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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Oct. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110646
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Holly Becker is founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8 and author of Decorate . She is a columnist at Real Simple online and lives in Hannover, Germany.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb30f875c) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2f967c8) out of 5 stars A good companion to Decorate Nov. 6 2012
By Moi Surtout - Published on
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The rooms shown here are mainly in a kind of rustic modern style: eclectic rugs on worn hardwood floors, classic modern chairs around a thrift store table, an artful blend of vintage and homemade knick knacks. Becker's taste in rugs and lamps is divine. The usual hipster trends make an appearance - chalkboard paint, fauxidermy, etc - but they don't overwhelm. (And at least Becker, bless her heart, doesn't spray paint all her picture frames the same color, so points for that.) At a glance, the rooms have a lively homey look that seems achievable - but take a closer look and there are quite a few expensive pieces in the mix. Not saying one couldn't do it on a budget, but Becker clearly has more resources at her disposal than, well, me: 'Maybe your project is small, you simply want to replace your current bathroom sink, add a new shower curtain and paint the walls.' I can manage the shower curtain but the rest would take me quite a while. But if you're wanting to tackle projects beyond arranging furniture and hanging art, this book will help you.

The format includes some lined pages with questions that you're meant to answer in the book itself. For example, the page for 'What do you enjoy doing in these rooms?' has fill-in options for the bedroom, the bathroom, etc. It also includes unsexy questions meant to keep you on budget and avoid potential pitfalls. Normally I loathe books that include the dreaded words, 'make a list' - but I might actually give these a try, because they do seem useful and geared towards a practical outcome.

As for the rest of the text, I'm pretty sure Captain Obvious was the uncredited ghost writer. There are a lot of clichés along the lines of 'you won't know unless you try' and 'the more you do something... the better you will get at it.' And just in case you've spent the last twenty years in a coma: 'a blog is a web log, or an online journal...' The resources section is meagre, but will serve well for those readers who can't find their own way towards West Elm or Crate and Barrel. It's all fine really and certainly nothing I'd disagree with, I was just hoping for a little more.

However, this book is worth buying for the lovely big photos. I picked it up with the intention of a quick thumb-through, and ended up turning the pages slowly, absorbed in all the little details of the rooms. This is what you buy BOOKS for, what you don't get in a blog. It's similar to her other book, Decorate, but it's more about a structure and process rather than a collection of ideas. Get both if you can.

This is a nicely printed paperback book with a neat dustjacket that folds open to reveal a photo collage on the inside. The paperback format reinforces the idea of a workbook that can be written in, but the professional layouts and Debi Treloar's excellent photography make it so pretty that I hesitate to do so. The quality is higher than most of the hardback decor books I've received lately. It's not for the coffee table, but it would definitely make a nice gift for someone thinking about decoration, or moving into a first apartment.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb398d3d8) out of 5 stars If Decorate is my design 'Bible' then Workshop is CCD classes March 12 2013
By K. Fitzgerald - Published on
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Holly Becker's Decorate Workshop is a must have for those looking for instruction in design. The information in this book is very easy to follow and its like someone holding your hand through the process. Even though I've now read nearly 40 books on the subject I'd have to say that this would be one that I'd return to read again and again. I really enjoyed the pictures in this book used to illustrate the topic but not just because they were beautiful, multiple angles are provided so you can a real sense for the space and how it flows. I love that it's printed in paperback because it's so much easier to handle and travels nicely. The book has sections for you to write in and I did partake in that, mostly because I'm going to want to look back in 10 years and see how my style evolved.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2f93894) out of 5 stars Brilliant, Inspiring & Practical - Love, Love LOVE it! Dec 17 2012
By Louisa - Published on
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I'm a huge fan of Holly Becker and her amazing blog I love how clearly she speaks to her readers, you get a really sense of who she is and what her style is through her blog. I love this second book because a) I LOVE the french jacket sleeve which you can fold out and pin up at home and b) the practical, helpful advice in the book is just fantastic. I've already started a couple of the tips she mentions and my home feels so much more lovely thanks to her.

I think your home can have such a massive impact on your outlook and how you feel about things, and Holly's book helps you to create the home you love - find your own style and be your own person! It's not about copying fancy interior designers, it's about finding what works best for you and Holly is there to encourage you to do this.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb34be290) out of 5 stars All five stars for the text. The book to read. Nov. 15 2013
By Tatiana - Published on
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The book meets its name. It provides sound steps with interesting and useful analysis of true preferences and necessities of our selves for our homes in order to make the home comfortable, reviving and inspiring.
As for my personal preferences, the book is very good in text, but its visual row does not speak to me. Nevertheless I put five stars as I bought this book for its text with analytical framework, and it's worth buying and reading.
My visual preferences are more conservative and with another color choices for living spaces.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2f9e8dc) out of 5 stars Inspiring and Brilliant Dec 17 2012
By Jocelyn Casey - Published on
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I must say, in my opinion it is the best "how to" book on the market. Inside the book is so much more than just how to pull a room together, Holly asks questions, something many do not do anymore. The magazine style layout is brilliant and incredibly well thought out. Holly is a master at decorating and encouraging readers to go within, see what best fits for them, and get creative. I am a stylist and designer myself and when I saw this book in Anthropologie I went straight to my car and read the entire book in the parking lot. So, needless to say it is entertaining, encouraging, fabulously organized, and inspiring. You will want to get your hands in all things creative right after flipping the first page. Thank you Holly Becker for taking this adventure on and sharing with us all you have to offer, it is a true blessing.