Guest Groups: Design Takeaways From 'Be Your Own Decorator'

Make Your Own Decorator (Rizzoli New York) is the latest book from noted design expert and writer Susanna Salk. It’s meant to be utilized as a tool for all who either are, or hope to be, home decorators and designers. Susanna wants to enable us she guides to take away something from the images from the book which inspire us all. — Valorie from The Visual Vamp

Rizzoli New York

I chose this image from Make Your Own Decorator of a space by Bunny Williams as a jumping-off point. My Guest Choices are takeaways from this fabulous space.

Nostalgic Bay

Flanders Poppy Botanical Chart

From the room above, Sarah Graham’s ravishing paintings called “Artichoke,” take botanical artwork to a daring new level. I discovered these large scale botanical graphs that would work well as the takeaway.

Nostalgic Bay

Meadow Sage Botanical Chart – $100

Hang two big botanical graphs to get a similar look. The idea is to find the sensation of the original rather than make an specific replica of an area that would be out of the majority of our budgets.


Key Anywhere – $99.99

The sisal rug, by Artgroove, utilized at the inspiration room has decorative painting on the edge. The takeaway is an indoor and outdoor rug with a Greek key border, which evokes the sensation of this rug Williams used.

Home Decorators Collection

Left Bank Arm Chair – $229

French-style armchairs were utilized from the Williams room. These are more simple, but the form is still good.


Metalworks Pedestal Table with Oval Top and Rustic Finish – $189

There is a little iron side table next to one of those French armchairs from the Williams room, and this cute little one looks similar.


Bay Trading Alexis Arm Chair In Ivory – $429.99

The French armchairs from the idea photo have an interesting back (they are covered in vintage silk ikat). This seat with the oval cut out may be the takeaway.

Regency Shop

Egg Chair From Arne Jacobsen Reproduction – $395

The glowing egg seat Williams utilized caused quite a stir. If it had been the only thing you take away for your room, it could be a spectacular statement.


Bay Trading Silver Line Table – $274.99

Williams used many bits from her Beeline furniture collection she’s designed and sells. One of the most amazing bits is the table with the golden hourglass base. It retails for $4,800 plus it was pretty tough to locate a similar version! This table provides a little gesture of this Beeline table.

Furniture Cart

Virgo Hour Glass Base Table, White – $636.03

Here’s another idea for the golden base table at the Williams room. This hourglass base is wood and could be spray-painted gold.


Swoop Upholsterd Settee Loveseat Bench, Slate Velvet With Nailhead – $299

The couch in the Williams room is gray velvet. The takeaway is the colour, fabric and nail heads. This settee from Target is stylish and inexpensive.

Trippy Shop

Red Circle Tapestry – $22.95

There’s a international print throw across the rear of the sofa in the Williams room. She likes to change out pillows and textiles to refresh a space.


Somerton Boulevard End Table – $235.20

Williams utilizes a refined black side table with a shelf. I’m convinced it is an expensive bit from Beeline. I like the curved legs on this one.

Onyx Finish Serving Tray/ Accent Table – $242.99

Here’s another affordable black side table with a shelf to think about.

Acme Orian Bonded Leather Match Ottoman, Brown – $352

A tan leather ottoman is utilized to get a coffee table at the Williams room. This one is pretty nice for us budget decorators. Just add a massive tray, fresh flowers, accessories and books.


British Colonial Elephant Tusk Sculptural Trophy – $189

The tusks on the fireplace mantle in the Williams room are gorgeous. These faux tusks would look great, and the price is for the set.


Melanie Antique Gold Octagon Wall Mirror – $524.99

There is a large octagon-shaped mirror over the fireplace at the Williams room. Why don’t you try the exact same shape for your house?

Williamsburg Marketplace

Beaufort White Small Ginger Jar – $60

Notice the big, white ginger jars at the fireplace. This version is a little expensive, but it’s exactly the identical look.

Linens ‘n Things

White Porcelain Lidded Floor Vase With Black Tassel – $164.99

This tall floor vase is a more budget-friendly option.


Anime Chair, Transparent Orange Acyrlic – $399

You will find a set of incredible orange fauteuils from the inspiration room. The takeaway could be a set of orange Ghost-style chairs. The price is for the set.

Savio Lighting

Oriental French Porcelain Jar Lamp – $158

The Williams room has several Chinese ceramic ginger jars for lamps.

Savio Lighting

East Enterprises Turquoise Porcelain Fogdog Lamp – $270

The takeaway is the turquoise shade of one of those lamps at the Williams room. I adore these Foo Dog Lamps, and also the price is for the set.

Benjamin Moore

California Breeze

The largest inspirational takeaway in the room above will be the colour, Benjamin Moore’s California Breeze.

Benjamin Moore

Cliffside Gray – $3.99

The ceiling of this room is painted with Benjamin Moore’s Cliffside Gray, cut with 75-percent white. This is a notion you could easily use on your home.


“Make Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration And Cues From Today’s Top Designers” – $45

Make Your Own Decorator is a fantastic book to read. You will find over 75 designers showcased, with countless photographs to inspire ideas for your property.

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