What’s better than throwing around home renovation and restyling ideas with a close friend? Well, exchanging those ideas with Decor8 blogger, Holly Becker, is pretty high on our list. Luckily, we’ve got your ticket to do just that, and from the comfort of your own home!
Decorate Workshop, the latest release from the blogger-turned-author is an incredibly intimate design tome that, as the tag line promises, assists us with the design and styling of our homes in just “8 creative steps.”
The key to making this book stand out from the rest is the blurred line between standard coffee table design book and workbook. When you dive into this book, the one thing you don’t want to forget is a pen.
By including lined pages with writing prompts, Holly offers us the chance to jot down our own musings right there on paper. From questions on where we get our inspiration, to asking us to consider the specific needs of a particular room, she transforms our reactions from mere thought into physical action.
This book, a companion to Holly’s bestseller Decorate, is a veritable bible for design fanatics. The chapters are filled with her witty anecdotes, offering an insider’s perspective on styling dresser tabletops and sourcing unique accent pieces. She explains how to create a mood board, how to get the most out of flea markets and takes us from the planning stages to a place where we can actually pay for it all.
And, of course, what would a design book be without the eye candy. Every single turn of the page is a creative junkie’s dream — neon pink lamp cords, stacks of delicate vintage china, oversized windows in a mid-century Brooklyn apartment. This is definitely one of those books to keep within reach for idle flipping.
Another truly unique feature of this book is the conversational tone. The simple phrase, “Don’t you think?” is peppered throughout the pages of Decorate Workshop, making it feel like we’re glancing through an email or letter from a close friend. By interjecting notes and tips, sometimes mid-sentence, Holly gives her book a hugely approachable vibe.
Whatever your budget and whatever your confidence level, this combination design book and interactive guide will take you to that finished space you’ve been dreaming of. As Holly says often throughout the book, “You can do it!”
Written by Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY.
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