Big Design, Small Budget: Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps
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Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. With the lingering recession, many of us have less to work with but still long to live in style. Big Design, Small Budget makes luxury an affordable reality. In this DIY home decorating handbook, Helmuth reveals insider tips and her tried-and-tested methods for designing on a budget.
In the past year, Helmuth has shared her affordable design advice and step-by-step approaches with millions through live teaching workshops, guest columns, television appearances, and interviews. Now, she has distilled her expertise into this practical guide. The chapters follow her secret design formula and include creating a design budget, mapping out floor plans, selecting a color palette, and accessorizing like a stylist.
It’s time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with Helmuth’s Big Design, Small Budget!
Hollywood Regency, this style is all about luxe, shine, and dazzle. From sequined pillows to crystal chandeliers to mirrored furniture, rooms in this style ooze opulence. Betsy’s translation: Make sure you have money to spend. In order to get true glamour, you need to pay. Faux silks and plastic gems will ruin the luxury of this look, and you will wind up looking like a Hollywood wannabe. GLAM INDUSTRIAL In New York City, converting old warehouses into lofts is all the rage. The key is to
print of a painting on top and text about the exhibit on the bottom. Those are the adult equivalents of dorm art. A definite don’t. I am psychic, remember? I know you are thinking, “Betsy, I can’t afford original art. If I could afford a Monet, I wouldn’t be checking this book out of the library. I would be calling Thom Filicia.” I hear you, panicked readers. Rest easy. First of all, there are great web resources for buying original 3-D art. I find budget-friendly gems on several art sites.
piece. Above a sofa, I do 8-12”. Above a bed, I prefer 4-8”. Above a computer desk, 7-14”. When mounting above pretty much anything else (i.e., a piano, buffet, credenza, dresser, entry table, or vanity), I go for 4-7”. Dining tables are a different story. For art behind a table, I put the dining chair against the wall. From the top point of the chair to the bottom of the art, I leave 3-6”. This way I guarantee a guest won’t ever bump the art when pushing back his or her chair. When hanging a
series of pictures down a hallway or over a sectional, I leave a 2-6” space between them. Less than 2” doesn’t visually separate the pieces; more than 6” and they no longer look like they have a relationship. Speaking of picture relationships, one of the questions I get asked most is how to create a gallery wall. Scroll down, more design gold comin’ atcha! KEEPING IT REAL: THE CHICKEN TEST The key to a perfect picture wall is that the pieces stay level in their formation. If even one frame is
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