Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Erin Gates designs homes for a living and lived in five of the homes she designed. She intertwines tips for designing your personal space whether an apartment, condominium, or house with a personal memoir of starting her design adventure. The chapters coincide with each room of any abode that includes The Entry, Living Room, Kitchen, Family Room, Dining Room, Nursery, Office, Outdoor and Sun Rooms, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, and even a chapter on Closets.

Each chapter includes crisp before and after photographs of the home area, you are designing and ‘Define Your Style’ section to determine whether your style is new country or eclectic amongst others. Erin ‘dares you to add drama’ in choosing paint, wallpaper, or textiles as she shares her story of locating and decorating a home of her own with all the problems that can happen. Included is ’10 Great Housewarming Gifts’ for your consideration when shopping for a gift and in the ‘Kitchen’ chapter there are a few recipes to break in your newly decorated eating area. Finally, Erin shares ten tips for bloggers either old or new on organization of your blog and blog posts leaving no stone unturned including the Design Resource Guide at the end. I encourage those wishing or actually beginning a makeover for any area in the home for ideas and figuring out their specific style of design to read this book beforehand

I received this book free from the publisher Simon & Schuster through the Net Galley reviewer program in exchange for an unbiased opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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