Today marks a special anniversary: G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the first hard-covered edition of Use What You Have Decorating in 1998 and the book is still selling after 15 years in its second paperback edition.
I am so grateful to my agent, Liv Blumer of The Blumer Literary Agency, and John Duff, my editor at Perigee/Penguin Group, for making this book possible. I am also grateful to the thousands of people who have read the book and used its principles to redesign their homes simply by using what they already had and, perhaps, adding a few new things. The email and letters I have received from readers over the last decade and a half have been humbling.
From the woman in Chicago who wrote to say she was about to spend $1600 on a piece of furniture until she read the book (two days before her shopping trip) and found the wood unit was unnecessary; to the couple in North Carolina who had been unable to sell their home for 2 years until they utilized the book’s principles and received an offer the following week – it has been such a blessing to know that it has helped people save money while making their homes more comfortable, more valuable, more salable and prettier.
In addition, the book has introduced many thousands of clients to members of the Interior Redecorators Network (InteriorRedecorators.org), the non-profit organization that my husband, Joe, and I co-founded in the mid-1990s. These talented people who trained and have become Certified Interior Redecorators, have grown their own one day decorating and redesign firms and have helped people transform their homes in more than 100 cities across North America and in Europe, Scandinavia, South America and Australia.
So, thank you for allowing me to share this special anniversary with you – and how much it means to me.