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2011 - Volume 2 Issue 1
Casas Bonitas
Design Library
Reviews: Elisa Guerra
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Not So Big House:
A Blueprint For the Way We Live

 -By Susana Susanka,
  with Kira Oblensky
 -Cover Photo by George Heinrich

  ISBN-10: 9781561581306
  ISBN-13: 978-1561581306

    Both of these reviewed books are available from and booksellers everywhere.
Nearly a quarter-million people bought this ground-breaking book when it was published in the fall of 1998. Since then, the book’s simple message—that quality should come before quantity—has started a movement that’s changing the way people think about the American home. Homeowners now know to expect more. And the people responsible for building our homes clearly understand the message. Architects and builders around the country report clients showing up with dog-eared copies of The Not So Big House, pages marked to a favorite section.

In The Not So Big House, Sarah Susanka gives homeowners the language they need to ask for what they want: a house that values quality over quantity and that emphasizes comfort, beauty and a high level of detail.

The Nest Home Design Handbook:
Simple ways to Decorate

 -By Carley Roney
 -Photography by Ellen Silverman

  ISBN-10: 0307341917
  ISBN-13: 978-0307341914

Today I am recommending not just a book, but a handbook in which you can splatter a little paint on the cover because this book will work alongside of you every step of the way.

When it’s time to update the interior of your home, do you feel slightly less confident? Do you find yourself procrastinating about starting your much needed interior projects? Most of us do and even those that know what they love and know exactly how they are going to arrange their new interior space. This book works to pull you out of that confined space of intimidation and tempts you to trust your instincts, motivates you to create a plan and a budget; helps you to incorporate your style and personality; and above all, this book gives you a place to start and the core elements that you’ll need so that you can enjoy the process.

If you still find that reinventing your home is just a little too much to tackle alone, this book offers great tips on choosing the right plumber, painter, carpenter, contractor and electrician. So get to it, your home is waiting! ///
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