Katie Brown Decorates: 5 Styles, 10 Rooms, 105 Projects

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In Katie Brown Decorates, Katie offers a wealth of projects and ideas for making the most out of any room. She offers six basic decorating styles -- from Street Chic to Log Cabin -- and uses fabric, lighting, paint, and inexpensive, easy-to-work with building materials to achieve that look. With simple, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous full-color photographs throughout, Katie includes all the elements for creating a fun and funky home (or apartment) -- furniture and window treatments, floors, shelving, and lighting, and much more.

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Katie Brown is a Cornell-educated art historian who has raced on the U.S. Ski Team, acted in TV commercials (for Kodak, AT&T, Saturn) and run a catering business out of her house in Los Angeles. Born in Petoskey, Michigan in 1963, she has three brothers and sisters and grew up surrounded by thirty-two cousins and fourteen aunts and uncles.

Her enthusiasm for entertaining, gardening and cooking inspired her to open her own store called Goat. Located in Los Angeles and Mackinac Island, Michigan, Goat quickly became a popular antique store and cafe. Katie has been serving up dime-store domesticity on Lifetime's Next Door with Katie Brown since October 1997. Brown has opened Katie Brown Workshops in Los Angeles, New York, and Bridgehampton.

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Media's latest decorating darling, Brown boasts TV credits including Oprah, Good Morning America, and an eponymous program on the Style Network. As it turns out, the charismatic Brown is equally crafty in print. Her crisply designed and brightly photographed book offers step-by-step instructions for decorating projects from the basic (painting) to the wild (sewing a pompom bed skirt). It's the former that will appeal to most do-it-yourselfers: her design for asymmetrical shelving, for instance, is clean and modern, and the project is relatively simple to execute, even for the artistically and mechanically challenged. Her themed rooms-e.g. urban loft, seaside cottage and cabin in the woods-offer interesting models, and the individual components could work in virtually any room, anywhere. For each project, close-range photographs capture detail, and a concise list of supplies and tools heads up the minimalist (but sufficient) directions. But many of Brown's ideas seem frankly outlandish: the lamps made out of socks and sink strainers, the sandpaper glued to the coffee table and the stitched pleather floor covering may look good in the glossy photos, but it's hard to imagine them working in real homes. After all, a dishtowel safety-pinned to a chair ("reupholstering can cost an arm and a leg") is still just a dishtowel. Color photos throughout. (On sale Oct. 22)
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