How to Decorate: An Inspiring and Practical Handbook

How to Decorate: An Inspiring and Practical Handbook

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By (author) Shannon Fricke, By (photographer) Prue Ruscoe

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  • Publisher: Potter Style
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 240mm x 18mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 27 August 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0385345070
  • ISBN 13: 9780385345071
  • Illustrations note: 150 4-C PHOTOS & ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Sales rank: 43,243

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If you dream of decorating (or redecorating) your home but have no idea where to begin, this decorating workshop-in-a-book decodes an interior designer's thought process on creating a stylish home with vision and flow. The secret to those gorgeous interiors in the magazines lies not in the things that fill the rooms, but in the "decorating story" or point of view that the designer has applied to the space. With "How to Decorate, "learn how to create your own design concept and implement it with color, furniture, fabrics, lighting, accessorizing, and styling. This book also helps solve a decorator's biggest challenges, from working around a home's existing architecture and organizing a space, to mixing patterns and editing collections. Best of all, 150 color photographs and charming watercolor illustrations--and even a bookplate for personalizing this guide--provide inspiration that makes this book as useful as it is beautiful. Among the insider tips is information on: -Finding a dedicated space where you can organize paint samples, fabric swatches, and magazine clippings -Choosing a sofa wisely -Determining appropriate wall finishes and textures -Identifying what fabrics are right for you -Styling your decor to reinvigorate your space -Plus, the best suppliers for rugs, linens, accessories, and more "Interior design should be about telling a personal story, and Shannon Fricke has nailed it on the head with "How to Decorate." Her genius tips ring true for novice and professional decorators alike, and her decorating workshop-in-a-book organization helps simplify what can be a very intimidating process. This book will empower and motivate you to tell your personal story through your home decor. Bravo, Shannon!" --Jenny Komenda, designer and founder of Little Green Notebook ""How to Decorate" throws out stuffy notions of doing things the 'right' way and instead invites us to imagine our homes as playgrounds for authentic self-expression. Fricke promotes the idea of decorating at its best, as a means of creating surroundings that reflect who we really are and what we love . . . while having a blast in the process!" --Camille Styles, event designer and editor of CamilleStyles.com "Shannon strikes the elusive balance between visual inspiration and practicable action. This is a book you'll both display and put to constant use." --Anne Sage, blogger and founder of The City Sage

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SHANNON FRICKE is an interior designer, housewares designer, blogger, author, and TV presenter. A respected stylist for home magazines in Australia, she has guest blogged on "Design*Sponge" and "decor8." Shannon lives with her family on their farm between the New South Wales coast and the countryside, where she spends her time cooking, gardening, and doing farm chores. She passes on her down-to-earth style of decorating in her regular and well-attended How to Decorate workshops. https: //shannonfricke.com

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"Interior design should be about telling a personal story, and Shannon Fricke has nailed it on the head with "How to Decorate". Her genius tips ring true for novice and professional decorators alike, and her decorating workshop-in-a-book organization helps simplify what can be a very intimidating process. This book will empower and motivate you to tell your personal story through your home decor. Bravo, Shannon!" --Jenny Komenda, designer and founder of Little Green Notebook ""How to Decorate" throws out stuffy notions of doing things the 'right' way and instead invites us to imagine our homes as playgrounds for authentic self-expression. Fricke promotes the idea of decorating at its best, as a means of creating surroundings that reflect who we really are and what we love . . . while having a blast in the process!" --Camille Styles, event designer and editor of CamilleStyles.com "Shannon strikes the elusive balance between visual inspiration and practicable action. This is a book you'll both display and put to constant use." --Anne Sage, blogger and founder of The City Sage

Table of contents

Contents Introduction Getting Started Layer One, Discovering Your Decorating Story Layer Two, Creating Your Concept Layer Three, Working with Space Layer Four, Shaping Your Backdrop Layer Five, Becoming Friends with Color Layer Six, Bringing in the Furniture Layer Seven, Choosing Fabrics Layer Eight, Light Exactly Where You Need It Layer Nine, Accessorizing--the Key to Individuality Layer Ten, Styling It All Together Conclusion, You're Home Supplies Acknowledgments Index Featured Artworks and Products