As a host and lead designer on HGTV's "Design on a Dime," Frank Fontana helps make homes look like a million bucks while working with $1,000 budgets. While "Design on a Dime" and other programs of its ilk are extremely popular, you'll need to take diligent notes while watching to remember all the home-design tips.
Luckily Frank Fontana's made all his budget-conscious tricks-of-the-trade available in his new book, "Dirty Little Secrets of Design." Fontana shares his terrific gift of thrift for every spot in a home (as well as backyards and patios), and his book is peppered with DIY projects and design ideas, striking the right balance of inspiration and instruction. Some of the highlights include:
The chapter entitled "Walls of Wonder," which features plenty of information on painting with color, adding faux finishes to walls, creating texture, and even a way to turn paper shopping bags into a faux-leather wall treatment.
How to use a product called SkimStone to transform laminate or solid surface countertops into countertops that look like they're made of stone or concrete.
How to navigate the world of green design so you can do your part to save the planet without dipping into your savings account.
Finally, please remember this: Design books rarely provide all the answers, or even any answers to your specific design conundrums. It takes a little ingenuity to apply the book's ideas to your home. Books like "Dirty Little Secrets of Design" are essentially full of design seeds; it's up to you figure out which seeds might be useful, and then you have make those seeds grow.
You can learn more about Frank Fontana, and his book, by visiting www.frankfontana.net.