Favorite 15 Design BooksJuly 27, 2015 • By Kellie Smith
Do you love interior design books as much as I do?
Like seriously, love them?
My Favorite 15 Design Books
If I could, I would collect them by the dozen.
I mean, I love Pinterest and all but there is something about turning pages, touching the pages.
So here I give you 15 of my favorites. This is Part I, because how could I limit my favorites to such a low number?
I’m sharing a design book that I was published in because, obviously, it’s my favorite favorite!
I hope you will love the creativity I find within the pages of these books. The colors, the details, the thought behind the process…it’s all here to inspire you!
Let me share…
If you love the bohemian style, you will love the collection of artists, bloggers and other creatives, sharing their creative style. Twenty homes are featured, as well as galleries, offices, restaurants and other establishments that have the best commercial fitouts in brisbane Australia. This book may be brand new but it already becoming a favorite for many.
The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney
Windsor Smith shows off her glamorous, modern, yet comfortable style in her first book. She makes amazing interiors look completely effortless.
Windsor Smith Homefront: Design for Modern Living
Popular blogger Myquillyn Smith, of The Nest, writes a lovely and powerful book teaching us to see more than design in our spaces, to see our home, a place to live and love. Her encouragement to see the beauty in chaotic lives is quite uplifting. Her motto of “Perfection is Overrated” is one we could all probably stand to keep in the back of our minds.
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful
Oh have mercy, how I love this book. The art, the strong color, the style of Hunt Slomen is phenomenal. Showcasing his two Southern mansions, you will find his work delightful, mysterious and intriguing all at once.
The first book of the work of Jean-Louis Deniot does not disappoint. One of my absolute all-time favorite designers, his work is incredibly elegant, mixing classic antiques with modern furnishings, but never stuffy or overly formal. His clean and edited style speaks to my design heart.
Any book that showcases the work of Alexa Hampton will be in my collection quicker than you can say “gorgeous interior design”. The daughter of interior design legend Mark Hampton, Alexa traveled the world with her father, training her design eye. In her first book, we see just how incredible her design eye really is.
Alexa Hampton: The Language of Interior Design
In her second release, Alexa walks us through her design process of eight elegant homes, room by room. If you are interested in learning from the best, here ya go!
Alexa Hampton: Decorating in Detail
Interior designer Kishani Perera believes that gorgeous interiors can be created on any budget. Her style mixes pieces from high end designer showrooms to Etsy handmades. She walks us through effortlessly mixing styles and finding balance.
Vintage Remix : The Interiors of Kishani Perera
Who doesn’t love Kelly Wearstler? Her sense of style, her use of color, her pure brazen and bold aesthetic. Of her all of her books, Hue is my favorite. Kelly’s Beverly Hills own home is included as well as many other residential projects and hotel interiors.
Jonathan Adler’s quirky style is not the only thing you will enjoy from this book. It’s a self help of sorts in typical light and happy Adler style. This book really does provide 100 ways to happy chic your life!
100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life
Katie Ridder’s Rooms is over 200 pages packed full of gorgeousness. Color abounds with a polished mix of vintage and modern. Katie’s work is a feast for the eyes and inspiration is found on every page.
Dubbed the “decorating daredevil” by Domino and consistently listed as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers, Mary McDonald has quite the fan base. Her work is timeless and classic, with a slight twist of fun. Her style is elegant, yet livable.
Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style
Absolute drool-worthiness is how I refer to this book. MLB’s global mix and strong use of color is coveted by celebrities and design lovers across the world. This inspiring book is a true must have if you love color, layers and texture.
Barry Dixon has to be one of the most talented designers of our time. His attention to detail, his balance of color and texture, the combination of pattern. I could go on and on. In Inspirations, Mr. Dixon shares many design nuggets that you can use in your own home. You will not only find him inspirational but eloquent as well. Mr Dixon’s vision and design eye is like no other.
OK, you guys. I need you to do a little happy dance with me now.
Up! On your feet! Woot woot!!
My design work is actually in the last book I’m sharing.
Eeeeekkkk!!! I know, crazy, right? Pinch me!
Susanna Salk really put together an amazing book. There are some crazy cool projects within these pages. Works from Jonathan Adler, Mary McDonald, Alesandra Branca, Jamie Drake, Steven Gambrel, Tobi Fairley, Amanda Nisbet, Miles Redd AND LITTLE OLE ME!!!!
I’m on page 79 and 80, btw. I got a two page spread!!!!
I do hope you enjoy the books I selected for Part I of My Top 15 Design Books. I hope I have inspired you to add to your collection.
There are so many that I want to share, I will definitely have to do a part II!
I’d love to hear from you, what are your favorite design books?
Did any of your books inspire something you have done in your own home?
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The New Bohemians and the Nesting Place are on my wish list!
Great choices Shannon, those are both wonderful books! Thanks for stopping by!
I think I have a serious case of room envy now!
I know Lauryn!! People’s talent never ceases to amaze me!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I love The Nesting Place! Thanks for giving me sme new books to check out!
You bet Valerie! Thanks for stopping by!!
Woot! Congrats on the spread. That’s really awesome, Kelli. I’d love to browse through it and The Nesting Place book. I don’t own but 2 design books but I find Country Living has given me my fair share of design inspiration.
Thank you Leilani!! Oooooo, I like Country Living too! Always gorgeous inspiration there!! You probably would really like the Nesting Place, as the work in there is in the Country Living vein. Let me know what you think. Thank so much for stopping by!!
Ok – I can’t believe how many of those I don’t have. I am falling way behind in my design book buying schedule. Thanks for the reminder.
There are so many to love!!!!!!!! But I doubt you are falling behind – you’re collection is larger than mine!! (-: