Beautiful, informative, and inspirational, this book answers the challenge of how to turn any large space into a warm, inviting home rich with personal style. While many people want large living spaces, few realize the challenges they present–such as high ceilings, long hallways, and double-height rooms–until they’re face-to-face with them. This well-illustrated resource (200 full-color photographs) is packed with expert tips and techniques on how to meet the challenges of a large space.
Founding editor of To the Trade, a resource magazine for interior design professionals, Gould here offers an overall planning guide on how to make large rooms more inviting and livable. She discusses the overall planning of new construction, from how to work with architects and designers to landscaping, so that the proportions of the design elements will be right from the start, whether in an add-on or a new construction. She then describes how to use color, floor coverings, wall coverings, furniture, and decorative accessories to make the space cozy, illustrating her points with color photographs. Advice from a number of interior designers and architects is included, along with sidebars on how to use feng shui. However, little information is given on safety or universal design, as found in Terence Conran’s The Ultimate House Book (reviewed above), nor is much thought given to modern lifestyles or environmental concerns, as found in Sarah Susanka’s The Not-So-Big House. Recommended for libraries whose patrons are faced with the challenge of decorating McMansions. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.