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Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home Hardcover – April 20, 2011
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Joanna Copestick is the author of over ten lifestyle and décor books. She lives in London.
Debi Treloar has photographed for Elle Décor, the Sunday Times, and over thirty books. She lives in London.
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The styles represented are fresh and vibrant; this book should appeal to folks who like modern, vintage, flea-market, DIY, urban, retro, cottage, rural, industrial, bohemian, global, mid-century, heirloom, Apartment Therapy, eclectic and any variation on these themes. These are real homes in which you can easily imagine folks living. It is fun to see designers Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan's home and Vicente Wolf's loft in the mix. If you've ever wondered how one-room living and sleeping would be, Liz Bauer's NYC studio apartment in this book (and Billy Baldwin's from another book) are convincing that you can have a bed in your living room and still look stylish! Loved her space.
This book exceeded my expectations--didn't really know what to expect regarding how 1000 quality design ideas would fit in one book--and think it will be especially valuable to those who want their home to express them and their personal vision of a lively, lovable and livable space.
I also felt that many of these ideas were not feasible for people who are not homeowners (aka people who rent/lease). I know this was not touted as an apartment/rental living book, but it just seemed like you had to make some big changes in materials to achieve the design effects. There was also occasionally some noticeable overlap of information already stated in previous sections of the book (for example, that north-facing rooms look gray if they have white walls...I definitely read that 2-3 times).
But, I did really like the drawn blueprints and information about furniture placement was quite helpful. Most of the spaces shown, also, seem fairly livable, not stark and designer influenced like in many other shelter/home decor books. And although I don't like how it's presented, I do like that there is a lot of information, so you are getting a lot of bang for your buck.
I found new stuff, great tips and a visually soothing experience. The pictures are lovely and they provide great back-up to the informative content. Texts are very well written and effient, long enough to inspire but not too in-depth.
Buy this book if you are about to buy your own place, if you want to stick to rental but are looking for ways to personalize the spaces you live in.
But if you already have a house and/or have just finished decorating it, buy this book to treat yourself to some serious interior eye candy. To me, it's the equivalent of an ice-cream tub. Very very well done to Holly and her team.
The Kindle layout is incorrect (captions are listed for photos that show up several pages later) so it's hard to follow.
But the content, Kindle or otherwise, is horrible unless you happen to be decorating an industrial loft.
1000 professional design ideas? Should be titled: 1000 photographs of rooms with white walls, white floors, and white furnishings. I felt like the victim of a practical joke, flipping through photo after photo after white room after white room. It's utterly bizarre, and in British English. Try using the word "bespoke" without sounding like a pretentious jerk. Can't do it, can you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every conceivable decorating style. As you might guess from the cover, turquoise comes up again and again. Lots of mid century and later twentieth century modern. Read morePublished 1 month ago by knits well runs slowly
This book totally met my love of eclectic styles---pictures got my creative inspirations flowing!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The design ideas in this book tend to have a vintage, shabby chic vibe to them. So it that's your style, this book will be good for you. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mystic by the Lake
Would NOT advise purchasing this book in the Kindle format. Too hard to see entire pages and room decorations. This was my own fault but want to warn others. Just buy a used book.Published 8 months ago by Joan L Garstka
Absolutely love this decorator book. It's been looked through many times, and I keep it as a "Coffee Table" book on display, love it!Published 9 months ago by Summer
This is a really excellent design book. Great pictures. Designs are a little different from many books. Creative and artistic.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The digital edition is impossible to read. You are forced to look at two pages at the same time so the font size is really small and cannot be enlarged. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ilaria romoli