The Domain Book of Intuitive Home Design: How to Decorate Using Your Personality Type

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Do you love bright, airy rooms with sheer curtains that allow light to flood in? Or are you attracted to intimate, jewel-box rooms with rich fabrics and colors? Are you most comfortable when nestled among pretty objects to touch and enjoy, or do you want your home to be free from all clutter?

These decorating choices aren't just a matter of taste. They're true reflections of your personality, and they speak volumes about who you are.

The Domain Book of Intuitive Home Design is the first book to identify four different kinds of people--the Visionary, the Artisan, the Idealist, and the Adventurer--and to explore how these types express themselves through aesthetic choices.

If you're an Idealist, you might be happiest in a sleek, contemporary home with all the latest conveniences. But if you're an Adventurer, your domestic bliss would more likely be found in a lively dwelling that bursts with color and surprise. You might be a Visionary if you love fine antiques and classic proportions; if you're more interested in casual, comfortable furnishings and a great view of the outdoors, then you're probably an Artisan.

This book begins with a quiz to help you discover which personality archetype you most resemble. The next four chapters give an overall picture of each archetype, and explore the emotional underpinnings that lead to each type's decorating preferences.

Then, a room-by-room section brings those choices into beautiful focus. From real-life examples you will learn to create a home that is not only lovely to look at, but that also suits your true self. Shopping lists, mini-exercises, and guided visualizations will inspire, educate, and amuse you. Along the way you will recognize yourself, your friends, and your loved ones.

The Domain Book of Intuitive Home Design introduces a whole new way of thinking about decorating. Most important, it offers the language and the tools to understand and express your one-of-a-kind style.

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If you've always liked formal, high-ceilinged rooms with classic period furniture that some would call "stiff," or gravitate to cozy, intimate rooms with an interesting array of travel memorabilia that your neatnik friends might refer to as "clutter," there's a reason. The Domain Book of Intuitive Home Design identifies four basic personality types--the Visionary, the Artisan, the Idealist, and the Adventurer--that correspond to four very different decorating styles. The book begins with a 20-question "Intuitive Personality Quiz" to help readers classify themselves using the four broadly drawn archetypes. Then the fun begins, as a question is posed: "What would you do with a naked sofa?" A basic sofa is shown with an all-out treatment for each personality type: satin pillows and classic flanking end tables for the Visionary; printed cotton pillows, a teddy bear, and an afghan for the Artisan; sleek leather coverings and a bare floor for the Idealist; four contrasting cloth coverings and leopard-print and shag pillows for the Adventurer. Each personality type and its preferences are described in detail, and then a room-by-room section shows how each type can implement a decorating plan that shows off its preferences to advantage. Shopping lists and mini-exercises display an element of playfulness--after all, decorating is supposed to be fun! And the "split personalities" pages at the end help dual types integrate their preferences into an interesting, cohesive whole. If you haven't yet managed to settle into a style that's really right for you, this book will show you how to plan rooms you'll feel comfortable in.

About the Author:

Judy George is the Chairman and CEO of Domain, the Boston-based home furnishings chain (web site: www.domain-home.com/). She has been featured in many magazines and has appeared on QVC and other national television programs. She has received numerous awards, including Hearst Woman of the Year 1997.

Todd Lyon has written many books about creative living, including The New Year's Eve Compendium, Chic Simple: Cooking, and Chic Simple: Paint. She is editor-in-chief of CT Life and a regular contributor to The New Haven Advocate. Her essays and articles, some published under the pseudonym Mimi Coucher, have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Biography, Saveur, and Bust.

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