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Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home

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In Decorate, the world's top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle wr ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published March 25th 2011)
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Melissa
Mar 02, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I have a hard time with decorating books, because most of them feature homes with architectural details that would look amazing, regardless of the wallpaper pattern or the color of the couch cushions, or the design is so costly that it's more disheartening than inspirational. I'd imagine that it would be tricky to write a decorating book for this very reason, because readers aren't looking for photos of some schlub's dump of an apartment, but at the same time, they want to feel like they can act ...more
Jamie Darby
Apr 26, 2011 Jamie Darby rated it it was amazing
My husband and I are just about to buy our first home. I know what my style is, but I really don't have a clue when it comes to decorating. Cut to this book arriving at my front door via amazon. I spent over an hour one night going through the book page by page. I loved it (as I love the Decor8 blog that the author of this book started), and got some great decorating/paint ideas. I plan on referring to the book often in the next while as we try to decorate the rooms in our home. Also, it will ma ...more
Tisha
Aug 15, 2011 Tisha rated it liked it
Maybe it's because I look at a lot of interior design and inspiration blogs, but there wasn't much in this book that I hadn't already seen elsewhere. I was really disappointed.
Amber Weinberg
Jul 02, 2011 Amber Weinberg rated it really liked it
Nice ideas, just wish there were more examples of styles other than Danish, modern and white.
Donna
Oct 15, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, reference
The text mentions developing your own style, but the examples are mostly modern or quirky interiors that seem too trendy and unachievable for the average person. It also feels slanted towards major, high-budget renovations.

Surface appeal takes priority over livability, most notably in the form of all-white schemes that don't seem practical for folks with pets or kids (or without a cleaning service). The pictures are pretty in that staged-for-a-magazine kind of way, but this is definitely not wha
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Anna
Nov 15, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Lots of photographs and bites of decorator advice ranked this as my favorite decorating book: "Rather than concentrating on one trademark look or a particular design aesthetic, we have concentrated on ideas--more than one thousand of them--to provide fresh insight into how you can transform your home." One of interiors shown in the book included those of my favorite fabric designer, Amy Butler, who combines Modern Style and Floral so tastefully. I also liked the quirky colored glass and ceramics ...more
Juliette
Sep 16, 2011 Juliette rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic and I can't recommend it enough! A lot of thought went into it and you can tell. What I like best:

* Well-considered text. This is the first decorating book where I have actually been compelled to read every word; after reading every word, I'm also glad I did!

* Great layout of content. Chapters are thoughtfully and logically organized. The last chapter is like the cherry on top and even the resource guide was set up in a reader-friendly format...and yes, you actually want t
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liberal sprinkles
I love Holly's blog Decor8 and I'm enjoying this book too. I was a bit overwhelmed when I first got it, I didn't know quite where to start; there's just so much to absorb and admire. Decorate is choke-ful of information, ideas and resources. It covers a range of style although it leans a little toward the country and vintage, shabby chic look.

I liked: the fountain of ideas and tips; the great photos and the use of visuals to explain concepts and ideas; the quotes on every facing page from design
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liberal sprinkles
I love Holly's blog Decor8 and I'm enjoying this book too. I was a bit overwhelmed when I first got it, I didn't know quite where to start; there's just so much to absorb and admire. Decorate is choke-ful of information, ideas and resources. It covers a range of style although it leans a little toward the country and vintage, shabby chic look.

I liked: the fountain of ideas and tips; the great photos and the use of visuals to explain concepts and ideas; the quotes on every facing page from design
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liberal sprinkles
Aug 28, 2011 liberal sprinkles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-decor, design, home, diy
I love Holly's blog Decor8 and I'm enjoying this book too. I was a bit overwhelmed when I first got it, I didn't know quite where to start; there's just so much to absorb and admire. Decorate is choke-ful of information, ideas and resources. It covers a range of style although it leans a little toward the country and vintage, shabby chic look.

I liked: the fountain of ideas and tips; the great photos and the use of visuals to explain concepts and ideas; the quotes on every facing page from design
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Lori Shafer
Nov 05, 2015 Lori Shafer rated it it was amazing
Every resource I have used says I have an eclectic decorating style. Decorate is perfect for me. Actually it is a good source for many type of decorators. Becker goes from clean and white to colorful and comfy. I found some cute things to try. The book is wonderfully laid out with lots of illustrations. She takes you step by step through decisions you might make decorating your home.

I received this book through the interlibrary loan program at my library.
Rachel
Aug 01, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
Lots of lovely pictures and tons of tips and ideas. There are sections on each room as well as key aspects of a variety of styles. There was an emphasis in finding your own style with lots of inspirational quotes. It did tend to be a bit on the modern and sleek side but it was helpful for getting a foundation for the decorating process (which is ongoing, like the book highlights).
Grace
Sep 28, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it
Inspiring interiors designed by the people who live in them (instead of hired guns). The interiors are highly personal, layered over time, and most of them are not large in space or budget.

The book advocates for and includes scale drawings of each home. That's a feature more decorating books should incorporate.
Michelle Johnston
Jul 25, 2013 Michelle Johnston rated it it was amazing
Decorate is a compilation of advice, quotes and pictures from well known designers and bloggers. It has delicious glossy pages and is jam packed full of gorgeous pictures and quotes like this one from my main swoon Nate Berkus.

What I like most about this book is that it isn't just a book about beautifully styled and staged rooms but they seem to be actual lived in rooms. It also explains step by step how to achieve each look so you can re-create it in your own home. I especially love the pages o
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Carrie
Jul 20, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-making
This is a book to read in stages. There is just so much to absorb between the pictures, the text and the quotes from guest designers. This is a different type of decorating book and one that I will keep on my shelves to re-read and then let the ideas sink in before I return for another look.
Vanessa
Feb 27, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: how-to
This review is for the e-book version that I checked out of the library. I don't know if the print version has the same problem, but the book was full of errors. It was constant. A single sentence could have two or three. If you want to read this book, I would get the print edition, which I really hope can't be as full of errors.

I was not too satisfied with the book even looking past the errors. While the book was full of pictures, they did not seem to be taken at many different homes. Many of t
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Rebecca
Anthropologie posted about this one, so, like a big nerd, I reserved it at the library. It's got some great photos (on the inside -- not sure why the cover photo is kinda lame) and quotes. I only flipped through because it's got a lot of other reserves. Liked: the bright colors; mirrors; flowers; mood boards/inspiration boards; the outdoor canopy on p. 113; mix & matched bedding. Disliked: wallpaper on the ceiling; any giant wallpaper patterns.

"Allow yourself the patience to know it will al
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Kim
Oct 12, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: interiors, 2011
Better than average. Lots of good ideas and inspiration, a reasonable range of styles. The book did not seem too full of itself, or make ridiculous claims about how some 2k objet d'art is a 'must have' (the number of shelter mags and books that do this is astounding to me). Other things I liked: Lots of good ideas on how to get started, achievable ideas that don't have to cost a small fortune, and it doesn't try to claim any decorating 'rules' or obnoxious do/don't lists (which is refreshing). Y ...more
Laurie Cameron
May 16, 2014 Laurie Cameron rated it it was amazing
Inspirational ideas from my talented friend Holly, curator of Northern European decor wisdom.
Rachel Nelson
Jul 24, 2013 Rachel Nelson rated it it was ok
Basically there were a few redeeming quotes and insights, but mostly the looks and suggestions were a bit too modern and edgy for my style. Ended up skimming most of it because I'd take one look at the picture and think "I really don't care why you did that because I never would!" There are better decor books out there, especially for the casual enthusiast, like The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well.
Shannon
Dec 10, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-lifestyle
Fantastic book loaded with design ideas. The layout and sections are grouped around space size, style, rooms and extras with excellent photos. I particularly love the glimpse into real homes and the mix of vintage and modern pieces with personal art and items.
I find myself picking this book up again and again and use it as a source of inspiration for decorating and arranging my home. I enjoyed the design tips from professionals including Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler and Nate Berkus. An excel
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Corinnagoodwin
Jun 13, 2015 Corinnagoodwin rated it it was ok
mostly not my taste, and they don't look lived in
Johanna Haas
Jan 25, 2014 Johanna Haas rated it it was ok
Paint your whole house white. Buy some colorful and expensive nicknacks. Buy even more colorful and expensive vintage designer furniture. Now, you do not have to read this book.
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Diana's rating: 5 stars

Give yourself an escape for an hour (or more) and sit down with this book and your favorite beverage. It's a feast for the eyes, and even if you're not trying to decorate anything right now, perhaps it will change the way you think about your spaces, and will inspire you down the road. Lots of unique and personal spaces where stylish people really live.
Larisa Balosin
Mar 08, 2015 Larisa Balosin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. The pictures are great, it is well organized.
It has useful tips, but it does not offer complete recipes for decorating a room.
The book offers ideas, presenting many rooms and decorating styles, and encourages one to find what he really likes when it comes to decorating (starting from their passions and interests in day to day life).
All in all, I think is a great book.
Katy
Jan 08, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
The intro was misleading. I thought I was going to get some ideas on design and decorating, but mostly they explained what other people did. I guess that's a way of getting ideas. But I liked some of it, but not seeing rooms decorated by someone who has more money than I ever will earn But, overall, it wasn't bad. I did enjoy it after I realized it wasn't what I expected.
Westerville
Aug 05, 2011 Westerville rated it really liked it
Shelves: adults, non-fiction
"Liked: the bright colors; mirrors; flowers; mood boards/inspiration boards; the outdoor canopy on p. 113; mix & matched bedding." - Becky, Teen Librarian

Reserve a library copy!
Shannon
Apr 16, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Luscious. I read it cover to cover and now it sits on a table in my living room with Design*Sponge by Grace Bonney. Both are filled with beautiful interiors. I've been a fan of the decor8 blog for some time and this book is totally up to snuff. Holly Becker is a talented designer and stylist.
Audrey
Jul 05, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-organized with lots of eye candy. Much better than many of the home decor books I've checked out recently. This is one I would actually consider adding to my personal collection -- can't say that about the others I've looked at lately.
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