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Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House [Hardcover]

Holly Becker , Joanna Copestick
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Book Description

25 Mar 2011

Decorate is the 100,000-copy global interior-design bestseller by writer, stylist and acclaimed blogger Holly Becker. 

In Decorate Holly has worked with writer, editor and designer Joanna Copestick to bring together clever, creative and quirky advice from the world’s best designers and architects.

With over 1,000 inspirational design ideas from the likes of Kelly Hoppen, Jonathan Adler and Abigail Ahern you will learn the essential tools of the interior design trade you need to transform every room of your house.

Divided into 4 sections:

  • Space Matters will give you pointers on how to assess the space you have and work with it.
  • Setting Your Style will help you develop your personal style and showcases a number of interior styles to get you started.
  • Room by Room includes case studies and provides detailed room plans for practical guidance.
  • Attention to Detail outlines the vital finishing touches that can make or break an interior.

Decorate is an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in how their home looks, and will provide fresh inspiration every time you dip inside it. 

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (25 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417505
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A beautiful book of practical but quirky professional decorating tips’

(Independent on Sunday)

‘This book will teach you the essential tools of the trade, from where to place furniture, to how to dress a room with individual style.’

(Build It)

‘A breath of fresh air as it combines colourful, eclectic interiors with fantastically practical advice’


‘Teeming with clever and creative advice collated from global designers and architects.’

(Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom)

‘All the tips you’ll need to assess your space and give it the look that reflects you perfectly’

(Your Home)

'The hottest homes book right now'

(Sainsbury's Magazine)

‘Packed full of personality and with more than 1,000 decorating ideas and inspirational pictures. It’s hard to pick a favourite section with all those gorgeous photos. Four stars ****’

(House & Home (Ireland))

'A fascinating source of insight and guidance from those in the know'

(Mollie Makes)

'This is definitely the interiors book for the keen designer'


Bursting with pearls of decorating wisdom

(Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms)

About the Author

Holly Becker, an American freelance journalist, design consultant, and stylist, launched the decor8 blog in January 2006, and it is now an established site known as a reliable design resource with over a million page views monthly and 48,000 daily readers. In addition, Holly is a weekly columnist at Real Simple magazine online. She has also worked for a number of online magazines, including Domino and Cookie, and a television network, and she was a bi-weekly columnist for the Boston Globe in their Style & Arts section.

Joanna Copestick is a writer and editor specializing in interior design and decoration. She is the author of more than ten books, including Decorate, Perfect Palettes (with Stephanie Hoppen), The Family Home, Children’s Rooms, Vital Colour and Smart Storage and her work has appeared in the Evening Standard, Red and Junior magazines. She has also worked as an interior designer, creating and adapting comfortable family homes, and has appeared on television and radio.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Kat
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for interior lovers! 25 Mar 2011
By Chloe A
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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant! 19 Mar 2011
By P. Lamb
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes 4 April 2011
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What a gorgeous book this is! If you like fresh colours, open interior spaces and mid-century furniture, you will adore this - just be prepared for some serious deco-envy.

It's not just eye-candy, though; quotes and interviews from the featured designers explain the inspiration and ideas behind the looks, floor plans show how it fits together and there are plenty of style guidelines (eg, flea market, simple, floral) and hints on how to use colour, wallpaper, texture and so on.

I will never have a house as comprehensively well thought-through or desirable as the ones in the book but the ideas here will certainly help with what I do have.

There is just one more thing to say: anyone who stores a kitchen aid on a shelf more than seven feet above floor level.... eeep! (pg 153)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I required something more traditional and cottage style, Designs done for large apartments and penthouse types of properties. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mrs C Kay
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for kindle
Totally unreadable on kindle. Can't believe it is bedding sold as kindle addition. Can't appreciate the content unfortunately as I can not see it
Published 24 days ago by Mrs Evelina Shah
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Thought this book would meet my wife's requirements with interior design, although she like the book I feel it would have had more practical suggestions to achieve her designs.
Published 1 month ago by stephen cain
1.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring
If you're expecting this book to inspire you or give you ideas on how to decorate your home forget it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rehanj
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
A great book to dip in and out of, and some clever ideas. Good go into a bit more depth, but beautifully presented and laid out.
Published 2 months ago by CatherineMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely inspirational book
Another beautiful book full of inspirational images and ideas by Holly! Not to be missed, still enjoy turning to mine.
Published 3 months ago by Sanze
1.0 out of 5 stars Mostly White Rooms!
I was so disappointed with this book. So many white rooms with colour created by art or ornaments , something most people can think of themselves. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
Bought as a present and they seem to like it, some nice illustrations and I hope it will be of use
Published 3 months ago by JMC
3.0 out of 5 stars It is okay but not quite what I expected
Nice pictures but I was expecting some morebguidelines for rules of interior design. Good overview of various styles for design
Published 4 months ago by Maria Kavussanu
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the book to encourage your ideas
A lovely book to add to my collection of feel good ideas book Lots of inspiration a real help when you get stuck
Published 6 months ago by gwendolene joy
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