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Joann Eckstut is co-author of Room Redux, The Home Decorating Workbook, published in 1999, by Chronicle Books. A second edition was printed in 2005. Here's what the press says about it:
"Learn to decorate like the pros and discover every room's potential with this
hands-on guide to decorating. Interior designers Joann Eckstut and Sheran James
have developed the book that could make their jobs obsolete."
"This is a do-it-yourself 263 page decorating workbook that comes straight to
the point, no messing about. It takes itself seriously. But, more importantly, it takes its
readers seriously too. The first six words in the introduction are "Ten reasons to
own this book." Well, well, well. The next six words? "Who needs this book? You do."
A book that kicks off with this sort of naked self-confidence had better deliver.
Room Redux does."
"An intense decorating course - worth the time and effort."
"This clever manual is the perfect tool for the novice and a great organizer for
the seasoned decorator. Flipping through the pages of the colorful, tabbed eight-chapter
manual, you will find numerous gems. Handy pockets are provided at the start of each
chapter for any fabric samples, sketches or torn-out magazine pages that you've collected
along the way. Pop-out shapes of chairs, bookcases and tables help you create a
miniature version of your dream room. Vibrant drawings and helpful diagrams are found
throughout. And the chapters detailing color and lighting had me considering elements
in my rooms that had been overlooked."
"Here's a step-by-step guide to help you achieve what all those glossy photo books have
"Getting organized is the key here, and the book begins with questionnnaires to determine
the strengths and weaknesses of each room and what you want to do with it"
"It seems there's always something more you can do for your house. Of course,
you can hire an interior decorator if you have the money, but why not learn
the principles yourself and go from there? A new book, Room Redux: The Home
Decorating Workbook, by designers Joann Eckstut and Sheran James,
sets down the basic principles of home decorating in a way even the least visually
minded folks can understand. It's useful whether you're dealing with a brand-
new house or just a room that needs sprucing up."