Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin GatesElements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

byErin Gates

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

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From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog, Elements of Style, a full-color, fully illustrated book packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style.

Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog.

Organized by rooms in the house, Elements of Style invites readers into Erin’s own home as well as homes she has designed for clients. Fresh, modern, and colorful, it is brimming glamour and style as well as advice on practical matters from choosing kitchen counter materials to dressing a bed with pillows, picking a sofa, and decorating a nursery without cartoon characters. You’ll also find a charming foreword by Erin’s husband, Andrew, and an extensive Resource and Shopping Guide that provides an indispensable a roadmap for anyone embarking on their first serious home decorating adventure. With Erin’s help, you can finally make your house your home.
Title:Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a LifeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.12 × 7.38 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:9.12 × 7.38 × 1.1 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1476744874

ISBN - 13:9781476744872


Rated 2 out of 5 by from pretty photos, but not much else i borrowed this from library and breezed through it in 2 sittings some eye candy and a wee bit of inspiration but i am not sure it is worth the purchase
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not the best This book overrated and frankly ridiculous. I'm not sure I've ever returned a style book in my life, so this is a first. [SPOILER] She only says two useful things in the book: 1) Find pictures of home decor that speak to you, and emulate them (which is fantastic and classic home decor advice) and 2) hang curtain rods higher, longer and wider than the windows so that they don't block light and look more polished (another gem for any style). Both those tidbits I found online and nothing else in the book came close to useful. I recommend instead Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy. The advice in that book is timeless and practical. I've owned this book for years, it is by no means dated and the room by room style guides continue to provide advice that keeps my personal space fresh and beautiful. I especially LOVE the "small space solution" section in every chapter that gives advice for smaller spaces. Despite the dozens of home decor books that I own, I find that I use the Domino book more than any of the others. Go for that instead!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love for decorating.. Good book to get design tips.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Ideas Great for some ideas how to decorate.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great design book. very helpful and informative.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! Fun perspective to styling and she has some great tips! A fun book to pick up and peruse casually and a great reference for styling tips.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant This book takes you step by step through the design process to make positive changes in the space you inhabit. I would definitely recommend this book if you love interior design.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Emily Henderson Love Emily's blog and LOVE her book. So well put together with a true and coherent style throughout. I hope she continues and makes another!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book -- enjoyable, entertaining read and a Fabulous Gift Idea Having thoroughly enjoyed this book. Her simple ideas on decorating are refreshing, mixed with her advice to newly-partnered decorators. I have a few young women in mind who would love this book and plan on giving a few as gifts!
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elements of Style a great read I wrote this review and hit the wrong button about would I recommend the book and of course I would. I don't know how to delete that one note. sorry
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elements of Style I bought this book online as it was just released. I loved the book. Not only is it great on design, and tips, but gorgeous pictures and heartwarming. The introduction is written by the authors husband which one couldn't have asked for a better intro. I laughed, cried and had couldn't put the book down. I would definitely recommend this. I found the author to be very "real" and down to earth and honest. One of the things I truly enjoyed. I could relate to her so much. Of course the design aspect was awesome.
Date published: 2014-11-03

Editorial Reviews

"Flip through the pages of interior designer Erin Gates's fun and informative new book..., and you'll feel like you're stepping into her new house."