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Leslie Linsley's High-Style, Low-Cost Decorating Ideas: For Every Room in the House

Leslie Linsley

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ISBN 10: 0739404318 / ISBN 13: 9780739404317
Published by St Martins Griffin, 1999
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Leslie Linsley's High-Style, Low-Cost ...

Publisher: St Martins Griffin

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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Synopsis:

Designer Leslie Linsley believes you shouldn't have to give up your life--or your life savings-- to create a beautiful, stylish home. In her latest collection, Linsley delivers hundreds of tips and projects for everyone who's come to love her no-nonsense, creative approach to sprucing up every room of the house.

Organized room by room, this book is an idea-generator, a time- and money-saver, and a terrific starting point for anyone who wants to beautify a home. Topics include:

--Paint--"the cheapest form of flattery"
--Making small spaces feel special
--Bringing the outdoors in
--Thinking like a decorator
--The one piece of furniture worth splurging on
--Adding an element of surprise to any room
--Achieving "controlled clutter"
--and much more.

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Nowadays, busy homeowners are looking for decorating ideas that are not only inexpensive but easy to implement as well. Leslie Linsley meets both challenges head-on with her High-Style, Low-Cost Decorating Ideas. Linsley's tips focus on the creature comforts that make a house a home--what she calls the "details that make a difference." She emphasizes using pillows, blankets, candles, curtains, linens, artwork, and holiday decorations to create an atmosphere of warmth that will envelop homeowners at the end of a long day.

Many of the ideas can be implemented in just a day or two and without breaking the bank. For instance, Linsley explains how pillows can be used to introduce a new color to a room, create a seasonal look, or add interest to a monochromatic scheme. Try adding an element of surprise to a home by painting a hall or bedroom closet a bright, cheerful color or by lining plain white drapes with a floral or other bold print that's noticeable when the curtains are pulled back.

Linsley does cover larger-scale decorating techniques such as painting walls and refinishing furniture, and she includes time-saving shortcuts--such as wiping down furniture with denatured alcohol to avoid having to strip it before painting. Pictures in the book are limited to black-and-white line drawings, but her directions are explained simply and clearly. Her tips are heavily influenced by what she calls the "clever, comfortable, and carefree" style of decorating--a formula that should appeal to homeowners looking for a cozy but low-maintenance living space. --Kris Law

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