I seem to be a little obsessive compulsive regarding interior design books. No matter what they are about, I have to pick them up and have a good look through them. And with most of them, that is enough. There is the “pretty pictures but boring living” type, the “all those fun little details” type, the “look at me I’m rich” type and the “looks great but unrealistic/impractical” type. They are all fun to look at but aren’t really useful when thinking about decorating your own home. They might bring you some inspiration, but the translation and execution into your home is your own problem. This book is not like any of these. It actually works the other way around.
In this book, Kelly Edwards did what we would do: looking at amazing examples and dissecting them for the everyday house - but with her keen eye and great experience she does a much better job at it than we could. Some of her examples are her own, but many come from famous interior design blogs and smart people with great ideas. The pictures have small notes that break down each message into a sentence and are easy to absorb and learn from.
Then, she has easy to follow DIY recipes throughout that make you yourself one of these smart people with clever home design ideas that results in situations like: people coming in and say “oh what a great lamp/table/headboard you have” and you reply “Thanks, I made that” – everybody being really impressed.
I loved Edwards’ clear and approachable attitude towards design; she loves a high-end, stylish and contemporary look without expecting a high-end budget. And even if her “recipe” includes a few luxury pieces, there is enough inspiration in the book to find an amazing replacement for a small budget. It’s fun, colourful and makes you feel positive and excited about interiors. What more could you want.
Author: Kelly Edwards
Publisher: Medallion Press