9780684856803

Inspiration Decoration: Starting Points for Stylish Rooms

Wilson, Judith

ISBN 10: 0684856808 / 0-684-85680-8
ISBN 13: 9780684856803
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
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The first step in creating a room is the most difficult: Where do you start? It's an anxiety-ridden process, and often we grow so worried about making a mistake that we end up with off-white walls and gray carpets. Inspiration, Decoration is the decorating book that gives us the confidence to change all that.

By showing us simple, very personal starting points -- anything from a favorite color to a beloved old photograph or a wonderful chair -- this groundbreaking book takes the mystery and confusion out of transforming an interior. The key to creating a new look, we learn, is to find something that truly inspires us and then to build a decorative scheme around it. Those starting points can include fabrics, textures, light, color, architectural elements, even personal possessions -- anything we love and that gives our imaginations room to run.

Each chapter of the book then takes a different inspiration as its focus and from there explores the decorative choices. The result is a volume that shows us how to be our own interior decorators, inspiring us to explore our own ideas and have the confidence to develop them.

One of the most exciting elements in the book involves the real-life room makeovers. These detailed presentations tell us about the inspirations for each, and then show us the process of selecting the colors, patterns, and furniture that create the finished room -- from understated luxury in a bathroom; built up around a gilded chair, to slick storage in a workroom defined by limited space. There are also practical hints on working with scale, choosing colors, and organizing space. Featuring plenty of user-friendly advice from a leading stylist, Judith Wilson's Inspiration, Decoration is the ideal book for home decorators.


Review:
Many a would-be interior designer has collapsed onto the couch in dismay after trying to plan a remodel of a room or an entire house. Where to begin? We all know that a unifying element of color or design helps make a decorating scheme work, but deciding on what that element should be can be elusive.

Author Judith Wilson has an ingenious solution for the despairing designer:

Every decorating scheme should evolve from a single point of inspiration, something that so excites and inspires your imagination that you keep coming back to it with a desire to elaborate on it.... the exotic textures of an embroidered Chinese bag; delicate floral imagery on a perfume bottle label; the mix of gray flannel and red wool spied in a fashion magazine.

In chapters on color, fabric, furniture, possessions, natural light, space, architectural detail, and travel, Wilson unravels the details of this approach using pictures of rooms accompanied by the object or idea that inspired them. In one remodel, the colors and textures of stones and driftwood collected at the seashore are amplified into a beachy living-room décor that incorporates the seaside's gray, brown, off-white, and blue palette to create a soft, romantic, and rustic room that--even if it's located in a city apartment--will bring the desire to walk on the beach and eat steamed mussels by the fireside.

This book also covers the basics, such as how to deal with rooms that are too spacious, too small, or that are used for multiple activities; how to incorporate architectural details into your design; and how to use light and color to maximize the effect you're after. If you're stuck for an idea, or for a strategy to realize an idea, Inspiration, Decoration can help you brainstorm your way into rooms that bear your own stylish imprint. --Stefanie Durbin

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Book Description: Simon & Schuster April 1999, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. The first step in creating a room is the most difficult: Where do you start? It's an anxiety-ridden process, and often we grow so worried about making a mistake that we end up with off-white walls and gray carpets. 'Inspiration, Decoration' is the decorating book that gives us the confidence to change all that. By showing us simple, very personal starting points -- anything from a favorite color to a beloved old photograph or a wonderful chair -- this groundbreaking book takes the mystery and confusion out of transforming an interior. The key to creating a new look, we learn, is to find something that truly inspires us and then to build a decorative scheme around it. Those starting points can include fabrics, textures, light, color, architectural elements, even personal possessions -- anything we love and that gives our imaginations room to run. Each chapter of the book then takes a different inspiration as its focus and from there explores the decorative choices. The result is a volume that shows us how to be our own interior decorators, inspiring us to explore our own ideas and have the confidence to develop them. One of the most exciting elements in the book involves the real-life room makeovers. These detailed presentations tell us about the inspirations for each, and then show us the process of selecting the colors, patterns, and furniture that create the finished room -- from understated luxury in a bathroom; built up around a gilded chair, to slick storage in a workroom defined by limited space. There are also practical hints on working with scale, choosing colors, and organizing space. Featuring plenty of user-friendly advice from a leading stylist, JudithWilson's 'Inspiration, Decoration' is the ideal book for home decorators. A gorgeous and practical book--with stunning before-and-after photos--takes the intimidation out of transforming a room by showing readers how to find the inspiration for any decorating project. 200 full-color illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 20101230117969

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