Room Recipes: A Creative and Stylish Guide to Interior Design

Room Recipes: A Creative and Stylish Guide to Interior Design - Tonya Olsen The book was thought up by the author with the idea of doing home design like a recipe. This way of organization is designed to help you plan and create a room that you would enjoy. The examples are from jobs she had in the past and then she breaks down the "recipe". It is set up like this:

Ingredients: The major elements of the room like a wall treatment, flooring, couch, tables and other items like this.
Tonya's Take: Which is like her version of the recipe where she makes substitutions and where your own ideas could take off for your own recipe.
Garnish: Taking an element and specifically showing you how she did it. For example, how to arrange a wall of artwork/pictures.
You can find many examples of her work on her website: Room Recipes. She does break it down a bit more in the book.

I give this book 4 stars. Someone who does diy can take some of these ideas and run with them as well as figure out a way to organize their ideas into a cohesive room. It isn't for the complete diy'er, however. It really is a kind of book where you have a budget and create a room with the help of a professional.