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"It makes decorating your home a whole lot less daunting."
-Victoria Smith, SFGirlByBay

"An incredibly intimate design tome."
-Glitter Guide

"Becker... gives practical tips on how to take a space from vision to completion."
-Apartment Therapy

"I absolutely love the format of this 'workbook' which provides a step-by-step look at planning and executing decorating projects."
-Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio

"The process Holly has come up with is really practical and is a brilliant way to approaching your space."
-Jan Halvarson, Poppytalk

"An amazing step by step design lesson for you to transform your house into a home that reflects you and your style."
-Leslie Shewring, A Creative Mint

"Unlike some interior design books which are just full of lovely photographs, Decorate Workshop pairs those inspirational images with eight steps to walk you through your next decorating dilemma."
-Ellie Snow, Mint

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110646
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 2004, Holly Becker launched decor8 (pronounced decorate) as a small interior design studio in Boston and in 2006, a blog under the same name was born. Today, decor8 includes three international best-selling interiors books under the "Decorate" series published by Chronicle Books and Jacqui Small Publishing, Blogging Your Way e-courses and workshops where she has taught over 8,000 students worldwide, business consulting services for companies large and small in North America, the UK and Germany and of course, her blog which attracts a global audience and 1.2 million monthly page views.

In addition to decor8, Holly is a stylist and journalist. She has contributed to HGTV, Domino, Real Simple, The Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Where Women Create Business, Mollie Makes and Sweet Paul. Holly has written forewords for Happy Home by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau, Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair, Wohnideen aus dem wahren Leben by Petra Harms and Petit Collage by Lorena Siminovich. She has abeen quoted on the jackets of and/or contributed work to Handmade Living by Lotta Jansdotter, The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin, Appliqué Your Way by Kayte Terry, Blogging For Bliss by Tara Frey, Little Stitches by Amy Butler, Creatively Self-Employed by Kristen Fischer and the soon-to-release Elements of Style by Erin Gates.

Holly is a wife and new mother living and working in Hannover, Germany with an additional office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA. Currently working on her forth decorating book, she's actively seeking to design a line of lifestyle, office, decorating and craft products aimed at creative women who love surrounding themselves with inspiring, meaningful things.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By moi surtout on November 6, 2012
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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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Fitzgerald on March 12, 2013
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Louisa on December 17, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Holly Becker and her amazing blog decor8blog.com. 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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn Casey on December 17, 2012
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana on November 15, 2013
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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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By YKS on January 14, 2013
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I am just getting started with this book. I am about 1/3 into the book and already feel this book is helping me organize my brain and plan for re-doing my home one room at at time. I have far too many ideas/bookmarks/tearsheets that all just pile up and go nowhere. This book is really helpful in breaking it down into the steps that work for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P Carrier on September 27, 2013
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I had originally downloaded a sample on my kindle fire. The sample interested me enough to order the paperback book. I received my "used" copy to find it appeared brand new! It also arrived way before the time the tracking information indicated. I am in the process of completing a very small (450 sq. ft.) lake house. This book is just what I needed to organize the planning process of decorating. Its put the fun back into it and really reduced my strrss! Holly's tips throughout the book are simple and genius!
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