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Home Therapy: Fast, Easy, Affordable Makeovers

by Lauri Ward

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I found this book to be readable and inspirational. It gives 25 short case studies of re-designing rooms, focusing especially on making the most of what furniture and accessories the occupants already had. Lauri Ward gives ten basic mistakes that people make in laying out rooms, then lists which apply in each study. She describes the rooms before the consultation, immediately after, and what she recommends for further improvements. Also, she uses multiple descriptions in the before and after of each room: photos, floor plans, and text descriptions, although her left and right sometimes seems backwards to me. She is a little predictable in places (track lighting and Duette shades) but at least she prefers these for lighting flexibility. All of this helps to give some idea of her thought processes.

Some things that would make this book better would be some kind of index (whether according to her ten mistakes or to various aspects of the rooms in the book) and some palettes or flowcharts of options for troubleshooting or brainstorming (so that you can choose the best one for your budget/ownership/decor/etc.). Perhaps I will look for her Trade Secrets book to see if this material is included. ( )
  chellerystick | Mar 7, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399152962, Hardcover)

The ultimate "before and after" decorating book that shows how real people found the solutions to their decorating problems using the space they have, the things they like, and the budget they can afford.

The pioneer of home "redecorating," Lauri Ward has been the "home therapist" to thousands, through the services of her company, Use-What-You-Have(r), Inc., and her popular books. For more than two decades, her revolutionary approach to home decorating, which focuses on identifying and solving the ten most common decorating problems-using what you have-has earned her a large and loyal following. Now, Home Therapy takes readers inside the homes-and lives-of twenty-five of Lauri Ward's clients, to reveal a wide range of decorating challenges, and the solutions that she was able to offer.

From the couple with a new baby, to the Baby Boomers looking to downsize, to the twentysomethings making their first home together, to the newly self-employed trying to carve out home-office space, Home Therapy guides readers step-by-step through the diagnosis and remedy for each situation.

Illustrated with more than 150 full-color before-and-after photos, plus detailed floor plans, Home Therapy is an inspiring and practical book for anyone who wants to create a home that is comfortable, personal, stylish, and affordable.

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A home decorating guide outlines step-by-step strategies on how to get specific achievements in spite of space and budget constraints, in a volume that covers such areas as first-time homes, home office spaces, and downsizing.

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