Radio Show Alert: March 29th at Four Eastern


Red River Radio would like to welcome everyone to the first of four special shows dedicated to children’s authors. This show will feature authors whose books are geared to early childhood student’s grades k-2. Although many of the books can be used as read aloud in any classroom from k-5 the reading levels of these books would be for children in the lower grades.

The lessons taught in each of these books can be used in classrooms teaching Character Education, Sunday School Classrooms, for parents to read at night to their children and in libraries or bookstores during story time.

This is a special edition for teachers, children, parents, grandparents and anyone that loves to read children’s books and YA books. Red River Radio would like to announce this special edition of Book Discussion with your host book reviewer, author and writer Fran Lewis. This show will feature the best of children’s writing with authors writing in many different genres. Each book will be geared to early childhood children, elementary school students or young adults and teens. The authors will entice readers by telling you about his/her book and reading a short excerpt to really make you want to go out and buy it for your children, grandchildren and friends. School is about to open in some states and has in many others and what better way to get a head start on books needed for research, book reports and just plain fun, by listening to our show, hearing about these great authors and their books and joining in the discussion.

The stars of this show are six great authors whose books I have read and reviewed:

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The Healings reviewed by fran lewis


The Healings

Author Oana

 

 

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

 

One man who is struggling to find himself, deal with the horrors of life and the suffering we all face. One man who takes the reader on many different journeys along with his Cat: Her who travels with him to each place, to each person he seeks to be healed by trying to find himself and much more. The main character has no name. His black cat Her engulfs and envelopes all that is feminine or female. Each chapter captures another emotion, another flaw of the human soul. The life of this nameless man has been difficult, filled with depression and totally unbalanced. Meeting each of these healers he hopes to find someone that can turn his life around, find a healthy solution and create some semblance to reconstruct him into a healthy living human being.

 

 

Look in the mirror and what do you see: You! Your image and nothing more. The imperfections that are within you and your flaws are not readily seen unless you speak, interact with others and allow them to know the real you. You think you are perfect just by looking at your outward appearance that others think is impeccable but hidden underneath are the lies, deceits, shadows and fears that follow you wherever you go. It’s how we deal or handle them that create our own pattern in life, pitfalls and seeking our own path to self-realization or who we really are.

 

Oana, in The Healings introduces one man: Nameless who can be the embodiment of anyone. Let’s say he represents every one of us in some way. As he begins his journey, along one with his Black Cat: Her to try and find himself, his inner being: he will encounter over 40 different healers and meet with each one hoping to find the answers within their different philosophies and experiences that are shared. Humorous, satirical and quite unique each of these short stories or chapters will enlighten the reader to the real problem faced by our nameless man.

 

Every journey has a beginning at does this one as he meets with a Shaman first. Evengi Heavy Feather is really where it all begins and probably should have ended as he truly says it all in one simple phrase: Sometimes we carry a heavy burden with us: Sometimes what causes things to weigh more or prey heavily on our minds cannot always be dealt with or expressed until we decide to do something different and change our own pattern to lighten that burden or in this case the weight of a feather. Not facing the problem often increases its weight.

 

What about becoming a Dream Master and able to create beautiful dreams for everyone to avoid those dreaded nightmares which prey in our subconscious, ruin a good night’s sleep and are also often part of something deeper that is bothering us and we just don’t know it or refuse to face it. This journey or healing was quite funny and the end result reminds you of the inside of a dirt devil or vacuum cleaner bad and armed with his Dream Toolkit are main character feels ready and able to rid the world of bad dreams and nightmares. Instead, he faces more demons and harsh realities. Controlling your life and taking control of your anger and fears might help the need for more journeys. He still needs to define what he has to change before he can more forward without the need of all of these healings to eliminate his depression, anger and much more.

 

Sarcastic and despising those who are hoping or hot filled with the same despair or depression he forges ahead in search of more healers as he meet Chamoile the storyteller who can create characters to go along with his controlled plots. Allowing the listener to become the central character or focal point of the story enables him/her to fell accepted and understood. Can someone feel this way just listening to the words of others? As he leads him to a place called The Crossroads you realize all he is doing is trying to get him to choose the correct path as he decides which way to go or the crossroads of his life; good, bad or stays the same. Missed opportunities: Cannot relive them.

 

He meets numerous healers along the way but one incident that stands out is when he states he is going to work in a psychiatric ward and observe the behaviors of the patients and the doctors helping administer pills along the way. What he really learns is that even those working there and the healers he previously meets have issues and sometimes need to face them with help from others too which angers him even more.

 

Every healer that our main character meets imparts an important lesson to this man who refuses to realize that his problems stem from not facing what they are and blaming his shortcomings and failures on those trying to help him. All the while like a good wife or nurturing mother, his cat Her, keeps him centered, brings reality into focus, performs the duties of a good wife or mother and hopes he finds his own path to self-awareness and realization. Sharing each of his plans with his cat, yet wanting to embark on each journey alone, you can feel the frustration of this cat as she tries to guide him before he falls down. Each healing brings the same result: He feels cheated, lied to and the experiences because they do not come out exactly as he envisioned they would, create him more turmoil within this man and do not meet his expectations.

 

Too many choices, options, freedom of choice: All too often like kids, adults need some parameters and guidelines when things get tough in order to continue on. From the Master Painter to Master Whiteout our nameless man hopes to find immediate answers to his unfilled life: Can he learn how to use the right words or paint a masterpiece on the spot creating his own form of expression? You decide what lessons if any he learns as your continue the journey along with the reader and I continue my review of The Healings by this creative and outstanding author.

 

From thinking that he is filthy rich from his cat picking the winning lottery ticket to a rude awakening that money cannot buy you the peace and harmony you need or want, to more interviews and jobs that will make you smile, laugh and wonder Oana sets the bar when creating everyday events that go awry. Each time our main character feels the pressure he and his trusty cat either pack up and go somewhere else, find another venue to vent in or another way for both of them to escape their true realities: loneliness, confusion and dissatisfaction with their plight as they journey to many more places, meet many more people and eventually realize the end result. Added to the mix is Aunt Lyla who provides another take on his plight, encourages his fantasies and goes along with many of his dreamlike experiences reeling him in even more.  The character’s he meets and their names alone will make you smile and the rationale he uses to explain each of his encounters, his excuses for his failures and successes are no different than ours today as this nameless man and his faithful cat Her continue on to many real and imaginary places to find Knowledge, inner peace and who they both are.

 

From Cousin Jello’s funeral to Tito Sponge a great mind to Professor Turtle ad great mind in anthropology our nameless man turns to every profession in life and more to find his way back to where he might have started from had he paid attention. I think the funniest is Dr. Iceberg who is supposed to help those in need of increasing their sex drive and tells our main character to discuss this with his significant other. Would that be the cat? Or someone else? The author closes with healing sessions in friendship, beauty, pain, bad relationships and much more that you need to read for yourself. Finally, the last healing is in the tower. Going from room to room and floor to floor allows him to relive areas of his life, healings that were described before, events that have already taken place and remembering the good and the feather and weight is now lighter and the burden and heaviness lifted. To learn more about his healing in the Tower and the others and whether he finds his true inner peace and more you need to read this mind stimulating and thought provoking account of one man’s journey to find himself. Humor reigns, philosophical discussions often interrupted with events that will make you laugh this is one book that will give the reader much pause for thought and great topics for book club discussions as each healing or chapter brings to light many issues we all face today.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Looking for a Husband and find the love of your life reviewed by fran lewis


Stop Looking for a Husband and Find the Love of Your Life

Author: Marina Sbrochi

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

Did you ever walk into a room and connect with someone? Chemistry is dangerous and often leads to short tem relationships. How do you know when it’s real? There is no magic formula, pill or drink that you can take or try to find the love of your life. But, one thing I did learn from the many dates I had before getting married, is honestly, openness and telling it straight is the only way to go. If he doesn’t like who you are, the way you look and tries to reinvent you and turn you into something you are not: Rid yourself of him and go no further.

 

The many stories in this book are filled with humor and real life incidents that will make you laugh, give you pause for thought and help you decide whether your path to romance will lead you there or astray.

 

Looking for that perfect someone! Working hard to find a husband. Consumed with this idea or thought day and night. Planning, plotting and creating your every move and scenes that would adhere to your master plan STOP RIGHT THERE! DON’T MAKE ANOTHER MOVE! You are definitely going about it all wrong. Living each day and spending your every waking hour trying to find that perfect someone will consume all of your time, leave little for fun and even more, detract from allowing you to do the things that make you happy, feel important and most essential- BE WHO YOU ARE! Self- Worth, Self-Esteem: Very Vital!

 

So, what do you to in order to find-not a husband but the Love you’re your life: Step One: read Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life by author Marina Sbrochi-read it more than once. List the areas that work for you and go from there.

 

Reading this book will not only enlighten the reader on the way to go about relationships and their ups and downs but will help those who are married and on shaky ground, firm it up. Real life stories- some good and some bad told to the reader directly by the author, helps you understand what she is trying to say and even more important, makes you feel she is speaking directly to you.

Where to begin: First of all figure out what is important to you in a man and write it down. Make a list of the attributes you want. Don’t dwell on the list. Know that is it there. But first, make a life for yourself and make yourself happy. If you in a job that is going nowhere and not really what you want to do or enjoy: Change it. Read how one woman did just that and find out the end result after reading pages 68-70.

 

One basic issue many women have difficulty coming to grips with is Trust. After being burned, lied to and deceived many times you being to doubt the words of the next person and the one after. It takes time to learn how to trust someone but do not think everyone is out to lie and trick you. Not an easy thing. Your boyfriend cheated on you. This does not mean the next guy will. Take our author’s advice and enjoy your relationship from the start but do not become so obsessed and distrustful that you drive by his house to see if he has company or who is there. Never think that every girl that comes in contact with your boyfriend or date is out to steal him. Certainly, do not demean yourself by leaving voicemails and text messages that are annoying or obnoxious. If trust is an issue- you suspect something- call a friend and discuss it. Write down the incident that happened: Honestly and truthfully and see what your real friend thinks. Read pages 76-77 to learn more.

 

One thing that I really hated when dating is if someone snooped around my apartment looking at my personal stuff or trying to find my personal address book. Trusting your date or company takes time. Finding a note on at table or reading your phone book or asking you who each person in your book is, definitely crosses the line. Don’t do it to him and he should not to you.

 

Another great point made at the start of this book is that Looks and Appearance do count. The first thing someone sees is you. Make it work. Look your best but dress as who you are not someone you are not.

 

There are many reasons why relationships do not work out. One serious thing and very important to consider is the way he speaks to you and his mother in private and in public. Jokes are funny but not if you are the brunt of them. Abuse of any kind is wrong and that is a definite: Out of my life right now deal breaker. Men like that often feed on their own egos and the vulnerability of others. Talking down to a woman makes him feel big: Never let that happen you are worth better and deserve it. Power Plays are wrong. Use your instinct and eliminate him from your life. Being alone is better than being someone’s punching bag.

 

The author gives the reader so much information and so many important suggestions that I will not divulge them all because you need to read this book for yourself. But, several important points were made and I would be remiss if I did not include them. First, keep certain things private about your life on the first date. Too much information can destroy a relationship before it even begins. It takes time and you do not need to relate every part of your life.

 

Everyone has secrets that they are not proud of. You do not need to unveil them all at once. If you have children or are divorced you might want to tell your date. That is not a secret that is just part of who you are and your life. Don’t envelope yourself in his life only; do not lose your identity or your friends.

 

Something my mom always taught me before going out: Hair and makeup are vital to your appearance as well as what you wear. Never pack on the makeup so thick you look like a mannequin nor wear clothes that are too tight and do not flatter your shape or you. Make sure your hair looks great.

 

Finally, overweight, out of shape- do not have the perfect body: Few people do! Exercise, look good and go to the gym: You never know who might be working out next to you. Sex, of course if important and having great chemistry with your partner vital to make it work. The author discusses the when, where and who of sex in chapter 15. Read It!

 

The appendix includes essential tips and answers to you unanswered questions and recaps much of what is said throughout the book. So if you need to learn how to approach a man: read the first part of the appendix. Handling the first date and few dates next and of course the dreaded break-ups. Don’t ever be crushed. Move On! Do not analyze every word or move he makes. Do not over think everything he says. Sometimes you need to take things at face value and go from there.

 

Told directly to the reader with many humorous stories the author relates how she met her husband. Talking to strangers is not something that I feel comfortable doing. Walking in the street and smiling at someone is will not always yield a smile in return but it cannot hurt to try. Tapping someone on the shoulder and asking him if he enjoyed the show. Well: you read it and decide for yourself. From approaching a man to online dating to just learning how to begin a relationship this book has it all.

 

Just think: The love of your life could be just around the corner, a smile away or even a tap on the shoulder. So, do not give up on yourself. Do not sell yourself short: read this outstanding book, smile, cry, laugh, understand the humor and most important: Never lose sight of YOU!

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

Stop Looking for a Husband and find the Love of Your life reviewed by fran lewis


Stop Looking for a Husband and Find the Love of Your Life

Author: Marina Sbrochi

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

Did you ever walk into a room and connect with someone? Chemistry is dangerous and often leads to short tem relationships. How do you know when it’s real? There is no magic formula, pill or drink that you can take or try to find the love of your life. But, one thing I did learn from the many dates I had before getting married, is honestly, openness and telling it straight is the only way to go. If he doesn’t like who you are, the way you look and tries to reinvent you and turn you into something you are not: Rid yourself of him and go no further.

 

The many stories in this book are filled with humor and real life incidents that will make you laugh, give you pause for thought and help you decide whether your path to romance will lead you there or astray.

 

Looking for that perfect someone! Working hard to find a husband. Consumed with this idea or thought day and night. Planning, plotting and creating your every move and scenes that would adhere to your master plan STOP RIGHT THERE! DON’T MAKE ANOTHER MOVE! You are definitely going about it all wrong. Living each day and spending your every waking hour trying to find that perfect someone will consume all of your time, leave little for fun and even more, detract from allowing you to do the things that make you happy, feel important and most essential- BE WHO YOU ARE! Self- Worth, Self-Esteem: Very Vital!

 

So, what do you to in order to find-not a husband but the Love you’re your life: Step One: read Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life by author Marina Sbrochi-read it more than once. List the areas that work for you and go from there.

 

Reading this book will not only enlighten the reader on the way to go about relationships and their ups and downs but will help those who are married and on shaky ground, firm it up. Real life stories- some good and some bad told to the reader directly by the author, helps you understand what she is trying to say and even more important, makes you feel she is speaking directly to you.

Where to begin: First of all figure out what is important to you in a man and write it down. Make a list of the attributes you want. Don’t dwell on the list. Know that is it there. But first, make a life for yourself and make yourself happy. If you in a job that is going nowhere and not really what you want to do or enjoy: Change it. Read how one woman did just that and find out the end result after reading pages 68-70.

 

One basic issue many women have difficulty coming to grips with is Trust. After being burned, lied to and deceived many times you being to doubt the words of the next person and the one after. It takes time to learn how to trust someone but do not think everyone is out to lie and trick you. Not an easy thing. Your boyfriend cheated on you. This does not mean the next guy will. Take our author’s advice and enjoy your relationship from the start but do not become so obsessed and distrustful that you drive by his house to see if he has company or who is there. Never think that every girl that comes in contact with your boyfriend or date is out to steal him. Certainly, do not demean yourself by leaving voicemails and text messages that are annoying or obnoxious. If trust is an issue- you suspect something- call a friend and discuss it. Write down the incident that happened: Honestly and truthfully and see what your real friend thinks. Read pages 76-77 to learn more.

 

One thing that I really hated when dating is if someone snooped around my apartment looking at my personal stuff or trying to find my personal address book. Trusting your date or company takes time. Finding a note on at table or reading your phone book or asking you who each person in your book is, definitely crosses the line. Don’t do it to him and he should not to you.

 

Another great point made at the start of this book is that Looks and Appearance do count. The first thing someone sees is you. Make it work. Look your best but dress as who you are not someone you are not.

 

There are many reasons why relationships do not work out. One serious thing and very important to consider is the way he speaks to you and his mother in private and in public. Jokes are funny but not if you are the brunt of them. Abuse of any kind is wrong and that is a definite: Out of my life right now deal breaker. Men like that often feed on their own egos and the vulnerability of others. Talking down to a woman makes him feel big: Never let that happen you are worth better and deserve it. Power Plays are wrong. Use your instinct and eliminate him from your life. Being alone is better than being someone’s punching bag.

 

The author gives the reader so much information and so many important suggestions that I will not divulge them all because you need to read this book for yourself. But, several important points were made and I would be remiss if I did not include them. First, keep certain things private about your life on the first date. Too much information can destroy a relationship before it even begins. It takes time and you do not need to relate every part of your life.

 

Everyone has secrets that they are not proud of. You do not need to unveil them all at once. If you have children or are divorced you might want to tell your date. That is not a secret that is just part of who you are and your life. Don’t envelope yourself in his life only; do not lose your identity or your friends.

 

Something my mom always taught me before going out: Hair and makeup are vital to your appearance as well as what you wear. Never pack on the makeup so thick you look like a mannequin nor wear clothes that are too tight and do not flatter your shape or you. Make sure your hair looks great.

 

Finally, overweight, out of shape- do not have the perfect body: Few people do! Exercise, look good and go to the gym: You never know who might be working out next to you. Sex, of course if important and having great chemistry with your partner vital to make it work. The author discusses the when, where and who of sex in chapter 15. Read It!

 

The appendix includes essential tips and answers to you unanswered questions and recaps much of what is said throughout the book. So if you need to learn how to approach a man: read the first part of the appendix. Handling the first date and few dates next and of course the dreaded break-ups. Don’t ever be crushed. Move On! Do not analyze every word or move he makes. Do not over think everything he says. Sometimes you need to take things at face value and go from there.

 

Told directly to the reader with many humorous stories the author relates how she met her husband. Talking to strangers is not something that I feel comfortable doing. Walking in the street and smiling at someone is will not always yield a smile in return but it cannot hurt to try. Tapping someone on the shoulder and asking him if he enjoyed the show. Well: you read it and decide for yourself. From approaching a man to online dating to just learning how to begin a relationship this book has it all.

 

Just think: The love of your life could be just around the corner, a smile away or even a tap on the shoulder. So, do not give up on yourself. Do not sell yourself short: read this outstanding book, smile, cry, laugh, understand the humor and most important: Never lose sight of YOU!

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

Interview with author and Interior Designer: Howard Wiggins


 

 

 

Howard Wiggins is author of “What Were You Thinking” Recognizing Costly Mistakes That Everyone Makes. You will learn: How to make a floor plan:What to take with you when you shop:Why you shouldn`t keep items that don`t fit:Plus: How to use four basic furniture pieces to create 144 unique room designs. Howard Wiggins is recognized by Andrew Martin design firm,London England,as one of the world`s top 35 leading Interior Designers.

Introducing our Spotlighted Author: Howard Wiggins

Please read the interview and ask our famous interior designer some questions to help make your home costly mistake free!

Fran Lewis

 

 

Fran. What made you go into interior design?

Howard. My father was Little Roy Wiggins on the Grand Ole Opry. He was out of town often. So, my mother hired an interior designer to completely re-do our house. I was around nine years old when he decorated my bedroom in the colors of black, brown, coral and cream. Those are still my favorite colors today. And, I have always favored those colors for myself.

Fran. What can readers learn from your book?

 

Howard. How to think like an interior designer and how to logically approach the design of a room that will keep you from making costly mistakes and have a room that you will enjoy forever or, reflects your personal style. You may decide after reading the book, that interior design is more complicated than you think and will require the expertise of a design professional.

 

Fran. What are the basic needs of a living room on a budget?

Howard. The answer to the question can be approached in various ways. First, if the floor plan. Everyone sits in a ten foot square. My book mentions how you can take four pieces of furniture comprised of a sofa, a pair of chairs and one odd chair. There are 144 different ways that these four pieces of furniture can be arranged. This doesn’t mean all 144 ways will work in your room, but, several will always work in anyone’s room.

 

Second, is to choose your rug or sofa fabric before choosing all paint colors. Once, you have chosen your sofa or rug, that directs you to what colors you are going to choose for your paints.

 

Third, is balance, textures and proportion all apply to accessorizing.

 

Fran. If you redecorate this living room, what pieces should remain or should you take a picture of the room and decide what stays and what looks dated?

 

Howard. This is where you may need professional help. Because professionals know the trends and they know what is timeless and they know how to add pieces to update your room.

 

Fran. Why is it not always right to buy trendy items?

 

Howard. There is nothing wrong with trendy items. The secret to it is that you don’t want to go overboard with any trend. Example: Animal prints have always been a classic but, there was a period in time when everyone was doing monkeys, palm trees and animal print fabrics everywhere. That was going overboard. A touch of any of these things in small doses has always been in style.

 

Fran. What are the basics that every living room must have? Why is the sofa the most important element when choosing?

 

Howard. The basics are the same in every room. Function, lighting, balance, texture and scale. The sofa determines the direction the room will take. Example: If it casual or formal? Is it a print or is it a solid? Is it a lounging type sofa or a conversational type sofa?

 

Fran. According to you, white walls and trim are not the way to go. What is your reasoning?

Howard. I only use white to balance off of white which is already in the room, such as a white sofa, white accents in a rug, or in a number of accessories using white. Otherwise, all colors are complemented by other colors. White is the absence of all color, therefore, it over powers all other colors. You only see white, unless it is balanced with colors that are very strong, bold or bright. This is an example of a balance of color rather than a complement to color. Throughout history, trim never was in white. The use of white trim and walls came into play when, after WW2, soldiers returned home and there was a shortage of housing and, this was a cheap, fast way to build the homes. And, since white is noncommittal, anyone could easily change it to whatever they wanted. Since white is void of color, it would neither complement or fight with what they had. It was just considered a basic neutral.

 

Fran. What should someone do if they live in an apartment or co-op and are not given a choice of wall and ceiling colors?

Howard. They should buy an 8 x 10 area rug or sofa in the style and color or colors that they love and should not consider white a color. White is a neutral. The rug and sofa does not need to have white in it, unless the person specifically wants it.

 

Fran. When are area rugs appropriate?

 

Howard. Definitely and always on wood, tile, or any hard surface floor. The rug will soften and anchor the room down.

 

Fran. Why do you need a good floor plan before you even begin decorating?

Howard. Based on traffic flow, you may need two sofas as opposed to one, or, four chairs and no sofa. Then you will know how to shop correctly.

 

Fran. Where are the best places to shop for a sofa and how do you determine what size and shape it should be?

Howard. Based upon the longevity of your sofa, price is going to be a determining factor. At today’s prices, a $2,000.00 or less priced sofa is not going to last more than 10 years in a heavily used area, such as a family room. Always shop at a high end store first, even if it is above your price range, and get educated, so that you know what you can afford and what to look for in a good sofa.

 

Size, as we discussed earlier, is determined by floor plan and shape is determined by what you love and what is comfortable to you.

 

Fran. Where do you position end tables and lamps in a room?

Howard. Your floor plan tells you whether you need end tables or a sofa table in the room. The arm height of your chairs and sofa determine the height of your tables. You do not want a heavy lamp on a skinny table or, a skinny lamp on a heavy table, or a tall lamp on a tall piece or, a short lamp on a short piece. Example: A short end table requires a taller lamp. And a tall chest requires a short lamp. Regarding lamps, you need to have an even balance of light throughout the room.

 

Fran. Explain why family shrines or knickknacks do not belong in a living room.

 

Howard. Items that have special meaning to you but not your guests, should be used in a more private setting such as a bedroom or hallway. The exception would be something such as a portrait, artistically rendered, that would be worthy of hanging, even if the subject were not related to you.

 

Small knickknacks make a room look cluttered unless grouped together and displayed at different elevations in order to be perceived as a whole.

 

Fran. What advice would you give to a new homeowner before they decorate and after they create a floor plan? What do they do if they have a limited budget?

 

Howard. The advice is the same for both. Follow the three rules. Create a floor plan first, always. Then purchase your largest items, that you love. Thirdly, buy other items that complement the larger items that you have already bought. In my book I give an example of wearing cowboy boots with a bow tie and swim trunks. I can like all of those items but, they don’t complement each other.

 

Always start buying your most expensive, large items first. You can always wait to buy other things later. It’s better to live without than to have the wrong things. What you base your whole room on, which are the larger items such as a sofa or rug, determine the direction your room will take.

 

Get one room finished completely before proceeding on to the next. One decision determines the next.

 

Fran. Why buy quality furniture and accessories?

 

Howard. Because you get what you pay for. A $1,500.00 sofa will last you fifteen years or longer. A $500.00 sofa will last five years or less, so, it’s the same price in the long. You want to start with a quality level, investing in pieces that you can build upon. that will give continuity to the look of the room throughout rather than starting over. You do not want to start your decorating from scratch every ten years. It take a lifetime to acquire a certain look that reflects your personal style.

 

Fran. What are the 7 mistakes people make in decorating?

Howard. Monotony. You don’t want your house to match throughout because it becomes boring and dated.

 

Heirlooms are another mistake. Your parents bought furniture according to their need and tastes and not yours. Don’t feel obligated to use these items unless it fills your needs and wants.

 

Like versus Love. As discussed earlier, you buy items that complement the big items that you love, not what else you love. You are going for the overall continuity and feel to the room.

 

Too small. It’s better to have a few big items that make a statement than to have a lot of little items that make the room look like a doll house.

 

Shopping for fun. That cute item that made you laugh at the store is not cute when you have to look at it 365 days out of the year. If you want to shop for fun, shop for yourself and don’t take it out on your home.

 

Bargain hunting. It is only a bargain if you would have bought it even if it were not at a good price.

 

Family pictures. These are not the only answer to decorating a wall or table. There are other items that can enhance your room with color and size and texture that would reflect more of your personal style and taste, as well as, better complement their surroundings.

 

Fran. What are the three basic steps to success?

 

Howard. Complete one room at a time, in order to establish continuity to the feel of your surroundings and to keep the quality level intact. Being able to allocate the necessary funds to furnish your home at the same quality level as the house that you spent big money on. Not becoming comfortable and immune to the mistakes and shortcomings of your home which would out date it, as well as, keep it from progressing to the next level of refinement.

 

Fran. When did you begin your career as a designer?

 

Howard. I originally thought I wanted to become a veterinarian. After a year of schooling in this discipline, I decided that wasn’t for me. I called my parents and told them that I was miserable. My mother suggested that I might want to study at the O’More School of Design because she knew I had an appreciation of beautiful things. The rest is history.

 

Fran. Besides your book, where else can you refer to the work that you have done and to other articles that you have written?

Howard. Everything I do and every article written about me or that I write gets posted onto my website which is www.HearthstoneInteriorDesign.com.

 

Fran. Tell everyone about your company.

 

Howard. My company is unique, because we don’t have a store front, therefore, I’m not trying to sell items from my store that I picked to my clients. We prefer to go to the resources that best suit the client’s needs, taste and budget. This way, we can also quickly place the items together as a whole, in the room, before collecting money, so that the client sees the total effect. By doing it this way, instills in our client, confidence in the end result.

 

Fran. What is next for you as an author?

Howard. From the beginning, my business plan has always been to write interior design articles and write a book to establish my name. The next thing I would like to do would be to host or become a regularly featured guest a TV show. I would also like to design my own furniture line, eventually.

 

If I were to write another book, it would be entirely different from the one I have already written. It would be based on the consequences of clients not listening to sound professional advice, written in a humorous way.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me. Many successes to you as an interior designer and author. Fran Lewis

 

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