Inspiration: Decorate

Friday, February 15, 2013

I would say that 75% of my bookshelves are filled with decor and design books that I frequently pull out to peruse for inspiration and ideas. I wanted to share with you a few images from Holly Becker's Decorate:

Stunning fireplace with hues of blue mosaic tiling and a geometric chevron brick inlay. I love the unusual height of the tiling - it's unique and makes a statement. It also fills a void that would otherwise be left by the smaller window.
Boho bedroom. I generally gravitate towards playful pattern mixing, but in the bedroom I think about distraction - I like calm serenity for sleeping. A gallery wall isn't something I would typically do in the bedroom, but I do love this particular display. The mix of patterns is cohesive in that scale, size, and texture are well balanced and the bright colors in gallery wall are grounded by the pink sheets. I love incorporating sculptural items into a gallery mix - I think it gives the collection depth. I think the other reason this works so well is the bed frame; it doesn't take up a lot of visual space, whereas if you did this with a solid headboard it would be a lot more busy.
This dining room is so graphic but in a simple way. When you look at this image it has a huge impact visually, however, a closer glance reveals the simplicity of the content in the room. You really just have a rug, planters/plants, table and chairs, and accents, but this room is so well curated; it makes a huge impact without having too many elements in the mix. The lines of the room really emphasize the grandeur: the fiddle leaf fig trees accent the tall ceilings, the bold planters and long table draw out your eye to highlight the length of the room which gives perspective. I can only hope my fiddle leaf fig grows to such heights.

Warm, textural wood here provides such needed contrast. All other elements in the room are modern, stark, and white. This beautiful rustic sliding door is such an interesting and essential juxtaposition that balances the contrasting styles and conveys a sense of authenticity. I need one of these in my future home!
Do you read design books?  What are some of your favorites?

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