Be Your Own Home Decorator: Creating the Look You Love Without Spending a Fortune

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This inspiring guide proves that it doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to decorate with charm and taste. Presented with an infectious can-do attitude and clear step-by-step instructions, Guntlow explains how to customize kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and baths, and offers ways to maximize storage space. Whether a home needs a massive overhaul or a "quick-fix" solution to problem areas, this book provides dozens of unique possibilities.

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The reason I like this book more than most books on interior design and home decorating is that the author is sensitive to the fact that not everyone can spend thousands of dollars to fix up their home interiors, and she also understands that we need to start where we are by taking a look at what we have already and working with it creatively. Unlike store-sponsored decorating, where the idea is to sell you as much new furniture, drapes, carpet, and materials as possible, the emphasis here is working with and around your current belongings and working within your practical budget. You'll find none of the old "gut the place and start from the bare studs" that one so often sees in decorating magazines. This is a decorating book for regular folks.

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Dazzling home makeovers are a breeze using the clever techniques in this budget-conscious home-decorating handbook!

Now it's easy to create an environment that truly reflects your personal style, regardless of your decorating experience or budget. From fashioning no-stitch window treatments to making a new piece of furniture out of two old pieces to giving worn kitchen cabinets a fresh stylish look, this inspiring guide proves that it doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to decorate with charm and taste.

Presented with an infectious "can-do" attitude and clear instructions, Be Your Own Home Decorator tells how to:

-- Select a look and carry it throughout your home

-- Customize kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and baths

-- Maximize storage and enhance the usefulness of existing space

-- Use moldings, prints, and window treatments for visual appeal

-- Transform secondhand furnishings into customized pieces

-- Combine colors and textures to create a distinctive look

-- Refinish floors, install tiling, and do basic renovations yourself

The techniques in Be Your Own Home Decorator can be adapted to virtually any theme or style, offering unique possibilities for beautifying every corner of every room. This is one book that quickly pays for itself, whether your home needs a massive overhaul or just a "quick-fix" solution for a problem area.

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