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The ultimate guide to thinking like a stylist, with 1,000 design ideas for creating the most beautiful, personal, and livable rooms
It’s easy to find your own style confidence once you know this secret: While decorating can take months and tons of money, styling often takes just minutes. Even a few little tweaks can transform the way your room feels.
At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic. With Emily’s style diagnostic, insider tips, and more than 1,000 unique ideas from 75 envy-inducing rooms, you’ll soon be styling like you were born to do it.
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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful.
Not a wide variety of decor styles photographed: mostly mid century and boho
By Amazon Customer
I follow Emily's blog and could not wait to buy this book. However, after reading it cover to cover, I was mildly disappointed. She has a quiz for what style you are, and then proceeds to have almost all photographs (however gorgeous) mostly in the mid century modern, or boho style. There isn't much of any of the others. If she is so talented, why can't she feature a cabin in the woods styled up, or a cottage home, or traditional house? Isn't there anything else to decorate with besides books, leather mid century chairs, fig leaf plants, and naked human art?
74 of 82 people found the following review helpful.
Save your money
I LOVE Emily Henderson, but resisted purchasing this book till she gave some great advice on her blog. I figured the book would be full of more of the same. I was determined to read the book cover to cover.
The first 26 pages are dedicated to how much better your life will be once you know your decorating style, which would be magically revealed to you once you took the quiz. The book elaborated on how it wold make your life easier, and would even reveal some things about yourself that would be helpful on a personal level.
The quiz starts by asking two questions, which determine the which set of questions you go on to answer from there. The first question was do you like curvy or streamlined (straight) furniture. I happen to like straight furniture, as I do not like wasted space. The second question asks, do you like your bookshelves sparse or loaded. I very much like my bookshelves loaded. I like to mentally calculate how much I have exceed the max load with each addition. From this I was directed to answer the first 10 questions.
I found the answers to the questions very pretentious, and not terribly relate-able . I tried to put a lot of thought in it, and it took me 30 minutes to answer all 10 questions. After sweating it out, I finally tallied my score, anxiously turned the page to find the results, and Emily's quiz accused me of being "Contemporary". In reading the description it states I like things minimal, but didn't I answer I like my bookshelves chuck full of stuff in the first place? Hmmmmmm!
I am a lot of things, but contemporary is not one of them...not even a little tiny bit. In fact, I deal and collect antiques. My new "contemporary" identity told me I have little use for the past. Everything in my house has a past. I actually found myself resenting the author.....my former hero. I studied the other styles with a longing, trying to figure out what I could have answered differently. I took the quiz again with the same results.
After the quiz, and the lost promise of self-awareness, i just didn't know where to go from there. I tried opening the book again, but was lost. I kind of skimmed through it, but not in total. Then I opened onto a page where the author mention a grid of daguerreotypes, and she lost me for good. Those were not daguerreotypes, they were etchings. Something completely, and totally different, not even in the same playing field. Perhaps if she were "contemporary" like myself, she would actually know the difference in her antique images.
Hope this review does not affect this books Ebay value.
222 of 249 people found the following review helpful.
This book is for people that love eclectic clutter
By Bita Djaghouri
I was really excited to get this book. Both my parents are designers, decorators and former architects, so I feel like I own about 1,000 home decor books and I am always excited to add more to the collection. I read some of tips online that are directly from this book and thought they were lovely, which is why I bought the book. It seems that the best this book has to offer was already posted online because the few bits I found were the only bits that were useful in the entire book. The advice she gives claims to be useful for a number of different personal styles, but they were all just iterations of just one style: some kind of cross between bohemian, and ranch "chic." Every style guide in this book was cluttered and strange and frankly exhausting to look at, especially when you consider that these are for your home, your comfortable every day space. She forgets that while some things *might* look cool at a glance, nobody will want to come home every single day to 16 framed drawings of eggplants above their couch on a brown wall. Or to three paintings of naked ladies in their "artist space." Or to a kitchen decorated entirely with gold and mirrors. Or to a dark scary forrest painted from floor to ceiling in their bedroom.
I personally have what she describes as a "traditional" style (as defined by the style guide/quiz in the book), but there really was nothing resembling traditional in the book, even by her own definition of traditional.
This book overrated and frankly ridiculous. I'm not sure I've ever returned a style book in my life, so this is a first. [SPOILER] She only says two useful things in the book: 1) Find pictures of home decor that speak to you, and emulate them (which is fantastic and classic home decor advice) and 2) hang curtain rods higher, longer and wider than the windows so that they don't block light and look more polished (another gem for any style). Both those tidbits I found online and nothing else in the book came close to useful. I recommend instead Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy. The advice in that book is timeless and practical. I've owned this book for years, it is by no means dated and the room by room style guides continue to provide advice that keeps my personal space fresh and beautiful. I especially LOVE the "small space solution" section in every chapter that gives advice for smaller spaces. Despite the dozens of home decor books that I own, I find that I use the Domino book more than any of the others. Go for that instead!
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