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Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  13 reviews
You have a futon left over from college, some dingy end tables that Aunt Miller left you, and an apartment whose carpeting dates back to the Me Decade. The decorating magazines and TV shows never seem to talk to you. So what? With some attitude, know-how, and a lot of your own style, your place can be transformed into a fabulous Shangri-La, a swanky venue fit for living an ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Chronicle Books
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Mike Lester
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Lately, I've been faced with the dilemma of having to find a new place to live. This is a process I've never enjoyed. Every available apartment or house I've been in share one common trait: blandness. Why, I ask myself, have architects and interior designers surrendered to mediocrity? Why, in the name of all that is sacred, must every house look just like its neighbor, with nary a divergent trait between them, both inside and out? These questions have both plagued and infu
May 10, 2007 Evie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stylish, creative people on a budget
Shelves: bookporn
Geez, I sort of miss my Goodwill/Salvation Army Days. Now that I'm shacked up with someone who has money and who is generous with money, it's sort of hard to go back. Well, really, it's hard to go back to my thrifting days because the thrift shops in Argentina suck and my partner has very particular taste in things. Sigh! Still, I can reminisce and draw inspiration from these very funky people! Argentine design is like super-boring, homogenous design. Walk through the Design Center in Recoleta, ...more
Pad and Pad Parties are my bible pt1 and pt2. If I were stuck on a deserted island I would pine for these two books more than television, or movies or any other form of entertainment save a Sinatra record or CD because every page fills me with constant inspiration. Even though I'd be completely alone with no one to entertain, still, these books really do send me. I love, love,love them!!!!
This is the decorating book for those of us who don't have a huge suburban home, four spare rooms, and can't make any permament changes to our apartments. The book showcases the interesting ways various people have rescued their homes from bland rental living. Every time I flip through this I find it inspiring and interesting.
This is one of those shiny, shiny ridiculous coffee-table books full of photographs of people's living rooms. So why the Hell is it one of my favorite books? I dunno, it just is. I love how totally effed the decorating schemes are in this book. I love that there are people in the world who decorate their bathrooms with a Catholic/Gayboy theme. I love that weirdos exist and THEY DECORATE! My copy of this book is well-worn and slightly tatty after years of thumbing through it lovingly, like a kid ...more
Nikki Macinnes
I've had this book for's full of super funky interior design that is always fun to come back to. There are also tips on how to make playing cards coasters, build a tiki bar, care for your house plants, and mix a drink.
Kelly Mac
Nov 28, 2007 Kelly Mac rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: handy hipsters
DIY projects and ideas for interior decorating. Fabulous book. Took away one star because I'm way too lazy to attempt any of the projects so I'm blaming it on the book.

Highlight: random full-frontal nudity
So good it's practically edible. One that I would read over & over, if only I hadn't lent it to someone I promptly never saw again.
Most of the projects were waaaay out there, but they were very funny. I liked Pad Parties much better, but this was entertaining.
I had this book.
I loved this book.
I abandoned this book
In Vancouver.
I want it again.
A time-tested reference book for decorating. Great ideas for poor people!
Coolest easy DIY ideas for themed decorating I've seen yet.
Not quite my thing - could generate some ideas.
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