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Need some inspiration on home design or decor? Check out these books.

Need some inspiration on home design or decor? Check out these books.


hoosing a paint color, whether it's for a home's exterior or your bedroom walls, can be an overwhelming experience. Color at Home: Creating Style With Paint (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) authors Meg and Steven Roberts of the Echo Design Group will guide you through the process. Illustrated with more than 150 images of color-infused homes across the country, the book will help you develop a color vision for your own home, whether it be the mellowing mood of green, orange's warm radiance or the urbane chic of black and white. Retails for $29.95 at Borders. Call (714) 432-7854; www.hnabooks.com.

Now in its fifth installment, the Architecture Now! (Taschen) series is

an ongoing
project documenting the work of the most innovative and influential architects across the globe. Volume 5 features famous names and newcomers alike, ranging from Rem Koolhaas and Paulo Mendes da Rocha to Ron Arad and Frank O. Gehry. Author Philip Jodiio, who has published numerous books and articles on contemporary architecture, has fathered a stunning collection with easy-to-navigate illustrated A to Z entries, biographies, contact information and Web sites. Retails for $39.99 at Barnes & Noble. Call (949) 718-0109; www.taschen.com.

This unique book of 36 spectacular houses and gardens draws on the stories that have appeared in Vogue and Vogue Living over the past 20 years. Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People (Knopf) by Hamish Bowles takes you on a tour of the interiors and exteriors of Oscar de la Renta's coral-stone Palladian mansion on the coast of the Dominican Republic and Donna Karan's Zen-like Manhattan retreat. There's also Madonna's romantic rural retreat in the English countryside and Christian Louboutin's magical houseboat on the Nile. Retails for $75 at Barnes & Noble. Call (949) 718-0109; www.barnesandnoble.com.

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