The One Thing

Make your house beautiful

The fresh cover, hot-pink end pages, and gorgeous photographs of “House Beautiful Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs,’’ by the magazine’s editor in chief, Sophie Donelson, makes one want to grab this book and browse forever. Its exuberant writing style with helpful tips and historical details make it fall’s go-to design manual. It’s a study in what one can learn from looking, with a bit of guidance along the way. “House Beautiful Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs’’ by Sophie Donelson (Abrams), $35 at Barnes & Noble.

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