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This season’s newest home design books offer something for every style

Interior design books out this fall document one of the year’s strongest décor trends: color, and loads of it. Designers such as Mark D. Sikes, Markham Roberts, Katie Ridder and James Farmer all show a lively mix of color, pattern and style in their recent projects.

Every page is full of inspiration for your own projects, showing you how to mix and match — or not match at all — and love it.

Dominic Bradbury’s new architecture book, “The Iconic American House,” compiles 50 well-known iconic and innovative homes built in the U.S. since 1902. They’re traditional and modern, and each comes with an interesting story.

Here are six new architecture and design books worth a closer look.

“The Iconic American House,” by Dominic Bradbury

(Thames & Hudson; $65; 320 pp.)

You’ve heard of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and the Annenbergs’ Sunnylands spread in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Those four and 46 other innovative American homes have been compiled into Dominic Bradbury’s new book, “The Iconic American House.”

Bradbury’s goal was to showcase the American dream of home ownership through this group of homes that have captured the imagination of many. Some have become house museums, open for all to see, and if you can’t get out to see them in person, you can see photos and read the back stories in Bradbury’s book, which published Oct. 6.

They’re featured chronologically, from the day they were built, reaching back to Wharton’s 1902 home and ending with the 2010 Pierre in the San Juan Islands, between Washington state and Canada.

“More Beautiful: All American Decoration,” by Mark D. Sikes

(Rizzoli; $45; 272 pp.)

Mark D. Sikes’ love of blue and white shines through in his second book, a look at five homes in different

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Smart Home Renovation Books to Transform Your Space



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You’re staying at home more than you ever have, so there’s a good chance you’re getting annoyed by those little and big home renovation projects you’ve put off for years. Now that you have the spare time, it’s the perfect opportunity to transform your home into the oasis you’ve always wanted. The easiest way to do that is look to the experts with a genius home renovation book to guide you along the way.

From TV famous interior designers and home renovators to established pros in the home renovation industry, there are plenty of guidebooks to lead the way. Whether you want to do a mini bathroom renovation or overhaul your entire home, you can achieve any of these projects without the hassle. Ahead, check out the best home renovation books to make your dream home a reality.

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1. Home Body

The obvious top choice, if you’re a Fixer Upper addict, then you must get the star’s home renovation book. Not only is it just simply gorgeous to look at (and a great coffee table book), it’s full of easy-to-do projects that won’t intimidate you. This pro book uses real life examples of the family’s farmhouse that you can recreate at home. You’ll even learn how to sketch your own home design plans.



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2. 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your

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Rumaan Alam recommends 6 books on homes and domesticity

Novelist and critic Rumaan Alam is the author of Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. In his new novel, Leave the World Behind, a white couple in a rented beach house are unexpectedly joined by the black owners amid a coastal blackout.

The Past by Tessa Hadley (2015).

There’s a whole genre of novels in which a family gathers in their beloved country home and secrets are revealed. At first, Hadley’s book seems to be simply that. But gradually, subtly, it reveals itself to be something stranger. There’s a whiff of the surreal in this book, but it’s also grounded in real emotion; the result is both a puzzle and a delight.

Howards End by E.M. Forster (1910).

This is one of my favorite books, one I re-read every few years. Forster is writing of the city dweller’s romantic view of the country, while also (perhaps unwittingly) capturing the dangers of modernity’s nostalgia for simpler times. My own yearning to visit Howards End runs headlong into my understanding that, for most of us, the past was not better than the present.

Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley (2007).

Smiley modeled this work on The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century story cycle. But her players aren’t waiting out a plague, just idly passing the time in a luxurious Hollywood mansion. It’s a book full of sensual detail and heady conversation, and I think it’s one of our very best novels about America in the 2000s.

The Door by Magda Szabo (1987).

What lies behind the titular door: one woman’s private possessions or her soul itself? Szabo’s book about a writer’s relationship with her maid uses the domestic space as a metaphor for history. The result is a masterpiece about postwar Europe.

The Remains of the

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Why bankers are so worried about their small business loan books

That means that 57 per cent of people whose home loan deferrals were due to expire in September – some 22,900 borrowers owing a total of $8.7 billion – felt they were now in a position to meet their loan repayments.

As a result, the Commonwealth Bank has seen a gratifying improvement in its home loan book in the past month alone.

At the end of August, 9.8 per cent of its giant home loan portfolio (measured in terms of value) consisted of loans in deferral. By the end of September, this had dropped to 8.0 per cent. (This translates into some 93,000 home loans, with a combined value of some $37 billion.)

What’s more, October is likely to see a further steep fall in deferred home loans, with deferrals due to expire on some 52,000 home loans (worth a combined $20 billion).

If more than half of home loan borrowers are confident enough to resume repayments this month, the Commonwealth Bank should see its basket of deferred home loans shrink by another $11 billion or so.

But investors will also be keenly aware of some worrying trends lurking in the Commonwealth Bank’s latest figures.

According to the country’s largest lender, the borrowers most like to resume loan repayments have been the lower risk borrowers: the owner-occupiers, who are paying principal and interest on their home loans and whose mortgages are below 90 per cent of the value of their home.

The trouble is that pushes up the risk profile of the home loans that are still subject to deferral. According to the bank’s figures, of the home loans deferred as at the end of September, 34.1 per cent are loans for investment properties, 16.3 per cent are interest only, and 14.2 per cent have a loan to valuation ratio

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Handyman Books

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The advantage to using large franchised home restore providers is they are probably to have the ability to get to your venture very quickly, if they have quite a few employees. Though the field of carpentry could necessitate the creation and carving of wooden merchandise like chairs and tables, this is not the very same case in terms of handyman companies.

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These points also provide safety against any damage or accidents that may take place, whereas when you tried these jobs your self and so they resulted in harm or loss, you would have to restore it all yourself, on your own dime. Possibly I do not understand the business a part of it but I certainly do perceive they can’t in the reduction of on their way of life but count on us to. Simply venting and glad to have a place to take action.

There are a number of key components which might be needed to help your handyman providers enterprise thrive and succeed. I would like to develop …

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