Monday, March 23, 2009

Designing your Dream....

.Sometimes out of something horrific comes beauty.
Fellow blogger Susan Lang recently sent me
her new book
Designing Your Dream Home: Every Question to Ask, Every Detail to Consider, and Everything to Know Before You Build or Remodel .


It is a workbook of sorts, that walks one through,
step by step and room by room
the process of designing and building a home.
Highly organized, she does not leave one stone unturned.
...But it is also thought provoking...
challenging you to really think about what you need in each room.
Then helping you to communicate that vision
to the whole team of architects, builders, designers, consultants.....

The crux of the book is organization...Susan not only reminds you to take the time to get organized...but walks you through step by step the process with forms , check sheets, to do lists, meeting notes and ticklers...
Right down to how many binders to keep, what to label them and how to keep them at your fingertips for which meetings!
She really does a lot of the tedious thinking about organization for you!
oh would I need that!
This was really helpful to see folks...and I am not even building a home.
...yet
Now for the horrific to beauty part...
Having survived hurricanes, and seeing the mass devastation firsthand,
even losing family members to Katrina's fury...
Susan somberly dedicates this book to the victims of Hurricane Katrina
with the hope of
renewal and rebuilding.


If you are balancing on that wonderful slippery slope of designing and building...

even if you just like planning for that time

check this book out.
only 16 clams...I have a feeling it will save you that much alone in
Ibuprofen.


Easily.


check it out here.....


All Photos, for your viewing pleasure from Marie Claire. Top one is Marrakech others are a Parisian apt.
Hey....I said DREAM house...right??



30 comments:

Melissa said...

Thanks for the tip on the book! We're looking forward to the day when we get to build our own house.

And the photos are fabulous. We're getting ready to remodel our house and put in a master suite. I might just go back and rethink our plans to try to get that last bathroom in there somehow. Wow!

Joyce said...

I love the green trim. One of my favorite colors. I am also loving the bathroom!

xoox

xoxo~ Meg said...

That is so sweet of you to do, tell us about your friend's book! Those are some beautiful pictures, I may just have to buy it. We are building a new house next year!

Thanks so much for your beautiful blog, it continues to inspire me daily!

God Bless and have a fabulous week!

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

Oh the mistakes I've made. We have built three houses from the ground up and are in the middle of a renovation. You learn with each one. Enjoyed the photos you posted. They gave me some new ideas.

anita said...

love the lime accents on the first pic! this looks like a place i could be very happy!

mary said...

Wonderful book !! I will order it . I love that green trim and the bathroom - but hey! quit trying to change the subject - where are the patio pics?

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Linda, thanks for talking about my book in your blog. Whether someone has made the decision to go ahead and build or remodel or it is a future dream, start using my book today! It will open your eyes to things you have not considered... when visiting friends or going on a home tour, you can pay attention to those particular details. Carry a tape measure with you... if, for example, you like the width of the hallway, the size of a bedroom, the height of a mantle, the size of an island, etc. measure it as most need to visual a measurement not just look at one of floor plans. These are some of the questions asked in the checklists in my books.
On my blog, I am providing photos I have either taken or have torn out of magazines or books to open your eyes to many of the choices you can consider along with pointing out mistakes to avoid.
My goal is once a homeowner has moved into their dream home or finished their remodel, they will not be saying "oh, I wish I had thought of that" or "I wish I hadn't made that mistake". Blessings to all. ...Susan Lang

PS I am commenting from Mississippi where I am visiting my two adorable grandsons!

Maya@Completely-Coastal said...

Thanks for the book tip..., I love to hear about good books..., and I also love that fantastic wood table with all kinds of chairs around it -I'm always intrigued how non-matchy arrangements can work so beautifully.

Charlene said...

Thanks for the tip on the book. I found your blog over at Once in a Blue Moon. Love your banner. So pretty! I am going to check out this book & read some more of your blog.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love all the mismatched dining chairs!

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, every one of these photos is gorgeous! I especially like the first one, with my favorite color green all over. :)

thank you for the tip about this book - it sounds great.

Deborah said...

I just found Pearl on You Tube! Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for introducing me!! Simply delightful! Deborah

Lauren said...

The book sounds amazing. will have to go check it out now.
LOVE all the photos too- gorgeous!!
xoxo

Fifi Flowers said...

BEAUTIFUL... I love the first photo... the green doors are great! Off to see more... thank you for sharing!
ENJOY!
Fifi

Renee Finberg said...

oooooh.........
i love this .

i wanna be there , so simple and so chic.

the first pic is pure 'intrigue'.

xx

Leigh of said...

LOve these pics! Great look.
Come and see me!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

great post today, thanks.

simpledaisy said...

Those images are so beautiful!! I always love new books and this is one i'll have to purchase!!! Lovely~~

once in a blue moon... said...

thanks for the heads up and the beautiful journey along the way~

for the love of a house said...

Hi Linda! Sounds like a really good read! Wish I had had it about 6 months ago!! :-) Sounds like she was very thorough in her topics. So much to think about and an organized list is really important.
joan

Amy said...

I will check out the book, but I wanted to comment on the photos. They are gorgeous, not only for the funrinshings, but for the light. Wow.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Thanks for boasting her book! She does have the most invaluable information on her blog, and I haven't gotten to see the book yet. I am sure it it phenomenal!
~Misti

kari and kijsa said...

Love this! What a beautiful book!! Love the freshness and inspiring photos!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

GardenDesigner said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!
This book is wonderful, I am going to order it for my sister, who's house burned down to the ground this past christmas morning! She is rebuilding, and is having a hard time doing it! ...

You where a godsend!...
:)
Vanessa
The Rhinestone Contessa

karina Manghi said...

I did not know the book and seems very interesting!!!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

what an amazing place, all the white is so beautiful!

Blue Muse said...

Just exactly the sort of thing I love - straight forward, tell all, and forms included. My kind of wonderful! Thanks for the lead!
xo Isa

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

I need this bathroom, and I need it now.

Goodness...

karlene said...

I just LOVE some of those photos especially, LOVE them, thank you.

ashley@decorology said...

LOVE these! Especially that industrial-style coffee table with wheels!

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