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Best Home and Design Books of the Year

These fiction and nonfiction works resonated with our reviewers.

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By Jura Koncius
Friday, December 10, 2010; 1:13 PM

A PERFECTLY KEPT HOUSE IS THE SIGN OF A MISSPENT LIFE

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By Mary Randolph Carter

Rizzoli. $55

Carter has written about a refreshing alternative to the over-decorated and obsessively arranged life: how to be comfortable with your collections, books, dog hair and the category known as junk. The simple beauty of a rumpled, unmade bed in one of the photographs is a powerful takeaway.

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A Style for Today with Things from the Past

By Suzanne Rheinstein

Rizzoli. $55

Gorgeous homes are the business of Rheinstein, a designer who owns the Los Angeles style emporium Hollyhock. The jewel of the this book is the chapter on her stunning redo of a 300-acre Virginia farm. NOT JUST The library, dressing table, pantry and even the laundry room are worth poring over, BUT you can pore over the library, dressing table, pantry and even the laundry roo.


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