Everyone wants to live in a place that feels comfortable, inviting and pleasing to the senses. But not everyone has the gift for interior design. If you are one of those people and want to learn more, Sophie Donelson’s book, “House Beautiful Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs” may help. Donelson, editor of House Beautiful magazine, offers tips on what to add to a room to take it from ordinary to extraordinary. The hardback, published last month, includes beautiful photographs of all types of homes, cottages and apartments that illustrate Donelson’s eight points to intriguing design. From the front porch to the dining room, Donelson shows how taking a risk with color, texture or a statement piece can create a room that makes others say, “wow!” The photographs alone will spark a desire to start shopping for that perfect accent piece. Readers will find inspiration, if not courage, to restyle a room that’s gone stale. Published by Abrams Books ($35), www.abramsbooks.com. Also available at Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
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