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.
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