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 $500 Room Makeovers “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.
  Date Published 2/21/2006

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Rated By: Maxwell
From: Santa Barbara, CA
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Comments: What a great book! I didn't beleive it, but....
I have been decorating different parts of my house for years without much progress. I saw a bit on TV about this book, but didn't believe you could do anything for $500, much less a whole room. Still aprehensive I ordered it, and after flipping through the book I had more ideas than I could use. I already started shopping, and I have done more in my house in one day than I have in a year. This book is full of fun, creative, and inexpensive ideas for decorating any room in a house. It's definitely worth it......
Rated By: Sharon "Sharon"
From: Detroit
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Comments: Love it!
I went out and got it this weekend and have already finished a project. This book is about pulling together your room for hardly any money. I covered my bedroom lampshade with fabric. It looks great. The projects are easy and I love the rooms.
Rated By: Cheryl Matto "Cheryl"
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Comments: This book ROCKS!!
I just moved into a new apartment and had no money and no ideas. This book has got great projects and they're all really easy and cheap to do. I just love the book!!!
Rated By: A Reader
From: NY
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Comments: Great decorating on a budget
This is one of the best books I have on redecorating on a budget. The ideas are useful, practical, affordable and very appealing. Many books are full of ideas that look cheap. not this one - can't wait to try many of them. Great pictures and well written.