Live in style. That’s what most of us want to do.We want our style. Maybe we need a little help in developing a style. Perhaps we’re looking for practical tips for remaking our style. Or, it could be that we just like to keep up on style trends. It’s all stylishly presented on these pages.

“Colin Cowie chic, the guide to life as it should be,” by Colin Cowie (hardcover, Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2007, 272 pages, $30). Colin Cowie’s parties for celebrities, heads of states and royalty made him one of the most sought-after event planners in the world. Here is passionate advice by Cowie — a South African-turned-New Yorker — on etiquette, home design, entertaining and other aspects of living well.

“Can’t Fail Color Schemes,” by Amy Wax (softcover, Creative Homeowner, 2007, 304 pages, $19.95). A handy “take-it-with-you” color guide for both interior and exterior colors, this book shows its stuff with more than 200 photos and more than 200 pages of color schemes. Discussions of what colors work together and why will help readers “create a new look,” the publisher says, “or add zing with color accents.”

“Mary Engelbreit’s Home Sweet Home: A Journey Through Mary’s Dream Home,” by Mary Engelbreit (hardcover, Andrews McMeel, 2004, 144 pages, $34.95). This is Mary Englebreit, room-by-room. “In ‘Home Sweet Home,’ Mary Engelbreit does something she’s never done before,” claims the publisher. “The Queen of Cute throws the doors of her home wide open and invites the reader on a private tour.” You can’t get any cuter than that.

“Perfect Neutrals, Color You Can Live With,” by Stephanie Hoppen, photography by Luke White (hardcover, Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006, 192 pages; $35). In what the publisher calls “a celebration of the revival of color in modern decorating,” the author provides a guide to “using color to breathe life and atmosphere into the home.”

“Thad Hayes, the Tailored Interior,” by Thad Hayes (hardcover, Rizzoli International Publications, 2009, 240 pages, $55). “Spare, luminous, clean, subtle, luxurious, sophisticated, and unpretentious are all words that have been used to describe the work of noted interior designer Thad Hayes,” the publisher says. This book features photographs of the work itself. The images prove the words are accurate.

About The Author

Gary Brown

Gary Brown has written articles and columns for About periodically since the publication’s inception, including pieces on books, recreational sports and historical subjects. A columnist and staff writer for The Repository, Brown enjoys such outdoor pursuits as golfing, sailing, skiing, biking and hiking. An avid student of the arts, he also uses those activities to inspire watercolor paintings.

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