“Point of view-prescriptive, descriptive and definite is what distinguishes Elizabeth Mayhew’s first book…Extremely satisfying and very, very useful.”
- Penelope Green, NY Times
“Learning decorating tips from Elizabeth Mayhew is like spending time with a good friend who has your best interests at heart.”
- Katie Couric
“Finally! A book that really shows you how to put a room together. A book that explains what really works, and why. A book about finding your own style and being comfortable, too. Decorating has never been this much fun.”
- Stephen Drucker,
editor in chief, House Beautiful
“Elizabeth Mayhew’s breezy, confident, and glamorous decorating style has long been envied by design experts in the know. Fortunately for us all, she now shares her insider’s view on how to achieve her particular brand of high/low chic with Flip! for Decorating. I think it’s pitch-perfect.”
- Miles Redd,
interior designer + creative director, Oscar de la Renta
Watch Elizabeth sharing decorating ideas from her new book, Flip! for Decorating on NBC’s Today show.
About the book
In her new book, FLIP! For Decorating, Elizabeth Mayhew shares essential insider tips for making any space stylish and timeless in a snap. Forget expensive fixes or labor-intensive endeavors, she shows you how to redecorate with what you have on hand, or with the simple purchases you’ll need to create the room of your dreams. Flip through the upper right hand pages, and watch four rooms receive an instant makeover! Inside you’ll discover:
- step-by-step instructions for decorating the four most commonly used rooms: living room, dining room, family room, and bedroom
- the fundamentals of color, including no-fail wall and trim colors, when to use wallpaper instead of paint, and the facts on different paint finishes
- the ways to treat a window, from Venetian blinds and Roman shades to simple curtains–and the secrets to making a window appear taller or wider
- the art of picking the perfect sofa, chairs, tables, and lighting
- strategies on how to prioritize your decorating decisions
FLIP! for Decorating also features time-saving reality checks, handy shopping tips, and easy and informative sidebars that will give you instant solutions if you’re stumped, stymied, or need to add a quick jolt of style to virtually any room.
Decorating a guest room to feel like a luxury hotel (for better or for worse)
For the first time ever, my husband and I have a proper guest room. Even better, our new house has a designated “guest wing.” That of course makes it sound fancier than it is, when in reality it is a circa-1960s cinder-block addition of a couple of rooms and one bathroom, all with low ceilings, flimsy woodwork and electric heat.
Elizabeth Mayhew is currently a contributing editor at NBC's Today and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She is also the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman's Day. A native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Georgetown University, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage kids.
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