The Decoration of Houses

A Definitive Guide to Making Your Home a Visual and Uplifting Delight

This book expands the classic principles of Edith Wharton’s book of the same title (published in 1899) for today’s world—a comprehensive guide to decorating so your home will be an expression of your own personality.

Alexandra shows us how to make our homes a real expression of our true selves. Starting with the Fifteen Defining Principles of Interior Design, Stoddard grounds us in the classic standards that make any home timeless and follows with inventive suggestions. Her own bold ideas about color, pattern, and texture are affordable tips from her own vast experience involving every imaginable decoration problem. From lighting a room to adding fabrics, furnishings, and the perfect finishing touches, she offers her expertise while always encouraging us to listen to our inner voice for the final answer