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Design Rules: The Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator Paperback – November 3, 2009
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-Jennifer Boles, Peak of Chic
"Elaine Griffin is the Diana Vreeland of decorating. Ignore her smart and stylish directives at your own risk! This book has the answers to so many seemingly simple decorating questions-- I love it!"
-Kate Betts, editor of TIME Style & Design
"Creating one's own style at home can be daunting. Elaine Griffin demystifies the process with a smart and savvy, no-nonsense decorating primer. Translating the basics of chic design for the nonprofessional, she provides irresistible, foolproof tips that make sense for every taste, style and budget."
-Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Elle Decor
"[A] great new book...I love Elaine's accessible writing style, a breath of fresh air in the often stuffy atmosphere of decorating. Thrilling!"
-Temo Callahan, creative director, Studio Printworks
"Elaine nails it with her step-by-step, practical approach...Design Rules is a great tool and inspiration for all."
-Colin Cowie, designer and author of Colin Cowie Chic
Top Customer Reviews
I was excited about this title because I saw it reviewed - very positively - in two shelter magazines I read, but it is disappointing because it is so very basic. This book may be useful if you have never decorated a room before and have no intuition for how to do so, but it lacks depth. I have read it cover to cover, and I have not learned anything I did not already know (and I am not a professional decorator). Perhaps because I was expecting the book to be a resource, I was also annoyed by the "we're close friends having coffee" tone of the book (the reader is "sugar" "doll" and "honey" throughout). The conversational tone makes weeding through the chit-chat for the information even harder.
The book is also not well organized. There are many sections in the book that are six or seven paragraphs long and have no bullet points or lists to highlight the important information. Additionally, I found the author's rambling, Southern style of writing ("Designer Girlfriend can't have that honey") to be quite annoying.
While the author may offer a few helpful tips, the book lacks photographs and is not pleasingly organized. I would not have purchased this book had I flipped through it at the bookstore.
I just wish she'd write another book!
And wow how refreshing was it to see BROWN type, instead of black! It was so unexpected - and yet so easy on the eyes!
So Thank You Elaine for sharing your tips - and being the voice of support I needed in my home makeover!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got it from the library. Read it cover to cover. Decided to buy a copy to keep. I'm an engineer. Sure, I'll hire a professional interior designer to help me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by PS
I am design-challenged, and I have just bought my first house. I was completely overwhelmed by the basics like "Where do I put my sofa?", so I picked up this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by H. Wolfe
Very,very helpful. She is darling ! I am in the middle of a big addition to our house and needed a little friendly advice. This book was just the ticket. Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by JULESM
Simple, clear and concise. Almost reads like a bullet-point presentation. It is easy to pick up and get a few nuggets while waiting in line or passing a few minutes in a waiting... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by P. Wright