Design Guides 1.0
As I mentioned in Design Discovery until you’ve figured out what your design style is browsing shelter magazines and design books and blogs are great ways to figure out what you like and don’t like. Just know that your taste will continue to evolve and you can always make changes if you try something and decide you don’t like it.
The first book I recommend is ELLE DECOR Style and Substance because it has beautiful photography of various types of interior styles. Do not feel intimidated by the homes featured, very few of us live that way, the book is suppose to inspire you, so look for ideas that will work in YOUR home.
The MARTHA STEWART Homekeeping Handbook should be in the library of all new homeowners. I give this book to family and friends as a hostess gift because it’s very useful. How many times have you gone to the home improvement store, purchased everything you needed for a weekend project, and then got home and had no clue where to start? Or you paid a contractor $100 when it took him 5 minutes to repair something? Don’t you just hate that? Well, this manual will save you time and money. It pretty much answers any conceivable question that can come up–lamps, linens, pest control, wall repair–it’s all there, and the advice is easy to follow and understand.The DOMINO Book of Decorating is great for new homeowners because it offers decorating advice with a sense of reality. The book offers ways to decorate by mixing high with low, how to measure for curtains and explains which tables and chairs can be mixed together for the best effect. Written by the editors of Domino magazine, its destined to become a collector’s item.
I never saw an episode of Queer Eye and THOM FILICIA was not on my design radar until I saw photos of the home he designed for Jennifer Lopez in Vogue Living. I apparently dosed off again because I missed the launch of Thom Filicia Style, but I have now arrived at the Filicia party and Thom’s book is full of useful design information for new homeowners as well.
BUNNY WILLIAMS is one of the best interior designers in America and her book An Affair with a House is inspiring. Ms. Williams takes us through her rescue of an 18th century New England manor house that she and her husband refurbished in brilliant detail. The book’s step-by-step approach will inspire you to tackle your design projects with gusto.
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