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Quick Changes edited by Barbara King

Quick Changes edited by Barbara King

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Spring has finally arrived, so I’m geared up to do a little spring cleaning – or at least read about it. House Beautiful has a new book called Quick Changes: Fresh Looks for Every Room, and it’s a great little decorating book. My favorite “fresh looks” are from the chapter called Punch It Up! The editor, Barbara King, compiled a great variety of examples to illustrate the dramatic changes a room undertakes just by adding a punch of color. Simple things like painting walls with wide horizontal stripes or adding dramatic oversized pattern to small spaces really do make a difference. The Simplify It! chapter is another favorite because I find uncluttered, unfussy rooms very soothing. Quick Changes has some great ideas for achieving that look, among them my favorite: rent a dumpster.

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