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Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today's Top Designers Hardcover – Mar 27 2012

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838448
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 2.8 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Be Your Own Decorator, by Susanna Salk, presents rooms by well-known designers like Jamie Drake, Ruthie Sommers and Kelly Wearstler that are intended to inspire readers to take things into their own hands." ~The New York Times

"Easy strategies to make the place where the day starts (and ends) more beautiful and comfortable." ~O - The Oprah Magazine

"For ages I have ripped pages from magazines, safely tucking them away for when I need inspiration. Now, it is as if my friend Susanna Salk did all of the work for me."

"...another example of the author’s ability to analyze trends and translate them so that they are easy to incorporate into our lives. It will be difficult not to dog-ear the big, gorgeous picture book."

About the Author

Susanna Salk is the author of Room for Children and Weekend Retreats and a contributing editor for and, as well as regularly producing decorating segments for NBC’s Today Show.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roxana Palcu on Sept. 27 2013
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I found the book to be uninspiring with few fresh ideas. The photo quality also leaves much to be desired. Very poor choice on my part.
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Video Review April 4 2012
By BeachBrights - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A great reference for the DIY decorator who is looking to be inspired by others. Fresh looks & styles are captured in every photo. Many different styles, lots of color & great advice from some very talented decorators. Take a look at my video-I flip through the pages to "give you an idea" of what the book is about. Enjoy ;)
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Valuable and Beautiful Reference Book March 29 2012
By Valortie Hart The Visual Vamp - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are a decor maven, blogger, or an interior designer you undoubtedly collect hundreds, maybe thousands of images in good old fashion folders and clipping files, or in files on your computer. It gets a little unruly sometimes, trying to remember where you put a favorite image when you need it.
I always thought it would be a great idea to have a beautiful coffee table book filled with some of the favorite images of the rooms by the designers we all collect. And lo and behold here comes Susanna Salk's "Be Your Own Decorator".
First I love the empowering message of the title, allowing one and all to forge ahead to make a well designed room or home.
Add to this all the great images Susanna has curated and collected into this one terrific volume, and folks we have a winner here.
The book is organized in a way to be useful and aspirational, and Susanna writes to inspire.
Susanna is a wonderful expert and personality in the design world, and she shares so much for all to partake of.
So, buy this book, and enjoy!
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I can't see clearly now April 17 2012
By Artful Codger - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read several reviews about this book and ordered it looking forward to rooms that were more liveable than the often overly done pictures in magazines. The photographs are lovely. There are some wonderful ideas to be gleaned from looking at them. The copy? Well, I've never been a fan of small type overburned on color. Particularly when the type is in a color as well. If the copy isn't worth reading, don't include it. The design of this book is truly abysmal. I'd even call it arrogant is its total disregard for the READER!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Back To My Magazines Aug. 9 2012
By vieuxcarre - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a certified decorating book junkie, and for more years than I care to admit I have also been tearing pages out of magazines that catch my eye - possible projects, inspiration, or anything else. I was very excited about this book and hoped that it would allow me to perhaps throw away at least a few inches' worth of my beloved magazine pages. Well, bottom-line, I am so disappointed in the book I have returned it. Although there are some lovely pictures, it certainly does not reflect the best of each designer's work - merely what the author was given permission to re-publish. As mentioned by other reviewers, the text on the photos themselves is about the worst I have seen in years. Much of it is almost illegible, being close in color to the background photograph, or printed in a color that does not pop out, but merely blends into the page. Why bother adding text at all? If you are looking for a book that compiles different designers and their work, with legible and informative text (long or short), there are plenty of other fabulous books out there that offer much more than this book could possibly begin to offer. For now, I will get much more out of tearing apart my own magazines. In sum, very disappointing and a waste of money.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring! March 28 2012
By L.Lear - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received my book yesterday and spent hours looking through it. The pictures are amazing. This is a great book for anybody looking for home decorating ideas or who just love beautiful photos. Rooms from some of todays top designers are featured. This book is a great source for inspiration and I highly recommend it.

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