Readers who appreciate the singular allure of a chaise longue or the architectural lines of a 1950s ranch home will savor the eye candy in Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams' Let's Get Comfortable: How to Furnish and Decorate a Welcoming Home. But let's be clear: this book is not resting on its gorgeous laurels. Gold and Williams, partners in their eponymous 18-year-old furniture company, have created a sourcebook for a welcoming home for you, your family, your guests, and of course, your pets. (The of course is an homage to company mascot Lulu, an English bulldog.) Their efforts are successful: Inviting photos illustrate how to create a variety of looks in a single room by employing slipcovers, rearranging sectional furniture or considering cherry wood vs. antiqued mirror finishes. Clever copy explains why wood plus white is always appealing, and elucidates why a settee might work when a sofa won't do.

This book's tips for straightforward yet high-impact updates make it an excellent resource for readers who seek insight as to why certain elements work better than others, or how color can evoke a feeling or reaction. It is also a spot-on gift for the interior design junkie you know and love.

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