VIDEO book review: ‘Home. The Elements of Decorating’ by Emma Blomfield

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I’m constantly on the lookout for new interior design and styling books — both to use as styling props and to read and learn from of course!

So when Interior Decorator Emma Blomfield release her book ‘Home. The Elements of Decorating‘, I was eager to get my hands on a copy. And she doesn’t disappoint.

Watch my video review of her book that’s packed full of industry expert tips for a sense of what to expect.

Best features of the book

Great layout: starting with an overview of interior decorating, then focusing on rooms of the home, and finishing with tips on specific decorating such as flower arranging and coffee table styling

Positive tone: the book has an empathetic tone, totally focused on helping you overcome any decorating challenges you may be facing

Beautifully illustrated: I love the watercolour illustrations throughout that give you a sense of beautiful interiors without being too prescriptive

Bonus decorator tips: the margins of the book are loaded with nuggets of wisdom that come from years of industry experience

Ideas of products to use: for each zone of the home, Emma gives you a stack of ideas of what you can use to decorate the space

Cons

This is honestly one of the most useful and well-considered decorating books I’ve come across. The only negatives for me are minor:

→ in one or two spots of the book I wanted a little bit more, such as in the dining room section I would have liked more ideas of how to decorate my dining table when it’s not being used at meal times

→ the front and back covers are a sweet pink watercolour design but this book is just as useful for men as women and I would have loved to see the watercolour illustrations from inside used on the covers

Overall this is an excellent resource that I’ll be using for years to come. If you would like to get your hands on a copy of her book, order via her website here.

*Disclaimer: this book was gifted.

Home. The Elements of Decorating

Home. The Elements of Decorating
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Quality

9/10

    Design

    9/10

      Price

      10/10

        Usefulness

        10/10

          Longevity

          9/10

            Pros

            • Great layout
            • Excellent tone
            • Loaded with information
            • Beautiful imagery
            • Bonus tips

            Cons

            • Some areas wanted more detail
            • Illustrative cover could have made it more unisex
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            Gina is the Editor of STYLE CURATOR, an award winning Australian blog about the pursuit of a stylish home. She is passionate about sharing her love of design, architecture, decorating and homewares. Having recently finished the build of her dream home, she's now tackling the never ending job of styling it. When she's not blogging or working with interior styling clients, you'll find her running after her 1 year-old son Patrick or getting her hands messy in a creative project.

            4 COMMENTS

            1. I’m always looking for good new design books. Will definitely be ordering a copy of this one, thanks for bringing it to my attention 🙂 My all time favourite is ‘Home Love’ by Megan Morton!

              • Oohhh thanks for the tip Jane, I haven’t seen that book before but love the sound of it. Hope you enjoy your copy of Emma’s fab new book x

              • It’s a great book Sarah. Be sure to also let us know if we can share any styling tips or advice to help with those areas of your house 🙂

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