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How to Decorate - Shannon Fricke

Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers

Published: 26th April 2012
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How to Decorate is a gorgeous, practical, down-to-earth guide to decorating your home from start to finish – with love, attention and style. Layer by creative layer, stylist, decorator and homewares designer Shannon Fricke takes us through her decorating workshop in a book, explaining how to find your own story, create a decorating concept perfectly suited to you and your space, and implement that concept to turn your house into your dream home.

Along with insider tips on everything from choosing colours, finishes, floors, furniture, flowers and fabrics to hiding a house's flaws and making the most of its assets, there are glorious photographs of Shannon's own home and other houses she has styled. Her fresh and homely approach to decorating within any budget is enchanting, heart-warming and inspiring.

About the Author

Shannon Fricke is a well-known interior designer, stylist, homewares designer, blogger, author and TV presenter. A regular stylist for respected home magazines here and overseas, she has presented more than sixty episodes of HOME for the Lifestyle Channel and was voted Favourite Female Subscription Television Presenter at the 2005 ASTRA Awards. As well as HOME, Shannon has appeared on Postcards from Home, Houseguests and An Insider's Guide to Collecting. She is the author of two other books, Sense of Style: Colour and Sense of Style: Space, and writes regularly for Inside Out magazine.

Shannon lives with her family on their farm between the New South Wales coast and country, where she spends her time cooking, gardening and doing 'farm chores'. She passes on her down-to-earth style of decorating in her regular and well-attended How to Decorate workshops.

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Not worth buying!!

By cc

from Cairns, AU

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    • Nothing New

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      Comments about How to Decorate:

      This book has a few nice pictures, but there are no inspiring ideas or tips in it. I would recommend other decorating books in a heartbeat, but this one doesn't rate at all. It is too basic and obvious to be worth buying, nothing new here.

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      5.0

      great book

      By Caro1984

      from Paraburdoo, WA Australia

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Well Written

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        • Interior design lovers
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        • Younger Readers

        Comments about How to Decorate:

        I really loved this book, i'm doing an interior design certificate at the moment and this book it's been great to complement my studies, it's really easy to understand.
        I bought Shannon Fricke book about color now and i can't wait for it to arrive. :)

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        Introduction

        We can't always change the wrapping of a building – but we do have control over the look and feel of what goes on within its four walls. If you want to create a home you love living in, one that reflects you, your life and your passions, but you don't know how to begin, then this book is for you.

        I was inspired to write this book by the decorating workshops I run in my studio in country Australia. These workshops draw women (men are also very welcome but never seem to come!) from all walks of life, from places near and far, with different ways of living and different points of view. At the heart of the workshop days lies a common goal shared by every woman who steps through the front door – to be creative.

        Decorating is a form of creativity, an opportunity to express our unique style of seeing things in a legitimate way. I say legitimate because sometimes the world can look upon the act of being creative as a pastime, an indulgence of sorts, for those who have too much time on their hands and little else in the way of 'real work'. What a shame, I say, that we don't give the act of being creative the credit it so definitely deserves. Creativity in any form is a clear window into our soul, into who we are and how we see things. It inspires us to know ourselves – from our head all the way through to our heart. The experience of using our minds, our hands and our inner spirit in tandem is an opportunity to achieve a kind of peace. To just be . . . How lovely to have such a chance in this crazy, fast-moving, ever-evolving world!

        The lovely thing about engaging with decorating as a form of creativity is that the outcome can be both functional and beautiful. It's easier to navigate the footprint of a well-decorated house, and all who live among its virtues feel its influence on an aesthetic and spiritual level. And on top of all this, good decoration adds value to the property, which for some people is reason enough. For me, however, the true joy of decorating, the heart of the experience, will always lie in the act of creativity itself.

        ISBN: 9781921382901
        ISBN-10: 1921382902
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 224
        Published: 26th April 2012
        Weight (kg): 27.0