New York School of Interior Design: Home: The Foundations of Enduring Spaces

“An essential text for all students of design . . . [and] inspiration and intel for those simply interested in the art and practice.” –Alexa Hampton, from the foreword

From the nation’s top college for interior design comes a definitive design school in a book and a fabulous reference for decorating the home. In the past decade, New York School of Interior Design, which was founded in 1916, has drawn a large crossover audience of passionate decorating enthusiasts and hobbyists–many of them private homeowners who know that thinking like a professional is the surest way to achieve a magnificent home.
This lavishly illustrated and highly detailed interior design bible provides a comprehensive education on home design and decor, from color theory principles to space-specific considerations (choosing furniture for a living room) and collaborating with architects and other professionals for the best results. Built on the Home Study Course that is the foundation of the school’s curriculum, this book offers an unparalleled mastery of the key elements of enduring design, rendering it the only book you’ll ever need.

Community Review  

  • This book is made to last; meaning, the binding and spine are tight and sturdy. This means that you cannot open this book carelessly: you must open the book and ‘break it in’ with purpose and care, so that the binding and leaves last a lifetime.
    To do this:
    1. Stand the book vertically, with the spine on a flat surface
    2. Open both the front cover and back cover, so that they lie flat
    3. Alternately open a few pages from the front and back, gently pressing along the seam, working your way towards the middle
    4. Work the book in this way a few times, so that the spine expands and opens up. You’ll find it much easier to read after this.
    On another note: this book’s purpose is to TEACH you how to Identify styles and motifs that you enjoy, and is a companion on your journey to figure out what YOU enjoy-it’s an exercise in critical thinking. Yes, the photos are mostly neutral, and you may think that the photos do not have enough color. However, you should not take this as a disappointment for the book. In fact, a congratulations is in order- you succeeded in what the goal of the book was- to teach you to indentify what YOU like and dislike. This isn’t a ‘pick and choose’ catalogue- it’s a textbook. And it’s a fantastic textbook

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