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.”
Karen Powell has created a masterpiece! The StylePrint Design System will be the gift I give to my friends before they tackle any remodeling project—a real bible for creating your dream space!”
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 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.”
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!’
Finally! A personal blueprint everyone can easily use to create the best in their home. Long overdue! Well done, Karen.