Furniture designers Gold and Williams's take on home decorating melds contemporary elements with classic design, emphasizing warmth without sacrificing style. The authors fully understand that well-made furniture is an investment, and steer readers toward classic pieces that never look out of place. Using items from their collection, they clearly and succinctly illustrate how to change the look and feel of a room on a budget by rearranging pieces, employing mirrors and slipcovers and balancing a room ""in terms of 'layers.' "" With an eye toward collecting pieces, as opposed to furnishing a room top-to-bottom, Gold and Williams teach readers how they can evolve their own personal style. What could have come across as a tacky advertisement is handled subtly: they refrain from using product names, tucking a short, tasteful company pitch into the final chapter. They even offer tips for flea market shopping, complete with a list of their favorite haunts. Their eye-catching and user-friendly approach to decorating makes Gold and Williams's book a fine, fresh and practical resource for basic room design.