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Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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"Styled is packed with practical advice for any design enthusiast, whether a space needs a few finishing touches or a complete overhaul." -Architectural Digest
"Interior designer Emily Henderson is a genius when it comes to styling. Her new book, Styled, is filled with tips for making rooms look beautiful and feel cozy." -Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo
"Everyone's favorite design doyenne, HGTV's Emily Henderson shows you how to think like a stylist in your own home, offering tips on how to edit down your collection of stuff, arrange a perfect vignette, and find new uses for old things—all without breaking the bank. Start with her home style quiz, then get to work." -Lonny
"Styled takes rooms and vignettes that could seem hopelessly enigmatic and breaks them down, bit by bit, to give readers ideas and explanations and the tools to recreate or even just understand why something is placed the way it is and why it works. [Emily] is funny and informal, chatty and, perhaps most importantly, she is accessible. The lady’s got a an eye." -Justina Blakeney, author of The New Bohemians
"Styled is full of inspiration and advice for getting that magazine-ready look in your own home." -Apartment Therapy
"Your personal stylist is in the building. The HGTV darling and blog queen dishes out 10 easy style steps to update your space into something smart and savvy but ultimately still you. And with 1,000 unique decorating ideas, your home will be ready for its close-up." -USA Today
"Styled will help you edit your home and find your inner stylist." -Good Housekeeping
"Henderson, HGTV Design Star winner, offers her tips for making the rooms in your home look like the ones in magazines. You can have all the right colors, furniture and organization, but without a few styling tips, it may still fall flat. First Henderson helps you figure out your style (are you seventies or traditional? Modern glam or bohemian?) then after hipping you to a few industry terms, she takes you through 10 easy steps to transform your rooms. A final room-by-room guide helps you find style secrets that work with each space." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About the Author
EMILY HENDERSON is a stylist, interior designer, TV host, and Editor in Chief of the daily website Style Emily Henderson, which Apartment Therapy named the Best Home Design & Inspiration Blog of 2014. Her work has been featured in InStyle, House Beautiful, and domino. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and daughter.
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The first 26 pages are dedicated to how much better your life will be once you know your decorating style, which would be magically revealed to you once you took the quiz. The book elaborated on how it wold make your life easier, and would even reveal some things about yourself that would be helpful on a personal level.
The quiz starts by asking two questions, which determine the which set of questions you go on to answer from there. The first question was do you like curvy or streamlined (straight) furniture. I happen to like straight furniture, as I do not like wasted space. The second question asks, do you like your bookshelves sparse or loaded. I very much like my bookshelves loaded. I like to mentally calculate how much I have exceed the max load with each addition. From this I was directed to answer the first 10 questions.
I found the answers to the questions very pretentious, and not terribly relate-able . I tried to put a lot of thought in it, and it took me 30 minutes to answer all 10 questions. After sweating it out, I finally tallied my score, anxiously turned the page to find the results, and Emily's quiz accused me of being "Contemporary". In reading the description it states I like things minimal, but didn't I answer I like my bookshelves chuck full of stuff in the first place? Hmmmmmm!
I am a lot of things, but contemporary is not one of them...not even a little tiny bit. In fact, I deal and collect antiques. My new "contemporary" identity told me I have little use for the past. Everything in my house has a past. I actually found myself resenting the author.....my former hero. I studied the other styles with a longing, trying to figure out what I could have answered differently. I took the quiz again with the same results.
After the quiz, and the lost promise of self-awareness, i just didn't know where to go from there. I tried opening the book again, but was lost. I kind of skimmed through it, but not in total. Then I opened onto a page where the author mention a grid of daguerreotypes, and she lost me for good. Those were not daguerreotypes, they were etchings. Something completely, and totally different, not even in the same playing field. Perhaps if she were "contemporary" like myself, she would actually know the difference in her antique images.
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The majority of the book is images of rooms, including overall shots and tighter detail shots, with a brief description and some highlighted details of what she did with the styling. Sometimes spaces in two different homes were combined on a page, and that was a little confusing at times. The photography was all very good. There wasn't a chapter on kid's spaces. That was sort of a weird exclusion. I also felt like almost all the spaces were a bit over-styled. I know that's how Emily leans, but it would have been nice to see more minimally-decorated spaces. I think most of the rooms could have benefited with one less vignette each.
The book starts off with a style quiz, similar to what she did for her clients in her show. Now, I like a quiz as much as the next person, but this quiz has some issues. First, it used way too many references that aren't particularly common knowledge, and it seemed to assume a high-end lifestyle. I don't think the point system she uses actually works. In the end, I ignored the quiz portion, and decided that the chapter works a lot better as just a style glossary or reference. She barely references the styles again, so I did have to ask "what's the actual point here?"
I did really like the middle chapter on the 10 steps to a styled space. It was great advice and easy-to-follow steps that anyone can use and apply to their own situation. I think Emily's personality really showed through the most in that chapter. Beyond this chapter, however, I didn't walk away with very much additional knowledge.
I like "Styled" for it's coffee-table cred. There are a ton of pictures, and the rooms are nice to look at. But these styled spaces barely translate to the way I live my life, and how I use my spaces. About the most I can take away from it is her 10-step process and a little bit more confidence styling my bookshelves.