“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.
This a fantastic book for residential interior design. There are many great resources for commercial interiors but not a lot of great content about process etc.. geared toward residential. This book is actually based on best professional practices and processes (yes, there really are such things!). Additionally, the design and visuals of the book are well done. It’s nice to see a book about residential design that isn’t fluff.
This book was a beautiful collection of photos and guidelines about residential interior design. I couldn’t put it down for 2 days — read it from start to finish! It’s a great read for a hobbyist looking to incorporate interior design principles into styling a new home (like myself), but I can easily imagine it being a great resource to even trained interior designers. It’s also an excellent coffee table book and great conversation-starter!
This book is excellent. It breaks down each element of design, taking you through the thinking processes of expert interior designers. The book is extremely comprehensive and offers its suggestions in short and to-the-point segments. I bought this book for my mother as her house was destroyed in Hurricane Harvey and she wanted some design help as she hasn’t had to design a house in 25 years. She’s not confident about her design skills, but I think this will be helpful for her because of the way the book slowly walks you through every element of interior design.
- 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
I am a total fan girl of Joanna, but this book left for more to be desired. Of course the spaces were beautiful but the book was more of a picture book / sample of Joanna’s work than a guide. Yes there were a few pointers for each of the rooms, things to consider, but definitely far less than I expected from my experience with other style books. I would wait for this book to be available at your local library, instead of buying it.
I just received my copy and obviously have not read it cover to cover, but I can already tell this is a great book. First off, the quality is incredible. It makes a beautiful coffee table book and will look just as nice sitting on your bookcase. The pages are matte and not glossy, (no glare) which makes it easier to really study the images and capture the true sense of the shot. Joanna encourages you to study the pictures to help you uncover your personal style and what you gravitate towards. This book really makes a wonderful gift. As for the content of the book itself, we’ll, what can I say? It’s also incredible. I love, love, love the format and how she divides the book according to different rooms in your house: Living, dining, entry, bedrooms.. etc. Each room has a short troubleshooting section where she describes common pitfalls that keep it from looking it’s best. The book also gives plenty of examples to help you narrow down your design style. The most unique thing about Homebody has to be the fold-out design template at the back of the book. The purpose of the design template is to help you put your plan into action. She describes how to use the template to help you identify trouble areas, sketch the basic layout of your space, and develop your action plan. There’s even a link so you can print additional templates as needed!! Joanna thought of everything. This book is different from other design books because it isn’t just filled with pretty pictures, it truly is a guide to creating a space you love. Again, I just quickly skimmed through the book, but I am thoroughly impressed and can’t wait to really sit down with it and put her suggestions to work!