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Decorate Fearlessly: Using Whimsy, Confidence, and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces Hardcover – April 8, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847842339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847842339
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"THERE'S ONLY ONE persuasive reason to hang a nutso, ship-shaped chandelier in a living room, as designer Jonathan Adler did: Because you can. For Susanna Salk, author of Decorate Fearlessly, a new book packed with anti-generic spaces like Mr. Adler's, truly memorable décor is not guided by rationale. "I soon understood," she wrote of her research process, "that every great room—no matter how grand or humble—exudes whimsy." You'll want to brace yourself before you flip through this exceedingly exuberant volume. Entire geese adorn walls. Disco mirrors invade kitchens. Patterns that you'd think would not even be on speaking terms riskily coexist. But if you're craving something to jolt your home out of the zzzzzzz zone, look no further." -Wall Street Journal

"Through a trove of mesmerizing rooms and encouraging commentary, she proves her liberating point—if you choose pieces, colors, and prints that you love, then, magic will follow." -House Beautiful

"Well, it’s ABOUT TIME that somebody did a book like this. This beautiful book delivers a photographic trove of fabulously designed rooms by über talented designers. This inspirational how-to decorate book is as much about creating a great room (no matter the budget) as it is a state of mind.  With this, Salk touches on something that should be deeply considered if not already experienced… the effect that quality design can have on your quality of life… and the notion that your home should reflect and inspire YOU. She shares rule- breaking design ideas that celebrate whimsy and personal style over predictable, safe looks. Page after page will enthuse you...every page is a visual delight. Beautify your cocktail table with this gem; I highly recommend it to be read and reread- often." -Courtney Price

"Thrilled. The book inspires readers to make bold choices to create spaces they love..." - At Home in Arkansas

“…sure to spur countless makeovers. Filled with inspiring interiors by everyone from Jonathan Adler to Matchbook’s own Jane Lilly Warren, the book takes us on a room-by-room journey of homes that celebrate bold uses of color and pattern.” –Matchbook Magazine

“…Salk has assembled the work of 83 design luminaries to offer readers a wealth of decorating inspiration — from modern to traditional, casual country to city chic. And she hopes that readers will follow her lead.” –New York Post

About the Author

Susanna Salk is the author of Be Your Own Decorator, Room for Children, and Weekend Retreats and is a contributing editor for 1stdibs.com and iVillage.com, as well as a regular contributor to design segments for NBC’s Today Show.

More About the Author

To read my blog Open House, view some of my design segments for television or contact me, please visit my website: www.susannasalk.com

Customer Reviews

While I did enjoy going through this book...it is one I will pass on to a friend.
Terri Myers
And this is one of those rare books he has given us and it is obvious why: every beautiful page is a superb image that shows personality and originality.
M. Cremaschi
Its photographs are wonderfully detailed and give lots of color and arrangement ideas.
Jo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Cremaschi on April 8, 2014
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I work in the offices of Howard Slatkin's interior design firm, and have done so for twenty years. Every design book is in our library and ones that Mr Slatkin thinks are very important he buys for all of us to have in our home library. And this is one of those rare books he has given us and it is obvious why: every beautiful page is a superb image that shows personality and originality. No boring or conventional rooms here. This book has enough ideas and inspiration to use in your home for a lifetime and will show you that a sense of adventure is how to achieve rooms that are amazing. I love this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cammie Churdar on May 6, 2014
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I firmly believe that Dorothy Draper (author of Decorating is Fun!) would love this book. Through a myriad of examples, Salk proves that we can be unfettered from the fear of "making a costly mistake", a mantra I hear constantly in my line of work as a decorator. If we stay true to our style and furnish our homes with what we truly love, then we can hardly go wrong. It took me a good bit of time to fully digest this wonderful book--it is visually stimulating and inspirational, filled with gorgeous images from all styles and budgets, illustrating that it doesn't necessarily take a large budget to decorate your home, just a good working knowledge of your own truth. I highly recommend reading this book. Veer away from formulaic decorating and go with that wallpaper you're crazy about, paint your grandmother's 1940's china cabinet (trust me, I saw the light when I read the chapter on dining rooms and saw that the Madcap Cottage men lacquered a huge china cabinet in black), and by all means, let your dog sit on the sofa! It's your home, for goodness sake. Don't be afraid of it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By christie dufinetz on May 13, 2014
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This book is not for everyone. But I personally love the bohemian look and mixing antiques with modern. Displaying a life of collection and things from people you love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on July 10, 2014
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Love my copy of Decorate Fearlessly. As an interior designer I couldn't agree more with Susannah Salk and her thoughts on interior design...way too many people are worried about what others think of them. Live with what you love!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo on June 25, 2014
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The book arrived well packaged and on time and as described. Its photographs are wonderfully detailed and give lots of color and arrangement ideas. I will be buying more of her books to give as gifts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terri Myers on June 16, 2014
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While I did enjoy going through this book...it is one I will pass on to a friend. I am a little more of a traditionalist. I did feel the photos and copy were very well done.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Annag Chandler on April 19, 2014
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This book was to much in a lot of ways. Many of the rooms were done to the point of being overdone, and clearly the clients had spent a lot of money [or the decorator was his/her own client, which moderates the expense quite a bit]. But I doubt that many of us could live with these designs for long.

I buy a lot of these books and then ruthlessly take out the photos that I find inspiring and then donate/discard/recycle the remainder. I cut only one photo out of this book, whereas some books are eviscerated.

This is a book to browse in a bookstore -- I wouldn't have bought it if I hadn't thought it was intriguing online. I really have to get out more....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Kelly on May 24, 2014
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Loods of images to peruse and be inspired by in this collection. Many are highly translatable to your own interior. I keep this book next to my bed for nightly inspiration.
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