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How to Decorate (The Best of Martha Stewart Living)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The editors of Martha Stewart Living, one of America's most successful home living magazines, have gathered in one convenient place the stories and projects that have defined their approach to decorating the home. The book is organized in a fresh and sensible way, looking at how the rooms are actually used, not at what they are called. Step-by-step instructions for each pr ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 20th 1996 by Clarkson Potter / Publishers (first published June 1st 1996)
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Shereese Maynard
Dec 29, 2010 Shereese Maynard rated it really liked it
I refer to to this book often when I'm trying to "fix" a room. Its a good reference for everyday decorating
Groovy
Aug 18, 2008 Groovy rated it really liked it
Confirmed that I was NOT crazy to paint my walls Sage Green and the ceilings Robins Egg Blue. ---- Thanks Mar
Leighann
Dec 21, 2007 Leighann rated it did not like it
Too basic for Martha caliber.
Marjorie Elwood
Mar 07, 2017 Marjorie Elwood rated it liked it
Shelves: art, organization
A few good tips but, overall, just a rehashing of Martha's signature style.
Sylvia Swann
Mar 29, 2016 Sylvia Swann rated it it was amazing
The book is short but thorough as it carries us through the home room by room. The true purpose of each room is considered as we think about what a home can and should do for us. Martha Stewart's philosophy rings loud and clear in her aesthetic. We even learn a little about Martha herself.

So much is said with the gorgeous images throughout. How-tos are generously shared and illustrated.

I recommend this book to anyone trying to create a beautiful, orderly, and livable, home.
Crystal
Jul 09, 2015 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: decorating
While I'm pretty confident in my own style of decorating, it's always good to browse to find ideas. This book is a basic for those not as confident. I enjoyed the text. Didn't really learn much that I didn't already know but still worth the time it took to read. I'm glad the library has a plethora of books in this genre.
Cathy
Oct 24, 2008 Cathy rated it really liked it
I only gave it 4 stars as it was a little skimpy on new info to me. There were some great ideas. A lot of basic info on color palettes. Would have liked more in depth info. I really liked the book and own it but wish there was more to it. Photos are great-mostly in Martha's own homes.
SmarterLilac
Oct 14, 2016 SmarterLilac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't believe it, but this proves, I think, despite my protestations to the contrary, that my decorating style really is 'Martha Stewart.' Who knew? I thought I was a stately Victorian, or a stylish midcentury. But the classic simplicity of Stewart's style can last for decades.
Sara
Jul 06, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly good. There were even several projects that I sketched out in a notebook for future reference!
Susan
Aug 28, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
She does color so well
Kymberly
Oct 13, 2008 Kymberly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to look at decorating
Recommended to Kymberly by: marthastewart.com
The only thing that I didn't like about this book. Is that I like a simpler country ustic style.
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Jun 30, 2011 Nurbani Wahab rated it really liked it
one of my treasured collection fr Martha.
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Martha Stewart is an American business magnate, author, editor and homemaking advocate. She is also a former stockbroker and fashion model. Over the last two decades Stewart has held a prominent position in the American publishing industry; as the author of several books, hundreds of articles on the domestic arts, editor of a national homekeeping magazine, host for two popular daytime television p ...more
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