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Making Your Home Your Greatest Pleasure,
This review is from: Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You'll Love (Hardcover)
Making your home your greatest pleasure is a luxury we all need to indulge. Small luxuries, big dividends. Good sheets, plush towels, down pillows, and fine soaps make you feel pampered. Splurge on the highest quality you can afford, one special purchase at a time. Nate Berkus, "Home Rules"
Nate Berkus was born in California and moved to Illinois with his decorator mother. He knew at an early age that he had the talent for design. He began at a young age by moving and placing furniture with his mother's direction. He graduated from Lake Forest College, and took a job with an auctioneer, and then on to an internship in Paris where he really developed his love for decoration.
I am redoing my home and this book is invaluable. The book is divided into chapters "Inspirations, Color, Family Rooms, Small Spaces, Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Organizing. At the end of each chapter are Nate's `Home rules"-a simple list to follow. These are ten rules or ten questions or ten statements to ask yourself.
For example in the chapter on"Color",
"Rule number 2:
Try out my rule of four. One color top to bottom can be a bore, two might work, three can be interesting, four adds up to a rich, sophisticated scheme."
You learn how to organize your life and your home. The home rules are but one part of this book that is so helpful. You start to think "outside of the box", which "hue" is you, which look is you, what is your idea of luxury, and creating a grand scheme. How to map and plan your ideal room. What is important to you and to your family? This is a book that lets you know that you do not need a great deal of money to change your home. Color and a few pillows will do wonders. You can move from one area to the next according to your budget. My favorite chapter of all Is "The Bedroom". `'Make the bed luxurious and inviting. Serenity is key. Have lights on dimmers. Make your bed every day. You'll feel accomplished and organized right from the start.
The photography is marvelous. The photographs are colorful, taking you from `before' to `after'; disorganized to the organized; from the simplest colors to the hues of a masterpiece. The principal photography was completed by Fernando Bengoechea, John Bessler, and Francois Dischinger.
This is a book to keep on your coffee table, on your desk, or in your bag. I take mine with me while I am browsing the stores or Lowes, or Home Depot. Where ever you are, look around and take in the sights and colors. Ask questions of your friends or someone whose taste you admire. "Make the business of the day a pure pleasure". Highly recommended. prisrob April 7, 2006