Big Home, Big Challenge: Design Solutions for Larger Spaces

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Beautiful, informative, and inspirational, this book answers the challenge of how to turn any large space into a warm, inviting home rich with personal style. While many people want large living spaces, few realize the challenges they present - such as high ceilings, long hallways, and double-height rooms - until they're face-to-face with them. This well-illustrated resource (200 full-color photographs) is packed with expert tips and techniques on how to meet the challenges of a large space. Readers will find solutions, advice, and resources from celebrated interior designers, architects, furniture specialists, contractors, and other design professionals on: the big space challenge - answers common questions such as: how much will it cost? How long will it take? Who will I need to hire? It also offers solutions on: design and size in relation to the human figure; dividing and defining space by function; paint and wallpaper; furniture selection; choosing and arranging art and accessories; and lighting. The author also includes a valuable Frequently Asked Questions section, as well as resource information for everything from furniture to flooring and lighting.

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Living large for many people has come to mean just that -- living in a large house. That dream home may be an open Soho loft, a spacious suburban mansion, or an echoing country estate -- but all these residences present challenges often unanticipated by the homeowner.

Now at last there is a comprehensive resource of solutions, ideas and insights aimed specifically at those who want to make large spaces livable and welcoming rather than overwhelming. Big Home, Big Challenge is the dreamer's, homeowner's and designer's guide to confronting and conquering the challenges presented by today's larger living spaces.

This resource provides just the answers you've been looking for on issues such as:
* Banishing that "lost in space" feeling
* Bringing high ceilings down to human scale
* Breaking up endless hallways
* Adding details that make a large house a home

With expert advice on architectural solutions, furniture, lighting, art and accessories, paint colors and wallpaper and much more, Big Home, Big Challenge features the work of some of today's most recognized decorators, architects and other top design professionals. It offers 180-plus color photographs that prove it is possible to live large without sacrificing warmth, intimacy, and human scale.

Written by Kira Wilson Gould, an arbiter of tasteful design and editor/publisher of To the Trade magazine, Big Home, Big Challenge gives you the tools, the inspiration and a wealth of resources to make your big home a big success.

Making a large residence welcoming rather than intimidating, warm and inviting instead of forbidding, and gracious, not just spacious, can challenge even seasoned professional designers. Big Home, Big Challenge is the ideal resource for transforming large spaces into warm, attractive and inviting homes.

LIVABLE LARGE SPACES
A living space with room to roam or one that draws you in? Too often, we feel we have to choose between one or the other. Now at last there is a unique and comprehensive reference of solutions, insights, ideas and in-depth where-and-how-to-get-it resources to help make your spacious home inviting, beautiful, and functional. Written by Kira Wilson Gould, founder, editor and publisher of To the Trade magazine, Big Home, Big Challenge brings you extraordinary idea-filled layouts featuring the expert large-home design solutions of some of today's most celebrated designers. The first title in the savvy new ELEMENTS OF LIVING(tm) series, Big Home, Big Challenge is a practical and inspiring resource that provides you with the knowledge to conquer big space challenges such as high ceilings, long, narrow hallways, double height spaces and uninviting foyers.

DISCOVER THE BIG HOME SOLUTION
* Bring comfort and intimacy to any large room, from baths and hallways to kitchens and living rooms
* Camouflage imperfections with paint and wallpaper
* Conquer vastness with professional lighting ideas
* Map out rooms that flow perfectly from one to another
* Make tall ceilings feel more in scale
* Use color to make an interior more inviting
* Employ architectural solutions to cozy up out-of-scale rooms
* Select materials, fabrics and furnishings to enhance comfort
* Craft a furniture floor plan that accommodates both small and large gatherings
* Arrange art to fill large expanses of wall space
* Create a landscape that will make a large house appear at home on a small lot
* Get designers' recommendations on the best products and craftsmen

Big Home, Big Challenge features work and inspiration from renowned architects, interior decorators, landscape designers, furniture specialists, lighting designers, color experts and other design professionals, including Barbara Barry, Elissa Cullman, Mary Douglas Drysdale, David Easton, Thomas Jayne, Noel Jeffrey, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Peter Pennoyer, Miles Redd, Katie Ridder, Scott Salvador, Coty Sidnam, Matthew Patrick Smyth and many more.

IT'S YOUR SPACE. MAKE IT PERSONAL.

About the Author:

Trained as an interior designer, Kira Wilson Gould is the founding editor of To the Trade, a resource magazine for interior design professionals. She is a frequent commentator on the design industry, has guest-lectured at leading schools such as Parsons School of Design and New York University, and currently sits on the board of the New York School of Interior Design.

A press associate of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Saxon Henry has written for a variety of design magazines, including Home, To the Trade, Woman's Day and Better Homes and Gardens.

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