- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452110646
- ISBN-13: 978-1452110646
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps Paperback – November 7, 2012
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"An incredibly intimate design tome."
"It makes decorating your home a whole lot less daunting."
-Victoria Smith, SFGirlByBay
"Becker... gives practical tips on how to take a space from vision to completion."
"I absolutely love the format of this 'workbook' which provides a step-by-step look at planning and executing decorating projects."
-Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
"The process Holly has come up with is really practical and is a brilliant way to approaching your space."
-Jan Halvarson, Poppytalk
"An amazing step by step design lesson for you to transform your house into a home that reflects you and your style."
-Leslie Shewring, A Creative Mint
"Unlike some interior design books which are just full of lovely photographs, Decorate Workshop pairs those inspirational images with eight steps to walk you through your next decorating dilemma."
-Ellie Snow, Mint
About the Author
Holly Becker is founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8 and author of Decorate. She is a columnist at Real Simple online and lives in Hannover, Germany.
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The format includes some lined pages with questions that you're meant to answer in the book itself. For example, the page for 'What do you enjoy doing in these rooms?' has fill-in options for the bedroom, the bathroom, etc. It also includes unsexy questions meant to keep you on budget and avoid potential pitfalls. Normally I loathe books that include the dreaded words, 'make a list' - but I might actually give these a try, because they do seem useful and geared towards a practical outcome.
As for the rest of the text, I'm pretty sure Captain Obvious was the uncredited ghost writer. There are a lot of clichés along the lines of 'you won't know unless you try' and 'the more you do something... the better you will get at it.' And just in case you've spent the last twenty years in a coma: 'a blog is a web log, or an online journal...' The resources section is meagre, but will serve well for those readers who can't find their own way towards West Elm or Crate and Barrel. It's all fine really and certainly nothing I'd disagree with, I was just hoping for a little more.
However, this book is worth buying for the lovely big photos. I picked it up with the intention of a quick thumb-through, and ended up turning the pages slowly, absorbed in all the little details of the rooms. This is what you buy BOOKS for, what you don't get in a blog. It's similar to her other book, Decorate, but it's more about a structure and process rather than a collection of ideas. Get both if you can.
This is a nicely printed paperback book with a neat dustjacket that folds open to reveal a photo collage on the inside. The paperback format reinforces the idea of a workbook that can be written in, but the professional layouts and Debi Treloar's excellent photography make it so pretty that I hesitate to do so. The quality is higher than most of the hardback decor books I've received lately. It's not for the coffee table, but it would definitely make a nice gift for someone thinking about decoration, or moving into a first apartment.
As for my personal preferences, the book is very good in text, but its visual row does not speak to me. Nevertheless I put five stars as I bought this book for its text with analytical framework, and it's worth buying and reading.
My visual preferences are more conservative and with another color choices for living spaces.