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Make Yourself at Home: Discover Your Style and Transform Your Space for Inspired Living

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  52 reviews
From the author of the blockbuster hit journals The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness, here is a home style book to help you express the creativity and style you already have!
This book is all about beautifying your life inside and out. Organized room by room, each chapter delves into what each room represents in our lives, and how we can feel at home in our sp
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Sasquatch Books
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Brindi Michele
I found this quite disappointing. I wanted more styling tips, maybe suggestions for different personality types in the decor of the same room. maybe pop in a quiz for those who have no idea what their style is.... this was all very vague, and I don't think someone making their space their own for the first time will get much from this. ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interior decorating does not rank high on my list of skill-sets. When my sister lived with me, we clashed the most about decorating. She kept wanting to sort my books by color and stack them in artistic ways that inevitably left the one I wanted to read at the bottom. And she really hated my green floral couch. But it was so comfy!
In short, I would never bother to hang a painting in my office if peer-pressure didn’t require it and my current plan for my living room involves hiding all wall spac
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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A pretty book, but does not seem practical, at least in my life. Reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop, it is geared towards a small group.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: home-organizing
There was some interesting information, but overall it felt like the book was inspiring a new form of consumption, replacing items with new things that are curated to reflect one's identity. It felt like there was an over reliance on possessions to create or reinforce an individual's identity. By the end of the book I struggled to identify the main point and fail to see significant practical use to the information. ...more
Trina (aNovelReader)
For a book on design tips, it wasn't as inspiring as I had hoped. It even felt a little dated but maybe that was due to the designers/bloggers repurposing efforts. The photos were just okay. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Sam (Hissing Potatoes)
I really enjoyed how personalized the author made this book. She felt very real, and her presentation of herself and her history made me want to listen to what she had to say even more. The organization of this book is great with 6 different spotlights on other women to get different perspectives, and with actual useful, realistic DIY projects. The back of the book includes helpful primers on color and plants. I appreciated the author's genuine interest in helping uplift women entrepreneurs, an ...more
Caiti S
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty interior photos, but not much substance to the text/design tips. I'll keep this book around for visual inspiration, but I'd probably recommend checking it out from the library if you're interested in it rather than purchasing it. I also wasn't overly inspired by the DIYs. They're pretty basic blog-content DIYs that you see all over Pinterest. ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: design, house-fluff
The photography focuses more on shelf vignettes, and not so much on the overall layout / composition of rooms. The text focuses more on the personalities and histories of the people whose homes are pictured, not so much on how they approached their design challenges.

I really hope Ms. Seal puts a quarter in a jar every time she uses the phrase "pop of color".
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Make Yourself at Home is the love-child of a Pinterest board and a lifestyle blog. Stuffed with interviews and glimpses of different homes, crafting projects, and brainstorming prompts, it's a good launch pad for developing a sense of personal decorating style. (It also gave me a bit of whiplash after just reading Fumio Sasaki's Goodbye Things. I don't think he and Moorea Seal would get along.)

The photos are by far the highlight of this book. Diverse and beautiful, they serve as an inspiration b
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this in digital format on a B&W Kindle. I am sure the images in color with better definition would be more appreciated. Bringing together the examples and experiences of seven female bloggers, this is an enjoyable read about adding your own personality to your home decor. Included are many easy to follow projects to inspire readers. Sitting with this book is as comfortable and relaxing as browsing favorite design blogs.
I also appreciated the stories of strength and perseverance in their b
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Solid Stars!

I really liked this book. It's a bit different from the usual home design books and I liked that. I feel that a lot of home design books have the same design concepts and ideas as many in the same category. This book is different in that respect as it offers not only design tips, but also has DIY projects that I am actually planning on doing. This is not just about your home space, but also your workplace space (particularly for people who may own their own place of work or work fr
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What drew me to Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal was her book, The 52 Lists Project which I had purchased back in the summer. I had hoped that this would be the same type of book which would have activities that would help me decide my personal style. It is something entirely different.

I enjoyed the seeing the how-to of projects, the quotes along with the examples of Moorea Seal and others’ stories of style, especially how they expressed it into their homes. From that viewpoint it is much li
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Room by room she discusses what people might want in that space and how to achieve it. This includes the office, either in-home or external. Each also references a particular designer and at least one craft (north star mirror, herb drying rack, gold-patterned glassware) for each. The designer Diana la Counte featured Pink Everything. She also brings nature into the home with plants, photographs, shells, pinecones, etc. She covers color theory for the home, and different vintage eras of the 20th ...more
Alicia Bayer
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's hard not to give this book a higher rating because I truly like the author as a person after reading her autobiography (and this book does seem as much like an autobiography as a design book). That said, I got very little out of the book to help me "transform my space."

Seal pretty much shares her life story and all of her vulnerabilities in this book, along with short bios of many of her online blogging friends whose rooms she shows. Some of the rooms are cool, but none of them are my aesth
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even though I read the whole book, I feel like I didn't learn much at all about actual home decor and design.

It was more of an autobiography with profiles of the author's friends with some design tips sprinkled in here and there.

Each chapter is one room but it's only focused on one designer's perspective. I wish you could see the kitchen, for example, by all the designers and have an explanation of why they placed items as they did. This felt more like a story about the other and her friends th
Kimberly Dickerson
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a free digital copy of this book.

The author writes in a personable, down to Earth style. I enjoyed the projects in the books as well as the detailed instructions.
I liked reading the backstories of the people featured in the book as well as why they were featured.
The author includes prompts to help you think about your own style.

I felt like the author only skimmed the concept of inspired living. She could have included more examples, more
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: relax, crafts
This is a visually pretty book, and I liked the extras at the end about color theory and styles through history. However, the main part of the book read a lot like a blog, with guest entries from other bloggers. It was OK, but I wanted a bit more about organising the rooms (I did like the section that gave questions to ask yourself about each space). A nice book, then, but not amazing.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, I loved it.

It's got a lot of personal touches - Moorea is interesting and while I've never read her blog I've greatly enjoyed getting to know her through her personal stories in this book, all of which related back to her sense of style and ideas about home decor.

What I REALLY loved: if there was any use of the term "spirit animal", I never saw it. Probably because Moorea herself is mixed Native and has some connection with that part of her heritage (as well as featuring another
Bridgette Guerzon Mills
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home
Not a typical interior design book which is why I think
I liked it. More of a soulful look at each room of the house. Did I actually get ideas for my house...mmm, not really. But I actually read the whole book rather than just look at the photos which is what I tend to do with most interior design books. I did like the design aesthetic displayed in the book, photos are really nice, and I enjoyed the interviews.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
As the daughter of an Interior designer, I was excited to see what the book had to say, instead, it felt like a journal and a little bit like a memoir through the house. I didn't find good tips or exciting examples, instead, there was a story of how a house 'should' feel and that felt strangely out of place in an advice book.
I got the book from NetGalley and hoped it would be a fun read.
Machon N Ross
After getting several of the 52 List books I had high hopes for this book. I will say if you have a more rustic, natural style you will like her tips. I’m more contemporary so this book didn’t speak to me. If your a decorator who likes a let’s and twigs on your walls I would advise picking this up. If you prefer modern and simple this is probably not going to help you.
Pamela Sue
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I have a 52 list book by this author I like. This book, not so much. The DIY project were often things I had seen elsewhere. I have a ton of plants in my home but in the chapter on Nature it talked of combining fake and real, that may be design but that’s not really Nature. Does anyone remember the tv show 30 Something? Everyone featured in here is that demographic. So kinda one perspective.
Mary Lynn
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Part self help and part design advice for beginners. An interesting mix that I felt worked as an introduction for younger people just starting out with home decorating. Not a how-to as much as inspiration. For fans of the author’s blog as well. I recommend checking it out from a library.
Jessica Mahajan
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book offers some interesting guidance questions for refining your style. I also enjoyed the interviews with the other bloggers. Overall though the book did not provide much helpful advice, only some glimpses at well curated spaces. Certainly not worth the $25 cost.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn’t get as much out of this book as I expected and hoped for. I was looking for new inspirations and didn’t really find much. The book focuses more on Ms Seal’s personal life than I had use for.
My thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for my honest review.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not just a book of pictures! A few DIY projects, question lists for helping you define a need or goal, full page articles from each of the designers and home areas. An excellent book for creating and clarifying the readers' definition of what makes "Home". ...more
Stephanie Feran
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book thinking it would be about style and decor. It’s actually about the life story of the author and her personality, plus some of her friends’ life stories. There was not a lot of helpful information. Some of the most helpful info was actually tucked back in the appendix.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you are a fan of hers, maybe you'll enjoy it. This is more of a memoir than a decorating book. There are pretty pics and bios of her friends' spaces. Instead of tips, she offers journaling questions like how do you want to feel in this space? Not a 1 star because at least it was a pretty book. ...more
Heather O'Leary
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfic, home
Lots of pretty pictures. Worth a look, particularly if you are a fan of Seal's aesthetics. ...more
Kayla Hollatz
I was hoping for more styling tips, but I loved the photography and illustrations. I think it could have been stronger with more interior styles featured, too.
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Moorea Seal is an author, designer, and entrepreneur based out of Seattle, WA. She is the founder and namesake of the women's retail website and store front in downtown Seattle which features over 160 handmade designers from across the U.S. and donates 7% of all proceeds to non-profits. Through "The 52 Lists Project" "52 Lists for Happiness" and new latest book "Make Yourself at Hom ...more

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