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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2008

    Big, Beautiful book

    House Beautiful The Home Book: Creating a Beautiful Home of Your Own, by Carol Spier, is a lovely book to look through and a it is filled with really helpful information. In the introduction, Spier writes: "The Home book is a guide that will help you find, define and articulate the interior design that will make you happy." To that end, the book is filled with advice on how to personalize your home for you.<BR/><BR/>The book is loaded with gorgeous photographs that help you understand the design progress.<BR/><BR/>The book is divided into three parts:<BR/><BR/>* Understanding Your Home<BR/>Takes into consideration the site, architecture and layout. There are lots of interviews with architects and designers throughout. Additional goodies are "top 10" lists from designers and loads of practical tips.<BR/><BR/>* Elements of Design<BR/>Asks which designs makes us most happy. Suggestions abound, like making a clipping file of favorite rooms. Information on lighting, ambiance, walls, floors and much more.<BR/><BR/>* Design Room by Room<BR/>Each room is discussed and the elements from the previous chapters are pulled in. I liked this very much, as it is a practical way to understand the previous chapters.<BR/><BR/>The appendix includes the 7 essentials to create a beautiful home: a vision, good communication, sources, decision making, organization, time, and money.<BR/><BR/>The book contains enough information to decorate yourself--or to know how to hire a designer to get the look you want.<BR/><BR/>I liked everything about this book except for one aspect--it does not address anything green. However, there are lots of green home books available, and I suggest HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT:BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET to learn green and beautifying tips and BETTER BASICS for green cleaning tips.<BR/><BR/>In fact...I've decided to buy reusable tote bags and stuff them with all three books for my friends and family for the holidays!<BR/><BR/>Highly recommend The Home Book!

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Comprehensive and Extremely Helpful

    This is a very well-organized book for anyone seeking ideas, inspiration, or practical advice as they plan an interior renovation project. There is advice and ideas organized by room, and this advice covers materials, colors, furnishing styles, and sources. There are hundreds of color photographs and almost as many shots of beautiful rooms. Also, you can make the book itself a part of your interior design: it is beautiful and large (coffee-table size).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    "The Home Book"

    "The Home Book" is a great book to have or to give as a gift. So glad I bought - great ideas!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great Book!

    I just took a decorating course and when I saw this book on-line I ordered it for myself. I loved the many ideas and pictures so much that I ordered a second to give as a gift.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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