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Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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What I did get was a lot of fluff--- wasted space made up of glossy photos of Nate (barefoot on his couch, hailing a cab in the city, at the flea market), empty statements like "Candles and soaps are wonderful luxuries, indulge!" and really common sense tips like 1) keep kids stuff organized in easy to reach places 2)use pretty boxes/baskets to stow away your stuff, 3) if you want open cabinets in your kitchen make sure you keep them organized.....etc. etc.
For the size of the book I was expecting more before and afters, and a lot more how-tos. The photos were beautifully done, but too many of them were of Nate and not of interiors.
Some of the makeover projects featured inside I recognized from O at Home magazine. Nate claims to have "too many makeovers to include in the book" and yet rehashes some of the same ones that were already featured in magazine spreads!
Overall, I came away with nothing from this book other than a sense that Nate Berkus is hugely overrated.
Stick to reading the occasional design magazine and you'll be in much better shape.
* Nice blend of a kind of contemporary/modern traditional style
* Large font is easy to read
* Nice photography
* Like his color combination choices (not too out there or garish)
* MAJOR PROBLEM FOR ME: The "Before" and "After" pictures often did not gibe.
The "After" pictures were almost consistently of a different viewpoint than the "Before" pictures. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what area of the room the "After" picture was shot. On page 68, the "Before" picture shows two window on each side of a narrow wall with a picture. The left window is next to a counter/bar area. The "After" photo shows a room with one window. Is it the same wall or another wall in the room? I honestly could not tell, the bar isn't in the photo and there is part of a chaise in the "After" picture.
* "After" pictures missing a "Before" picture or vice versa. On page 52, the "After" picture shows a beautiful room with a window...there is no "Before" picture.
* Very little explanation of how and what he did to get to the "After" product. On page 99, there is a "Before" and "After" of a kitchen. The "After" description says, "Wallpapering the cabinet's recessed door panel gave...a custom decorative touch". The "Before" pictures do not show recessed door panels! Did they put in new cabinet doors?Read more ›
A book that I have found helpful is The Organizing Sourcebook by Kathy Waddill. She emphasizes making an honest analysis of who you are, where you are in life (new job? new mother? just moved?) and how you live, and taking these factors into account when you try to re-organize or redecorate (don't try to pretend you are Kirstie Alley or Oprah...)
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Excellent guide about the rules of home and I really love the questions while thinking about the room, they are very helpful.Published 11 months ago by Evgenia Semashko
Its pretty basic on colors. Did not find it too helpful. I have come up with better decorating ideas!Published 14 months ago by Jennifer