Duvie's not just a cool professional decorator -- she's friend and confidante to her clients. Her hints and advice are in the form of fictionalized anecdotes. The idea is that redecorating can be therapeutic for women with marital and familial upsets: her ""Suddenly Loverless"" friend whose 2:30 A.M. call of distress elicited Duvie's recommendation to forget the man, paint the john; ""Bewildered Bride-to-Be"" Cherry Lee whose color preference conflicted with her fiance's till Duvie reconciled the lovebirds with a compromise scheme; the author herself, a divorcee with the good sense to get rid of the marriage bed and exchange sleeping quarters with her teenage son; the under-thirty husband-hunter for whom Duvie supplied a sensual bathroom, evocative living room, sexy kitchen and a bar; a whole raft of women with extra bedrooms on their hands once their children left for college. Be it said that Duvie Clark has one of the lower sexual consciousnesses on record this year -- every problem concerns pleasing men or living without them. Nevertheless, she writes with humor and an eye to that most important factor of all: ""Price was no object as long as it was cheap.