- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP; New Edition with new cover & price edition (25 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906417504
- ISBN-13: 978-1906417505
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 3 x 27.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House Hardcover – 25 Mar 2011
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About the Author
HOLLY BECKER is an American journalist, stylist, bestselling author and founder of the award-winning, influential design and lifestyle blog decor8 (decor8blog.com) and popular online educational platform, Blogging Your Way (bloggingyourway.com). She has contributed as a writer, stylist and columnist to publications in North America, Germany and the UK including Real Simple, Domino, Sweet Paul and The Boston Globe. She also works with top brands on various lifestyle and decorating campaigns such as Farrow & Ball, &Tradition, Bloomingville, Merci, Canon, Oeuf, Minted, Artifact Uprising, Pottery Barn, Pinterest and Muuto. This is her fourth book. Instagram.com/decor8
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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What I was thinking/hoping the book would help with: various colour schemes or advice on how to counteract bad lighting in rooms, e.g. if your room is north facing what to do; use of wallpaper, different paint effects, different styles, e.g. the colours to use and how to decorate if you want a Moroccan style, Scandi/Retro etc. Unfortunately there was none of that.
The book seems to recommend placing a load of nik-naks in your room - the rooms seem all very busy with ornaments and white walls, mismatched furniture. No inspiration for me at all. I am about to get rid of the book. Not worth the shelf space.
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.
The amazing reviews this book has received so far made me change my mind, and I am glad I did buy it. It is a book of ideas of different styles, rooms, layouts and decoration. It encourages you to think about what you like and how you want your home to be - your own.
There seems to be something for everyone in the book. However, if you are a fan of absolute cool monochorme modernism, well, perhaps this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you don't want your living room to look exactly like page 147 of the IKEA catalogue, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
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