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More splash than ca$h decorating ideas : over 1200 tips, tricks, techniques, and ideas to decorate your home
Babylon, Donna.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Baltimore, Md. : Windsor Oak Publishing, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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NK2115 .B23 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NK2115 .B23 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
NK2115 .B23 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This innovative book urges you to use fun and easy tips around the house to create a home that reveals your personal style.

Author Notes

Donna Babylon's experience in the home decorating and sewing industries since 1981 includes speaking at consumer shows, appearing on national television programs, and authoring twelve books.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Both of these books take a helpful approach to interior decorating. Babylon, designer of home decorating patterns for McCall's, gives tips for every room of the house. Instructions for projects referenced within the text are all contained at the end of the book. Linsley (First Home, LJ 5/15/98) continues with her style of sparsely illustrated advice, this time on how to decorate in a luxurious style within a budget. Both books give instructions on various projects such as painting effects and sewing soft furnishings that are covered better in such books as Jocasta Innes's Applied Artistry (LJ 1/96) or Complete Book of Soft Furnishings (reviewed below). However, the advice in both will give an amateur decorator hundreds of ideas. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Home Decorating Made Easyp. 1
Cost-Effective Decorating Strategies
Bringing a Room to Life (sidebar)
First Time Decorating
Redecorate with What You Have
Do-It-Yourself Advice
Tool Time (sidebar)
Chapter 2 Color Your Worldp. 11
Colorful Thoughts
Color Effects
An Eye for Color
Mad About Hue
In Living Color
Chapter 3 Ceilings and Wallsp. 17
Heads Up!
Up Against A Wall
Molding: What Goes Where (sidebar)
Fireside Chat
Mirror Images
Wallpaper Wonders
Head for the Borders
Border Patrol
How to Hang a Wall Border (sidebar)
Fabric Magic
Paint Strokes of Genius
The Hole Story (sidebar)
Before You Begin to Paint (sidebar)
Use the Right Paint (sidebar)
Stripe Out
Paneling Update
Faux/Real (sidebar)
Painting Primer (sidebar)
Chapter 4 Windows of Opportunityp. 43
Cures for the Common Curtain
Valances: Topping It Off
Blind Faith
What's Your Exposure? (sidebar)
Window Whimsy
Common Sense Care for Curtains (sidebar)
Creative Hardware
Terrific Tiebacks
Suggested Placements for Tiebacks (sidebar)
Chapter 5 Furniturep. 55
Making Arrangements
Finishing Touches
High-Style Headboards
Something from Nothing
Easy Fireplace Screen (sidebar)
Hints for Buying Quality Second-Hand Furniture
A Repair to Remember
Add Punch with Paint
Fast Furniture Fix-Ups (sidebar)
Special Techniques (sidebar)
Chapter 6 Floors, Stairs, and Doorsp. 73
On the Floor Front
Tread on Me
Determining Area Rug Sizes (sidebar)
Doors to Success
Chapter 7 Garden Varietyp. 79
Containing Information
Flower Power
Self-Containment (sidebar)
Plant Stand
Natural Wonders
Window Gardens
Budding Decorators (sidebar)
A Rosy Outlook
Dried Flowers
Drying Flowers (sidebar)
Great Flowers for Dry Arrangements (sidebar)
Most Colorful Dried Flowers (sidebar)
Floral Traditions (sidebar)
Chapter 8 The Great Frame-Upp. 91
Artful Illusions
Ain't That a Frame?
What's Your Hang Up? (sidebar)
Chapter 9 Decorating with Fabricp. 97
Pattern Play
Fabric Makeovers
Lacy Places
No Sewing Required
25 Ways to Decorate with Fabric (sidebar)
Chapter 10 Fabric Furnishingsp. 109
Sewing Your Decor
Working Efficiently (sidebar)
Fringe Binge
Trim Tricks (sidebar)
Pillow Pizzazz
Washing Quilts (sidebar)
Decorating with Quilts
Linens Old and New
Do's and Don'ts When Decorating with Quilts (sidebar)
Stamping Out Stains (sidebar)
Sheet Savvy
Sheet Success
A Case for Pillows
Chapter 11 Collectionsp. 127
Public Display of Collections
Collective Thoughts (sidebar)
Display Do's and Dont's (sidebar)
Chapter 12 Storage Solutionsp. 135
Stow It with Style
Clutter Busters
Out of Sight
In the Closet
Shelve It!
Closet Sense (sidebar)
The Care and Cleaning of Baskets (sidebar)
Basket Case (sidebar)
Chapter 13 Children's Roomsp. 143
Nursery Time
Kid's Stuff
Chapter 14 Master The Bathp. 149
Bathing Beauty
Too Close for Comfort?
Chapter 15 Suite Dreamsp. 155
Chapter 16 Someone's in the Kitchenp. 159
Dining Decor
Chapter 17 It's All in the Family Roomp. 165
Decorating Child-Friendly Family Rooms
Decorating for Men
Chapter 18 Seasonal Decoratingp. 169
Quick-Change Decorating
Chapter 19 Helpful How-To'sp. 173
How To Straighten Fabricp. 174
How To Cut Fabric Lengthsp. 174
How To Match Repeatsp. 175
How To Make an Easy No-Sew Laced Blindp. 176
How To Make a Stagecoach Roller Shadep. 176
How To Embellish Sheer Curtains with Ribbonsp. 177
How To Make A No-Sew Valancep. 178
How To Make Curtains from Dishtowelsp. 179
How To Plan Your Tiebacksp. 179
How To Make Mini-Jabot and Rosette Tiebacksp. 180
How To Make a Fabric Rosettep. 181
How To Make No-Sew Braided Tiebacksp. 181
How To Make an Easy, Reversible Duvet Coverp. 182
How To Make the Easiest Pillow in the Worldp. 183
How To Cover a Lampshade with Fabricp. 184
How To Install Gathered-Lace Wall Panelsp. 185
How To Cover Walls with Fabricp. 185
Method 1 Starchingp. 186
Method 2 Shirringp. 187
How To Make a Fabric-Covered Room Dividerp. 188
How To "Slipcover" a Folding Screenp. 189
How To Make a Mantel Scarfp. 190
How To Make a Felt-Covered Boardp. 191
How To Stencil with Lace on Fabricp. 191
How To paint a Floorclothp. 192
How To Make a Stencil from Fabric or Wallpaperp. 193
How To Paint Plaid Design on Walls, Fabric, or Furniturep. 193
How To Paint Diamonds on Wallsp. 194
How To Paint Stripes on Wallsp. 194
How To Paint Tri-Color Stripesp. 195
How To Paint a Geometric Wall Quiltp. 196
How To Create Crosshatchingp. 197
How To Apply a Combed Finishp. 197
How To Paint Faux Terra Cotta Tilep. 198
How To Make a Chalkboardp. 199
How To Construct a Shaker-Style Peg Shelfp. 199
How To Make a Baseball Hat Valancep. 200
How To Make a Shutter Screen with Shelvingp. 200
How To Dye Furniturep. 201
How To Make a Lace-Stenciled Tablep. 202
How To Apply Wallpaper Borders to Furniturep. 202
How To Finger-Paint on Furniturep. 203
How To Make a Napkin Chair Coverp. 204
How To Replace Outdoor Chair Coversp. 204
How To Decoupage under Glassp. 206
How To Cover Surfaces with Mosaic Tilesp. 206
How To Cover a Window Box with Tilep. 207
How To Create Verdigris Urnp. 208
How To Design Your Own Flower Potsp. 208
Glossaryp. 209
Indexp. 215