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undecorate: the no-rules approach to interior design

by Grace Bonney


I always get excited about any book that makes me feel like it’s breaking down the walls between “interior design” and regular, non-trade people. So often, interior design books make it seem like there are set rules for decorating and that having a good eye and a feel for things isn’t enough to help you create a home you love. So when I heard Christiane Lemieux from DwellStudio was writing a book that would embrace that sort of whimsical, laid-back approach to interior design I was thrilled.


Yesterday a copy of Undecorate (Clarkson Potter 2011) arrived at my door and I’ve been poring over it ever since. The book looks at twenty homes that embrace this sense of modern style- one that may not always “match” or fit traditional design rules, but one that feels beautiful and welcoming anyway. What I love most is the mix of homes- they’re not all obvious magazine spread spaces. There are some truly relatable (but still beautiful) homes that make me feel hopeful for our own apartment. Most notably, the Greenpoint (our new neighborhood!) home of Kim Ficaro and James Wilson. Their sunny railroad apartment is an exercise in the combination of beautiful vintage objects with clean, modern basics.


If you’re looking for some visual inspiration and pure home joy, check out Christiane’s book Undecorate right here. There are so many great books due out this year and this one is already one of my favorites. Congrats to Christiane on the beautiful book! xo, grace

All photos by Melanie Acevedo.

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