A superb piece of merchandise as well as a book that should have wide appeal for public libraries in the home decorating departments. The thing that distinguishes this from most composites of women's magazine decorating material is the sound good taste, the moderation, the acceptance of limitations of time and budget, the assumption that few people start with nothing and that the best must be made of what one has. The first part of the book is excellent background material, on periods- both in architecture and furnishings, on color, fabrics, floor coverings, lighting, accessories, paint, etc. The biggest section is called Practical Planning, and goes into the step by step how to do it, the use of skills, the styling to taste, need and period, the making of curtains, upholstery, slip covers. There are practical charts such as the check list for lamp, bulb and shade sizes, yardage guides, details on fixtures. There's basic data on vases, selection of bedding, table settings, care of household equipment, and so on. This section alone is worth the price of the book, But many young aspirants- or tired oldsters- will enjoy the section of photographs- ""rooms for everyone"". A glossary and index complete the reference value. Attractive format- large flat size, bound in texture patterned paper and cloth backbone.