Trying to make your house a home? For most people, decorating a new home with what you already have can be a challenge. Empty walls, new bedrooms, and lofty mantels are enough to make you giddy, but they can also cause some angst for those lacking a creative mind. Instead of fretting about what to do or running out and hiring someone else to do it for you, take a quick flip through Monica Rich Kosann's newest read: Living With What You Love: Decorating With Family Photos, Cherished Heirlooms, and Collectibles ($20).
A professional fine-art photographer by trade, the author is also a jewelry and home accessories designer with a shop of her very own inside the super chic Bergdorf Goodman. A stylist of all sorts, she could take someone's boxes of belongings and shape up their home in no time. Side tables won't just be a place to rest your wine glass — they will tell the story of your life. And when you're finished soaking up her tips, you can slide it onto the coffee table for a little eye candy.