Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design
Jettison the old rulebooks about home décor and “undecorate” your space. As the founder and creative director of DwellStudio—which is famous for its brightly colored, graphic textile designs for home furnishings—designer Christiane Lemieux challenges tradition in a quintessentially American way, championing a fresh, unconventional approach to creating a beautiful and comfortable home. Lemieux emboldens readers to push aside stuffy, professionally-designed décor, showing them instead how to infuse their own personality into their home.
Undecorate profiles twenty homes from all over the country, revealing their owners’ love of imperfection and penchant for surprise and unusual juxtapositions while inspiring readers to follow their own whimsy and practicalities in their personal spaces. An anglophile creates an English manor in Hollywood, mixing British flea-market finds with midcentury furniture. A car fanatic turns a vintage Airstream trailer into a master bedroom and situates it in the middle of a vast industrial loft in downtown Chicago. A couple transforms a log house in Nashville, Tennessee, by blending their modern and eclectic styles with the home’s rustic charm. Though the designs differ widely, the spaces all express an open-minded attitude. Some homes embrace their contexts, while others transcend them. All are shaped by instinct and imagination and share innovative ideas that readers can use to organically and elegantly create their home to match their lifestyle and tastes.
Lemieux gets to the essence of the homeowners’ distinctive styles, pinpointing the transformative ideas, thoughtful details, and useful solutions that make each home memorable. With more than 200 full-color photographs, Undecorate will both inspire and guide homeowners to a new outlook on home design.
Save Your Hard-Earned Money, DO NOT Buy This Book
By Suz - October 8, 2011
I purchased this book because it was excerpted in September's Better Homes and Gardens. The picture that they used made me eager to see more and get new ideas and tips on casual chic decor. I should've reconsidered after seeing the sorrowful cover image but I clicked Buy anyway. With the exception of two homes, most of the rooms featured are dingy and completely haphazard. Many of them look like they could use a thorough de-clutter, new furniture, a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. I had an odd feeling while paging through the book and it wasn't until I came to a page that featured a man sitting in a stark room on a shapeless couch with his elderly parents and books randomly strewn around them that I realized it was discomfort. I don't know where the authors found their subjects but they should have helped them rather than photograph them for a misleadingly titled book. This book is NOT inspirational and does NOT provide any guidance or fresh ideas. It is simply a collection... read more
Undecorate, The Way We Live Now
By Visual Vamp - March 20, 2011
Undecorate. Provocative title. Does it mean to go minimal and spartan and dispose of all the the trappings of interior design and decorating?
On the contrary, it means infusing your home with personality, color dense and/or neutral, and mixing it up with high and low things of every age, vintage, antique, and contemporary.
The book is filled with real people who just happen to have a super real grasp for decorating. Even though the book plays down the professional decorator or designer, all of the homes have owners who are in a creative profession, sometimes as design professionals, decorators, stylists, artists of every type, and writers. But rather than eschew typical rules and regulations of creating home decor, these folks embrace the unique and beautiful.
The title includes: "The No Rules Approach To Interior Design", that kind of implies that doing what each home owner did was just throw it together without thought to what good design means. This... read more
If you mourned DOMINO mag shutting down...
By A Reader "Reader" - October 1, 2011
Then pick up this book. If Domino was your style, then you'll be inspired by this collection of ideas. Eclectic, not matchy-matchy, not boring. Fun, inspiring-- you'll go mix up and re-arrange what you already own, and enjoy it more.
From the 1960s to the 1990s the ground-breaking Japanese economists Kozo Uno and Thomas Sekine developed a masterful reconfiguration of Marxist economics. The most well-known aspect of which is the ...