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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

Did you ever have a problem designing small spaces?  Take a look at how top interior designers solved this common problem in our latest Designer Monthly, How to Design Small Spaces at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.





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Book Contest: Win the Curtain Bible

Don't know what to do with your windows?  Do they pose problems in size or proportion?  Or are you just bored with the same old window treatment?  Katrin Cargill will offer you new and wonderful solutions in her book, the Curtain Bible.  She'll show you how to make roman shades, valances, sliding panels and more.  Cargill also demonstrates how to add special touches to ordinary curtains like scallops, pleats and fringes. She also provides a list of suppliers for your own window treatment projects. 

Win a Free Copy


To win the book, please leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite window treatment is and why and we’ll select a winner by Monday, July 8th. We’ll contact the winner via email and announce the Curtain Bible book winner next week. Last week's winner of our Interior Transformations book was Lisa from North Carolina.


Win Our New Rooms - Home Makeover Book Contest

It’s that time of the year to give your home that makeover you’ve been fantasizing about. And we’re giving away a book on how to do it!  Sally and Stewart Walton gives us practical decorating and makeover tips in their book: New Rooms – A Practical Home Makeover Guide

Learn how to:

  • Refresh a kitchen on a low budget
  • Create global styles
  • Install mood lighting
  • Make simple furniture for kids and teen rooms
  • Dress up tired old floors
  • Create floor cushions, window treatments, etc.
  • Reupholster and restyle old chairs
  • And more!

Win a Free Copy


To win the book, please leave a comment below describing a makeover project that you want to accomplish in your home and we’ll select a winner at the end of Monday, June 10th.  We’ll contact the winner via email and announce the New Rooms book winner next week.


Our Winner in the Venetian Interiors Rizzoli Book Giveaway Contest

Happy July 4th! We hope you're enjoying your day off, your BBQ fun, and your annual dose of fireworks. We know that Sheffield Says reader and Complete Course in Interior Design student Katy Hahn will be having a good time today because she just won our recent contest, and she's the recipient of the new Rizzoli book Venetian Interiors by Giuseppe Molteni and Roberta Motta, with text by Nicoletta Del Buono. (Visit Katy's website for her blog and interior design services.) Here's Katy's winning comment, a description of why the following room was her favorite (and the favorite of most people who voted in our Venetian Interiors - Pick Your Favorite Interior contest).  
I loved Venetian Interiors 5. I appreciated the architectural detailing and how the different textures gave depth to the room. I liked the spash of color on the neutral backround. I found the mood of the room to be calm and sophisticated yet warm and inviting. I loved the patina styled doors and the bust of the woman juxtaposed at the doorway as if to greet her guests. What I love most about this room is the wall with patterned glass doors and windows that goes all the way to the ceiling. I love how it floods the room with natual light and brings the outdoor beauty in.

These next two interiors gathered the second and third highest vote tallies in our contest.

Thank you to everyone who voted and left comments on their favorite rooms, and congratulations again to Katy!

If you're interested in learning more about interior design and decor, we encourage you to explore the Sheffield School, New York, NY. Sheffield began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

  • Request a free Sheffield School catalog describing our distance education courses.
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    Vote in Our "Venetian Interiors" Book Giveaway

    Don't you love to snoop inside other people's homes? We certainly do, and the new Rizzoli book Venetian Interiors (Giuseppe Molteni and Roberta Motta, with text by Nicoletta Del Buono) takes us inside 15 of the most amazing private homes in Venice. We're treated to Italian interiors that light up the pages of this amazing coffee table book - from a blue-and-white palazzeto and a fabric designer's converted lumber warehouse to the home of a DJ who has filled his elegant rooms with high-tech electronics, frescoed ceilings, and rocaille wood paneling. 


    Win a Free Copy of Venetian Interiors

    So here's the drill.

    • First, vote for your favorite Venetian interior from ten of our Sheffield School favorites (we could have picked dozens of favorites, but we drew the line at ten) - the voting survey follows the ten photos below. 
    • Second, leave a comment on what you see and why you love the different design elements in the interior that you voted for. What makes it your favorite? What are you drawn to? What's been done particularly well? What mood does this interior convey? (And so on.) 

    We'll select a winner from a random drawing of all our entrants at the end of the day on Friday, July 15. We'll contact that lucky person via email to confirm, then we'll announce the Venetian Interiors book winner on Monday, June 18, along with the top three Venetian interiors based on everyone's votes. Good luck! (All photos below are by photographer Giuseppe Molteni, copyright 2012 RCS Libri S.p.A., Milan.)


    Venetian Interiors 1

    Venetian Interiors 2

    Venetian Interiors 3

    Venetian Interiors 4

    Venetian Interiors 5


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