“Home Repair That Pays Off: 150 Simple Ways to Add Value Without Breaking Your Budget,” by Hector Seda (softcover, Adams Media, 2009, 284 pages, $14.95). Seda — “America’s Home Improvement Coach” — provides “easy-to-do” weekend projects that readers can complete with relative ease by following his step-by-step instructions. These home improvement tasks range from simply correcting a squeaky floorboard to installing new countertops. You’ve invested your money wisely in your house. Now invest your time.
“Style and Substance,The Best of Elle Decor,” by Margaret Russell (hardcover, Filipacchi Publishing, 2009, 240 pages, $45). “Be inspired by the decorating ideas and solutions of the world’s most stylish people,” the back cover of “Style and Substance” encourages, before listing many of those people’s names. Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Lee Radziwill, Donatella Versace, Bill Blass and Vicente Wolf become your interior designers, as do even Sarah Jessica Parker and Madonna.
“The Comfortable Home: How to Invest in your Nest and Live for Less,” by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams (hardcover, Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2009, 224 pages; $35). The authors’ home furnishings have, for years, been “synonymous with relaxed style,” the publisher notes. In their new book Gold and Williams share “insights, experience and practical knowledge” about such topics as color, furnishing small spaces, creating a flow, and finding inspiration from your world.
“Organize Now!” by Jennifer Ford Berry (hardcover, North Light Books, 2008, 240 pages, $14.99). Berry, a professional organizer and speaker, serves up “a week-by-week guide to simplifying your space and your life.” Sometimes, that’s all it takes to get a whole new outlook on what — when it’s clean of clutter — might be just your perfect style of home. “Organize Now!” includes tips, checklists, suggested goals and places to write notes to yourself.
“Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live,” by Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo (hardcover, The Taunton Press, 2009, 330 pages, $32). The Washington Post calls the Susanka “the J.K Rowling of home-design books.” In “Not So Big Remodeling” the best-selling author reveals “small, thoughtful changes” that can help turn “the home you live in” into “the home you love.”