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Decorate Workshop: A Creative 8 Step Process for Transforming Your Home [Hardcover]

Holly Becker
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31 Oct 2012

After the phenomenal success of Decorate, Holly Becker offers a very personal approach to decorating advice in the Decorate Workshop. Taking the same friendly and approachable tone that has made her decor8 blog so popular, Holly draws her inspiration from beautiful homes in locations around the world, including London, Paris, New York and Amsterdam, to guide the reader through their own decorating projects.

Filled with inspirational photographs and words of wisdom from Holly herself, the Decorate Workshop is an invaluable guide to finding and filtering design information and the wealth of shopping choices that can engulf a novice decorator. Holly shows readers how to be inspired and stay inspired, how to define and refine their own style, how to tackle a project practically with the use of professional-style moodboards, and ultimately how to apply all that new-found knowledge to their own homes.

In Planning Holly takes you through the basics of starting out, whether you are beginning from scratch with a new home, adapting an existing room or looking for a small-scale makeover. In Decorating she explores a wealth of aesthetic choices, from neutral palettes, to exploring colour, texture and pattern through to introducing personal touches, such as artwork, books, collections and flowers. Furnishing your Home gets more specific, with ideas for curating every room, from buying a great table for your dining room, to the best textiles to dress the bed.

Part essential reference, part jotter for notes, lists and reminders, the Decorate Workshop will be a covetable purchase for Holly’s legions of fans.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (31 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417772
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Holly Becker is an American writer and interior design consultant who is the founder and executive editor of and a weekly columnist for Holly has a daily global following of over 45,000 loyal readers on her site and "Decorate" is her first book. She currently lives with her husband in northern Germany.

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'Beautifully illustrated with inspiring pictures.'

(Kate Burt Independent on Sunday )

'Great sections on how to experiment with colour and pattern.' 

(Trish Lorenz )

'Decorate Workshop includes tips on everything from identifying your personal style to making floor plans and curating a room. It also encourages us to be more daring, especially when it comes to colour.'

(Life & Style )

 ‘Packed full of inspiring ideas and useful styling tips – this is the perfect go-to handbook when decorating your home.’

(Country Homes & Interiors )

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring but lacks detail 8 Feb 2013
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I've found myself returning to this book to get ideas and inspiration for decorating and up-cycling projects, in the way that I would back issues of interiors magazines. The photos are high quality, though on close examination there is little difference in the style of rooms featured and we do get to see rather a lot of the author's work/study/blogging/studio area, from a number of different angles. It is clear that the author has a style she prefers and the homes shown fit within quite a narrow band. Some principles of design and room layout would have been useful and more specifics on scale, perspective, even a colour wheel to illustrate or refer to. So, a lovely book, full of colour and photos, and some good advice about 'shopping your rooms' for things you already possess but the cod psychology and platitudes about 'being true to who you are' wear a bit thin after chapter 3. Plus, I probably don't need to be told that hand crafted artisan furniture and 'objets' are likely to be more expensive than something I buy in a department store. I was looking for more practical input.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning decor book for the uninitiated! 17 Jan 2013
I was gifted this book from my wishlist! I am so glad they chose this one even though I am no stranger to interior design. Holly Becker has created a beautifully, well planned and photographed instruction book for someone who wants to decorate but might not have an interior design background. It's filled with lovely photographs to entice the reader and I love the way each chapter has space for writing your own ideas down with prompts courtesy of Holly. There is also a reference guide at the back of the book. It's creatively written and displayed and a joy to read and re-read. If you're doing up your own apartment or home for the first time, don't have a clue about interiors or how to go about it, this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat 24 Dec 2012
By sandy
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I ordered this book for a friend for christmas and have had to order another one as decided to keep one for myself. The book is a great book to dip in and out off and really does give practical advice on how to decorate using different colours and fabrics. Some books are too waffly but this one is a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Inspiration 17 Dec 2012
By Silkie
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I adore this book. Being an avid reader of Holly Becker's wonderful blog Decor8 it is a joy to be able to flick through the pages of this most delightful of home decorating books. However Decorate workshop goes above and beyond the average home decor book and leads the reader effortlessly through a simple 8 step process from initial inspiration all the way through to the completion of a gorgeously decorated room. There are so many tips and creative thoughts,beautiful photography, as well as real down to earth practical pointers along the way,it cannot fail to inspire confidence and creativity in all those wanting to to create a beautiful home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The eight step programme 16 Nov 2012
Holly Becker's Decorate Workshop is a straightforward eight-step plan on how to get going on decorating your home so it reflects who you are. You're encouraged to find out and define what it is that you love about the things around you - smells, colours, textures and so on - so that you can get clear about how to design and colour the space around you. If you think you're going to read the book in a few hours then pop out to buy paint and furniture, you're probably going to be disappointed. If, however, you want to be sure about your colour and furnishing choices, have a cohesive feel to your home and avoid wasting money on purchases that don't fit in, then this is going to put a smile on your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye candy 17 Nov 2012
By Pepi
I read Holly Becker's blog for several years now and i am a huge fan. This book was everything i expected it to be. True eye candy, lovely photos and ideas!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Decorate Workshop centres around home design, but I think could really be used for any creative endeavour you are working on.

Throughout the book, Holly aims to find out what your likes and dislikes are in various aspects of your life and then pushes you to work out what it is that you love about it. So, if there is a coffee shop that you love to read in, or a movie you think is beautiful, or a song that puts you in a certain mood, she asks you to work out what it actually is that you like about it. Do you like the coffee shop because of the artwork or the smell or the light? And can you pull any of these feelings or scents back into your real life and help them inspire your interior decorations?

By approaching design this way, you can find your own personal style, rather than something that is being handed to you through a design magazine or interior designer. You aren't encouraged to ape Holly's style, lovely though it is, you're encouraged to go out and find out who YOU are and how your style can reflect this.

Of course the book is absolutely stunning, filled with beautiful homes, including Holly's. But it's also full of great, practical advice. We are planning to update our kitchen very soon (like, in the next couple of months) and it completely changed my approach to this. I realised that although we knew what we could afford, we hadn't actually taken a lot of time to plan out exactly how we are going to do it. We're now taking a step back to think through every aspect of the kitchen a little bit more and take a bit more time to research and get inspired by what we could do.

An absolute treat of a book and really worth buying for anyone who is planning any kind of interiors project.

I originally posted this review on Shoestring Splendour: [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great find!
I adore Holly Becker, her blog is stunning and this book talks you through the design process so simply anyone can do it
Published 6 months ago by Sanze
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got this for a birthday gift for one of my girls, she said it was just what she wanted, will buy again.
Published 9 months ago by Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
It's a really fab book, with plenty of ideas that aren't going to cost the earth. It shows how, by just having a creative mind (helped through by the exercises in this book) you... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple help
I bought this book because of other good reviews and was a bit disappointed when it arrived. However I have found its straightforward advice helpful - sorting through the large... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mytime
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely book
It's Holly Becker. I haven't expect anything else from her;-) Thank you for your inspiring work! I'm waiting for another one.
Published 17 months ago by Marta Rutkowska
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Wonderful Book
This book is simply amazing. I loved it so much. Every pages opened my horizons. It is full of colorful ideas. I have also her previous book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by cafenoHut
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book with great photos!
A very interesting book with great photos and ideas for decoration and diy for all the divisions in a house!
Published 18 months ago by raquel coutinho
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying!!
it is a great book , great colours, nice ideas for your home.i recommend it to anyone who likes decoration books
Published 18 months ago by IOANNA FILIPPOPOULOU
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