Decorate Fearlessly: Using Whimsy, Confidence, and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces
Written by Susanna Salk
April 8, 2014
House & Home - Decorating
8-1/2 x 11
About This Book
Featuring inspiring interiors from today’s top designers, Decorate Fearlessly shows us how to be bold and personal with our design choices, creating spaces that we love to live in. Decorate Fearlessly is both a photographic trove of fabulously designed homes—by such renowned designers as Mary McDonald, Ashley Hicks, Alex Papachristidis, and Jonathan Adler, among many others—and an inspirational how-to-decorate volume with spirit and verve. Susanna Salk captures a wide range of sophisticated interiors, spanning the spectrum from modern to traditional and from bohemian to more formal, while highlighting rule-breaking design ideas that celebrate whimsy and personal style rather than predictable, safe looks.
Including more than 150 gorgeous photographs and organized according to every room of the house, the book addresses key design principles such as color and pattern (encouraging self-expression and risk taking) and mixing and accessorizing (fearlessly using decorative elements to express various parts of your own personality and background) while illustrating the limitless possibilities that personal expression can take. With Salk’s encouraging design tips and quotes from the designers themselves explaining their philosophies, this beautiful volume is inspiring and offers stunning interiors and a liberating message to follow your heart to create interiors that are deeply personal.
About the Author
Susanna Salk is the author of Be Your Own Decorator, Room for Children, and Weekend Retreats and is a contributing editor for 1stdibs.com and iVillage.com, as well as a regular contributor to design segments for NBC’s Today Show.
"THERE'S ONLY ONE persuasive reason to hang a nutso, ship-shaped chandelier in a living room, as designer Jonathan Adler did: Because you can. For Susanna Salk, author of Decorate Fearlessly, a new book packed with anti-generic spaces like Mr. Adler's, truly memorable décor is not guided by rationale. "I soon understood," she wrote of her research process, "that every great room—no matter how grand or humble—exudes whimsy." You'll want to brace yourself before you flip through this exceedingly exuberant volume. Entire geese adorn walls. Disco mirrors invade kitchens. Patterns that you'd think would not even be on speaking terms riskily coexist. But if you're craving something to jolt your home out of the zzzzzzz zone, look no further." -Wall Street Journal
"Through a trove of mesmerizing rooms and encouraging commentary, she proves her liberating point—if you choose pieces, colors, and prints that you love, then, magic will follow." -House Beautiful
"Well, it’s ABOUT TIME that somebody did a book like this. This beautiful book delivers a photographic trove of fabulously designed rooms by über talented designers. This inspirational how-to decorate book is as much about creating a great room (no matter the budget) as it is a state of mind. With this, Salk touches on something that should be deeply considered if not already experienced… the effect that quality design can have on your quality of life… and the notion that your home should reflect and inspire YOU. She shares rule- breaking design ideas that celebrate whimsy and personal style over predictable, safe looks. Page after page will enthuse you...every page is a visual delight. Beautify your cocktail table with this gem; I highly recommend it to be read and reread- often." -Courtney Price
"Thrilled. The book inspires readers to make bold choices to create spaces they love..." - At Home in Arkansas
“…sure to spur countless makeovers. Filled with inspiring interiors by everyone from Jonathan Adler to Matchbook’s own Jane Lilly Warren, the book takes us on a room-by-room journey of homes that celebrate bold uses of color and pattern.” –Matchbook Magazine
“…Salk has assembled the work of 83 design luminaries to offer readers a wealth of decorating inspiration — from modern to traditional, casual country to city chic. And she hopes that readers will follow her lead.” –New York Post