Use What You Have Decorating: Transform Your Home in One Hour with Ten Simple Design Principles Using...

Use What You Have Decorating: Transform Your Home in One Hour with Ten Simple Design Principles Using...

by Lauri Ward


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Lauri Ward created a revolution in interior design-the most accessible and affordable approach to decorating ever. In Use What You Have(r) Decorating she shows readers how to do it themselves-quickly identifying the ten most common decorating mistakes, offering simple principles to correct them, and giving DIYers a proven system for making their home look better than they ever dreamed it could. Filled with dramatic before-and-after photos, this guide shows anyone how to turn "ho-hum interiors into inspired spaces without undertaking bank- breaking shopping sprees" (Ladies' Home Journal).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399525360
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 918,146
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lauri Ward, the author of Use What You Have® Decorating, is the founder of Use-What-You-Have® Interiors and the Interior Refiners Network®. She has appeared frequently on television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Evening News, ABC-TV News, and programs on Fox, Lifetime, HGTV, and CNBC. She has been featured in The New York Times, House Beautiful, Ladies’ Home Journal, and other newspapers and magazines. She lives in New York City.

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Use What You Have Decorating: Transform Your Home in One Hour with Ten Simple Design Principles Using . . . 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book absolutely changed the way I feel about my home. I love my home now. I knew I had all the right things, but somehow I never knew how to put it all together. This book teaches you the basics of interior design and the do's and don'ts, which was very helpful. All I bought were 2 pillows and changed my living room around so that it is so beautiful to me now. I never felt comfortable in my own living room, but now I do and it's fantastic. It's changed my whole outlook on my home and now I'm rearranging everything. You don't need any money to do it. Like it says, "Use what you have decorating".
laurie_library on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable how some people have the "eye" to see how things should work together. I'm sharing this title with all my friends who've recently bought homes!
PitcherBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've had this one a while and it is a life-saver! Absolutely love it! Interior decorating for those on a budget! Simple principles of color and arrangement really do let you use what you have to put the finishing touches on your house. Whenever the house needs a 'fresh' look, I pull this baby out and go to town! Much cheaper than shopping therapy. Friends actually comment to the effect 'you've done something different and it looks so much better.' And it does :-)If you're an Interior Decorator, it's probably too basic for you, but if you're the average homeowner, it's a blessing!
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Actually gives advice useful for real people, showing how re-arrangements of furniture and accessories really do work better.
justmeRosalie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very useable book. The before and after pictures are inspiring. As you look at them you realize the possibilities within your own home, and also that you don't have to buy new and start all over. You can begin right away with what you have. It's a great program.,,very helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I immediately used a few a of the tips from the book and am planning to use others. If you are thinking about throwing everything out...just because you want a "new look," get this book FIRST. I am always impressed when I can see results.
SUNNYMILO More than 1 year ago
I have recommended this book and loaned it to people. It is an invaluable guide for redecorating. When you think you want to go on a spending spree and change your house- go for this book instead and it will challenge your creativity with satisfaction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from a friend and then bought my own copy because I learned so much and keep referring to it. Besides being an excellent reference it is the most practical and useful decorating book I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No other book has taught me how to correct my decorating mistakes and dramatically changed the way my home looks the way this one has. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give their home a quick makeover without spending money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I already wrote a review in September, but felt the need to write again. My sister wanted to borrow the book because I was so excited about how it changed my outlook on my home. She read it and changed her apartment around and she was just as excited as I was. I highly recommend this book to everyone and it would be a great gift for anyone with a home or apartment. I have never been this impressed by any book. It is extremely well written and presented. Thank you so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The basics on how to use what you have, keep what you love and show it off to it's best potential. Great book on decorating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally went to buy something else, but this caught my eye. After skimming through the book, I realized it was worth it. My place looks a world better already and I haven't spent a dime. This is worth the buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Get out of the habit of thinking 'Bigger! Add on!' This book helps you realize that what you already have is worth keeping and showing, if only you can look at it with fresh eyes! It saved me a lot of money and the results were fabulous.