Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design

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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, ...
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Overview

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. 
 
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Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio and a contributor to blogs Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge, invented the term "undecorating" after viewing numerous websites and blogs created by do-it-yourselfers who exemplify a fearless and passionate decorating process but possess no formal training. She here visits apartments, lofts, and houses throughout the United States to illustrate (with 200 photographs) 19 interiors, including her own apartment. Lemieux describes how the inhabitants have designed their homes with an eclectic flair to suit their lifestyles—some undertaking extensive renovation, others simply sprucing up with paint, decorative accessories, and furniture. Amateurs will be inspired by the variety of decorating ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307463159
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 362,578
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTIANE LEMIEUX is the founder and creative director of DwellStudio, a fast-growing home décor and children’s furnishings company. Known for her colorful, modern patterns, Lemieux launched a full-scale fabric line in 2010. She is also a featured design partner with Target and a frequent contributor to leading design blogs, such as Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge. She lives in New York City with her husband, children, and her Labrador, the design studio’s mascot.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    My decorating bible

    I wanted a change to accommodate my art collection, sold ALL my furniture to start fresh not realizing it would be much harder then I ever imagined. My condo is small and living & dining are one room, so you have to be very creative avoiding using a decorator. I hit a road block when I realized what comes first, the chicken or the egg i.e., color furniture or wall colors? After weeks & hours of research reading books at B&N I found this book on their website and instantly I was able to pull it all together from style of furniture, wall colors and accent pieces. Highly recommend this book if you color outside the lines and encourages you to create your home your own way regardless of the rules and expectations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    I did not care for this book. It looks like clean lined style f

    I did not care for this book. It looks like clean lined style from the cover- but so many rooms are full of huge collections. It appears as clutter to me. It was not to my taste and so it was returned.

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