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Downsizing your Home With Style

Living Well in A Smaller Space

Ward, Lauri

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Downsizing your Home With Style
Baker & Taylor
Outlines accessible strategies for successfully transitioning from larger into smaller spaces, counseling readers on how to effectively organize and decorate a downsized home with coverage of such topics as storage, decluttering, and rendering a room multi-functional. 40,000 first printing.


No matter your reason for downsizing--whether you are moving from the suburbs to the city, or you are trading the larger family home for a smaller, more manageable one, or perhaps you are just looking to simplify life--the transition can be a challenge. When you're moving a lifetime's accumulation of belongings from a larger home into a jewel box, the task can seem overwhelming--and so can your emotions. How do you decide what to pack and what to part with? Where will you put the contents of your attic, basement, and/or garage? What if the ceilings are lower, the windows are smaller, or your living room rug would fill the entire space? How can you use the stuff you've got so that it functions well and looks right?

Downsizing Your Home with Style answers all of these questions and more. A professional decorator in New York City for over thirty years, Lauri Ward is an expert in making small spaces both elegant and functional. From the initial evaluation of your new home to one year after you have settled in, she takes you through every step with detailed tips, lists of good buys, tricks of the trade, photographs, and anecdotal examples, so that achieving spectacular results is simple and affordable.

Learn How To:

  • Create more storage
  • Make your stuff look smaller and your space look bigger
  • Update and modernize your favorite old pieces
  • Multipurpose your rooms and furniture
  • Find a new home for the stuff you no longer need

Having less room doesn't mean that your home can't be even more stylish. Downsizing Your Home with Style shows you how to reduce what you have to the best and most loved, so that your new space can be even more special. After all, downsizing isn't about restrictions and sacrifice. It's about living more simply and calmly; it's about leading a richer life by having less.

& Taylor

Outlines strategies for successfully transitioning from larger into smaller spaces, offering advice on how to organize and decorate a downsized home with coverage of such topics as storage, decluttering, and rendering a room multi-functional.

Publisher: New York : Collins, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061170976
Branch Call Number: 648.5 W
Characteristics: xxiv, 181 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 12, 2013
  • bobmeter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wish I'd read this Before we prepared to move. Great tips for what to take and what to leave. Practical ideas for open & closed storage in small spaces. Photos and resource vendor list.

Jun 25, 2009
  • DanniOcean rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2009
  • DanniOcean rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is not just a de-cluttering guide, this is a decorating, repairing and downsizing guide all rolled into one bright little book.
There are entire chapters on creative storage (you can never have enough), repurposing (or ‘MacGyvering’) older pieces, finding multiple functions for small spaces and how to decide what to keep or ditch – plus an entire chapter on where to ditch the things you decide not to keep, often a stumbling block for those of us who are pack rats at heart.


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