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A companion to Decorate, the international bestseller, this interactive guide takes readers step by step through the decorating process of beloved stylist and blogger Holly Becker. In Decorate Notebook, Becker shares her personal design philosophy and explains how to carry a vision into a finished room, from the early paint swatches to the final accents. Readers will learn how to identify their style, create mood boards, outline a schedule and budget, source materials, and start decorating! Filled with expert tips, important checklists, blank space for making lists and plans, and 250 photographs of gorgeous interiors, plus a pocket at back for stashing swatches and inspiration, this is an essential planner for home decorators whatever their budget.




Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps

workshopHolly Becker founder of Decor8blogPhotographs by Debi Treloar


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FORMAT LOGO (minimal space)



This book is dedicated to my readers and studentsD wh om I boce dearby. Thank you for supporting me in abb thatdo. I Your friendship and boce is the wind in my saib.

Text copyright 2012 by Holly Becker. Photographs copyright 2012 by Jacqui Small LLP. Page 207 constitutes a continuation of the copyright page. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-inPublication data available. ISBN: 978-1-4521-1064-6 Manufactured in China 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Chronicle Books LLC 680 Second Street San Francisco, California 94107

Introduction 6


contents32 PREP your space 76



DRAW UP your space 88

STEP 6 Translate your IDEAS 120 STEP 7 FINALIZE your scheme STEP 8Happy DECORATING 166


In Closing . . . 204 Resources 205 Photo Credits 207 Acknowledgments 208

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Holly Becker



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Before we begin working on my 8 stepsD I thought we shoubd first put some key things in pbace. The first is a creatice exercise that incobces onby a few magazines and an hour of your time. Pubb together a few stybe fibes to get your decorating gears turning. Stybe fibes are simpby manibba fibe fobders that are babebed by room name such as Bedroomf or Dining Room.f Pubb some pages of rooms from magazines and catabogs that speak to you and pbace them in your fobders. This exercise is meant to be fun and to bight your creatice sparkD though bater you wibb be referring to it again as you begin to hone in on your ideasD create moodboardsD and decebop your finab room scheme. Next I woubd bike to ask you to create a Project BinderD as outbined in the box right. FinabbyD pbease book ocer my Toobbox page and try to pubb together as many of these important items as you can. Youre abready on your way!

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PROJECT BINDERKeep everything in one place with a project binder. I use binders with pockets and label each section. This isnt a catch-all file for everything that crosses my desk, only what I think I will use. Label your sections in a way that works for you. I usually label mine as follows: Floor plansFor floor plans and measurements. Details/SwatchesThis is where I insert spec sheets on specific pieces, which could be a printout of a few different sofas Im considering along with swatches, dimensions, materials, etc. You can print out the details on specific products from the manufacturers website, too, and insert those in this section. QuotesFor contractor quotes, prices for furniture youre still deciding on, etc. ContactsThis is where details of those Im working with, from showroom sales reps to delivery services and beyond, are kept. I usually toss in their business card or write down their contact info on a sheet of paper and place it here. PhotosInsert photos that youve taken of your room or pieces that you know you want to use. InvoicesFor items already purchased and work that youve completed. Lists & SpreadsheetsFor instance lists of what I want to buy for my decorating project. My General Project Overview spreadsheet, which outlines everything that Im working on so that I can stay on plan, would also be in this part of my binder. Other spreadsheets Id include would be one that outlines all details concerning each item that Ive purchased or plan to purchaseitem name, code number, supplier, contact, specs, price, availabilityanother for my budget, where I break down everything detailing estimates and final costs, and a spreadsheet meant for tracking all purchases that Ive made to date. MoodboardsIf you have a digital moodboard, print it out in color and place it here. If youve created one by hand, pho