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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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Mo Tipton
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
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
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
Nice ideas, just wish there were more examples of styles other than Danish, modern and white.
Anna
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Rachel
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).
Michelle Johnston
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...more
Vanessa
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...more
Becky
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...more
Kim
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
Inspirational ideas from my talented friend Holly, curator of Northern European decor wisdom.
Rachel Nelson
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
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...more
Johanna Haas
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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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.
Katy
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
"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
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
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.
Rynell
I really, really liked this book. I sat in the bookstore leafing through it for a long time. Then I bought it and I have perused through it many times. I love the ideas, the differing styles. The photos are my favorite part.
Tracy
For a book about home decorating, I really love all of the real-life ways Holly offers to readers to use her ideas in their own homes. She also really helps readers to narrow in on their style.
Mary Lynn
You've seen it all before. Literally. Many of the photos in this book were taken from magazine stories I had already seen. Great book design but I didn't get any new ideas.
Trish
Lots of good ideas in this book for all different types of style.
Heather
oh I LOVE this book! I have so many ideas for my apartment from it, of course it makes me want to buy lots of things I can't afford though...great decorating book!
Danni
Most of the rooms in this book were white. I can't live in a white house. We get dirty all the time and it would be ruined. I guess I didn't like this book.
J
good - great ideas on mood boards but otherwise little practical advice on how else to get through the decorating process. Good for inspiration pics though.
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