I thoroughly enjoyed reading Karen’s book. It’s easy to understand, flows beautifully, and addresses immediately the key challenges we all face at the onset of a project. I love the way she breaks the information down into digestible components. And she’s right, a new home or a re-do project can quickly become overwhelming. Her system provides a way to manage/control the physical as well as psychological processes at work.
I also like the way she introduces the benefits of bringing a design professional into the mix. It’s very low key/low pressure but highlights what an experienced eye and objective perspective can bring to bear. Perfectly balanced. And will be well received.
My daughter struggles with a small house, tiny/dark rooms, and a growing family. Those little rooms were fine when her daughter and son were babies, but now there are real challenges. I envision her being gripped by the possibilities of the worksheets and upcoming chapters. She is bright, creative, and imaginative, however, she has looked at the house and its inner space for so many years, its difficult to envision new options and potential. And although both she and her husband are professionals, their resources are limited. So on all levels, Karen’s words resonate.
It’s given me plenty to think of in my own home as well.
I thought The Styleprint Design System was very practical and concrete. It is not meant to be a quick fix solution book. It requires serious thought and consideration of the situation and the process. The reader has to really think about what he/she has and what he/she wants and how to accomplish it. It can be time consuming. One of the features I liked best in the book were the personal examples; they make it easier to understand.
Karen Powell, an icon in the decorating and franchising industries, has written this simple step-by-step book to take the mystery and angst out of home decorating. Your home will become the envy of friends and family by using Karen’s advice to create a beautiful living environment.”
Do not read this book if you’re expecting some theoretical treatise on interior design. This book is full of practical, hands-on advice on how to decorate a room in a simple but elegant manner. Using the step-by-step Styleprint Design System, you’ll turn frustration into fascination when you see just how easily you can produce a finished product like the pros! Karen has a way of making things easy. If you’ve ever seen a room designed by Karen’s Decor&You team, you’ll instantly understand their tag line of ‘Love the space you’re in.’ This book is a must read for anyone who wants to decorate and hear the inevitable, ‘Wow!’
Decor&You has really changed the world of decorating by simplifying the overwhelming task of decorating. They have taken the fear out of decorating and differentiated themselves in a way that I have not seen in over 25 years of franchising. Approaching the market in a way that gives their clients the confidence they need to create the space they dream of with Styleprint is nothing short of brilliant.
I pleaded, I begged, I even made that face (you know the one) to get her not to include trademarked information, but Karen was insistent on sharing the inner secrets to decorating gleaned over her thirty years of education, experience, and sometimes excruciating business lessons. The StylePrint Design System is the one book that takes the decorating and design training you previously couldn’t obtain without a significant investment of time and money and marries it with practical business formulas that deliver a business you can not only love but one that delivers bottom line results.
If you are a decorator in training, a hobby decorator, or a decorator/designer that loves the home fashions industry yet struggles with practical business dollars and sense (not measly cents!) this book may boost your passion and your P&L.”
The Styleprint Design System takes what can be the overwhelming task of redecorating and breaks things down into simple planning steps. To have worksheets that help you organize your decisions along the way and are then there for review throughout the process is genius
Karen wrote this book for me! I am a lifelong ‘do-it-yourselfer’ decorator with many ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ decorator projects under my belt and at various levels of completion. The only word I can use to describe The Styleprint Design System is WOW! The information in this book, presented in Karen’s comfortable, helpful, ‘let’s chat over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine’ style, wowed me by its down-to-earth, logical, ‘I now feel empowered,’ step-by-step process to transform the spaces I call home into a space and place that is a true reflection of me, my lifestyle, my place to work, live, entertain, relax, and rejuvenate. I’m excited to have this tool in my ‘do-it-myself’ decorator toolbox as I look to tackling projects in my twelve-year-old home.”
Magical! Creative use of space, lovely choices of room colors and furniture options. Flows! Love our home!”
The Anatomy of a decor project and the Styleprint Design System created by Karen Powell is thought provoking while instilling confidence that we can all be active and successful participants in designing the work or home environment we would love.”