Trade Secrets: Insider Advice on Creating Your Own Personal Style

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Vicki Ingham
Meredith Books, 2004 - Architecture - 216 pages
Decorating today is about personal style and comfort, expressing your own vision rather than slavishly following the latest fashion. But how do you define and develop your vision? Take a tip -- or several tips -- from the 24 design entrepreneurs featured in this book. They live and breathe design, whether they create trendsetting home decorating products, devise beautiful interiors, sell distinctive objects at retail, or work with photographers to make the rooms shown in catalogs and magazines look fresh and inviting. Through their work, these professionals and others like them influence how you think about your own spaces, inspiring you with new ideas for decorating. Although these professionals create style for others, it's in their own homes that they reveal their clearest design vision and most personal style. This book takes you inside their creative world and shows you ideas you can use in your own home. Be prepared for some surprises: When is new better than antique? When you're shopping for seating -- antique frames were made for smaller people and are often uncomfortable to people today. Is recessed lighting always best? Not if you want to create rooms that encourage people to sit and relax -- pools of light that glow on the lower half of a room foster a sense of cozy intimacy. Decorating styles range from modern and urban industrial to cottage and European eclectic. Shop the pages for ideas and inspiration, then check out the "Get the Look" spreads following each home tour. These tips highlight the decorating strategies and principles that each design professional embraces. "Prop Closet" focuses on the must-have elements that each uses to stamp his or her home with personal style. Although the individuals featured in this book agree on many points -- bare windows, the importance of editing, the unexpected use of large-scale objects -- they disagree on others, offering readers many perspectives and points of view. All offer insights and practical advice for creating your own personal style.

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