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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  29 reviews is the go-to, undisputed authority for home design enthusiasts, remodelers, architects, and designers with disposable income. The antithesis to sites that cater to all tastes, Remodelista has a singular and clearly defined aesthetic: classic pieces trump designs that are trendy and transient, and well-edited spaces take precedence over cluttered environment...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Artisan
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Hold on just a moment! Catch your breath and consider my opinion that runs contrary to most of those expressed about Remodelista. I am happy for those who feel so positively about this book. But, if there are a few people in this world who think like me, I want to give them another assessment to consider before they put money or time into this thing.

On the positive side, the photography by Matthew Williams is one of the few things that make this book more valuable than the BTU’s it could generat...more
It was fun to look at the pictures, but it costs a lot of money to look this austere and industrial, when really I prefer cottage/bohemian/thrift store.
Thanks to and Artisan Publishers for early access to this title.

4 1/2 stars - This book is so much my style! I'm already in love with their website, and this book is a great companion and compilation of their best ideas. I loved the ideas presented, and how the chapters were organized. The double page spreads were nice as well. Following presentation of already decorated homes are great ideas for DIY projects and favorite items of the Remodelista team. There's an extensive list of...more
There are some interesting ideas in the book (especially if you have a large disposable income). Let me sum it up for you: everything in your house should be white, banish anything plastic, and make sure all of your (Edison) light bulbs are exposed. Now you have a designer home!
When a 300 square foot bedroom was referred to as small in the first chapter, I paused, but decided to keep going. But I couldn't get past the $200 doorknobs a few pages on. I just couldn't relate.

(I'm curious; does it get frustrating to only be allowed to own books with cream covers, or do these folks have secret hidden bookshelves where they keep the ones that don't fit with their color scheme?)
This holds little value for a middle class person with a collection of blue octopus paintings....

The section on remodeling is laughable (I've remodeled much of my own home, by hand). In this book remodeling doesn't involve power tools or crying, just moving out and writing checks. The times when I've paid people for things I couldn't do (masonry); it still involved crying, power tools, and check writing.

It gets one extra star for the cute cat picture on the back.
A pretty supplement to the Redmodelista blog. Mostly it covers particular houses in detail, with a guide to doing up your own place and a list of their favourite products. Lovely to look at, though the houses become a bit samey by the end - off-white internal walls, off-black external paintwork + gorgeous natural materials. Very scandinavian, modern design. Somewhat minimalist. I'd like my house to look like this!
Sep 02, 2014 D rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: absolute remodel novices looking for a most basic smattering of information
2.5 stars

a VERY brief paragraph listing of some of the basics of undertaking home remodel. the cursory advice and explanations will be necessary but not sufficient for the absolute beginner and will do next to nothing for folks looking for in-depth remodeling advice, inspiration, and direction.

i read the electronic copy, and there were, disappointingly, no photographs.

I love the designs in this book. They are beautiful and captivating. The spaces look elegant but inviting. The second half of the book has a collection of kitchen and bathroom ideas, followed by important tips for any quest in renovation. If you are embarking on a home improvement project, check this first.
Lots of redecorating (more than remodeling) ideas; so many, in fact, that it's overwhelming. Lots of sources to purchase unusual items are provided.
I made note of a few ideas and I like the book's concept, but it represented many design-styles disparate from my own.
Stunning photography but a lot of the designs are cold/not my style. May revisit later.
some good ideas and practical tips on house remodeling. great photographs.
Expected to see different ideas, but it was all stark white, minimalist homes
Oh my, I love this book. It's such an amazing resource. It contains excellent yet helpful information. The layout is easy to follow and the pictures are stunning.
Jan Polep
Since I'm not in the market to remodel a house, my idea was to glean unique ways to repurpose household items and other building materials in weird and wonderful ways. Wait til you see the shower on the outside deck accessed through a bathroom window, the concealed shower door, push button switches, the rolling ladders to access loft beds, leather handles on kitchen cabinets, and hallway doors that turn small spaces into closets inside bathrooms. Eat your Wheaties before attempting to read this...more
A very formulaic look.
Loved loved loved the homes in this book. Even if all the NY hipsters had crazy floors that weren't practical.
Received as a copy from NetGalley.

I was impressed with the book. It wasn't your average coffee table book. The chapters were well laid out. Information was presented in a clear, concise manner. Pictures illustrated the text well and gave raise to new ideas on how to decorate my home. There was something for all types of tastes and styles as well as a list of resources on how to recreate the look. Definitely worth a look.
4.5 actually. I had fun turning each page. (A wonderful break from Remodelista is beautiful and it will make you desire to redecorate. I would summarize it as antiques and ikea have a baby. Grandma's furniture not welcome.
Ideas, and expensive ones at that.
This is THE Remodeling Bible.
I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of the different interiors.

The remodeling how-to section at the back of the book looks like it would be very helpful. This section includes various remodeling tips like how to creation a realistic budget, where to splurge and where to save, etc.
Lots of cool photos and good ideas, but it's really meant for rich people. In fact, I couldn't stop singing "If I had a million dollars" by the Barenaked Ladies the whole time I read it. Looked up a few of their favorite items, including some adorable linen tea towels that sell for $220. Wha...?!
Another book I had the opportunity to actually view in hardback as opposed to ebook. Beautiful photography and chock full of good ideas and websites to try. I went ahead and added it to my Wishlist since I do have a birthday coming up.
Wow this book was amazing - I kid you not, halfway through I got up and moved furniture and rearranged my dining room. Very inspiring and very unique!!!
update...I read the galley in October and now that it is published proper read it again this month. Awesome book!
Nenia Campbell
You can read more of my reviews, faster, at my blog, The Armchair Librarian.

Last month I read another interior decorating guide, called, Nell Hill's Rooms We Love , which I reviewed rather negatively (and one of my friends reblogged my review as Fun for Pyromaniacs).

This guide was much, much, much better.

Did I mention the much? And the better?

Of course, the houses pictured in this guide are already big and spacious to start so they aren't as in-need of decorating as, say, a small flat in a crowd...more
Lots of lovely photos...but definitely out of my price range...lots of ideas "to steal" they offer those, too!
If you like the minimal look then this is a good book for you.
Julie marked it as to-read
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