This week I'm taking a look at two new books from popular bloggers. They are getting rave reviews in (other) blogs and shelter magazines.
DECORATE comes from Holly Becker, the founder of the popular Decor8 blog and is co-authored by veteran design writer Joanna Copestick. It reveals what the pros have to offer, namely, a passion for design and some heavy-duty thinking about every little aspect of it.
This is not a book for minimalists. For the most part, what you find here are design professionals like Jonathan Adler who embrace colour and eclecticism with exuberant abandon. Every now and again there is restraint. But when a designer loves white, it is endorsed with poetic enthusiasm.
I like the way the book is structured, moving from the general to the specific, from the philosophy to the practice.
The first section deals with space in general: using space, flexible spaces, linking spaces. This is followed by chapters on style. Next come room-by-room analysis and, finally, all the details.
The focus of the book is the ideas behind the design and the sources of inspiration whether a painting, a piece of vintage furniture or a favourite colour. They demonstrate the use of mood boards – tools that help you to see the links between your favourite ideas and things to develop a coherent approach. You know how you rip a pic from a magazine (please, not a library magazine!) and tuck it in your pocket because you want a paint colour exactly like the one on this purse/ car/ dresser? Mood boards are collages of such sources. Very Martha-Stewart organized.
Throughout the book, floor plans allow you to see how the room views relate to each other and how the room functions.
If you enjoy this book, check out some of the other titles in the collection by Joanna Copestick. In Vital Color:Color themes for Every Room (with an ironically drab cover) you will find fab rooms and - yes - mood boards that develop an idea.
Another older favourite is The Family Home: Relaxed, informal living for all ages. We are down to one, well-travelled copy in the Village Square branch. Though published in 1998, it still has a lot to offer anyone wanting to spruce up an active family home.
Trends are fun and good; so are ideas that endure.
Come back Friday for UNDECORATE.