From Italian Modern to Mid-century Modern to Sixties Style, a home can be a chameleon with The Abrams Guide to Period Styles for Interiors (Oct., $40) by Judith Gura, with illustrations by David Perrelli. On the other hand, if movie stars should call the shots, the homes of Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, John Travolta and 24 other celebrities dazzle on the pages of Hollywood at Home (Nov., $40) by Architectural Digest, edited by Paige Rense. Peggy Landers Rao and Len Brackett tell how to move the setting to the U.S. in Building the Japanese House Today (Oct., $40), which has photos by Aya Brackett. Twenty-five edifices from South Carolina to New Mexico are illustrated in The American Townhouse (Nov., $45) by Kevin Murphy, with photos by Radek Kurzaj. Modern American Houses: Fifty Years of Design in Architectural Record (Oct., $50), edited by Clifford A. Pearson, is a revised and expanded edition.
Linda Cobb, aka The Queen, collects her first three books in an omnibus edition entitled How the Queen Cleans Everything: Handy Advice for a Clean House, Cleaner Laundry and a Year of Timely Tips (Feb., $TBA).
Floor plans, decorative examples and handy tips applicable to all styles and budgets can heal what ails a troubled living space, thanks to Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure (Apr., $14 paper) by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. Home repair tips characterize the Home Repair is Homicide mystery series by Sarah Graves, whose latest is Nail Biter (Jan., $22). Setting up home in Morocco is an unexpectedly arduous adventure recounted by Tahir Shah in The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca (Feb., $22).
Trendsetting homes celebrate their prominence in Domesticities: At Home with The New York Times Magazine (Nov., $40) by Pilar Viladas. Five basic principles make ordinary rooms extraordinary with the help of Jamie Drake’s New American Glamour (Nov., $45) by Jamie Drake, with principal photography by William Waldron. Already a presence on Lifetime and A&E, Katie Brown will launch her third program early next year, but this fall, she publishes Katie Brown’s Weekends: Making the Most of Your Two Treasured Days (Oct., $30), which has photos by Paul Whicheloe. James Grayson Trulove focuses on primary materials in a new series, the first of which is The New Wood House (Sept., $40). Mick Hales’s photos accompany Michael Henry Adams’s text in a reprint of Style and Grace: African Americans at Home (Jan., $19.95 paper).
Some of the most respected contemporary architects in the world are featured in New Apartments (Nov., $50) by Ana G. Canizares. Life can be a moveable experience or a stationary one according to Airstream Living (Nov., $29.95) by Bruce Littlefield, with photos by Simon Brown. No need to travel anywhere for that luxurious relaxation because of the recommendations given by Cristina Paredes in Spas for Your Home (Nov., $39.95). McMansions are not the fashion in 25 Houses Under 3,000 Square Feet (Dec., $39.95) by James Grayson Trulove. Ecological friendliness is the impetus behind Designing Your Natural Home (Dec., $29.95) by David Pearson. An American icon receives a kindly facelift with Farm Houses: The New Style (Dec., $35) by Neill Heath. Low cost alternatives get a boost from Kit Homes Modern (Dec., $35) by Ima Ebong. Eva Dallo assembles more than 600 different concepts in The Big Book of Interiors: Design Ideas for Every Room (Feb., $39.95). Eva Dallo has also planted her familiar byline on Apartments DesignSource (Mar., $18.95), the latest in the DesignSource series. An overview of the entire porch creation process is just one aspect of Dream Porches and Sunrooms: Designing the Perfect Retreat (Apr., $35) by Michael Snow.
In 1001 Ideas for Trimwork (Oct., $24.95 paper), Wayne Kalyn presents molding profiles and designs to turn any style home into a showplace. Topics covered in Porches and Sunrooms: Planning and Remodeling Ideas (Oct., $19.95 paper) include planning and designing the “outdoor room” to bridge the indoors and outdoors. The Smart Approach to the Organized Home (Nov., $19.95 paper) by Leslie Plummer Clagett teaches homeowners the principles of effective organization and offers solutions to their home storage dilemmas. Deck Designs (Dec., $19.95 paper) offers a comprehensive guide to planning and choosing a deck that enhances the home while also serving the family’s needs. Drywall: Pro Tips for Hanging & Finishing (Oct., $14.95 paper) will teach any reader to install and repair drywall with the confidence of a pro.
CREATIVE PUBLISHING INT’L
From asbestos to accident hazards, homeowners can take preventive action with Creating a Safe & Healthy Home (Dec., $21.95 paper) by Linda Mason Hunter. Extra living spaces are there for the taking, according to Matthew Paymar, who explains it all in IdeaWise Basements & Attics (Jan., $16.95 paper). In the same series is IdeaWise Porches & Sunrooms (Feb., $16.95 paper) by Jerri Farris. RusticGardenProjects (Feb., $18.95 paper) by Dawn King makes use of green, “bark-on” wood. Steve Grooms tells how to find easy ways when Maintaining a Vacation Home (Mar., $19.95 paper). Swags, valances and cornices are just a few of the ideas in The Complete Photo Guide to Window Top Treatments (March, $16.95 paper) by Kathleen Stoehr with Linda Neubauer. Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder (Jan., $19.95 paper) and Black & Decker The Compete Guide to Wood Storage Projects (Apr., $24.95 paper) are the latest in this branded series. Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement (Sept., $34.95) and Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Home Wiring (Nov., $24.95 paper), all four by the editors of CPi, are new editions.
Jacques Garcia: Decorating in the French Style (Sept., $95) by Franck Ferrand is an updated edition of the 1999 work to include Garcia’s latest creations. Anne Bony chronicles designer trends with text and more than 200 photos in Furniture and Interiors of the 1970s (Oct., $90).
An icon of 20th-century taste is the celebrity honored in Albert Hadley: The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer (Oct., $65) by Adam Lewis. A young designer steps up with inspiration and advice in Michael Smith: Elements of Style (Nov., $45) by Michael Smith with Diane Dorrans Saeks.
FAIR WINDS PRESS
Promising that a lot can get accomplished in a limited amount of time, Skye Alexander offers 10-Minute Feng Shui Room-by-Room (Mar., $12 paper), while Jerri Farris presents 10-Minute Home Repairs (Apr., $12 paper).
From HOW books: Cool projects for kids’ furnishings — chairs, tables, nightstand and more — are demonstrated in Turf: It’s Your Space, Build What You Want (Oct., $19.99 paper) by Anthony Garay.
From North Light Books: Ceramic floor and wall tiles and tin ceiling tiles are among the colorful subjects of Handpainted Tiles for Your Home: Over 20 Step-by-Step Projects! (Sept., $24.99 paper) by Diane Trierweiler. Walls, doors and cabinets can be nicely gussied up with the help Patrick Daly provides in Professional Faux Finishes Made Easy: Easy, Do-It-Yourself Techniques for a Beautiful Home (Sept., $24.99 paper). Jeannine Dostal turns to a popular trend with Spectacular Walls! Creative Effects Using Texture, Embellishments and Paint (Oct., $24.99 paper).
From Popular Woodworking Books: Michael Conroy says that you can save 50% or more by using your own hands and following the instructions in his The Complete Guide to Building Your Home for Less: The Ultimate Money-Saving Reference to Constructing or Remodeling Your Home (Dec., $19.95 paper). Chris Gleason covers futons, lamps, dressers and more with Building Real Furniture for Everyday Life: 18 Projects You Can Make in a Day (Jan., $24.99 paper). Pull-out drawings and a DVD are included in Glen Huey’s Guide to Building Period Furniture: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide (Apr., $26.99) by Glen Huey.
Betty Lou Phillips follows an international path as she suggests creating interiors combining elements of English, Swedish, Italian, French and other influences all together in The French Connection (Nov., $39.95). The Gallic touch, however, takes a firm grip on the fundamental approach in Country French Living (Nov., $39.95) by Charles Faudree with M.J. Van Deventer, which has photos by Jenifer Jordan. History, development and landscaping join hands in Courtyards: Intimate Outdoor Spaces (Sept., $39.95) by Douglas Keister. Boat houses, riverside cabins as well as some of the Great Camps are examined by Ralph Kylloe in The Adirondack Home (Nov., $60). Arts & Crafts homes represent a surprisingly wide variety of styles and influences, as evidenced in Beyond the Bungalow (Nov., $39.95) by Paul Duchscherer, with photos by Linda Svendsen. Hosts will find out how to make their visitors particularly comfortable if they follow what Hilary Heminway and Alexander Heminway advocate in Guest Rooms (Oct., $24.95), which has photos by Audrey Hall. Healthfulness, durability and environmentalism receive their due in Redux: Designs That Reuse, Recycle and Reveal (Oct., $29.95) by Jennifer Roberts. Hearths of rustic slate as well as sculptured walls of granite and rounded fieldstones are among the creations illustrated by Alison Shaw’s photos in Stone by Design: The Artistry of Lew French (Sept., $34.95) by Lew French. Sheri Koones profiles 21 sophisticated homes ranging in size from 1344 to 12,700 square feet in Modular Mansions (Sept., $39.95). Using nature’s resources to consume less energy and create less waste is explored by Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte in EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber (Oct., $24.95 paper). Lori Ryker discusses geothermal energy, wind turbines, rainwater collection and more in Off the Grid: Modern Homes + Alternative Energy (Nov., $29.95). Designers from Boston and Chicago to San Francisco and Seattle contribute to Window Dressings: Beautiful Draperies & Curtains for the Home (Apr., $39.95) by Brian Coleman. Simple elegance with a clean modernist edge is the focus of Modern Country: Reinterpreting a Classic Style (Apr., $29.95) by Nancy Igram, text by M.J. Van Deventer and photos by Jenifer Jordan. A customized oasis in virtually any setting is possible with Ultimate Backyard: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living (Apr., $39.95) by Michelle Kodis.
Ho-hum bedrooms can wake up with Country LivingEasy Transformation: Bedrooms (Sept., $24.95) by Janice Easton-Epner. Springing from the same magazine is Country Living: 750 Great Ideas for Decorating on a Budget—Transform Your Home Inside & Out (Sept., $24.95 paper). Many of the most creative professionals in the U.S. reveal insider information in House Beautiful 750 Designer Secrets: Exclusive Design Ideas from the Pros (Sept., $24.95). The popular shelter magazine also gives rise to House Beautiful Small Space Decorating Workshop (Oct., $24.95) by Tessa Evelegh and House Beautiful Your Dream Kitchen (Oct., $24.95) by Liz George. Household confusion gets the heave-ho in Good Housekeeping The Complete Clutter Solution (Oct., $19.95) by C.J. Peterson.
Nate Berkus, now dubbed “The Makeover Man,” makes his debut in bookstores with Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You’ll Love (Nov., $27.95), wherein each chapter visits a different room.
Gretchen Schauffler, color expert and creator of Devine Color paints, informs readers how to maximize the relationship between shades and hues in The Perfect Color: The Black and White Truth (Apr., $19.95t. paper). The book is printed in black-and-white to keep the price down, while consumers are referred to Schauffler’s Web site (www.devinecolor.com) to see actual color combinations at work.
Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book, Newlyweds Edition (Nov., $34.95) includes a 72-page bonus section addressing issues that the new couple face when setting up a household. Whether walls, floors or furnishings need a facelift, Better Homes and Gardens’s Biggest Book of Decorative Painting (Jan., $19.95) tells how to go about achieving a variety of new looks. Brian Santos covers sponging, ragging, combing and color wash in Faux Finish Secrets from Brian Santos (Jan., $19.95 paper). A quartet of new titles from HGTV are Candice Olson on Design by Candice Olson, 6 Steps to Design on a Dime, Curb Appeal and Designed to Sell (Jan., $19.95 each paper).
Furniture arrangement for sensual spaces, soulful lighting, choosing paint colors—these are just a few of the matters taken in hand by Julia Bourland in Twigs: The Go-Girl Guide to Nesting (Oct., $14.95 paper).
An architect’s work—including his design of Knoll’s Tulip Chair, which is still in production—is celebrated in Eero Saarinen (Sept., $75) by Jayne Merkel. Naomi Pollack takes an overview of recent domestic design trends throughout Modern Japanese House (Nov., $75). Many previously unseen sketches, drawings and photos illustrate a diverse range of work in The Furniture of Carlo Mollino (Feb., $75).
Scores of home tasks are addressed by The Experts’ Guide to Life at Home (Oct., $19.95) by Samantha Ettus. Stenciled murals, decoupage, glazes and fabric hangings are just a few of the notions put forth by Linda Barker in Wall to Wall: 100 Great Treatments for Vertical Services (Oct., $30). Those yearning to live just like Jerry Seinfeld or Will and Grace can turn to Sitcom Style: Inside America’s Favorite TV Homes (Nov., $29.95) by Diana Friedman. Welcoming warmth and coziness are twin aims of Winter House (Dec., $50) by Charlotte Moss. Don’t put off getting organized, asserts Christopher Lowell in Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Organization: Unclutter Your Home, Unclutter Your Life (Dec., $19.95 paper). Budgetary considerations inform $500 Room Makeovers (Feb., $22.50 paper) by Lisa Quinn. Decorator/designer Lyn Peterson also enumerates ways to accomplish a great deal without breaking the bank in Lyn Peterson’s Real Life Renovating (Mar., $37.50). Shoshana Berger, editor-in-chief of ReadyMade, and that magazine’s CEO and publisher, Grace Hawthorne, pool their ideas for 50 simple home projects in ReadyMade (Dec., $25).
Let the outdoors in, says David Wilson in 100 Sunrooms (Sept., $19.99 paper). The bathroom is reportedly the most redesigned room in a home, and Holly Harrison and Sarah Lynch are up to the task with Complete Bathroom Design (Sept., $19.99 paper). One can enhance an existing staircase to fit a chosen style, thanks to Stairscaping (Nov., $19.99 paper) by Andrew Karre. Fully-stocked bars and full-size kitchen appliances take a walk on the wilder side in Outdoor Kitchens (Nov., $21.99 paper) by Amanda Lecky.
Accompanied by The Fix-It Club, Dan Ramsey explains how to unstop a toilet, fill a crack in the wall, drain the sludge out of a water heater and so much more in The Home Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips and Advice on Household Maintenance (Apr., $15.95 paper).
READER’S DIGEST BOOKS
Home Plan Collection (Sept., $6.95 paper) gathers more than 350 designs in all sizes and styles, even including plans for garages. Bookcases, display shelves, roll-out pantries and plenty more are detailed in Storage & Shelving Solutions: Over 70 Projects and Ideas That Fit Your Budget, Space and Lifestyle (Jan., $26.95). Casual style supplies the backbone for Relaxed Living Home Plans (Feb., $6.95 paper). All three are by the editors of The Family Handyman magazine. Bill Hylton has revised and updated his Woodworking with the Router: Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use (Mar., $29.95).
A lifetime of contentment and harmony is in store when the flow of energy is properly channelled with Lillian Too’s 168 Feng Shui Ways to a Calm and Happy Life (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Lillian Too. Personalization, privacy and pampering are three goals of Creating Your Dream Bathroom (Nov., $24.95) by Susan Callahan Breen.
From Hamlyn: More than 20 step-by-step projects are outlined by Helen Carey in Weekend Furniture Facelifts: 50 Great Ways to Update Your Furnishings (Oct., $17.95).
From Lark: Even beginners can achieve admirable results, says Jim Widess in The Complete Guide to Chair Caning: Restoring Cane, Rush, Splint, Wicker & Rattan Furniture (Jan., $24.95).
From Sterling/Chapelle: First determine a room’s purpose and then decide upon a desired style with help from Design Is in the Details: Living Spaces (Oct., $24.95) by Brad Mee. Dena Fishbein is host of the DIY series, Embellish This!,and now she collects many of her ideas in Embellish Your Home (Oct., $24.95). A dragonfly and iris desk set, sunshine sunflower footstool and beauty in flight pitcher are three of the results to be obtained through Fabulous Painted Projects for the Home (Oct., $24.95) by the Best of Plaid, Plaid being one of the world’s largest manufacturers of craft supplies. Porch pillows, ribbon roses and floral presentations come easier with Victorian Details: Decorating Tips & Easy-to-Make Projects (Oct., $24.95) by Caroll Shreeve. Anna Corba, April Cornell and Andrea Grossman are among the contributors to Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women (Oct., $24.95) by Jo Packham.
STEWART, TABORI & CHANG
Fresh from her eponymous show on the Style Network, domestic diva Brini Maxwell puts her decorating advice between the covers of Brini Maxwell’s Guide to Gracious Living: Tips, Tricks, Recipes & Ideas to Make Your Life Bloom (Oct., $19.95 paper). It took Bunny Williams 28 years to transform her 18th-century English manor into its ideal style and character, and she relates the process in An Affair with a House (Oct., $55), which she wrote with Christine Pittel.
Study areas, bedrooms and places for play are among the spots that come to the attention of Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Kids’ Spaces (Feb., $19.95 paper). In the same branded series is a second edition of Lowe’s Complete Home Improvement and Repair (Oct., $34.95).
Yes, you can extend your active living space into gardens, patios, porches and elsewhere, say Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susanka in Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home (Feb., $34.95). Jeremiah Eck examines physical and emotional characteristics in The Face of Home: A New Look at House Exteriors (Apr., $40). Making Room: Finding Space in Unexpected Places (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Wendy A. Jordan identifies those nooks and crannies that can be put to good use. Planning for an infant could also include utilizing Babyspace Idea Book (Jan., $14.95 paper) by Suzonne Stirling. Clutter-free living spaces are what Organizing Idea Book (Jan., $14.95 paper) by John Loecke is all about. According to the National Association of Realtors, curb appeal sells nearly half of all houses, hence Curb Appeal Idea Book (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Mary Ellen Polson. Andrew Wormer covers walkways and walls, of course, but also new ways of using stone in gardens and patios in Stonescaping Idea Book (Mar., $14.95 paper). Lee Ann White gathers more than 300 suggestions for creating and decorating properties in Outdoor Living Idea Book (Mar., $19.95 paper).
THAMES & HUDSON
For those who need more space, Phyllis Richardson comes to the rescue with House Plus: Imaginative Ideas for Extending Your Home (Oct., $45). Grant Scott and Samantha Scott-Jeffries demonstrate style to spare in At Home with the Makers of Style (Oct., $45). The Papered Wall: The History, Patterns and Techniques of Wallpaper (Sept., $34.95 paper), edited by Lesley Hoskins, is a second edition.
THREE RIVERS PRESS
Arianne Cohen offers an upbeat guide in Help, It’s Broken: The Fix-It Bible for the Repairing-Impaired (Sept., $11.95 paper). Why not try a little creative chaos? That’s what Josh Amatore Hughes proposes with Punk Shui: Home Design for Anarchists (Apr., $10.95 paper).
From The Crowood Press: Novices and veterans alike can learn from Ceramic & Stone Tiling: A Complete Guide (Mar., $35) by John Ripley. More than 230 color photos and diagrams provide instruction in Driveways, Paths and Patios: A Complete Guide to Design, Management and Construction (Apr., $35) by Tony McCormack.
From Scriptum Editions:The Russian House: Architecture and Interiors (Oct., $55) by Ella Krasmer celebrates eclectic beauty and charm with photos by Andreas von Einsiedel.
Modern Asian Living (Sept., $45) by Wongvipa Devahastin Na Ayudhya draws from Japanese Zen, Thai, Bali and more lifestyles and has photos by Masano Kawana. Michael Freeman photographs many interiors never before depicted in China Style (Oct., $30 paper) by Sharon Leece. Freeman also supplies the photos for India Modern (Oct., $40) and Japan Modern (Oct., $30 paper), the latter by Michiko Rico Nose. 25 Tropical Houses in thePhilippines (Jan., $45) by Elizabeth V. Reyes showcases fresh designs using 21st-century savvy with photos by A. Chester Ong. Text by Gillian Beal and photos by Jacob Termansen set the tone for Tropical Style (Apr., $29.95 paper).
Every room in the house can become a wonder with Celebrating Home: Decorating for the Holidays and Seasons (Sept., $29.95) by Seasons of Cannon Falls. Corrugated cardboard, faux fur, post-it notes and other imaginative components are called upon by Jonathan Fong in Jonathan Fong’s Walls That Wow: Creative Wall Treatments Without Fancy-Schmancy Painting (Oct., $24.95). The internet takes center stage for The eBay Home Makeover: Buying Confidently, Redecorating with Style—The Complete Guide to Transforming Your Home Online (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Alyssa Ettinger. Baby blue, midnight blue, azure, teal, cobalt — these and more are the reasons behind Choosing Blue: Color You Can Live With (Feb., $35) by Stephanie Hoppen, which has photos by Andrea von Einsiedel.
Mundane surroundings can be turned into delightfully macabre Gothic dream houses with Paint It Black (Oct., $15.95) by Voltaire.