Living: Vanguards Of Design, '80s-Style

Drive-up decorators streamline an old obstacle course

Tired of last year's tubular furniture? Depressed by dreary drapes, bent blinds, avocado wallpaper and grease-stained cushions? Embarrassed when splayed rattan furniture leaves your guests bleeding? Yes, but you have neither the time nor patience to tackle the job?

Well, there is help. Just make a quick phone call, and a compact van, stocked with thousands of solutions, will arrive at your door. A driver- decorator (98% are women) will survey the immediate problems and analyze whether your inclinations are in the formal, casual, transitional or luxurious mode. Then, presto! Out from the van can come decks of fabric swatches, wheels...

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