Whether it's a minimalist all-white space or an antique-filled décor that's overflowing with treasured collections, you'll find plenty of inspiration here for creating a calming, comforting home. Take a pictorial tour through seven very different houses, each soothing to the eye and soul, and with an approach to design. What they all have in common, however, are comfortable interiors that reflect the passions of the people who live there. Throughout, boxed 'Serene Secrets' suggest simple, quick techniques for transforming rooms; close-ups focus on the small details; and there are easy-to-make projects such as a seashell mirror. The featured homes include a charming farmhouse, decorated in relaxed vintage style; a pet-and-child friendly mountainside manor; stately suburban house; beach bungalow; cozy cedar cottage; and small, uncluttered loft.