Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today's Top Designers Hardcover – Mar 27 2012
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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." ~AlltheBest.com
"...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." ~CamilleMaurice.com
About the Author
Susanna Salk is the author of Room for Children and Weekend Retreats and a contributing editor for 1stdibs.com and ivillage.com, as well as regularly producing decorating segments for NBC’s Today Show.
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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!
Color, mix, arrangement, balance, whimsy, accessorizing and rule breaking are exemplified in rooms with some written tips. What is great about interior design is that you can learn by just looking--you don't have to read and memorize. Your eye is being trained by looking at great design.
In this book you can look at a room--there's 261 large pages of them--and see what your eye is attracted to. What are you being drawn to? What tantalizes you is clues to your taste and it might be an object or feature you want to incorporate in your home. You can learn a lot about your taste--and expand it--by approaching a room in this way.
Interior designer David Hicks said one of the most instructive exercises in art school was looking at everything and forming an opinion about what you see. Taste is about exposure. This book exposes you to the work of 100 designers working today. It's also instructive to identify what you don't like.
Although this is not an design "how-to" manual, tips are spread throughout. And then you can see how the tips look in actual rooms. Some favorites:
*"I always try to mix the humble with the grand. For example, the curtains are inexpensive Italian bedspreads." Bunny Williams p.18
*Linen is always a great foil to accentuate the architecture of an antique furniture piece while instantly updating it. Period damask would have made the room feel too stilted." Darryl Carter p.83
*Miles and I designed the big table to double as both a dining and a library table. When I'm not serving dinner there, it's stacked with books". Gil Schafer with Miles Redd p.163
*"A great deal of mid-twentieth-century furniture is inspired by eighteenth century models so mixing the two periods keeps the room from becoming static." David Kleinberg p.161
*"Most people just put a chest and mirror in a foyer. I love a banquette--it says 'kick off your shoes and stay awhile'." Melissa Ruffy p. 169
"This book is about emboldening you so you can embolden your rooms. I want you to be inspired rather than intimidated by my most favorite rooms from some of the best designers and tastemakers around," writes author Susan Salk. This book has a fresh, vibrant mix of rooms for you to study and be emboldened by.