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Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home (Hardcover)
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Lavishly illustrated and full of practical home-entertaining know-how, this book will appeal to everyone from first-time hosts to seasoned party-throwers. Author, designer, and HGTV host Monica Pederson will inspire and teach readers how to entertain at home with her exclusive insider tips. Her book shows readers how to create beautiful, innovative parties for a range of occasions and budgets.
Monica Pedersen Make it Beautiful is a step-by-step guide featuring simple, must-know party planning secrets, in addition to social etiquette tips and how to dress for each event. Pedersen explains how readers can work with what they have in their home when planning a party, taking direction from their very own interiors and generating creative ideas.
In 10 gorgeous chapters, Pedersen presents 10 separate parties--each for its own occasion and with its own themes--using her accessible approach and distinctive style to set the tone. For each party, Pedersen assembles a presentation board the same way she would for a design client, with dazzling sample fabrics, flowers, colors, renderings, descriptions, invitations and party favors. Each chapter will also feature sample menus from some of the nation’s top celebrity chefs, including the Wynn Hotel’s Paul Bartolotta and Top Chef's All-Star Fabio Viviani. Mike Ditka of Chicago Bears fame and owner of Chicago's fabled Ditkas Restaurant, even provides a special Super Bowl menu. Also included are exclusive wine pairings from Napa Valley’s Rutherford Hill Winery, to round out this reader-friendly guide to all-around entertaining.
Pedersen, a former fashion model and popular HGTV host who appears regularly on the Today Show and Live with Kelly & Regis, will feature prominently throughout this inspirational, do-it-yourself party-planning book. Using her mother’s fabulous parties as inspiration, Pedersen offers up her personal take on entertaining--the same know-how that’s made her one of the go-to designer-hosts on HGTV--by pairing old traditions with new opportunities This book is sure to become the go-to guide for those who want to host stylish and beautiful events in their own homes.
About the Author
Monica Pedersen’s work as an interior design expert and television host can be seen on HGTV’s Designed to Sell, Bang for Your Buck, Showdown, and Dream Home. Her writing has been featured in Redbook, USA Today and The Washington Post.
Praise for Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home…
PRAISE FOR MONICA PEDERSEN:
"A radiant, high-energy mistress of ceremonies." Joyce Wadler, New York Times
"Monica Pedersen...has made her passion for home design into a remarkable and respected career." Stacy Flannery, Sheridan Road
"Very lovely and endlessly funny...We love how cool [Monica Pedersen] stays under pressure to get a home ready for market with only $2,000. And we totally respect the way she adds graphic punches to her rooms, making them not just salable but also livable." Apartment Therapy
"[Monica Pedersen] shows homeowners how to maximize their living space and beautify their homes." Jae-Ha Kim, Chicago Tribune
"Want your own bedroom haven? Master Bedroom designer Monica Pedersen from HGTV’s Designed to Sell advises: 'Invest in elegant, luxurious fabrics. And if you’ve always dreamt of solid white bedding or a dramatic canopy, then go for it.'" Domino magazine
"Monica Pedersen has certainly made a name for herself in the high-end design world. You might recognize this stunning, bubbly blonde from HGTV, where she stars on Designed to Sell and hosts the cable network’s Dream Home Giveaway 2011." Vegas Magazine
"When designer and television host Monica Pedersen isn’t helping home sellers...on HGTV’s Designed to Sell, she puts her style savvy to work on a variety of other projects here in hometown Chicago." Chicago Collection
"Some truly amazing ideas and a total inspiration for anyone looking to do a little something special at their next gathering!" —Carmen Christensen, Time2Design
"Make It Beautiful offers both design that will make you wish you were living in the pages as well as simple steps that people can implement for their own gatherings." —Maris Callahan, My Daily Find Chicago