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Budget Living Home Cheap Home [Paperback]

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May 3 2004
Spend smart, live rich.

When it comes to decorating with sophistication and flair, great style doesn't have to come with a big price tag. The editors of Budget Living magazine, the leading experts on living large and spending small, give readers the lowdown on design and show how to transform a home into a haven----without breaking the bank.

From tiny studios to sprawling houses, this innovative do-it-yourself guide will inspire readers to add color, wit, and chic style to every room in the home. From floor plans and storage opportunities to quirky finishing details and small-scale projects, this book teaches you everything you need to know, including:

€ How to use color to energize and unify your home
€ Where to find distinctive pieces that bring panache to any room
€ What you can do yourself-and when to defer to the experts
€ How planning ahead and thinking creatively can save you thousands of dollars
€ Why sometimes the smartest thing you can do is splurge on something you really love

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As any reader of Architectural Digest or Interior Design knows, it's easy to make your home look like a million bucks—if you have a million bucks. But for readers whose budgets tend more toward the Ikea level of home decorating, here are "192 pages of proof that you can live the good life on the cheap." Reminding readers that style is a matter of "attitude, not price," Budget Living's editors give tips for decorating every room of the home, from living rooms to kitchens to bathrooms to home offices, integrating anecdotes from real people who decorated their own homes without going broke. The editors lay out six tenets of low-cost decorating: think creatively, shop at the big chain stores and make their mass-produced items your own, use common items in uncommon places, make things yourself, splurge if you must and, above all, have fun. The book has a magazine-like feel to it, with sidebars, different sized fonts and chatty prose. This format works well, allowing readers to pick up the book at any point and start learning how to shop for a vintage quilt, grow plants in a tiny bathroom, use two rugs to make a room feel like it has distinct sections, or redo kitchen cabinets for less than $250. Although the editors do have a penchant for vintage items (which they tell readers to hunt for on eBay and at flea markets), they're also fans of such typical outlets as Crate and Barrel, Target, Pier One and Home Depot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ouch! Sept. 26 2012
By sjb
I just saw a bunch of 1 star reviews on this book and have to respond. I've loved my copy since I bought it 5 years ago: it's refreshing to see one source that has a range of real interiors created by unique individuals with unique visions. (And please don't burst my bubble by telling me that those were fake personas!!!) I love the red stair-runner carpet that ends in a 'pool of blood' shape, the pink kimono displayed on a peach wall, and the multiple seascape painting arrangement in the pale yellow nautical-themed kitchen. Many contemporary decorating books have a clear decorative vision that permeates every single shot: while it's great if you share exactly the same vision as the stylist, there's something disenchanting about seeing a perfectly constructed world where everything is white, or has the same proportion to it, or a "classic" piece of furniture placed exactly according to the rule of thirds, in every single image.

There are lots of ideas in here that pre-date decorating blog cliches (ie: nautical, lots of frames on one wall): I think the styling in the book was ahead of its time. And something about having these images in your hands, printed, in a book, can be more meaningful than clicking through a kazillion images on a kazilion blogs. Hence my still remembering this book 5 years after buying it! Plus, the book itself is cheap!

That being said, I haven't read Budget Living magazine, so maybe this is why I don't feel disenchanted by the supposed reprinting of material!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your Money July 18 2004
By A Customer
An extreme disappointment from a great magazine. I truly expected more from them.
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If you read Budget Living magazine, don't buy this book. All the editors did was scrape together rooms and projects they've already published. This is old stuff, and I'm not happy I bought this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars There isn't anything new here May 14 2004
As a fan of Budget Living, I was super disappointed when I got this. I looked through it and expected new ideas but what I saw were things that have already run in the magazine. I feel cheated and angry. I gave the book to my hairdresser.
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