Book Review: Decorate

22nd March 2011
A while ago I mentioned about my exciting press breakfast with Holly Becker and how I managed to get my hands on her brand new book Decorate. Well it’s officially due for release in a couple of days, 24th March to be precise and so I wanted to share with all of you what I actually thought of it.

As most of you know I am a huge fan of Holly and her blog Decor8, she was one of my inspirations behind the idea of starting my own blogging journey, so she is someone I really look up to and admire a great deal (and she also happens to be an exceptional nice person too!) I obviously had great expectations of this book and so I was incredibly excited when I received a copy of ‘Decorate’. Well it certainly did not disappoint in the slightest, in fact it’s even better than I had imagined, if that could be possible.

This is by far one of my favourite interior books that I have read in a long time. co-authored by Joanna Copestick, this book  beautifully translates Holly’s passion and enthusiasm for interiors, in which she has a fabulous creative eye that never fails her and it certainly shows in this book. ‘Decorate’ has become one of my ultimate favourite reads, brimming with inspiration I find myself unable to put it down. Full of beautiful decorative images and showcasing some stylish homes it is packed with fantastic tips on placing furniture, how to style a room and adding that extra individual style without breaking the bank. I love it how there is such a vast of selection of styles from natural & fleamarket style to modern glamour and eclectic.

There is also great creative advice from some of my favourite designers, Jonathan Adler, Abigail Ahern and Vincent wolf to name a few. The book itself is just sublime and the photography from Debi Treloar is stunning. I really do highly recommend this book as it basically is beautiful, inspirational, informative and just simply gorgeous. You couldn’t expect any less from Holly 🙂
You can order your copy on Amazon here.
All images from Decorate by Debi Treloar except top right on first image is Holly Becker’s own, bottom left on top image is my own.


  1. Igor

    22nd March 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Great blogpost Arianna! I am so looking forward to my copy – I preordered it and expect it these days! Now I am even more excited…the tension rises! Cheers from sunny Munich, Igor xx

  2. Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    22nd March 2011 at 2:15 pm

    cant wait to meet Holly and see you again Ari!

  3. Jennie Prince

    22nd March 2011 at 2:54 pm

    You lucky lady! I have to wait until April to get my hands on a copy here in the States…unless my local Anthropologie will stock one soon. Oh, and your collages look so pretty!

  4. Kate

    22nd March 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for the review. I have ordered a copy for my mom for Mothers Day as she is currently re-decorating – but I may have to have a sneaky peak myself ; )

  5. Arianna

    22nd March 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks Igor, you are going to love Decorate so much 🙂
    @Helena can't wait to see u too it has been ages 🙂
    @Jennie thanks for the collage comment, tried using some tips that Leslie has been teaching on BYW 😉
    @Kate that is so sweet and very thoughtful of you – she will love it I am sure and so will u 😉

  6. e-Milou

    22nd March 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I saw it in the library of Chelsea Harbour Design Center last week and I loved it! It's already on my list for my birthday presents!

  7. heather jenkinson

    22nd March 2011 at 6:17 pm

    "You couldn't expect any less from Holly :)" And there it is.

    There is something about the way she does things that makes the viewer/reader/blogger/listener feel that all is right with the world. And I know this because I am all those things. I'm so thrilled to live in a time in human history were people like Holly (and Pia Jane Bijerk) find themselves the biggest, baddest platform on which to share their take on the world around us because it sure is a pretty view and we're all the better for it.

    Your enthusiasm is appealing, Ari – I have just bought a copy (right now – so I don't forget) on the strength of this post! Job well done. x

  8. Arianna

    22nd March 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Heather I am so glad that you did – you will love it 🙂 It really is a great book from a great person – I hope you get the chance to meet Holly too because you will love her…..you going to her book launch at liberty on the 9th?

  9. heather jenkinson

    23rd March 2011 at 11:32 am

    I'm aware of a book launch but haven't been invited/booked, yet. Will you be attending? We can discuss it, tonight.

  10. Meera @ firstsense

    25th March 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Oooh I can't wait for my copy! Great review, Arianna, love your collages!

    Meera xx

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