Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review: How to Decorate by Shannon Fricke

Last week I published an interview with the amazing Shannon Fricke so I thought that this week I would follow it up with a book review of her book How to Decorate. Just before I started the oh so fun moving house process I finished reading her book so decided to share my thoughts with you all.

The back of the book describes it so well that I thought I would start with that so you know exactly what this book is all about. The blurb describes the book as follows:

"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."

This decorating workshop-in-a-book is such a great explanation for this book because that's exactly what it feels like when you're reading it. Shannon shares her secrets to create a gorgeous magazine like interior and shares the decorating story of the room she has styled. She breaks it up into sections such as colour, furniture, fabrics, lighting, accessories and styling. She also deals with various challenges that one will face when decorating a room from the existing architecture to furniture placement to maximise on the space. Shannon even tells you the tools that you will need.
Most people think that decorating books are just for picture viewing, however when you pick this book up please and I mean PLEASE read it! There are so many helpful hints and tips that could really make or break your space.  But yes there are so many amazing photographs published in this book. I also love how Shannon has chosen to illustrate some of her pages with watercolour drawings, or illustrations.  Its such a creative way to share your vision.
 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.

If you are planning on decorating or renovating your home you should definitely add this book to your collection, it will give you so many valuable tips. Enjoy the read and enjoy some more of her photographs below.

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