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"Changing Rooms" : Finishing Touches : Hardcover – 20 Apr 2000

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  • Hardcover: 133 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st. Edition edition (20 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563551577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563551577
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,363,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Interior designer/TV presenter Linda Barker is the ideal person to front the cover of her book. Decked in a classy sarong, white vest and white fluffy cardy, she looks as if she drifts effortlessly through the earthy, feminine interiors she creates.

There are no wild premises or promises here. This is about handy hints to update, transform, or liven up your home. According to Barker it's the "essential finishing touches that bring a room scheme together and contribute so much to the first impression as the owners walk through the door".

In the first section, Styling from Scratch, the main text (and there's a lot of it) amounts to basic common sense about creating a new look home, with advice such as covering sofas with throws, thinking about storage, and throwing out clutter. This advice continues in the following section, Instant Make-overs, which focuses on specific rooms. The eye-catching 5-minute facelift tips, are largely sensible reminders: use floral patterns for a strong message, add a sensual touch with throws, use lights for a sculptural as well as lighting element.

It's the final section, Makes, which is the strongest and which won't disappoint fans of the Changing Rooms TV series. There are 25 projects to have a go at, making this an adult child's delight. Choose from making laminated paper blinds, Japanese style seating, or even the sunburst mirror--a an ideal handmade Christmas present?!--Lorna V

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It might seem strange for a book called Finishing Touches to start with the big picture rather than the small one, but where styling is concerned, that approach makes perfect sense. After all, so many of the ideas and accessories that bring a room together with a final flourish are inspired directly by the other ingredients in the room. If you are lucky enough to begin your scheme from scratch, you can allow your imagination to roam free where styling is concerned.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Damian Martin on 11 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book at gives you so many ideas. I myself am creating a new home - rather than changing one - and found that Linda has so many wonderful idea as to creating that 'perfect' cozy home. Taking into consideration the color and size of your home, the focus points, the fabrics, lightning and the finishing touches can only be described at inspiring.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By didicoy on 5 Dec. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book does exactly what it says on the cover detailing all the little fiddly bits that complete all your hard work. A must read for all DIY enthusiast to complete that project perfectly!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
A friend bought me this when I moved into my first flat and after reading it I couldn't wait to get started! Particularly good are the 5-minute fix-its, things you can do in an afternoon to improve the look of the room. While some of the ideas might not be to every-one's taste, things like a fruit bowl light (!!) are easily adaptable, and the instructions are really easy to follow. I recommend it for people wanting to change a room on a budget- the shell plaque is fabulous in my bathroom!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. Hampton on 27 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
If only the BBC's "Changing Rooms" would come to America. Oh sure --- I know we have TLC's "Trading Spaces", which I like but there is nothing like the original. Linda Barker's "Finishing Touches" is full of her wonderfully creative, inventive and stylish design ideas that have made her a permanent fixture in the world of interior design. She mixes eclectic bohemian with contemporary style to come up with some of the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen. She's a true gem and I just adore her!
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Absolute Best Show on Home-Renovation! 28 April 2000
By Caroline P. Hampton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
BBC's "Changing Rooms" is without a doubt, one of the best shows around. Sadly, you have to have a TV Dish to pick up the shows but, luckily, you can get the books here. The ideas are amazing, creative and so easy to follow. Each project is handled "step-by-step" and anyone with a hammer, and a bit of paint could do it. There are styles for everyone, whether you're bold and crazy or smart and conservative. The set of designers used on the show are so amazingly brilliant and creative it blows my mind. I would never think of some of these things in a million years. I'm so glad they did. GET THIS BOOK TODAY! You won't be sorry.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
the best show on the bbc and now a book! 21 Nov. 1999
By sophie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
changing room is an amazing show. possible the best (on tvo at 7pm on tuesdays) it allows anyone to have a fun time making a chage with your friends room for under 500 pounds. this book shows how great it is.when you buy this book it will become your bible.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A great place for anyone to start! 19 April 2002
By M. J. Raycroft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For some funny reason, when I first checked out my new channel BBC American on the new super cable, I found this little show. And, I was hooked ever since. I don't like home improvement shows because most of the time they fix things that I will never do, like rebuild a classic barn with 15 carpenters and a 50k budget. Hey, I live in the city, that is never gonna happen to me. 'Changing Rooms' and their designer Linda Barker actually work on projects that can be accomplished by the average schmo, like me. And, these books, take you through step-by-step. It is a total DIY approach. Not all the designs are fluffy or build around gaudy themes (though some are, usually for fun.) Most are fun and basic ideas that can be manufactured with a small budget (like the show.) From reading through this book and Linda's 'Colour' book, I now have a much better eye for what I can do with my space, and knowing that is will not cost much in the end. Which is what true home improvement shows should be all about! If you are looking for new colors or want to redo an entire home, this is a great place to start for inspiration!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Linda Barker Is My God! 22 Nov. 2002
By Caroline P. Hampton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If only the BBC's "Changing Rooms" would come to America. Oh sure --- I know we have TLC's "Trading Spaces", which I like but there is nothing like the original. Linda Barker's "Finishing Touches" is full of her wonderfully creative, inventive and stylish design ideas that have made her a permanent fixture in the world of interior design. She mixes eclectic bohemian with contemporary style to come up with some of the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen. She's a true gem and I just adore her!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A home design book for anyone 19 April 2002
By M. J. Raycroft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For some funny reason, when I first checked out my new channel BBC American on the new super cable, I found this little show. And, I was hooked ever since. I don't like home improvement shows because most of the time they fix things that I will never do, like rebuild a classic barn with 15 carpenters and a 50k budget. Hey, I live in the city, that is never gonna happen to me. 'Changing Rooms' and their designer Linda Barker actually work on projects that can be accomplished by the average schmo, like me. And, these books, take you through step-by-step. It is a total DIY approach. Not all the designs are fluffy or build around gaudy themes (though some are, usually for fun.) Most are fun and basic ideas that can be manufactured with a small budget (like the show.) From reading through this book and Linda's 'Colour' book, I now have a much better eye for what I can do with my space, and knowing that is will not cost much in the end. Which is what true home improvement shows should be all about! If you are looking for new colors or want to redo an entire home, this is a great place to start for inspiration!
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