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|“Living in a home that doesn’t reflect your personal style is like wearing someone else’s shoes: They may do the job, but they will never feel right.” —Lisa Quinn|
Our homes are a reflection of who we are and what we love. But many of us are full of creative ideas and don’t have the cash to see them through. According to television host and designer Lisa Quinn, you don’t have to break the bank to express your personal style.
In more than twenty fabulous room makeovers—each accomplished for less than $500—Quinn shows how to make the most of a room’s best features and how to spruce up the rest. There’s a theme for every decorator: Dramatic Rooms, such as the Surfer Chic Lounge and the Moulin Rouge Studio; Classic Rooms, like the Botanical Dining Room and the Peaceful Bedroom; Exotic Rooms, including the Mexican Living Room and the Moroccan Den; and Children’s Rooms, like Flower Power or the Cowpoke Nursery.
Quinn also offers creative ideas for easy, inexpensive home projects to overcome room-specific design challenges and add a personal touch to your room redos, such as:
•Realistic-looking “wooden” beams or a pressed-tin fireplace made with embossed wallpaper and silver spray paint
•Expensive-looking wall art made simply from framed swatches of fabric or homemade paper
•Whimsical details like a working fountain or a teddy bear topiary for a child’s nursery
Whether you’re a young decorator-on-a-dime or a habitual makeover fan, $500 Room Makeovers will inspire you to create a room that’s easy on the eyes, and even easier on the wallet.
ISBN: 1400097797 Date Published on 2/21/2006
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|Features 14 rooms and their makeover stories from the hit TV show.
Details options for completing projects within 48 hours including skills and techniques.
Includes room arranging kit, project planning checklists, and tips and anecdotes from the designers.
Special chapter teaches homeowners to evaluate room makeovers in terms of time, money and skills.
Plenty of advice to explore options, plan projects, choose materials, and make tradeoffs between time and money needed.
ISBN: 0696219182 Date Published on 3/16/2004
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When it comes to decorating with sophistication and flair, great style doesn't have to come with a big price tag. The editors of Budget Living magazine, the leading experts on living large and spending small, give readers the lowdown on design and show how to transform a home into a haven-without breaking the bank. From tiny studios to sprawling houses, this innovative do-it-yourself guide will inspire readers to add color, wit, and chic style to every room in the home. From floor plans and storage opportunities to quirky finishing details and small-scale projects, this book teaches you everything you need to know, including:
- How to use color to energize and unify your home
- Where to find distinctive pieces that bring panache to any room
- What you can do yourself-and when to defer to the experts
- How planning ahead and thinking creatively can save you thousands of dollars
- Why sometimes the smartest thing you can do is splurge on something you really love
ISBN: 0399529683 Date Published on 5/4/2004
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|Judging from the wealth of TV programs dedicated to room redos, Americans are mad for home makeovers. The idea of a home makeover is seductive, but not everyone has scads of cash to spend revamping a room. With 200 full-color photos and 50 color illustrations, Budget Makeovers reveals how do-it-yourselfers can attain a professional polish at an affordable price. The book features 12 real-life makeovers, showing how to transform boring or outdated rooms - be they kitchens, baths, family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, or bedrooms - into fresh, beautiful, and livable spaces. Each room featured includes color before and after photographs (200 in all), a description of how the room was updated, a list of what the owners loved and hated about the space, the tab on how much was spent, and a breakdown of how long each phase of the makeover took. How-to projects specific to each room, valuable trade secrets, decorating shortcuts, full color illustrations, and design ideas are included with each redesign. |
ISBN: 2850188174 Date Published on 3/10/2005
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|Great style does not require an over-the-top budget. With a little ingenuity, basic skills, and use of supplies from crafts and home improvement stores, you can achieve custom looks at bargain prices. Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas Under $100 offers a wealth of information—101 creative projects with complete materials lists and detailed step-by-step instructions. Inspiring photographs illustrate how finished projects fit into room settings. The first chapter focuses on walls, floors, and other surfaces punched up with paint finishes, wallpaper, stock molding, stenciling, stamping, and decoupage. Another chapter reveals the secrets of dressing up furniture, even garage sale finds, with slipcovers, upholstery, and trim. Freshening up the bed and bath is a breeze with color, unusual headboards, painted linens, and ribbon-trimmed towels. The second half of Decorating Ideas Under $100 delves into details that make a difference, from one-of-a-kind pillows and lampshades to window treatments that give plain panels a lot of personality. Style also goes outdoors with projects for perking up patios and decks. |
ISBN: 0696215934 Date Published on 1/1/2003
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|Design-conscious readers can examine creative makeovers that cost less than $1,000.
Highlights 20 rooms from the show, including before-and-after photos.
In-depth instruction for projects from stenciling walls to customizing furniture.
Show’s talented design team provides plenty of practical tips and foolproof techniques to restyle, recolor, remake, and rearrange any room of the home.
Includes a room arranging kit with dozens of templates.
Provides detailed buying resource information.
ISBN: 0696218496 Date Published on 12/16/2003
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|From the most popular decorator on TLC’s hit show “While You Were Out” comes a guide to the coolest kind of decorating on the skimpiest of budgets. Just a few dollars and a bit of creativity go a long way toward adding spice to your living space without breaking the bank. Stores like Dollar Tree and 99¢ Dream are popping up in every city in America with a treasure trove of items from frames to faux flowers. With these materials―and some easy instructions from Mark―readers will learn how to create and embellish everything from lampshades to storage areas for a fraction of the cost they would pay anywhere else. These projects are so cool no one will ever guess how little was paid! |
Edgy and stylish, this book is the hippest guide available on shoestring budget decorating.
ISBN: 0789313030 Date Published on 8/9/2005
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|Bored with your home's interior? Easy Decorating Makeovers can immediately help you see your home in a new light. This book shows you how to revitalize rooms by using what you already own and by making strategic purchases. Simple solutions include arranging a room around a focal point, finding balance by redistributing heavy pieces, pulling furniture into conversation groupings, creating your personal style with accessories, and tapping into the power of paint and fabric. The book features 50 before-and-after rooms and 15 do-it-yourself projects such as slipcovers, bedding, and woodworking. These makeovers are as sensible as they are beautiful—you can make some big-impact transformations in just one hour. |
ISBN: 0696217228 Date Published on 8/15/2003
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Amid a mood of collective belt-tightening, instead of moving out or moving up, Americans today are staying home and staying put. But just because they're keeping the homes they have, doesn't mean they have to compromise the way they live. In fact, now that new home construction is down, suppliers, contractors and craftspeople are more available and more amenable to negotiating their rates-even for small projects-than ever before. So, if you want to upgrade your home and improve its value without spending a lot, now is the perfect time to do so.
Clearly organized room-by-room, including outdoor spaces, and filled with evocative before and after photos, the book shows readers how they can change the spirit of a room at various budgets, either with DIY decorative changes or modest remodeling efforts that transform their spaces for contemporary lifestyle needs.
This sequel to last year's popular title Staged to Sell (or Keep) will contain a selection of DIY project ideas with how-tos in each chapter, as well as sidebars including practical tips on space-saving ideas and storage solutions. Appendices will include a section on informative tips on Choosing a Contractor and advice on Creating a Punch List and Establishing a Budget.
ISBN: 1933231718 Date Published on 6/2/2010
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"The Comforts of Home" is a book that enters into the spirit of how we want to live now, at a time when excess is no longer desirable. Author Caroline Clifton-Mogg puts a welcoming and beautiful haven within everyone's reach. The first section, The Elements, extols the joys of an orderly haven, covering both decorative aspects such as textiles and finishing touches, and practical topics such as storage and cleaning. The second section, The Rooms, shows how to create a home that's cosy and easy to live in - from the wecloming hallway, to the cozy kitchen, comfortable living room, satisfying study, practical bathroom and peaceful bedroom - through to the garden. "The Comforts of Home" offers clever decorating ideas that rely on imagination and style rather than a deep purse and suggests ways of making the most of what we have to put the heart back into our homes.
ISBN: 1845979664 Date Published on 3/31/2010