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What does this course
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different areas, covering all your decorating questions from floor to ceiling,
bedroom to kitchen, outside and in. Click
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You'll learn to use color to save money in
your decorating. The chapter
de-mystifies the color selection process and become more confident in your
decorating decisions. With a few simple
Flow is all about mixing and matching color, paint, fabric,
wallpaper, and furniture. It brings to your home a beautiful, consistent
unified look and feel, whether you're doing a room at a time or a whole new
house, buying new or using what you already have.
If you like mixing and matching different
styles, shopping at flea markets or garage sales, and creating unusual
combinations in your home, you'll love the Furniture
Style section of "Decorate by Design with Mary Cynthia".
Are you dreading your next carpet purchase?
Want to make sure you get the best deal? Not sure about what type of hard
surface flooring to buy? With the Flooring
section, I'll clear up all the confusion on this important and
potentially expensive investment in your home. I have been selling carpet for
over 20 years; take advantage of my experience and get more for your money.
How you decide to decorate your windows
can be one of the most effective ways to add beauty to a room. In the
chapter, I can show you
ways to add "punch" to a room--
without going over the top or spending too much!
The Accessory Section is much, much more than just
about objects. The purpose of this chapter is to allow you to tell a story
about you and what's important to you: your interests, your passions, your
family. With "Decorate by Design with Mary Cynthia", learning to decorate with
accessories becomes a journey of self-discovery! Add personality, interest and
self-expression in your home.
Scale and Balance will tie up all your
decorating loose ends for you. This chapter gives you a language for decorating
dilemmas you know bother you, but can't quite put your finger on what to do
about it. Reading this chapter will put you on a par with professional
decorators with years of experience.
Who is the author?
I have literally lived the life of interior design my
whole life. My father started our design company, Martin Durr Caldwell Interior
Designers, in 1952. I began apprenticing with him in the early 1980's. Not long
after, I took over teaching our "Real World Design" classes.
I created this material as a love letter to my father.
Why? Because in my twenty years of experience as an interior designer, I have
never met anyone who has such a thorough grasp of classical design. More
importantly, he taught me the gift of putting these principles in simple
everyday language. We both believe everyone deserves a beautiful home-and
"Decorate by Design with Mary Cynthia" helps you make that happen!
I have been in over 1,000 homes over the last twenty five
years, working on everything from one-time
consultations to whole houses,
of all shapes
and sizes. Many of my
students have become clients; here is what some of them have to say:
Who should buy this book or
Based on talking to the students from my live
classes, "Decorate by Design with Mary
Cynthia"any can benefit who:
- Wants more confidence in their decorating.
- Has to use what they already own with greater
- Wants a beautiful home.
- Wants to express themselves in their home.
- Needs a helping hand getting started.
My book and videos were designed to work for you,
no matter your taste, style or budget. I guarantee the principles of classic
design have been tested in thousands of homes over many years.
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what our students say about the course.
How can this course
to use what I already have?
I have worked for over a thousand clients. Most of
them work on a room at a time. They have kids in college, a mortgage, lives and
interests outside the home. My course is especially suited for people making
the most of what they already own.
It makes what is good stand out.
If you already own some heart-felt or handsome
furnishings, I will show you dozens of ways to make them the center of
attention. "Decorate by Design with Mary Cynthia" breathes new life into your
current décor-without busting your budget!
It makes what is not blend in.
If you own furnishings that you plan on letting
go in the future but have to keep now, I teach you how to make these
furnishings work for you. I will show you how to chart a "road map" of where
you want your decorating to be-a year from now, or ten years from
It lets you tell a story about
Decorating is not about things; it is about the
relationship between things. My home
teaches you how to balance old and new
and express your personality through your home. Take the things that are
important to you and make them look their best.
How can this e-book help me
when I'm ready to buy new home decor?
When you're ready to make your next home
décor purchase, "Decorate by Design with Mary
Cynthia" helps save you time, money and make smarter buying
When you use color,
My course saves you from re-painting, re-papering
and refinishing-get it right the first time!
When you buy furniture,
My e-book helps you plan your room space and
makes sure all your furniture works together.
When you buy home accessories,
It adds interest and variety without busting your
When you sew or buy window treatments,
You'll get a full, beautiful look without going
over the top.
When you buy flooring,
You'll have the knowledge and confidence to pick
the best product for you-- at the best price!
Why should I buy this
It covers all the bases.
My e-book and videos are not about theme rooms and
one-time projects that have no relationship to the rest of your house. They are
designed to give you a beautiful, unified look no matter when you finish-a year
from now or ten.
They cover all the fundamental design elements from
floor to ceiling: color, lighting, furniture, flooring, windows, walls,
accents. Best of all, they show you how all these things work together, and how
to balance beauty and your budget.
It's easy to understand.
My father and I have spent 30 years making the
principles of classic design as simple as possible. We break down the most
daunting "decorating dilemmas" into easy steps, using everyday
It actually works.
These principles have been tested on over 5,000 homes
in over 40 years. Thousands more have taken my live classes, and several
hundred people have bought my videos. Put Classic Design to work in your
It's a common language.
"Decorate by Design with Mary Cynthia" gives you the
know-how and tips to talk to retail sales people and seamstresses, painters and
paper hangers. Knowledge is power! Show them you mean
Let's wrap this up-- interior design is my life; I eat,
sleep and breathe this stuff. It's my passion!
There is simply nothing else on the market as simple,
comprehensive, practical and do-able as "Decorate by Design with Mary Cynthia".
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