Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps Paperback – Oct 24 2012
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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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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.
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.
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.