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USA Best Selling Books on Home Makeovers from Amazon USA

Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Throughout the years that she has lived and worked in East Hampton, Ina Garten has catered and attended countless parties and dinners. She will be the first to tell you, though, that nothing beats a cozy dinner, surrounded by the people you love most, in the comfort that only your own home can provide. In Barefoot Contessa at Home, Ina shares her life in East Hampton, the recipes she loves, and her secrets to making guests feel welcome and comfortable.

For Ina, it’s friends and family–gathered around the dinner table or cooking with her in the kitchen–that really make her house feel like home. Here Ina offers the tried-and-true recipes that she makes over and over again because they’re easy, they work, and they’re universally loved. For a leisurely Sunday breakfast, she has Easy Cheese Danishes or Breakfast Fruit Crunch to serve with the perfect Spicy Bloody Mary. For lunch, she has classics with a twist, such as Tomato, Mozzarella, and Pesto Paninis and Old-Fashioned Potato Salad, which are simply delicious. Then there are Ina’s homey dinners–from her own version of loin of pork stuffed with sautéed fennel to the exotic flavors of Eli’s Asian Salmon. And since Ina knows no one ever forgets what you serve for dessert, she includes recipes for outrageously luscious sweets like Peach and Blueberry Crumble, Pumpkin Mousse Parfait, and Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing.

Ina also lets readers in on her time-tested secrets for cooking and entertaining. Get the inside scoop on everything from what Ina considers when she’s designing a kitchen to menu-planning basics and how to make a dinner party fun (here’s a hint: it doesn’ t involve making complicated food!).

Along with beautiful photographs of Ina’s dishes, her home, and the East Hampton she loves, this book is filled with signature recipes that strike the perfect balance between elegance and casual comfort. With her most indispensable collection yet, Ina Garten proves beyond a shadow of doubt that there truly is no place like home.
List Price: $35.00
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By: Clarkson Potter.   2006-10

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step projects for walls, floors, stairs & furniture
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With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to create different paint finishes and effects to change everyday rooms and furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint.

The first section of the book tells you everything you need to know before you start – how to prepare surfaces properly, choose the right paint for the right place, and use the best tools. Then, the 50 projects are divided into five sections: Aging and Distressing; Working with the Base; Working with Color; Handpainting; and Crackle, Gilding, and Decoupage. There are step-by-step images showing how to achieve the finished look, before shots and inspirational photography showing the effects used on walls and doors, furniture and floors. Learn how to bring old second-hand furniture bang up to date, or how to give modern pieces a softly aged appearance, as well as ways to treat and transform floorboards, doors, and plastered walls. Whatever the style of your interiors, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations will show you the best way to makeover your home.
List Price: $21.95
Amazon’s Lowest Price: $7.70   
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By: CICO Books.   2010-04-08

Love the Home You Have: Simple Ways to...Embrace Your Style *Get Organized *Delight in Where You Are
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What if the house of your dreams is the home you have? Meet Melissa Michaels, creator of the popular blog The Inspired Room and the best contentment coach you'll ever meet. With humor and candor Melissa reveals how to transform your rooms (and your life) from plainly livable to fabulously lovable.

Like a perfectly overstuffed chair, Melissa's encouragement beckons you to get comfortable and then get creative as you:

  • find beauty in the ordinary
  • discover your style and let it shine with simple ideas
  • entertain possibilities and people with more gratitude and joy
  • gather inspiration in the 31-day Love Your Home Challenge
  • leap from dreamer to doer with confidence

Much more than décor! This is your invitation to fall in love with the home you have and embrace the gifts of life, people, and blessings right where you are.

List Price: $14.99
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By: Harvest House Publishers.   2015-03-31

Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You
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This New York Times bestselling book is packed with thoughtful advice and inspiring photos to help you create a home filled with beauty and meaning. 
 
In the three years since Sherry and John Petersik wrote their bestselling book Young House Love, they have bought a new house and had a new baby, and they have seen their design perspective evolve right along with their family. In their latest book, they’ve set out to prove that just because you have kids or pets doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to floors overrun with toys or furniture covered in plastic. Through never-before-seen makeovers in the Petersiks’ own house, doable DIY projects, and a gallery of other inspiring spaces, Lovable Livable Home shows how beautiful homes can be functional too.
 
List Price: $27.50
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By: Artisan.   2015-09-22

Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More
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Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You'll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look. With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic, Furniture Makeovers is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.
List Price: $24.95
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By: Chronicle Books.   2013-04-09

The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind, Body, Spirit, Space
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Rule the world and take control of your emotional and mental health from where you sit, stand, and sleep.

The Holistic Home is based on an original lifestyle concept focused on creating a dynamic, healthy, and thoughtful space within yourself and your home by combining three planes of action—mind, body, and spirit—that result in profound change.

The condition of the mind affects the psychology of how you dwell: subconscious influences, decorating with intention, and allowing your emotional issues and challenges to manifest in your space. The physical aspects of your design space, such as furniture positioning, design elements, sustainability, wellness, and organization, are representative of your relationship with your body. And finally, the spirit refers to all the invisible energies within you and your home—feng shui, atmosphere, and the soul of your home.

Years ago, author and holistic feng shui expert Laura Benko was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Around that time, a book serendipitously fell on her head. She took this as a much-needed sign to devote the next decade of her life to research and hundreds of transformative holistic design consultations. Her clients’ real-life, inspiring stories, along with specific actions and tips, have become the foundation for The Holistic Home.

Chapter by chapter, you’ll learn how to holistically tackle it all—relationships, clutter, health, communities, inner balance, and more—by looking within your immediate environment to make direct connections in your life.
List Price: $19.99
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By: Helios Press.   2016-01-19

Bathroom Remodeling (For Pros By Pros)
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Smart remodeling decisions start here. Get the bathroom you’ve always wanted and get a solid return on your investment. Written by and for working professionals, Bathroom Remodeling is your roadmap to tackling the typical challenges of bath makeovers, getting the most for your dollar, and adding value to your home.

Be prepared – learn from the best in the business. Totally updated and expanded, this best seller familiarizes you with every facet of bathroom design and installation, from carving out a bath from a closet to creating a luxurious spa. You’ll know in advance – when it’s most critical – how to keep your project on budget, avoid the seven sins of bathroom design, and prevent what everyone dreads – moisture problems that can impact your health and rot your home.

Arm yourself with the latest advice before you shop. With the flood of new materials and products on the market, the guidance in Bathroom Remodeling will help you navigate typical pitfalls. Avoid costly errors when you learn how to work with today's newest plumbing materials and proper installation methods for the many types of tile now available. And you’ll shop smarter once you know why the cheapest sink isn’t always the best buy.

List Price: $24.95
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By: Taunton Press.   2011-09-13

Diabetic Living Healthy Makeovers for Diabetes: Simple Ways to Transform Your Cooking
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Diabetic Living revamps the eating routine with simple ingredient swaps that lead to a healthier, stress-free mealtime.

Adopting a healthy diet doesn’t have to be overwhelming or mean bland food. Diabetic Living breaks it all down with a fun, graphic book chock-full of small changes that add up to big results when it comes to losing weight and balancing blood sugar. Kick-start breakfast with ingredients that boost metabolism. Unload carbs and stay satisfied by trying the “new noodles” such as spiralized zucchini; or serve seared scallops over a “fresh bed” of lemony roasted fennel rather than pasta or rice. As you use the book, you’ll learn healthy kitchen skills thanks to a dynamic design that calls out when an ingredient or technique swap has been used to make a recipe healthier, such as trading bread crumbs for ground nuts in a crispy chicken coating. Family favorites and restaurant classics alike get retooled to balance portion size and showcase nutrient-packed ingredients. Even mouthwatering desserts have a lighter side.
List Price: $19.99
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By: Better Homes & Gardens.   2016-12-27

Candice Olson Kitchens and Baths
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Popular TV star Candice Olson shows you how to create your dream kitchen and bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most commonly renovated rooms--and also the best investment with the highest payback value upon resale. This book is chock full of tips, inspiration, and ideas from popular TV star Candice Olson, whose designs have wowed fans around the world. Brimming with hundreds of full-color, before-and-after photos of Candice's stunning room makeovers, the book gives advice for choosing colors, materials, and furnishings to make any space shine.

Divine Design Tips for the Kitchen & Bath from Candice Olson
Author Candice Olson
1. Taking the time to plan for adequate lighting in any space is critical, but never more so than in the kitchen and bathroom. Just spend some time really evaluating your lighting needs. What elements of a room do you want to play up? Aside from a central ceiling fixture, consider task lighting under kitchen cabinets, wall sconces on each side of the bathroom mirror, or accent lighting to play up stunning artwork or furniture pieces.

2. Today’s kitchen and bath tiles come in a never-ending array of colors, but there is one thing you should remember when selecting tiles for showers or kitchen counters. Simply put, unless you’re going to take the time to wipe down the shower every day, stay away from dark tiling.

3. In this era of environmentally friendly design, the lowly dimmer switch has come a long way! Today you can purchase dimmer switches that can be pre-programmed to automatically change the lighting level in a room. With the touch of a button on the wall or the click of a remote control, different lighting levels can be called up.

4. Many elements of a bathroom have a “cold” feeling: think tiles, chrome and porcelain. To balance with warmth, try painting the walls in a warm color. Vary textures by adding shaggy rugs, bamboo baskets or intricate fabrics. Plants are a great addition to a bathroom, either wall mounted or in pots on the counter.

5. Busy homemakers, here is your first mission: go on a hunt for wasted space. If you have an area adjacent to or in the kitchen - whether the corner of a laundry room or an under-utilized wall--you can create a kitchen office that really cooks!

6. When redesigning your kitchen, new cabinetry will be your biggest expense. Even if you need to scrimp in other areas, be sure to invest in quality cabinets now and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.

7. Gone are the days when whirlpools were the hallmark of a luxurious bathroom. These days, air tubs are the new way to soak away the stress of your day! Tiny jets create zillions of little air pockets that massage your entire body, without the sting of a blasting water jet. But if showering is your thing, check out the latest “rain” shower heads - flat round fixtures which come in a variety of widths. They provide a steady, gentle-yet-invigorating flow of water for the perfect shower experience!

8. There’s no doubt that when it comes to interior design, the hottest color right now is green. With the mounting evidence of global warming, recent energy crises and other environmental concerns, interior design has an important role to play. When choosing materials for your renovation projects, look for products that will have the smallest environmental footprint possible.

List Price: $19.99
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By: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.   2011-03-04

Better Homes and Gardens 150+ Quick and Easy Furniture Projects: Clever Makeovers in a a Weekend or Less (Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself)
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More than 150 fresh ideas for creating exciting new pieces in a weekend or less

Featuring more than 150 innovative furniture flips and projects, this is a must-have guide for those looking to save money, live greener, and create unique pieces that showcase individual style. All of the stunning projects can be made in no more than a weekend and with standard tools and skills, so projects are accessible for everyone. 
 
Because chapters are organized by room, readers can easily find perfect projects and ideas for every area of the house. Even reluctant DIYers will be inspired by the transformation of a tired 1970s highboy dresser into a functional bathroom unit, an old entertainment armoire into a central kitchen organizer, and a trio of mismatched chairs into a unique bench. A helpful reference section provides information on sources and tools.
List Price: $21.99
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By: Better Homes & Gardens.   2015-09-01


 

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