Awaken Your Interior Designer: A Guided Journey to Creating the Home Your Spirit Craves

Table of Contents

Foreword.........................................................................................4

I. How to Use AYID............................................................................7
    I.i Links to Spots within AYID...................................................7
    I.ii Navigation Features..............................................................7
    I.iii Viewing Features...............................................................10
    I.iv Search Features.................................................................12
    I.v Print Feature.......................................................................13
    I.vi Links to the Internet............................................................13
1.0 Let Your Interior Designer OUT!...................................................14
    1.1 Are You Ready to Create Your Dream Home?....................14
    1.2 Inventory, Insight, and Inspiration are the Keys to
          Decorating Success!........................................................... 16
    1.3 Tools, Not Rules!................................................................18
    1.4 Changing Your Home Can Change Your Life!......................19
2.0 The Designer Within: Interpreting Your Decorating
       Dreams....................................................................................21
    2.1 Interior Interviews................................................................21
    2.2 Discovery Playsheets - What's Your Style?...........................22
3.0 Finding the Style Your Spirit Craves!...........................................40
    3.1 Summarizing the "Perfect 10"!...............................................40
    3.2 What a Style Can Do, and What it Can't...............................41
    3.3 European Country Style: The Old World Charm....................42
    3.4 A Little Bit Country: European &
          American Country Mixed.....................................................44
    3.5 American Country Style: Anyone for Apple Pie?...................46
    3.6 A Country Romance: American Country
           Mixed with Traditional Romantic Style.................................48
    3.7 Casual Contemporary Style: The Livin' is Easy…..................49
    3.8 Comfy Grandeur: Casual Contemporary with
           Traditional Romantic Style...................................................51
    3.9 Formal Contemporary Style: The Latest and the Greatest......53
    3.10 Earthy Sophistication: Where Formal Contemporary &
            Rustic Styles Meet.............................................................55
    3.11 Rustic Style: Back to Nature..............................................55
    3.12 Comfy Southwest Nests: Rustic Mixed with Casual
            Contemporary Style..........................................................57
    3.13 Traditional Style: Hooked on Classics................................58
    3.14 Homey Elegance: Traditional Style Mixed with
            American Country.............................................................60
    3.15 Casual Romantic Style: A Dance with Romance.................61
    3.16 Mystical Romance: Casual Romantic and Spiritual
            Styles Join Forces.............................................................63
    3.17 Traditional Romantic Style: Remembering
            the Gilded Age..................................................................64
    3.18 A Lavish Potpourri: Combining Traditional Romantic
            with Casual Contemporary & Traditional Styles..................66
    3.19 Spiritual Style: At One With Home.....................................67
    3.20 A European Sanctuary: Spiritual Style Joined
            with European Country......................................................70
    3.21 Eclectic Style: A Home of Many Faces..............................70
4.0 Embracing Your True Colors......................................................73
    4.1 Discovery Playsheets: Color Quiz!......................................73
    4.2 The Bounty of Blues...........................................................84
    4.3 Greens Growing All Around...............................................85
    4.4 The Varieties of Violet.......................................................86
    4.5 All the Ways to See Red....................................................87
    4.6 The Options for Orange.....................................................88
    4.7 Yearnings for Yellow.........................................................89
    4.8 What Are Your Values?....................................................90
5.0 Preparing Your Home for its Magic Makeover!...........................92
    5.1 Wholesome Houseclearing................................................92
    5.2 Clearing Your Home Means Clearing Your Head!.............94
    5.3 Planning Makes Perfect.....................................................96
    5.4 Structural Sanity: How to Make a Floor Plan.....................97
    5.5 How to Easily Evaluate a Room's Structure......................103
6.0 Making Friends With Color........................................................108
    6.1 On the Road to the Perfect Color Scheme.......................108
    6.2 Color Schemes are Right in Front of You!.......................109
    6.3 Color Theory, FINALLY Simplified!...............................112
    6.4 Color First Aid: Using Color to Fix Flaws........................119
7.0 Your Personal Paint Color Consultant!!.....................................123
    7.1 EASE on Down the Color Road!....................................123
    7.2 Blue Color Schemes.......................................................124
    7.3 Green Color Schemes.....................................................126
    7.4 Violet Color Schemes.....................................................128
    7.5 Red Color Schemes........................................................130
    7.6 Orange Color Schemes...................................................132
    7.7 Yellow Color Schemes....................................................134
    7.8 Source Information from Your Personal
           Paint Color Consultant...................................................136
8.0 Finalizing Your Color Choices....................................................140
    8.1 Look at Me, Look at Me!: The Importance
           of a Focal Color.............................................................140
    8.2 Saturating a Sumptuous Style: Working
           Colors into Your Decorating Style..................................143
    8.3 Pure and Simple: Using White..........................................145
    8.4 The Nifty Neutrals...........................................................148
    8.5 Using Color to Relate Rooms Throughout
           Your Home....................................................................151
    8.6 Other Ways to Relate Rooms..........................................153
9.0 Enlivening the Box: Painting Walls and Ceilings.....................155
    9.1 To Paint or Paste, That is the
           Question!......................................................................155
    9.2 Just Around the Corner: The Role of
          Moldings and Trims........................................................158
    9.3 Methods for "Installing" Faux Moldings...........................161
    9.4 Highlighting Your Moldings.............................................162
    9.5 Don't Forget to Look Up!: Becoming Satisfied
           with Your Ceilings.........................................................165
    9.6 Make a Splash!: An Overview of Passionate
           Paint Finishes for Walls…..............................................168
    9.7 The Mystique of Murals..................................................180
    9.8 You're on a "Roller": The Nuts and Bolts
           of Painting.....................................................................183
    9.9 The First "P" of Painting: Preparing
           Your Surface.................................................................185
    9.10 The Second "P": Applying Primer..................................192
    9.11 Choosing and Purchasing Paints and Supplies................197
    9.12 "P's" Three, Four, and Five: Applying the Primary Base
            Coat, Paint Finish, and Protective Top Coat..................205
    9.13 Ten Tips for Hiring Professional Painters.......................209
10.0 Beyond Paint!: Other Ways to Cover Walls............................211
    10.1 Selecting Wallpaper for Your Decorating Style.............211
    10.2 Never Become Unglued!: The Nuts and
            Bolts of Wallpapering..................................................213
    10.3 WAY out of the Box: Unorthodox Wall
            Treatments..................................................................217
11.0 On Your Way to Fantastic Floors!...........................................226
    11.1 The Softer Side of Flooring.........................................226
    11.2 There's More to Carpet Than Meets
            the Foot!....................................................................227
    11.3 The Rundown on Rugs................................................229
    11.4 Resilient and Hard Floors............................................232
    11.5 "Flooring" Your Friends, Neighbors,
           and Yourself!...............................................................235
12.0 Fun (And Functional) Fabrics!..................................................236
    12.1 Reveling in Texture and Pattern...................................236
    12.2 Finding Your Ideal Fabrics..........................................238
    12.3 A Glossary of Fabulous Fabrics..................................240
    12.4 Tips for Fabric Shopping............................................245
    12.5 From Fun to Fancy: Great Ways to
           Use Fabrics!...............................................................245
    12.6 Mixing Fabrics: Mastering Emphasis...........................248
    12.7 Mixing Fabrics: Mastering Scale.................................252
    12.8 The "Ground Up" Method: Picking Patterns,
            Step-by-Step.............................................................253
    12.9 A Room with a View: The Eight Functions
           of Window Treatments................................................263
13.0 Home is Where the Hutch Is: Welcoming
        Your Furniture Home..............................................................267
    13.1 An Interactive Inventory of Your Furniture..................267
    13.2 Sofa or Settee?: The Only Furniture Index
            You'll Ever Need.......................................................270
    13.3 Inexpensive Furniture Alternates to Make
            Your Wallet Sigh!.......................................................279
    13.4 A Second Look!: Tips for Reviving and
            Altering Furniture........................................................283
    13.5 Furniture Placement: Practicality First..........................291
    13.6 Furniture Placement: Tricks to Make
            it Look Great!.............................................................296
    13.7 Tips for Arranging Furniture in
            Small Spaces...............................................................298
    13.8 It's All About Energy: The Basics
            of Feng Shui................................................................300
14.0 ACCENTuate the Positive!.....................................................305
    14.1 Accents are the Icing on the Cake!..............................305
    14.2 The "Art is Anything"Theory........................................311
    14.3 Luminescence Made Easy!..........................................312
    14.4 Tying Your Room Together with
            Heartstrings!...............................................................314
15.0 The Emergence of Home: Infusing Spirit
        into Style...............................................................................316

Appendix A: Contact Information for Sources without Web Sites...........................................................................................317

Appendix B: Lined Page for Interior Interview.............................318

Appendix C: Graph Paper for Floor Plan.......................................319

Appendix D: Furniture Pieces for Floor Plan.................................320

Index...........................................................................................322