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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 Reality Check, Please! May 5 2004
Format:Paperback
"Home Cheap Home" is published by Budget Living Magazine (which is one of my new, favorite magazines.) I have purchased three issues of Budget Living, and found many of the decorating ideas already published in the magazine, published again in "Home Cheap Home". This is an annoying redundancy I have noticed a lot in books published by magazines -- note to publishers: We do notice!!! That said, "Home Cheap Home" is a pleasant enough, realistic approach to decorating on a "budget". I do think many books and magazines need a reality check on what the average consumer's idea of "cheap" and "budget" are, since recovering a thrift store sofa for $1,200 would leave many of us gasping for air and eating nothing but Snack Ramen for the next three months. "Home Cheap Home" is REALISTIC budgetwise for those of us who are forced to think of Pottery Barn AS the expensive stuff. The book relies heavily on flea market and thrift store looks and finds, and if this isn't your bag, this isn't the book for you. I did enjoy some of the decorating/craft projects, especially the book-folding thing -- very funky! There were not a lot of new source ideas, Budgeteers already know to shop Target, Ikea, eBay, the fleas, and rumage sales. (If you have shopped for secondhand junk lately, you will have noticed a lot of the prices are less than budget friendly, and the day of the fabulous $10.00 Goodwill sofa has gone the way of drive-in movie theaters.) Still, "Home Cheap Home" offers up a fun approach (if not exactly fresh) to decorating within ones means. Like the magazine "Budget Living", one of the most delightful things about "Home Cheap Home" is that it never takes itself to seriously. And,when your end tables are cardboard boxes covered with sheets, this is a welcome attitude.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Budget Living Subscribers: This is a pass May 7 2004
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As a subscriber to Budget Living, I would say that a fair amount of this book has already been published in the magazine. I haven't even read all of the issues I've received yet and couldn't help recognizing at least half of the photos and such when flipping through the book. I ordered it sight unseen, which I now regret. If I'd looked at it first, I probably would have passed because so much of the content is recycled. Shame on the editors for milking a good thing for all it's worth!
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I'm a huge fan of the magazine Budget Living, so I was thrilled to hear about this book. And it did not disappoint -- the book is GORGEOUS, really high-quality production and design, and the ideas are fabulously fun. There is a bit of overlap from the magazine, but the book goes into greater depth than the magazine is able to ... and it offers a lot of great new ideas, too. Spread the gospel of Budget Living!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars There isn't anything new here May 14 2004
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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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