Different Stroke for Different Folks
From the author:
The point is to explore what works for you -- mix and match, borrow and blend -- until you discover your own Fresh American Style.
Shown below are the five different decorating styles that Selke explores and shows the reader how to utilize in their own home.
Color, color and more color could be the title of this chapter. Learn how to use exuberant fabrics, think multi prints, stripes and wovens, on upholstery, windows, lamps and rugs, to color on places you might not ever think as colorful.
Paint palettes are shown, as well as ways to use color in art.
No, I would have never thought about using a pink bench (with gingham yellow/white cushions), blue chairs and a white table in a tangerine hued dining room with yellow curtains -- but it works. Beautifully.
Several other rooms that are equally exuberant are shown, along with ways to achieve the various looks. This is definitely not my style, but I love the way it looks. How-to in this section is painting stripes on the wall.
Although the name of this section had me laughing out loud, the tips and examples are preppy, but with a twist. Use the classics and the functional, but don't be boring. Go for the fun with a bit of pep. And Selke's examples are fun indeed, let's just say I may steal the dolphin idea. The how-to for this section includes adding stripes to towels.
Shapes, textures and nature are the strong parts of the design mentioned in this book. Lots of neutral paint colors are shown, as well as a straight forward explanation on how even neutrals can be cool, warm, have mid tones or deep colors. Four different examples are shown on dressing the nuanced neutral bed.
Numerous ways are shown on how to display and showcase different collectibles. And many of the displays are not high dollar pieces, but things like displays of bottles caps in glass vases, paint-by-number paintings on a black wall and using inexpensive prints for impressive displays. The how-to in this chapter is an easy way to hang a collection of framed art.
There are so many great ideas, how-tos, and pictures in this book that I can't wait to get busy and try a few of them out! As mentioned above, I think I know folks who fit every decorating personality in this book and it will be my mission to share this book with them and also see if they agree with my assessment. It's all in fun!
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Published Date: August 2011