Tell the style police to buzz off. Designer Marco Pasanella urges you to learn how to trust your own judgment to achieve comfortable, attractive, and personal decor in ''Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind'' (Simon & Schuster, $30 hardcover).
In particular, learn to see, and trust your own eye and passions. But he cautions that you shouldn't expect the job ever really to be finished. ''Instead, your home should feel eminently livable and aesthetically pleasing, but it should be able to accommodate change without messing up some grand scheme.'' If you need style gurus, he advises consulting ''The Elements of Style'' by William Strunk and E.B. White. ''On close examination, this guide to good writing gives some brilliant advice about good design,'' Pasanella writes. And more often than not, you'll benefit from budget constraints, mistakes, and the unexpected.
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