If the task of redecorating seems incredibly daunting, start simple that's the advice Douglas Wilson of TLC's immensely popular Trading Spaces provides in his first book, Doug's Rooms: Transforming Your Space One Room at a Time. Wilson teaches readers how to arrange furniture, adjust lighting, manage clutter and, most importantly, how to use their own ideas to update their homes. Using his kick start method, Wilson shows you how to build a room around one thing you love whether it's a favorite photo, a piece of fabric or a sculpture. And with 10 unique sample rooms on display, Wilson demonstrates how he used simple concepts to create sophisticated rooms. So whether you're looking to accent a particular room or start from the ground up, Doug's Rooms is an accessible, inventive resource.

Abby Plesser studies English at Vanderbilt University.

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