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).
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