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Lauri Ward is internationally recognized as a pioneer of the one day decorating industry. In 1981 she founded Use Waht You Have, Inc. to provide people who didn’t think they could afford to hire an interior designer with fast, easy, low-cost decorating makeovers. She and her husband also co-founded the Interior Refiners Network™, the pre-eminent organization of redecorators, with members across the United States and in Canada; Mexico; Scandinavia and Europe and they direct the IRN™ Decorator Training and Certification Programs.

The author of the best-selling books, Use What You Have Decorating, Trade Secrets From Use What You Have Decorating and Home Therapy: Fast, Easy Affordable Makeovers. Ward’s latest book, Downsizing Your Home With Style: Living Well in a Smaller Space, has just arrived at bookstores. A spokesperson for Bernhardt Furniture, Olympic (Pittsburgh) Paint and The Flower Promotion Organization, Ward is also a popular speaker throughout the U.S. at such venues as The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

All Articles by Lauri Ward:

Guide to 11 of the Most Popular Window Treatments
Few elements of interior design seem to confuse people as much as window treatments because windows vary so much from house to house. The…

6 Secrets of Furniture Placement
Time and time again I hear clients say: “I’ve tried moving the living room furniture every possible way I could think of, and it…

Home Makeovers in Minutes: 4 Before-and-After Room Redos [photo gallery]
The Diagnosis: Hastily put together, the work-at-home space in a former guest bedroom was neither optimally functional nor attractive. The homeowner had to swing…

9 Ways to Create a Focal Point in a Room [article]
From Use What You Have Decorating by Lauri Ward Whether you have a cohesive room flow or not, remember that finding a focal point…

10 Ways to De-Clutter Your Home [article]
Sometimes decorating can be your worst enemy in the fight against clutter. Let’s do our best to eliminate these ubiquitous detractors: • Lucite frames….

Make Over Your Small Living Room [article]
BEFORE Steve and Barbara, a couple in their late twenties, had recently been relocated to Baltimore. Their modern three bedroom apartment didn’t have any…

Room Layout: 6 Rules to Follow [article]
Figuring out where to put your furniture is like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle. What you imagine in your head or on a…

Find a Spot For Your Coffee Table [article]
BEFORE Robert hadn’t lived in his 1960’s high-rise apartment in Chicago very long when he called me for help. Nothing looked or felt right…

Victorian Decorating on a Small Budget [q&a]
How can you decorate a room in a Victorian-era style on a very small budget?

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