The Family Home: Relaxed, Informal Living for All Ages

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Relaxed and informal, sustaining and reassuring, a welcoming family home is one to which we all aspire. Creating a haven away from the rigours of everyday life is a vital element in making a house a home. The Family Home suggests ways of adapting our living spaces to the needs of working from home, coping with extended families, fitting a full family life into a decreasing amount of leisure time, and creating a low-maintenance home. Each chapter covers a specific area, from kitchens to living areas and children's rooms to parents' bedrooms, as well as family gardens. Essential planning information and decorating ideas are provided, plus time-saving tips and suggestions for adapting your home as children grow. With 20 step-by-step projects, the emphasis is as much on practicality as it is on design and decoration.

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The white rug. The satin wallpaper. The glass-topped table. Your antique glass collection! If your decorating scheme is starting to look impractical--or downright dangerous--because a baby's either on the way or has already arrived, The Family Home can help.

Joanna Copestick, whose other books include Color and Storage, has written a manual for making the home an accessory to family life. She takes into account the changing nature of family (which, in the 1990s, can consist of children from several marriages, grandparents, or a single parent) and home (because many are also part- or full-time offices). Copestick goes room to room and with a designer's finger points out how you can make each room suitable for your family's needs. She warns against falling for fads, instead advising you to evaluate your own preferences and incorporate them into your decorating schemes. Simple ideas for making the home hospitable to both children and parents abound: "toy storage baskets and chests can be placed to the side of a sofa or chair at night for use as a side table." Copestick's recommendations are based on the enlightened precept that "it's always better to work around your offspring than fight against the decorative limitations they impose."

You'll refer to The Family Home for many years. It'll come in handy when you have a baby around, in the midst of the preschool days, and during the awkward teenage years (when just shutting the door may be the best decorating strategy). Copestick even addresses the all-too-brief time when grandchildren and adult children gather to fill your nest. --Stefanie Durbin

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Joanna Copestick is a writer specializing in interiors and design. She has written over five books including Contemporary Decorating, Decorating Children's Rooms and Natural Decorating.

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