Offers advice on color schemes, window treatments, slip covers, reupholstering, furniture construction, accessories, and storage.
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There are a lot of home-decorating books out there that don't do more than show you a bunch of pretty pictures of expensive rooms, but this is not one of them! It is probably the most valuable primer available on everything that goes into the decoration of a house. Sharon Hanby-Robie knows what home-decorating newbies really need to know. The book is organized with a let's-start-at-the-very-beginning approach, containing an enormous wealth of very basic information (such as the internal construction of a sofa). There's a heavy emphasis on furniture--four chapters are devoted to various aspects of it, from case goods to built-ins to upholstery; other chapters deal with flooring, walls, windows, and fabrics. Important tips, many of which can save you a great deal of money, are included in sidebars. (For example, when you have furniture reupholstered, be sure to ask for any unused fabric to be returned to you--you might need it eventually, and you've already paid for it!) When you finally talk to a decorator, painter, furniture salesperson, carpet installer, or other professional, you'll be armed with the right questions and information to avoid silly mistakes (such as buying a sofa that won't fit through your doors) and getting taken for an expensive ride.From Library Journal:
Each of these books gives a different view of some of the major issues in home decorating. Interior designer Hanby-Robie has written an easy-to-read workbook to be used by the do-it-yourselfer. She discusses furniture, wall and window treatments, fabrics, flooring, interior design accessories, and planning. For all topics she never advocates a particular style but gives practical advice to enable consumers to make knowledgeable home-decorating choices. Landis, a contributing editor to Metropolitan Home, takes a "helpful hints" approach to interior design, much like Leslie Linsley does in her 15-Minute Decorating Ideas (LJ 5/15/97). The "workable (and) designer-tested" tips are divided into chapters for topics such as color, windows, and display. Appendixes provide information on hiring an interior designer and a helpful list of mail-order resources for home furnishings. Stoddard, the interior designer and much-published writer, updates Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman's classic The Decoration of Houses, first published 100 years ago. More style conscious and less tip-oriented than the authors of the other two books, she gives her own comprehensive interpretation of how to decorate a home in the last years of the 20th century. All three titles would be excellent, broad-interest additions to every public library.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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