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Everyday Styling
Easy Tips for Home, Garden and Entertaining

by Susie Coelho
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 2002)


In Everyday Styling, Susie offers a liberating plan for infusing personal style into readers' homes and gardens, often without spending a dime.

Susie's credo is that the most appealing spaces are usually not the most expensive or decorator-correct. Homes develop authentic personal style the same way people do--through creativity, change, and the process of living.

But how do you develop your own sense of style? Susie will show you how to find it, define it, and put it to use. The secret is the Style File: she'll help you create a collection of the looks you love (pictures, swatches of material, scribbled ideas), organized as a practical reference for every space in your home and garden. As you discover common threads and new possibilities, your own vision will start to take shape.

But do you have the time or the resources to bring this vision to life? As a wife and mother juggling the demands of family, career, social life, and community, Susie understands the obstacles--and how to work around them. The aim is to start with what you already have, then rearrange, refresh, and add unexpected or missing elements to create a new look all your own. It's not formal decorating or landscaping according to someone else's rules; it's a personal process that Susie calls "undecorating"--or everyday styling.

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Book Reviews

The New York Times:
"…Susie Coelho, the effervescent cable-television design guru…takes an infectious, gung-ho approach to low-budget décors…the effect is frolicsome rather than egotistical. Ms. Coelho looks as if she’s having fun, and the rooms she creates tend to be pretty charming."

Newsday, New York City:
"Among the forests of coffee-table design books published each year, few offer decorating strategies that are inexpensive, attractive and something you could actually live with. Here’s one that does….she goes on to offer loads of ideas suitable for stealing…Lavish illustrations and enthusiastic prose make you want to rollup your sleeves and start moving furniture."

Publishers Weekly:
"In 200 full-color photos, rooms move & change taking on new character, as do outdoor areas and entrances. And it all looks like fun."

The Dallas Morning News:
"Ms. Coelho comes by her keen eye and sense of style honestly…She insists there is nothing complex or mystifying about styling a home and sets forth her "make it fun" philosophy in her new book…Its 200 pages are chockablock with ideas for creating cozy spaces using imagination and creativity."