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Storage, a 1997 DK Home Design Work Books, by Dinah Hall & Barbara Weiss, is sumptuous. The kind of book you wish magically came with fabric swatches, paint chips and squares of the wickers used in all the baskets. In other words, it's gorgeous, wonder-and-envy-inducing and an awfully good example of what I call "Of course you can" books. "Of course you can" books don't really look very hard at little details like budgets, or whether the person reading the book may be ADD-abled, or that people who rent their spaces aren't going to be allowed to build closets. There's the sly wink at limits, for example when Goodwill and Salvation Army are, rightfully, identified as terrific economical sources of all sorts of supplies from furniture to bins, but this is a book for people with champagne tastes who drink champagne.


Once us Average Janes get over our haut monde shock, this is a practical book with some startling and timeless ideas and information. Just the carefully-illustrated specifications concerning ergonomic heights for hanging shelves and hooks are worth their weight in caviar. The authors point to Shaker and minimalist concepts as valuable starting points in the design process. It has some interesting notions, for example that one can create more space in a bathroom by building cabinets on top of and enclosing the toilet tanks. And on a whim, I went to the reference section advertising vendors. The "General Furniture," "Kitchen," and "Bathroom" options offered 41 purveyors of temptation. From 1997 to today, 30 are still in business, and many are closing on 100 years old - so I grant Hall and Weiss eyes for excellence.


This was another of my library fundraising finds, great for four days of snowed-in. If you can find it easily, I recommend it without hesitation.



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lauren Williams, CPO 4 days of being snowed in?  wow.... reading is good....and your choice of books fits well with what you do.... my Kindle Fire would be burning up if I had 4 days of being imprisoned.... 

Jan 23, 2020 04:46 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lauren - what an excellent review and finding the lasting good in all things is something that never gets old.    

Jan 23, 2020 04:57 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Four days of being snowed in gets a "wow" from me too! I'm glad you found a book that was so interesting! Thank you for the review.

Jan 23, 2020 05:17 AM #3
Mark Lomas
Santa Barbara Real Estate - Santa Barbara, CA
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Hilarious headline!  Being older than old I really appreciated it!

Jan 23, 2020 01:27 PM #4
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