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Need a little inspiration when it comes to home decorating, or buying? Here are some books to help you get started.

'Design: The Whole Story'

More than 300 years of design history and
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More than 300 years of design history and 1,000 pictures are packed into the 576 pages of "Design: The Whole Story" (Prestel, $34.95), edited by London-based design and interior writer Elizabeth Wilhide. Designed as a one-stop resource for nearly any design query, topics range widely, touching on the emergence of design from 1700 to 1905; the introduction of machines from 1905-1945; identity and conformity during part of the Baby Boom years leading up to 1960; brand loyalty and the counterculture in the '60s and '70s; "contradiction and complexity" from 1980 to 1995; and the digital age that followed. Generously illustrated vignettes throughout are dedicated to important inventions, emerging philosophies, innovations in home goods and key players in the design world. A running timeline includes bullet-point synopses of key events.

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