Below is a list of my favourite interior design books, in no particular order:
1 – The Big Book of Chic
Written by Miles Redd and published by Assouline, this gives great insight into the perspective of the New York-based designer’s bold colour choices and daring use of antiques. You’ll get a great appreciation for applying a bit of your own quirkiness to your design here as well.
2 – Celebrate A Year Of Festivities For Families & Friends
This Viking Adult book from Pippa Middleton (yes, Prince Charles’ sister in-law!) shows off all you need to know about throwing memorable events, complete with recipes and decorating tips that will save just about any party you can imagine.
3 – Simple Pleasures
Published by Weinstein Books, Cornelia Guest showcases the beauty of simplicity without pretension.
4 – A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, & Inspirations
Rizzoli worked with iconic New York designer Charlotte Moss on this celebration of practical yet luxurious designs that inspire feelings of warmth and hospitality.
5 – Timeless Interiors
Writing for Smith, Gibbs Publisher, in this book, Kathryn M. Ireland explores Bohemian chic as well as lively patterns such as ikat, madras, and paisley.
6 – Cohler On Design
For The Monacelli Press, Eric Cohler shows off how to mix high and low end pieces, as well as capturing the unique personality of a particular client. This is full of valuable advice on actually working with others and bringing ideas into fruition.
7 – Ann Getty: Interior Style
Again for Rizzoli, this is Diane Dorrans Saeks’ inside view of the intricate and ever influential design work of Ann Getty. Those chasing the highest level of craftsmanship should be sure to give this a read.
8 – La Formentera
Published by Monacelli Press and written by Juan Montoya, this is a great look into rustic house design that utilizes the likes of stone and wood.
9 – Interior Design & Inspiration
teNeues published this book from Lars Bolander that delves into all the insight you would expect from the exceedingly passionate Swedish designer.
10 – American Beauty
Written by Thom Felicia and published by Random House, Inc., this is all about renovation. Complete with a foreword by popular comedian Tina Fey, you can see how even the most weathered house can be turned around something idyllically beautiful.
In today’s online world there is a tendency to steer clear of a nice hardcover. But you’re missing out on a wealth of information and well-though design concepts.