Consumer caveats on what to look for, or watch out for, when you buy the essentials for your home. This is overall guidance (no brand names; average costs; etc.) informing you of the dangers of fads and planned obsolescence; directing you toward quality rather than ""borax""; distinguishing between stores (now that the new warehouse-showroom-supermarket prevails all over); advising you on decorator practices; discussing the importance of color, fabrics, bedding, carpeting, wood versus plastic, cash versus credit. A short book, preventative rather than prescriptive, aimed at the audience whose taste as well as mind is still to be made up. Perhaps they won't install some monstrous Mediterranean ensemble in their wall-to-wall carpeted efficiency.