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Details: A Stylist's Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors Hardcover – December 7, 2010

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LILI DIALLO’s work as an interior stylist has appeared in Domino, Real Simple, Town & Country, Glamour, and Everyday with Rachael Ray, as well as on Apartment Therapy, Urban Flea, and other popular sites. Raised in Lyon and Paris, France, she lives in a loft in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1 edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307591514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591517
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2010
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I bought this book for myself for Christmas, as I wanted to know how a stylist turns ordinary into extraordinary.

And I loved the pink fuschia sofa on the cover against the brilliant blue.

If you love hip, young, edgy, authentic, gritty, bohemian, eclectic style and love shopping Ebay, flea markets or finding furniture on the street, or if you're an artist and live in Brooklyn or NYC, you may adore this book. Style is an expression of personality, so if this matches your personality, consider buying the book.

If the above doesn't describe you, you may not appreciate the rooms. Some of the rooms in this book I found wonderful, but some of them were too "eclectic" and lacked focus for me. This is a niche style that may not appeal to the average design aficionado, unless they love this style. It does fit the current trend of reusing, refurbishing and recycling furniture which I love. If you like the Apartment Therapy blog, you'll find it interesting..

Some of the author's ideas in here were wonderful, and there were a few rooms I'd like to show to design classes I team-teach--however, if we could have seen the principles and tips the author/stylist utilizes demonstrated on an ARRAY of styles, the book would have wider appeal I humbly believe.

Some of the useful tips:

* Select a screen upholstered in fabric to warm the space, one in lacquered wood to add a chic edge & select an elegantly tall and thin screen to dress up or hide a tiny dysfunctional corner

* When styling vignettes, group objects by a loose narrative--color palette, theme etc.--and then add
something totally unrelated (such as purple wildflowers) to stave off predictability.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L from Denver on March 16, 2011
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While I will admit I had very high expectations for this book, I wasn't too let down. Lili Diallo has a taste that may not be for all, but if you enjoy a dash of whimsy and a sprinkling of "undone" you may enjoy this book. I don't think I would use it as a guide, but rather just inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aboutcomfort on July 2, 2011
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I love this book. It is inspiring and fun and is not about expensive furniture and stuffy decorating techniques. It is about expressing personality and individual style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Fitzgerald on February 25, 2012
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To be honest I purchased this book after having seen it in a picture on Emily Henderson's blog. I love her HGTV show 'Secrets From A Stylist' and that is the only reason I purchased the book. I have found that I love witty and eclectic design. Why shouldn't our homes reflect humor, life is serious enough. I also love shopping at flea markets, thrift stores and the Salvation Army for treasures, just as much as I enjoy shopping at West Elm, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. Perhaps that's why this book appealed so much to me but I don't think you have to be interested in these things for this book to appeal to you. If you have an appetite for interior design, styling or learning about this art form then this book is for you. The information is applicable whatever your aesthetic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheReader on January 27, 2012
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The book has great photographs and cute tips and tricks. I don't agree with previous reviewers in that it only caters to an eclectic sense of style. Yes, there is an emphasis on repurposing and so on. It has a bit of everything, and true inspiratin can come from anywhere. In conclution if you are lokoing for a book full of interesting rooms, this is it. If you are looking for a book on a spesific type of style and only that, this is not it.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reader H on December 28, 2010
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Don't fall for the line "Details teaches you how to find your very own design story ..." Save your money and do whatever the hell you want with your interior because that is basically what the book teaches you. She offers advice such as the "cheap trick" of throwing four yards of fabric over a cheap sofa claiming it "elevates" her Ikea sofa. It just looks messy, as do most of the photos in the book. Her "secrets" frequently contradict each other because they offer you too many options without a good explanation of when that option works. For example, next to a photo of randomly hung art she says "Measuring equal distance between frames can help create a perfect balance" Huh?
I find the jacket cover line "you will discover how to edit your beloved belongings and arrange a room so there's just charm, no clutter" to be utterly false. The book is filled with clutter. If that is your style, then MAYBE this book will inspire you, or at least justify that messy is artsy.
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