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Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux Identifies Design Movement

Are You Part of the Undecorating Movement?

Last month, we recommended DwellStudio founder Christiane Lemieux's new book Undecorate as one of our March must haves. The term "undecorate" refers to the surge of cost-conscious, DIY decorators who've taken to designing their homes in unusual, economic, and inspired ways, especially since the last economic downturn. The New York Times article "Design Well Within Reach" offers a thorough look at the undecorating trend, comparing it with the cost-conscious movement towards modernism after the Great Depression.

So how do you know if you might qualify as an "undecorator"?

Do you . . .

  • Eschew common decorating "rules" and make up your own at times?
  • Make over secondhand furniture pieces?
  • Decorate yourself and not use an interior designer?
  • Create DIY art, furniture, or accents for your home?
  • Exercise creativity and exuberance in the design of your home?
  • Value comfort and function as equal to, or above, design?

If so, you may be part of the undecorating movement (even if you didn't know it).

Source:  Flickr User suzettesuzette

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stephaniepoli stephaniepoli 5 years
Interesting observations. I've actually never met anyone who has actually employed a professional decorator. I think they're great for people who have the 'means' and perhaps, not the time. But for regular folk like myself, I think decorating your own space keeps things personable. Plus, it's fun!
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