 15: Sprucing Up Ceilings.
Chapter 16: Dressing Up Windows.
Chapter 17: Lively Lighting.
Part V: Tackling the Three Tough Rooms: Kitchen, Bath, and Home Office.
Chapter 18: Cooking Up Your Dream Kitchen.
Chapter 19: Beautifying Your Bathroom.
Chapter 20: Setting Up Your Home Office.
Part VI: Fixing Up Four Easy Rooms.
Chapter 21: Styling Serene Bedrooms.
Chapter 22: Creating Your Living Room.
Chapter 23: Designing for Dining.
Chapter 24: Transforming Bonus Areas.
Part VII: Embellishments: Accessorizing with Art and Other Stuff.
Chapter 25: Acquiring and Arranging Art.
Chapter 26: Accentuating Your Style.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 27: Ten Quick and Easy Centerpieces.
Chapter 28: Ten Tips for Leftover Wallpaper.
Chapter 29: Ten Favorite Sources.
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