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The Nest Home Design Handbook: Simple ways to decorate, organize, and personalize your place Paperback – May 6, 2008

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About the Author

Carley Roney is the editor in chief of the hip lifestyle website TheNest.com, and cofounder of the world's favorite wedding brand, TheKnot.com. She is the author of ten books from The Knot and The Nest and appears regularly on Oprah, Today, and The View.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307341917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307341914
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can only speak on behalf of myself, who is a completely clueless when it comes to decorating a home! I have always lived with others in apartments or school dorms, so I never had a say on home decor. Now, in the process of buying my first home, I am completely lost as to how to decorate it and what to buy! I love entertaining and I love having visitors over. I love color and I love beautiful furniture... if it wasnt for this book, I'm sure I would have gotten tons of different focal points and tons of splashes of color (I was color deprived when I was young!). This book helps you organize your thoughts mentally, and helps when you are starting off with a clean canvas. I say it's helpful for the clueless because it is of tremendous help to me (very clueless!). I'm not sure how helpful it will be if you already have ideas about home decorating! It's also pretty modern (I'm 24) if that is the direction you are looking towards.

The last section is also really cool! It has a floor grid and cut-out furniture pieces and a checklist that I can't wait to play around with!
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I purchased this book because I wanted some unique ideas in an easy to read format and sure enough, this is what I was given!!! I love it!!! It is FULL of pictures which makes it easy for my husband to flip through and say like it/hate it....and that brings a huge grin to my face ;-) Oh, we relocate every three to four years (nope, not a military family) and we ALWAYS have new places and spaces. This gives great advice on using what you have and really adding speacial pieces.
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This book is perfect for the beginning home owner or renter who doesn't know where to begin in making decisions about how to decorate their home. The book has material you can't find elsewhere on layout, types of sofas, chairs, beds, rooms etc. The rooms are contemporary, up-to-date and fresh.

The book has useful charts and questionnaires which will help the reader in decision-making and it's very clear and easy to read. It's a wonderful springboard to begin to articulate your personal style. I teach a class on interior design through continuing education and find the book very useful for students as an introduction to a complex subject like interior design.
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We're purchasing our first home and I felt overwhelmed at the prospect of designing every room from scratch but this wonderful book inspired me to embrace the entire project, including painting walls. It's elementary, the Nest Home appears to be geared toward newly marrieds, but for those like me who need a refresher on the basics, this works!
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The very best thing about this book is that many people of differing budgets, tastes and ideas can use it. Also, if you have strong color preferences, you can go over the color pictures again and again with your fellow householders. Many of these home decorating books hits the other extremes. They are either for someone with an enormous budget or they are for someone who personally has the skills to gut and renovate from top to bottom on a matchstick budget. This book fits the rest of us.

If you are shy about color or modern furniture, I think this book will be good for you. It reflects the way a modern person lives. For one, today's person has to be more easily able to move their furniture around than people once did, The people who had all that heavy furniture were born and died in the same town, usually in the same house. We are a lot more mobile. Since the Nest also has its own website which carries through on all of these topics, you can view the book as a launching pad and then take up permanent residence on the website.

If you are a professional in this field, this is not the book for you. It is not aimed at a decorator audience.

Visit my blog with link given on my profile page here or use this phonetically given URL (livingasseniors dot blogspot dot com). Friday's entry will always be weekend entertainment recs from my 5 star Amazon reviews in film, tv, books and music. These are very heavy on buried treasures and hidden gems. My blogspot is published on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
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This book is fine if you are only interested in spare modern or contemporary design. If that look turns you off completely you need to find another source of inspiration. Rather than a nest, the photos seemed wholly bare and spare, with no coziness, warmth or owner personality in evidence.
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I recently checked this book out from the library. I love it soo much I plan on
buying it in the near future. The book is laid out in a very easy to read way. Its almost like a hybrid between a book and a magazine. The part that made me want to buy it the most was the quick easy vocabulary with images, which will really come in handy as I am just starting to memorize the basics. These include things like carpet types: cut and loop, cut pile, exc. Most popular chairs with a brief history, kitchen cabinet fronts, countertop materials and triangle layouts. Another fun thing I found was it tells you how far your couch should sit from your tv depending on its size. All and all this book is a great book that holds a lot of information without being complicated.

On the other hand I'm not sure I agree with the name "home design", because in the design field things are MUCH more technical then this book talks about. It really is to just give the average homeowner an idea about some of the things designers do, not necessarily how to do them. Don't worry though, the majority of the book is about decorating, which anyone can do.

I hope all of that made sense. :)
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