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Details: A Stylist's Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors Hardcover – December 7, 2010
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About the Author
LILI DIALLO’s work as an interior stylist has appeared in Domino, Real Simple, Town & Country, Glamour, and Everyday with Rachael Ray, as well as on Apartment Therapy, Urban Flea, and other popular sites. Raised in Lyon and Paris, France, she lives in a loft in Brooklyn, New York.
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And I loved the pink fuschia sofa on the cover against the brilliant blue.
If you love hip, young, edgy, authentic, gritty, bohemian, eclectic style and love shopping Ebay, flea markets or finding furniture on the street, or if you're an artist and live in Brooklyn or NYC, you may adore this book. Style is an expression of personality, so if this matches your personality, consider buying the book.
If the above doesn't describe you, you may not appreciate the rooms. Some of the rooms in this book I found wonderful, but some of them were too "eclectic" and lacked focus for me. This is a niche style that may not appeal to the average design aficionado, unless they love this style. It does fit the current trend of reusing, refurbishing and recycling furniture which I love. If you like the Apartment Therapy blog, you'll find it interesting..
Some of the author's ideas in here were wonderful, and there were a few rooms I'd like to show to design classes I team-teach--however, if we could have seen the principles and tips the author/stylist utilizes demonstrated on an ARRAY of styles, the book would have wider appeal I humbly believe.
Some of the useful tips:
* Select a screen upholstered in fabric to warm the space, one in lacquered wood to add a chic edge & select an elegantly tall and thin screen to dress up or hide a tiny dysfunctional corner
* When styling vignettes, group objects by a loose narrative--color palette, theme etc.--and then add
something totally unrelated (such as purple wildflowers) to stave off predictability.
* If a room lacks architecture, add a piece that has it--such as the arabesque curves of a mirror frame or even architectural prints.
In the author's next book, would love to see her ideas applied to a mix of styles which should appeal to more readers. Would also love to see some "before and after" rooms--how the room looked before she styled it and after the styling. I would like to have more tips grouped throughout the book in the helpful "stylist's secrets" formats. Those were a great addition to a page, and helpful to we amateur stylists.