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House Beautiful the Home Book

by Carol Spier

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This is a massive book, physically. Borderline awkward. The actual content is not as substantial. There are many large lovely photos and some very useful advice, but within a fairly narrow (and fairly WASPy) taste range. Perhaps the magazine is equally targeted. The one source of variety is a really nice range of color schemes.


Universally useful bits are the detailed discussions on space -- how many inches you need to leave for getting through a room or pushing out your dining chair or anything else that's so easy to forget or to guess at -- and the repeated paint swatch layouts where various designers discuss their favorite color for a particular purpose. Some rooms do include advice on more economical ways to achieve a similar effect. ( )
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With 464 information-packed pages and more than 500 gorgeous color photos, this book will grace every (perfectly chosen) coffee table...but only after this hardworking guide has been pored through and turned to again and again for practical, usable design insights. The volume begins by taking a hard look at the bones of the house: its site, light, and layout. Armed with those basics, youll know which elements you can improve, and how to work around those that cant be changed. From there, develop an overall decorating concept based on theme, color, furnishings, wall and floor coverings, and accessories - each aspect of design receives detailed coverage. Finally, go through the house room by room to see what remarkable transformations you can achieve in every space, from the entryway to the home office, the kitchen to the foyer.… (more)

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