Decorating..The Professional Touch Book Review
Carol Donayre Bugg, DDCD, ASID, Vice President & Director of Design, INTERIORS by Decorating Den has penned her fifth decorating book, Decorating…The Professional Touch. Her latest decorating book is aimed to the non-DIY types or decorating divas who are short on time and who would rather outsource their home’s decoration to a professional decorator, and, in my opinion, Decorating…The Professional Touch is also a wonderful, inspirational source for aspiring decorators.
Decorating…The Professional Touch is a how-to guide to selecting the right decorator who can “solve and complete your home decorating dreams with colors, fabrics, window treatments, paints, furnishings, lighting, and more” while highlighting client / Decorating Den franchisee stories accompanied with decor eye candy photos.
Mrs. Donayre-Bugg’s outlines what criteria a homeowner should seek in a professional decorator. She debunks the myth that if you hire a decorator that you have to start from scratch, and she discusses throughout the book numerous solutions (illustrated in over 200 full color photos of beautifully designed rooms) to common, and often frustrating design dilemmas.
Sample design board
Decorating…The Professional Touch is filled with page upon page of beautifully styled rooms and homes – most decorated by Decorating Den franchisees and the rest by Mrs. Donayre-Bugg’s (her home is GORGEOUS) . A little light on before and after images, but I tend to want to know how every room looked before the big reveal. There’s nothing quite like showing the “ugly duckling” transformed into the “swan” to get one inspired to update or renovate their home’s decor. However, the limited before and after photos do highlight the creative talent and design skills of the Decorating Den franchisees and serve as design inspiration even for the intrepid DIYer who would rather decorate on her own.
Decorating…The Professional Touch is also a good book for aspiring decorators to pick up and review. The story of Mrs. Donayre-Bugg’s pursuit of her dream to decorate (and own a decorating business and subsequently empower other decorating women to pursue theirs) and the dozens of inspirational stories of Decorating Den’s franchisees (one such story of a daughter who followed in her mother’s footsteps and opened her own successful Decorating Den franchise) are sure to encourage those with decorating dreams to follow their hearts and go for the dream.
The Decorating Diva LLC will be giving away 2 copies of Decorating…The Professional Touch on October 2nd, 2009. To enter in the giveaway add a comment telling us why you want this fabulous book. (Give away limited to USA only. Please include your email for us to contact you if you are the winner. Winner will be selected by random drawing using random.org. Comments are moderated so don’t fret if you don’t see the comment appear right away. Good Luck! )
Decorating…The Professional Touch is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
Cross-posted at Curbly: The Decorating Diva at Curbly (Professional Touch Book review).
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