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As soon as I finished reading Be Your Own Decorator, I started over again. It is a beautiful and inspiring book.
I was slightly frustrated by the fact that about 25% of the printing is too light to read because the color blends with the photographs, but not enough to deter me from a 5 star rating. Have the magnifying glass handy if you don't want to miss a word.
I really love the images in the book - gorgeous photographs and full pages. However, I returned the book because (like other reviewers) the typography was SO small and in a color on many pages, making it almost impossible to read. Making this a nice picture book. I wish the art direction were a little better on the book, I so wanted to love this.
I am a certified decorating book junkie, and for more years than I care to admit I have also been tearing pages out of magazines that catch my eye - possible projects, inspiration, or anything else. I was very excited about this book and hoped that it would allow me to perhaps throw away at least a few inches' worth of my beloved magazine pages. Well, bottom-line, I am so disappointed in the book I have returned it. Although there are some lovely pictures, it certainly does not reflect the best of each designer's work - merely what the author was given permission to re-publish. As mentioned by other reviewers, the text on the photos themselves is about the worst I have seen in years. Much of it is almost illegible, being close in color to the background photograph, or printed in a color that does not pop out, but merely blends into the page. Why bother adding text at all? If you are looking for a book that compiles different designers and their work, with legible and informative text (long or short), there are plenty of other fabulous books out there that offer much more than this book could possibly begin to offer. For now, I will get much more out of tearing apart my own magazines. In sum, very disappointing and a waste of money.
I agree with other reviewers that the pictures are beautiful and inspirational. However, the colored text is sometimes impossible to read. For example, yellow text over the white/gray portion of a photo, colored text over a patterned piece of furniture/fabric/art where the color of the text blends into the pattern, etc. It made for a frustrating and disappointing read.
With "Be Your Own Decorator" by Susanna Salk, each page is beautifully photographed in glorious colour, filled with heaps of designer inspiration for anyone who is interested and loves interior design and decoration. A great many styles and fun proven ideas to work through on every page. Very good value for the money paid, I loved this book and every time I read through and gloat over the photographs I see something new I didnt notice before, great job Susanna.