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Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House Kindle Edition

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"It's like your first pack of Starbursts - exploding with color, homes and sunshine in equal measure."

"It's like your first pack of Starbursts - exploding with color, homes and sunshine in equal measure. " - Apartment Therapy

About the Author

Holly Becker is the founder and editor of Decor8blog.com (which has 45,000 daily readers), as well as a columnist for RealSimple.com. She lives in Hannover, Germany.
Joanna Copestick is the author of over ten lifestyle and decor books. She lives in London.
Debi Treloar has photographed for Elle Decor, the Sunday Times, and over thirty books. She lives in London."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 52021 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZD1RWO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I must confess I have quite a collection of interior books, the ones with beautiful photos of people's homes.
The thing that surprised me upon settling down to look through my copy of Decorate for the first time, is how unique it is.

Its not at all like other titles I have on my bookshelf already. Its a weighty book, both physically and in the amount of information it imparts. It could so easily be overwhelming, yet the balance is kept and it is interesting, informative, instructional and inspiring, in equal measure.

The rooms are from homes around the world, which gives such a variety of styles from which to choose. The influence of different countries is evident yet the book retains an overall cohesiveness.

The photography is done in such a way that you feel a part of the rooms you are looking at and can almost imagine living in them, curling up on an inviting sofa, washing up a plate or two at the belfast sink....

I must admit to not always finding the text inviting to read in other decor books i own, and I tend to take in more from the photography alone. Yet here in Decorate the writing sections are laid out in such a way that you find yourself drawn into reading them, almost without trying!

I especially like the quotes (both in large type and smaller) dotted through out the pages and inside the front & back cover. I'm a quote loving girl, but as well as simply bring pretty to look at, the words within them are really helpful tips that stick in your mind.

There is a place for online decorating inspiration of course and especially blogs, which bring us so much on a regular basis (the author Holly writes one of the best herself) but then there is still equally, a place for books.
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Format: Hardcover
I read plenty of interior blogs, magazines and books so I was eagerly anticipating receiving Decorate. I love Holly's blog (Decor8) and her book didn't disappoint!

It's full of gorgeous homes and photography but what makes it stand out is its usability. It inspires me to translate the ideas into my home and it will definitely be a book that I keep coming back to time and time again. It also features some of the best interior stylists, photographers and designers so its a real treat to see their work and get such good advice all in one place!

If you are an interior lover this is a must-buy, it's a pleasure to read, a constant source to refer back to and it will look gorgeous on your coffee table!

Thanks to Holly & her team, great book.

Chloe x
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Format: Hardcover
I am very excited to finally own this long awaited gem of a decorating book.

My first impression was that this is a book of substance; at 288 pages it is not one that can be looked through in one afternoon. The quality of the cover and pages is high and I was particularly impressed by the many beautiful quoted by leading designers and stylists that run though the book. Photographer Debi Treloar has once again captured beautiful spaces in an effortless way - she understands how to maximise light and bring out the essence of interiors.

The book is perfect for people who are starting off with a blank canvas or those simply wanting to update their space. It is a reference book and you simply won't be able to read through it without coming away with lots of ideas, big or small to execute in your own home. Decorate is filled with advice from leading design experts around the world yet it has a very approachable tone thanks to the wonderful writing style of Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick.

The book is broken down into four sections:
1) Space Matters - a planning section that encourages you to take stock of what you have and what you assess your design needs to be. It has useful tips and illustrates points clearly through case studies. Floor plans are used throughout the book to illustrate furniture placements.
2) Setting your Style - this section encourages to find your unique style. It talks about where to find inspiration. I particularly love the section on creating mood boards. It is not only visually beautiful but very helpful to anyone wanting to create their own. This section then goes into various design styles (simple, natural, modern, flea market, colourful, floral, eclectic, modern glamour).
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The content of the book is structured around 4 large sections:
1. Space Matters: 'using', 'linking', 'flexible', 'compact'
2. Setting Your Style: 'simple', 'natural', 'modern', 'flea', 'colourful', 'floral', 'eclectic', 'modern glamour'
3. Room by room: 'kitchens', 'urban kitchen', 'cook's kitchen', 'sociable kitchen', 'living spaces'...
4. Attention to Detail: 'finishing touches', 'mirrors', 'lighting', 'cushions', 'flowers', 'table settings'

There are many nice quotes by professionals or connoisseurs into interior decoration, most of them rather inspiring, although sometimes they might contradic one another, which is a reflection of the open-endedness of the publication.

There are specific case studies of homes discussed in further details.

Some pictures/examples are featured twice throughout the book, which might feel a bit cheeky, especially if the book is read from cover to cover.

It is actually advisable to read the book from beginning to end, then to come back to it according to your needs or interests at any given moment, as it is also to a great extent a picture book.

From this angle, it also puts the book under strain as there is nowadays an unbeatable picture book, ie. Internet.

But this book might prove especially useful for beginners in decoration, who need some pointers to start with.
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