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Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design Hardcover – March 8, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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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It took forever to receive and it did not meet expectations. The best part of the book was the resource page in the back.Published 14 months ago by Sisterstrand
This book really grew on me. The first time I checked it out from the library I thought "meh" - disappointment and I just liked 2 or 3 of the homes featured. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julie C.
Got this from the library to begin with but I just had to have it. I'm studying interior design and I am completely in love with this book- I show it to everyone I talk to and tell... Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Amy Fraser
This is a good book! I buy many styles of decorating books. This is a good one to have in the collection.Published on April 30, 2013 by lynne grebil
Like this design book but don't love it. Some great inspiration but some not so good. Buy it if you can get a sale price.Published on January 30, 2013 by Cindy C. Taylor
Otherwise, I'd skip it. Not very inspiring. I really like Dwell Studio so I was excited for this book but it was pretty disappointing.Published on January 9, 2013 by Lisa
I found little inspiration in this book. Living with what you love sounds good. But nothing goes together in these rooms and it all looks like 1st apartment after college. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by My Opinion