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Design Rules: The Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator Paperback – November 3, 2009
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-Jennifer Boles, Peak of Chic
"Elaine Griffin is the Diana Vreeland of decorating. Ignore her smart and stylish directives at your own risk! This book has the answers to so many seemingly simple decorating questions-- I love it!"
-Kate Betts, editor of TIME Style & Design
"Creating one's own style at home can be daunting. Elaine Griffin demystifies the process with a smart and savvy, no-nonsense decorating primer. Translating the basics of chic design for the nonprofessional, she provides irresistible, foolproof tips that make sense for every taste, style and budget."
-Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Elle Decor
"[A] great new book...I love Elaine's accessible writing style, a breath of fresh air in the often stuffy atmosphere of decorating. Thrilling!"
-Temo Callahan, creative director, Studio Printworks
"Elaine nails it with her step-by-step, practical approach...Design Rules is a great tool and inspiration for all."
-Colin Cowie, designer and author of Colin Cowie Chic
More About the Author
"A person's home -- what it looks like, where it is, how it's lived in -- reveals more about him than absolutely anything else in the world," says New York interior designer Elaine Griffin. "Now creating a beautiful home is definitely a time-consuming task, but, sugar, I promise you that it'll never be a thankless one! When you make the effort to style up your castle, it will love you back every time you walk in the door and say, 'aaaaahhhhhh.'"
Elaine is a graduate of Yale University and studied at the New York School of Interior Design. She began her design career in the office of architecture and design legend Peter Marino. A recognized tastemaker known for her infectious sense of humor, Elaine designed the Good Works Makeovers for Oprah's O at Home, and is ranked as one of House Beautiful's Top 100 American Designers. Her work frequently appears in design magazines and on television nationally.
A native of the Deep South, Elaine was the designer of the acclaimed Fall 2006 Southern Accents Showhouse at Hampton Island, Georgia. Design Rules: The Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator is her first book.
Top Customer Reviews
I was excited about this title because I saw it reviewed - very positively - in two shelter magazines I read, but it is disappointing because it is so very basic. This book may be useful if you have never decorated a room before and have no intuition for how to do so, but it lacks depth. I have read it cover to cover, and I have not learned anything I did not already know (and I am not a professional decorator). Perhaps because I was expecting the book to be a resource, I was also annoyed by the "we're close friends having coffee" tone of the book (the reader is "sugar" "doll" and "honey" throughout). The conversational tone makes weeding through the chit-chat for the information even harder.
The book is also not well organized. There are many sections in the book that are six or seven paragraphs long and have no bullet points or lists to highlight the important information. Additionally, I found the author's rambling, Southern style of writing ("Designer Girlfriend can't have that honey") to be quite annoying.
While the author may offer a few helpful tips, the book lacks photographs and is not pleasingly organized. I would not have purchased this book had I flipped through it at the bookstore.
And wow how refreshing was it to see BROWN type, instead of black! It was so unexpected - and yet so easy on the eyes!
So Thank You Elaine for sharing your tips - and being the voice of support I needed in my home makeover!
I saw a review about this book and ordered it right away. I only read the chapters on Kitchens and Bathrooms at first and found them to be super helpful. I ran out to buy more tiles to emulate a pattern I saw in the book. I also used it to help pick out a back splash material and storage solutions that I would otherwise never have thought of, and I was able to get my granite countertops for super cheap because I was confident enough with my homework to go directly to a wholesaler and explain the thickness and edging I wanted like a pro!
For those trying to do more with less this book is extremely helpful to use a reference when you have a vision but need a little help executing it. My remodeling came out on budget, but took a few extra days because I opted to do a little more than planned after reading the book (extra shelving and painting). I've also rearranged my living room and am now attempting to decoupage a sturdy, but ugly bookcase that I had originally planned to replace. Thanks, girlfriend!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got it from the library. Read it cover to cover. Decided to buy a copy to keep. I'm an engineer. Sure, I'll hire a professional interior designer to help me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PS
I am design-challenged, and I have just bought my first house. I was completely overwhelmed by the basics like "Where do I put my sofa?", so I picked up this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by H. Wolfe
Love Elaine Griffins work, love this book, think she's a genius. I refer to this book all the time, and I have hundreds of design books that I read once and never refer to again,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Susan M Werner
Very,very helpful. She is darling ! I am in the middle of a big addition to our house and needed a little friendly advice. This book was just the ticket. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JULESM