A good decorating book can't exist without beautiful photography for inspiration. Though a shutterbug is not the only ingredient in the secret sauce, to be honest, I often do judge shelter books primarily on imagery. But, there are exceptions.
Professional stager Jill Vegas's new book, Speed Decorating: A Pro Stager's Tips and Trade Secrets For a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less, is one of those, meant to be tutorial-based. Her step-by-step approach to decorating seems like it would be a relief for anyone who doesn't know where to start. The volume offers practical advice that's easy to apply to arranging every room in your home, and it attempts to demystify a process that for many is daunting.
But while I did find a few "trade secrets" here, such as product recommendations and tips on things like how to remove indentations on carpeting from furniture, I felt like much of Vegas's advice was just common sense — clean, organize, hire a professional. Some tips like "make a shopping list" seemed a little too obvious.
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While I found many of the homes featured in this book a bit dated, at the same time, many seemed like pleasant and calm spaces to live in. Overall, I found the book a bit underwhelming. It might be helpful for totally new decorators who need to be reminded to take a common sense, step-by-step approach. But those people tend to be the ones who really need help in the aesthetics department, where this book is lacking. For the rest of us, there's not enough meat (tips and trade secrets) in the book to justify the purchase.