Where the heart is

Author: 
Jessica Withers

When the weather cools down and it’s time to head inside, you might look at your living space with a new eye – and want to shake things up around the house.

Cornell’s Library can help: Using the library catalog and entering search terms such as “decorative arts,” “interior design” and “interior decoration,” new
resources will come to light.

General home-decorating books include “The Complete Home Style Book” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/38948300) by Johnny Grey and “Flawless Interior Decorating” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/55623515) by Beverly Murphy. At Mann Library, users can browse recent issues of House Beautiful (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/1752321).

For some retro ideas, “The Poetic Home” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/227016579) discusses the interior decorating style of 19th-century homes, and Ann Bony’s “Furniture and Interiors of the 1940s” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/52690345) and “Minimalism and Color Designsource” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/191930908) focus on later periods. “Art Deco Complete” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/317927187) by Alistair Duncan is a spectacular overview of a timeless style. Mann Library also has recent issues of Early American Life (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/53295868) available for browsing.

For people who are inspired by travels to foreign countries, try titles like “Caribbean Houses” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/416260987) by Michael W. Connors, “Swedish Interiors” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/71552320) by Rhonda Eleish and “African Style: Down to the Details” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/43118237) by Sharne Algotsson.

Children’s spaces can be renovated, too; try “The Kidspace Idea Book” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/45166729) by Wendy Adler Jordan, “Kids’ Rooms” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/43701815) by Jennifer Lévy, or “Living with Kids” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/50959045) by Eugenia Santiesteban.

“Home Office Life” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/47093401) and “Calm Working Spaces” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/44936501) have suggestions for home office set-up and décor. If, like me, you prefer to do your decorating with a paintbrush, check out the practical advice and creative ideas in “The Complete Book of Decorating Techniques” (http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/15613199) and “Decorative Painting Techniques for Walls, Floors, Ceilings & Furniture” (http://cornell.
worldcat.org/oclc/255890472).

Already satisfied with the way your home looks? Send your hobby suggestions to jeh268@cornell.edu.