Big Design, Small Budget: Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps

Big Design, Small Budget: Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps


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Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. With the lingering recession, many of us have less to work with but still long to live in style. Big Design, Small Budget makes luxury an affordable reality. In this DIY home decorating handbook, Helmuth reveals insider tips and her tried-and-tested methods for designing on a budget.

In the past year, Helmuth has shared her affordable design advice and step-by-step approaches with millions through live teaching workshops, guest columns, television appearances, and interviews. Now, she has distilled her expertise into this practical guide. The chapters follow her secret design formula and include creating a design budget, mapping out floor plans, selecting a color palette, and accessorizing like a stylist.

It’s time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with Helmuth’s Big Design, Small Budget!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629145495
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 621,228
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Betsy Helmuth has established herself as a leading voice in affordable interior decorating. Before starting her firm, Affordable Interior Design, she worked with celebrity clients creating luxury homes. However, her Midwestern values kept surfacing—she was determined to bring luxury living to everyone. Betsy has done projects for HGTV, Food network, and DIY Network, and she has appeared in USA Today, Small Room Decorating magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and amNewYork. Helmuth resides in Brooklyn, New York.

John Ha is a commercial photographer based in New York. Originally from Portland, Oregon, John studied at Cornell University and moved to New York shortly after graduation. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two French bulldogs.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The Bottom Line 15

Budget Quiz 16

The Best Deals 21

Chapter 2 Furnishing Fyi 25

Gold Nuggets 26

Pieces/Prices/Placement 31

Sofas/Sectionals 31

Side Chairs 33

Accent Tables 33

Media Storage/Entertainment Centers 34

Shelving/Bookcases 37

Dining Tables 38

Dining Seating 40

Buffets/Credenzas 41

Desk/Desk Chars 42

Rugs 44

Entry Consoles 45

Entry Benches 47

Beds 50

Nightstands 50

Dressers/Armoires 51

Vanity Tables 52

Chapter 3 Get Some Style 55

Design Style Definitions 56

Your Two-Word Phrase 66

Look Boosters 69

Chapter 4 Color Decoded 73

Using an Inspiration Piece 74

60/30/10 77

Rainbow Rundown 77

Pattern Play 84

Chapter 5 The Power of Paint 87

Shortcuts to Making a Splash 88

Gloss-Ary of Finishes 89

Home Run Hues 91

Chapter 6 What is Art? 104

3-D Versus 2-D Art 105

Think Outside the Frame 106

Hanging Like an Expert 111

Create a Great Gallery Wall 112

Chapter 7 Window Wrap-Up 115

Blinds and/or Drapes 116

Blinds: The Best and the Rest 119

Drapes: The Best and the Rest 122

Hardware: The Best and the Rest 126

Chapter 8 The Wow Factor 129

Room Jewelry 130

Light it Up 131

Still Life 133

Super Secret Seven 135

Chapter 9 Before You Go 139

Kit Must-Haves 141

Naughty Word Dictionary 145

Author Acknowledgments 157

Photographer Acknowledgments 159

Photography Credits 160

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Big Design, Small Budget: Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased Big Design, Small Budget last week and read it cover to cover! It was exactly what I was looking for...straight forward, loads of easy to implement ideas on a budget and written in a quirky fun style :) The tips are useful not only when you crave a stylish space on a budget, but also, when you have the luxury of more to spend. Thank you Betsy for writing the book..I look forward to putting the tips to great use!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Betsy is the best!!! I discovered her first through her podcast and then had to buy her book. It's everything I've always wanted to know about interior design. It's practical and beautiful and fun. Get it! And check out the "Big Design, Small Budget" podcast!
SteveBaxter More than 1 year ago
Fun and easy to read and chock full of useful and relatable information.  My wife and I have already found it immediately helpful in creating a new and refreshing look for our home.  The author does a great job of making the book fun to read while still be informational.  I'm really glad we got it.