Thursday, March 5, 2009

Decorating and color

I've added two more decorating books to my collection of many. New Decorating (Better Homes and Gardens) and Great Color & Pattern Collection with Betsy Speert.

I got these on the clearance table at the Barnes and Noble Book Store. Originally $20 and $24, I bought them for $5 and $8!
Both books are packed with decorating ideas and how tos on creating a room that's filled with pattern, texture, and any color from the color wheel! Choose your palette and find how to mix other colors to make it work and to have a visual balance in the room.
I scanned a few pages for you to see.

Some dos and don'ts for a dining room table.
They suggest using a pretty table scape to make the room more inviting when the table is not in use rather than the minimal accents you would use at mealtime.

Patio and garden ideas.

Of course, I find in my decorating, that I will use whatever I have around the house. I think using the colors you love and being surrounded by the things you love will make the most inviting room of all.
Create something beautiful today!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I have the BHG one but the other one looks really interesting. I love looking at the Bargain table at B&N!

Protege said...

Love all the pictures, particularly the patio ones.;) Makes me think of my terrace in summer and how much I miss using it.
What a bargain you have made; they are lovely books.;))

Donna said...

I Love the daybed and rose wallpaper!!! Beautiful!! I'm meeting my girlfriend at the bookstore this little troublemaker!!!Hahaa...Now I'll be hunting for that book!!! Happy night sweetie!hughugs

Deb said...

Beautiful inspiring photos. Perfect for "Spring Fever" :-) when we all want to re-do our homes.

Sue said...

Oh...I love the plum colored dining room....

Meggie said...

Lovely photos with lovely ideas, Donna! What a bargain!

Sheila said...

I have found many good decorating and cook books on the discount table in Chapters. Often for the price of a magazine. I enjoyed all these photos.
You must show us what they inspired you to do..!

Fifi Flowers said...

I ADORE decorating books... great source for painting inspiration!