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Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design Hardcover – March 8, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030746315X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307463159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CHRISTIANE LEMIEUX is the founder and creative director of DwellStudio, a fast-growing home décor and children’s furnishings company. Known for her colorful, modern patterns, Lemieux launched a full-scale fabric line in 2010. She is also a featured design partner with Target and a frequent contributor to leading design blogs, such as Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge. She lives in New York City with her husband, children, and her Labrador, the design studio’s mascot.

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Gorgeous photographs of beautiful, unpretentious, creative homes and lovely stories about the people that live in them.
Jesse Lu Bain
If you loved the defunct and much loved Domino, and are a fan of Lonny, love to read decor and design blogs, you will love this book.
Valortie Hart The Visual Vamp
I meant to write this review several weeks ago when I finished reading this book but I've often gone back to it during this time.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Suz on October 8, 2011
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I purchased this book because it was excerpted in September's Better Homes and Gardens. The picture that they used made me eager to see more and get new ideas and tips on casual chic decor. I should've reconsidered after seeing the sorrowful cover image but I clicked Buy anyway. With the exception of two homes, most of the rooms featured are dingy and completely haphazard. Many of them look like they could use a thorough de-clutter, new furniture, a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. I had an odd feeling while paging through the book and it wasn't until I came to a page that featured a man sitting in a stark room on a shapeless couch with his elderly parents and books randomly strewn around them that I realized it was discomfort. I don't know where the authors found their subjects but they should have helped them rather than photograph them for a misleadingly titled book. This book is NOT inspirational and does NOT provide any guidance or fresh ideas. It is simply a collection of photographs of two nice homes with a lot of dreary looking spaces added. With all the great design blogs available for free, save your money, buy another book or preview before buying. Caveat emptor.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Valortie Hart The Visual Vamp on March 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Undecorate. Provocative title. Does it mean to go minimal and spartan and dispose of all the the trappings of interior design and decorating?

On the contrary, it means infusing your home with personality, color dense and/or neutral, and mixing it up with high and low things of every age, vintage, antique, and contemporary.

The book is filled with real people who just happen to have a super real grasp for decorating. Even though the book plays down the professional decorator or designer, all of the homes have owners who are in a creative profession, sometimes as design professionals, decorators, stylists, artists of every type, and writers. But rather than eschew typical rules and regulations of creating home decor, these folks embrace the unique and beautiful.

The title includes: "The No Rules Approach To Interior Design", that kind of implies that doing what each home owner did was just throw it together without thought to what good design means. This is so not true! No rules does not mean no talent, or no educated eye editing and arranging these spaces. Each home is meticulous in it's details, even though the process unfolded in a natural, no rules, organic manner. It would be great to have anyone of these creative home owners come over and help do up your home.

Common threads unite all of these spaces. You will see collections, color, antlers, art work, books, typography as art, pattern, hide rugs, mid century modern, modern and vintage textiles, French antiques, and naturally and artfully edited spaces that look lived in and inviting. And there's a sense of fun and whimsy and wit in these rooms too.

All of this makes the book user friendly. The reader feels that this kind of undecorating is within their reach.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barb Montana on April 3, 2012
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What a disappointment........Yes, the photos are beautiful but the rooms featured are generally not inspiring. A lot of them look like sloppy housekeeping. When I read a book, I mark the pages that interest me with a post-it note so I can easily find what I liked. In this book, I marked one page. Some of the folks with "collections' to display remind me of the hoarders featured on television shows. Do not waste your money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nita Stacy on May 3, 2011
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I sat and read this entire book in one sitting. Yes, actually read it. Which is unusual for me and a decorating book. Most times....I just browse the photos and there isn't any good descriptive copy included. Such is not the case with this book. This book shows many homes decorated by the owners. And the accompanying stories tell how these owners came to the decisions they made in their decor. Yes, this book is not about hiring a decorator but instead living with the things you love. Letting your space evolve over time. Making a statement with a collection. Yes, all rules broken in this book of decor. It encourages all to think out of the box. To create spaces as individual as the occupants themselves. Gorgeous photography. This book will be one I will go back to over and over again to see certain images and remind myself of how great it looks to mix things up and follow your own drummer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Personally I think the number one audience for this book should be decorators who tend to arrange living spaces which should be viewed from afar, like a painting, not lived in as a home. These are the homes of families from many cross sections of American Life. Their spaces are well used and lived in. If you were a guest you would immediately be comfortable and relaxed. You also see children and dogs freely using these houses.

This book too suffers from one overused concept in interior design though. This is the almost exclusive use of beige and white except in accessory pieces. In these cases though I have the impressions that the families just went with the easiest, most comfy way to set up and then decorated mainly with their personal interests, pieces and art works. There is not a thing wrong with this. I have done it myself. The only problem is that for someone who already pretty much also lives like this, there were no new ideas for me to use in my own space. I was hoping to pick up some new ideas.

So my recommendation is that this book is best for the opposite kind of person, the person who has a lovely home in which no one can get comfy or relax. There are plenty of them out there and they are the ones who need this book.

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