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Hot off the presses is the The Complete Idiot's Guide to Designing your Own Home.

The guide just hit shelves in May of this year and could be just the help needed for those of you who have embarked on the road of designing for yourselves.

A little about the design expert authors:

Author/architect Oreste Drapaca brings over 15 years of expertise to the writing of this book, explaining the methods and techniques he has used to design homes and apartments for all budgets. Drapaca is also an experienced teacher and project architect at the internationally renowned architectural firm, I.M. Pei and Partners.

Abigail R. Esman writes for such art, design, and real estate publications as Town & Country, Elle Living, House & Garden, and Vogue.