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Title:
Elegant and easy living rooms : 100 trade secrets for designing with style
Author:
Landis, Dylan, 1956-
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Publication Information:
New York : Dell Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
ix, 116 pages ; illustrations : 18 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780440508595
Format :
Book

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ELEGANT AND EASY LIVING ROOMS is the guide to creating design magazine magic in any home--a living room that's a personal haven for family and a magnetic gathering spot for friends. Whether readers want a design overhaul or just a few beautiful upgrades, this compendium is packed with designer-tested (and budget-conscious) tips, including: the best specific paint colors for living rooms; restful, romantic ways to brighten a room starved for sun; and simple ways to make a ceiling look higher (or lower).


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Booklist Review

Landis, a contributing editor to home furnishings magazines, culls from designer interviews, showhouses, and magazine pages, as well as from fellow writers, to get the best and brightest tips for adorning different rooms. Each of his three new books follows a similar outline. Walls and ceilings are discussed first, then the main and supporting pieces of furniture, windows (if applicable), and finally miscellaneous details. Paint, obviously, is an important component of his recommendations, such as coloring the ceiling with a sky-blue tone or using black as contrast for great vintage two-tone photographs. Furniture gets sumptuous treatment in inexpensive ways, too. Landis and cohorts are firm believers in both flea market finds and nonmatching unusual pieces to create a look. Among the finishing touches suggested are changing bulbs from white to pink, recycling fur coats into area rugs, and encouraging guests to sign the foyer hall wall. Some great ideas are presented in these three little books, although they are llustrated only with black-and-white drawings. --Barbara Jacobs


Library Journal Review

Landis, contributing editor to Metropolitan Home, expands on her previous book, Elegant and Easy Rooms (LJ 1/98), dividing its information into separate books and giving more tips she has assembled from interior designers over the years. While in her previous book she gave unaccredited tips, here she identifies the designers and even mentions specific products, such as which Benjamin Moore color a designer recommends for hallways, making the information even more helpful to amateur decorators. In each book, she discusses furniture, windows, ceilings, and walls, concluding with a list of resources for home furnishings, paint, and accessories. An excellent purchase for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.