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The New York Times
Design Books to Kick-Start Your Decorating Projects
by Jeremy Allen

DIGITAL MARCH 6, 2018 / PRINT MARCH 8, 2018

Oftentimes, better organization is all you really need to make your home more livable. Cue Joanna and Peter Ahlberg’s “Diary of Your Home: Ideas, Tips and Prompts for Recording and Organizing Everything” (Rizzoli, $24.95, 256 pp.). Here you can catalog room dimensions, recipes, shopping lists, contacts, wall colors and the status of maintenance projects — all in a friendly format that encourages deep thoughtfulness. The book will help you make your home “better functioning, better at meeting your essential needs, better at expressing and nurturing your own identity,” Ms. Ahlberg writes.”

 

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Publishers Weekly
Our Homes, Ourselves
by Lela Nargi

FEBRUARY 12, 2018

“Authenticity. This of-the-moment buzzword recurs throughout 2018 home and garden titles and in publishers' descriptions of what their readers are seeking. How can readers achieve authenticity at home? By eschewing prescriptive how-tos and figuring out who they are, what they love, and how that translates into their style—and lifestyle...Aimed at helping home decorators discover and express their personal styles, Diary of Your Home by Joanna and Peter Ahlberg (Rizzoli, Mar.) prompts journal keeps to record responses to questions, including “Which three objects would you rescue first if your home went up in flames?,” and note design flaws they've discovered in a given room. Gridded pages help users rethink the arrangements of interior and exterior spaces, and there are places to tack in photos, paint chips, and fabric swatches. Extending the personalization concept, the book is available in three cover colors.”