A Girls Guide To Decorating – Book Review

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Decorating made for girls, decorating made fun…

When I’m not obsessing over shoes, clothes and makeup (in that order), I’m obsessing about decorating. In May last year we bought our house and while it’s been fun making it “home”, being an older house, we’re still at the “must-do-fixes” stage! You know that stage when you really want to revamp your living room with pretty curtains and some new furniture, but fixing the leaky roof generally becomes more of a concern, and an expensive one at that.

It’s nice to know though, that with a little bit if inspiration, some creative thinking and expert advice, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on the decor details.

I received a book a few weeks ago and I’ve been reading it religiously, like it’s my decor bible. It’s by designer and stylist Abigail Ahern who owns one of London’s leading interior stores, the name A Girl’s Guide to Decoratingdon’t you just love the title?

The book itself is fun to read, beautifully illustrated and it’s filled with fun, hip ideas to zhush up your home! Everything from analyzing a room to planning you space. Making small spaces look bigger and clever use of the space you have to create a stylish home.

Abigail shows you to use light, texture and colour like an expert. And for the ones brave enough to handle a power tool, she’s got a lot of DIY projects. Projects like how to make your own perspex shutters, spray paint a lamp to give it a bit of va va voom and how to make an eclectic stair runner. These are just some of the fun projects you can try to really make your decor uniquely yours.

The book is not just about hardcore DIY! Abigail also shows you clever tricks, like how to add colour with pattern, how to paint doors, walls and floors as well as all you need to know about the different types of paint, so you can be an expert before you hit the hardware store.

She’ll also show you how to make big changes by updating small details. Look how fun this cupboard (above) looks with bright pink, over sized handles. Forget the boring and the bland, you know those standard chrome knobs – something like this will give your room personality, and as shown above, makes the room look grand and perfectly finished off with style and character.

Styling bookshelves is another fun and inexpensive way to give your space character. Gone are the days of using bookshelves just for books and displaying them like a lawyers office. Be innovative by lying books on their side and piling them up, then add some standing upright and give the space a touch of you by displaying your treasured keepsakes. You can use the books as your colour palette, by grouping complementing colours to avoid it looking messy and cluttered.

If you want a small area to start putting your newly found designer skills in place, why not try styling your home office or your desk? I love this one above, with it’s bright red accents, toned down by simple and elegant furniture and classic white walls.

Remember, there is no place like home, so why not make yours fabulous?

A Girls Guide to Decorating launched in April 2012, and you can buy a copy at the recommended retail price of R255.00.

For more design inspiration, be sure to visit Abigail’s blog here

Book: A Girl’s Guide to Decorating
Author: Abigail Ahern
Publisher: Quadrille

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  • Mary

    Looks like a great book. It’s good to see how well presented everything looks!