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Book Recommendation: "Downsizing Your Home With Style" by Lauri Ward

June 26th, 2008 at 04:12 pm

For anyone who is thinking of downsizing their home, is struggling with fitting their life and stuff in to a smaller home, or (especially) is thinking they need to move to a bigger house because their current one is getting too small, I highly recommend the book "Downsizing Your Home With Style" by Lauri Ward (copyright 2007).

I found this book on my last trip to the library. I was familiar with Ms. Ward from an appearance on Oprah and her book "Use What You Have Decorating" and was already a fan. Ms. Ward explains to us every day folks how to create beautiful home interiors in an affordable way, emphasising using what we already own.

This book exceeded my expectations ... It's great! It is chock full of practical strategies and specific tips for ... as the sub-title says ... "Living Well in a Small Space."

If what you currently own won't fill all of your needs, there is a section at the back of many of the chapters called "Good Buys" that tells you specifically where you can buy certain recommended items.

I just loved the pictures. While they were all of attractive rooms, it was easy to see that a "real" person lived in each and every one. You could even see family pets in some of the pictures. There wasn't anything in any of the pictures that I couldn't imagine having in my own home. I don't know about you, but I don't care for looking at the "home" mags because the glossy fancy pics tend to be of rooms that look so overdone and expensive and not necessarily welcoming. The pics in this book, in contrast, were of attractive inviting rooms that I could imagine living in. The cover pic that you can see below is quite a bit fancier than any of the other rooms pictured. I'd love to post some, but am concerned about copyright violations.



4 Responses to “Book Recommendation: "Downsizing Your Home With Style" by Lauri Ward”

  1. JanH Says:

    Thanks for the tip! I'll have to keep a look out for these books.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    I just put it on my library list.

  3. Aleta Says:

    You always come up with very interesting books to read. Thanks for sharing with us. I will put it on my library list as well.

  4. Lauri Ward Says:

    So glad you enjoyed my new book, Downsizing Your Home With Style. Thank you for recommending it.

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