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Home by Design: Transforming Your House Into Home (2005)
by Sarah Susanka
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In Home by Design, Sarah Susanka presents the 30 key design concepts that can be applied to any home - no matter what the style or size. Using 28 of the best designed homes from around the country, Susanka brings these concepts to life with 150 powerful and inspirational examples: from something as simple as placing a rug under a table to renovating a whole second floor. Home by Design shows homeowners a new way to look at their spaces and provides ideas for how to make each home reach its full potential.
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It is a strength because you get the principles in distilled form. This makes it a lot easier to go back to the book when you want to remember what Susanka said about something like "light". In the "Not So Big" books, these principles tended to be more scattered. However, it's also a weakness because it is harder to see how the principles work together. However, the book strikes a good balance overall.
One feature of this book that I enjoyed was the use of modified pictures. The book would present a room and, to illustrate a point, compare it with a modified version which made only a small change (e.g., changing a color, removing a detail). The small change made a big difference in the feel of the room and really helps to illustrate the importance of details.
This book reminds me of the wonderful Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design (my review). If I did not already own that book, I would probably buy this one. And if I owned this one, I probably would not buy that one. (Note: I eventually ended up with both.) ( )