December 2021 MBR The Interior Design Shelf

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Jan 1, 2022, 4:01:38 PMJan 1
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Cozy White Cottage Seasons
Liz Marie Galvan
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781400224555, $27.00, HC, 240pp

Synopsis: With the publication of "Cozy White Cottage Seasons: 100 Ways to Be Cozy All Year Long ", do-it-yourself interior designer and popular blogger Liz Marie Galvan helps you to create space to snuggle up, stretch out, or kick back at home so that you can focus on what matters most during the holidays and every day. Following the popularity of "Cozy White Cottage", Liz Galvan's "Cozy White Cottage Seasons" is a beautiful, full-color photography holiday lifestyle book packed from cover to cover with easy-to-do, practical tips to make any home a welcome haven from New Year's to spring, summer, fall, and all the way through Christmas.

"Cozy White Cottage Seasons" covers: Creating cozy celebrations, traditions, and memories indoors and out; Repurposing furniture and decor for every season; Cultivating your flair for vintage, modern, farmhouse, or a unique style all your own; Designing a hot cocoa bar --and making other seasonally cozy recipes; Storing and manage holiday clutter. In addition, "Cozy White Cottage Seasons" is enhanced for the DIY enthusiasts with fun ideas to celebrate and decorate for: Christmas; Thanksgiving; Halloween; Fourth of July; Father's Day and Mother's Day; Easter; Valentine's Day -- and so much more!

Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated with full color photography throughout, "Cozy White Cottage Seasons: 100 Ways to Be Cozy All Year Long" is a delight to simply browse through and an ideal resource for interior re-designing and holiday decorating ideas. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and community library Home Decorating & Interior Designing instructional reference collections, it should be noted for the DIY enthusiast that "Cozy White Cottage Seasons: 100 Ways to Be Cozy All Year Long" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).

Editorial Note: A cozy enthusiast living in an 1800s farmhouse, Liz Marie Gaven's design tips and wisdom have been featured on the TODAY show, Better Homes and Gardens, and Country Living. With decorating tips, fun family traditions, and doable ways to make your home inviting in every season, Liz helps you create a beautiful living space and a grateful heart all year long.

Feels Like Home
Marian Parsons
Worthy Publishing
9781546015833, $28.00, HC, 304pp

Synopsis: Most of us don't live in a dream home that was custom built to suit our tastes. We have to work with a house that brings its own style, quirks, and personality to the table. But imagine walking into this house, but it's perfectly designed and decorated with your style in mind -- a home that fits you like a well-tailored outfit and yet is as comfy as your favorite pair of pajamas. What would that home look like exactly? How would it feel to live in a home styled specifically for you?

The truth is, every home should feel like a custom home and not have to break the bank. In "Feels Like Home: Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours", DIY makeover queen and interior design expert Marian Parsons (a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed) teaches you what she's learned over the years, sharing budget-friendly practical tips that will inspire you to change your space from "blah" to beautiful, from a builder-grade to character-rich home. Each chapter will guide you through detailed, easy-to-implement tutorials for projects, makeovers, decorating ideas, and tips for handling common challenges.

Special note-taking spaces are also included for recording your own design ideas. Room by room, you will be empowered to transform your house into the home of your dreams!

Critique: Profusely illustrated throughout, exceptionally well organized, thoroughly 'user friendly' in commentary and presentation, "Feels Like Home: Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Interior Design instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Feels Like Home: Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours" is readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781668600337, $40.00, CD).

Editorial Note: Marian Parsons started Mustard Seed Interiors in 2008, as a way to earn extra money for groceries. What started out as a one-woman decorative painting and mural business evolved into an antiques business that tripped into a blog and blossomed into a successful international brand. Marian wanted to advertise her fledgling business, but also wanted to connect with like-minded readers and other DIY/Home bloggers. The decision was made early on to turn her blog into a valuable resource, filled with tutorials, practical advice, encouragement and a dose of reality. Some of the blog series cover making slipcovers, painting furniture, before & after inspiration, and decorating tips & tricks. While the focus has been on the home, the heart of this blog has always been providing encouragement and inspiration to women in the areas of decorating, homemaking, and creative endeavors.

Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living
Joe Beath, author
Elizabeth Price, author
Colin Chee, creator
Smith Street Books
9781922417213, $40.00, HC, 296pp

Synopsis: What does the future of urban living look like? in the profusely illustrated pages of "Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living" award-winning interior designers Joel Beath and Elizabeth Price explore this question drawing inspiration from a diverse collection of apartment designs, all smaller than 50 square meters/540 square feet. Through the lens of five small-footprint design principles and drawing on architectural images and detailed floor plans, "award-winning designers" examine how architects and designers are reimagining small space living.

Full of inspiration that professionals and non-professional can each apply to their own particular spaces (and originating from an idea for the book by architect Colin Chee), "Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living" offers hope and inspiration for a future of our cities and their citizens in which sustainability and style, comfort and affordability can co-exist.

"Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living" proves living better doesn't have to mean living larger.

Critique: A veritable compendium of superbly photographed and presented ideas, "Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living" is a thoughtful and thought-provoking browse that is both inherently fascinating and of practical inspiration for what can be accomplished in limited living spaces -- especially in urban dwellings and rural small cottage settings. Simply stated, "Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living" is especially recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Interior Design instructional reference collections.


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