This post for the estimable Steve Kroeter over at Designers and Books was lots of fun to write; it got me perusing those bookshelves loaded with design books. It also got me thinking about all the things designers never learn at school, but are hit with the minute they start practicing. Things like the psychology of (the client's) desire, the sociology of status indicators, why some clients must have what every other client has (for which we consult Edith Wharton), and the value of understanding the rather short history of decorating. Decorating can be therapeutic. Even though there is nothing new under the sun, those newly wallpapered bedroom walls might give someone the jolt to rise with it. The blog contains many wonderful posts for those always looking for book suggestions.