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Susan Bady has been writing about the housing industry for 25 years. She most recently served as senior editor of design for Professional Builder and Custom Builder magazines, and is now a contributing editor to those publications as well as the portal Web site Bady has also written for such consumer magazines as Cabin Life and Better Homes and Gardens’ Home Plan Ideas. You can reach her at [email protected].

Great books for home design

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July 21, 2014

Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway. This companion piece to 2001’s “The Cabin” is a collection of 37 inspiring designs from across North America, with architect and “cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger offering fresh insight and seasoned strategies. Mulfinger, principal emeritus of SALA Architects in Minneapolis, has included plenty of iconic cabins with wood-burning fireplaces as well as cabins that come packaged as kits, cabins built from recycled materials and whimsical structures designed “just for the fun of it. (Taunton Press, 2013; hardcover; 256 pages)

The Art of Space offers an intriguing look at an award-winning interior designer’s work and philosophy. Mary Cook’s Seven Fundamentals that Guarantee Great Design are amply illustrated with breathtaking photography. Cook, a Chicago native, has been making design magic for more than 25 years. Designers at every level of expertise will find much to take away from her book. (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2014; hardcover; 216 pages)

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