New Home Makeover and Home Staging Book Receives Two Awards

Nov. 1, 2006 – IRIS in the House, an anthology of home makeover trade secrets for home staging and quick-change room redesigns from members of the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS), has won the “Best Book 2006” award from USA Book News in the Home: Decorating/Interior Design category and placed as an Award-winning Finalist in the Anthologies: Non-Fiction category. The winning books, from publishers ranging from giants like Simon & Schuster and Warner Books to small independent houses, were selected from more than 1,200 entries.

“This award represents further recognition for the growing popularity of the home makeover and home staging trend,” says Debra Blackmon of Bakersfield, California, who conceived and compiled the winning anthology. “Interior redesign puts exciting and expressive home environments within the reach of any budget because it works with materials that the homeowner already has.”

IRIS in the House… and Suddenly Everything Works, the award-winning book, consists of contributions by 19 IRIS members on how to bring elements of any room into balance, harmony and unity; how to arrange cherished collections and art work to seem more interesting and inviting; best ways to select the colors someone will enjoy living with; ways to prompt a feeling of emotional warmth in a home going up for sale; and much more. Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS) is a national organization of nearly 1,000 professionals who redesign interiors with components a client already has and who “stage” homes for a quicker sale.

“The book is for anyone who wants to dramatically transform their living environment in just one day,” says Blackmon. “It shows how to bring out the best of what you the homeowner love, rather than imposing someone else’s likes and dislikes.”

The home staging and home makeover book IRIS in the House… and Suddenly Everything Works, ISBN 1-4251-0023-6, an interior redesign anthology authored by 19 IRIS instructors, conceived and compiled by Debra Blackmon, is available for purchase at $16.95 at Trafford Publishing, book 06-1780 as well as at Amazon.

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