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The Best Interior Design Books Of All-Time

November 8, 2016

“What are the best Interior Design Books of all time?” We looked at 25 articles and came away with over 250 unique books to answer that very question.

There are so many different interior design blogs, magazines, and books that it can all be a little overwhelming. Our list probably isn’t going to help with that overwhelming amount of information too much since we found 257 different interior design books, enough to read one a day for the better part of a year. However, we did rank them in order of the number of different best interior design articles they appeared on. We definitely recommend taking a look at any of the books below, keeping an eye out for the ones that best match with the interior design styles or ideas you are looking for.

The top 23 books are listed with pictures, summaries, and links below and the full list, along with the sources (which you should definitely check out) at the bottom of the page.

 

Happy Scrolling!

 


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The Top Interior Design Books



23.) A La Carte: The Elements of an Elegant Home by Sherrill Canet

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Best Design Books
    • House Beautiful

For New York-based interior designer Sherrill Canet, the past is something she recreates with relish, and is one of the hallmarks of her aesthetic. The decorator takes her cues from disparate periods and regions, including eighteenth century French and English antiques, chinoiserie, painted furniture, Art Deco, the glamour of the Gilded Age, and the mansions that once dotted the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York, a region Canet also calls home. A la Carte offers readers a tutorial in decorating in a range of styles, from Old World traditional to chic and tailored. Whether your library is a modern den or a gentleman’s English country retreat, Canet advises you on choosing the room’s essential elements – with comfort and function in mind. From mixing pieces and fabrics to furniture arranging, Canet helps would-be designers or homeowners create what, in the end, everyone dreams of-a happy, wonderful to live-in home.

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22.) American Fashion Designers at Home by Rima Duqi

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Emily Henderson
    • The Little Design Corner

Rima Suqi has been described as having “shopping in her soul,” however she is much more than just shopping. She’s a self-proclaimed “numbers junkie” who – through key relationships with retailers and designers – has developed a keen understanding of the business behind retail. She knows it’s not enough to be a pretty product; it’s got to be a product that sells. For this reason, companies large and small have sought out this trend expert to help brand themselves, name their products, write press releases, brochures, catalogs and advertising copy. Television producers love her natural on-camera style and often book her for lifestyle segments on everything from travel to fashion trends; she also hosts in-store events, product launches and shopping tours on request. A contributing writer for Alef and Organic Spa magazines, Suqi writes “Best Bets” for New York Magazine’s online edition, has authored three style books and and regularly writes for national magazines.

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21.) An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration: From Pompeii to Art Nouveau by Mario Praz

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Designers and Books
    • Oprah

The appeal of this extraordinary book lies in its rapt obsession with the details of the domestic interior, borne out in a wonderfully rich collection of pictures. These charming paintings and watercolors, mostly dating from 1770 to 1860 and coming from all over Europe, Russia, and America, record with faithful accuracy the shape of a room, the pattern of a carpet, the furniture, pictures, fabrics, and wall coverings, the hang of the curtains and the fall of the light they admit.

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20.) Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures by Rachel Ashwell

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Decor8
    • Red Online

Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie takes her signature pastels, ruffles, and whimsical prettiness right to the heart of cowboy country. This is a journey in pictures and words, following Rachel through the fields of a little town called Round Top, home to one of the largest, most eclectic and vibrant antiques and flea markets in the world, and then back to Rachel’s newly acquired bed-and-breakfast in Texas. Here Rachel’s inspired finds, her creative imagination, eye for detail, and her commitment to beauty, comfort, and function have finally come together in one location: The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell—an irresistible destination. This book takes Rachel in a new direction, bringing her eye for cherished patinas and pastel prettiness into the endless landscapes and diverse architectural styles of Texas. Here you will see how her style adapts to corrugated metal sheeting and weathered timbers, and how it brings new life to elegant period mansions. Chapter by chapter, the book leads you through Rachel’s little houses on the prairie, from the Ranger’s Lounge where hearty breakfasts are served, to the Pearl Barn, scene of wedding parties and celebrations, stopping off at the evocatively named guest accommodation: Blue Bonnet Barn, Cornflower Cottage, Meadow Manor, Faith Cottage, and Liliput Lodge.

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19.) Creative Walls by Geraldine James

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Apartment Therapy
    • Sofa Workshop

Any wall is perfect for display, whatever its size, shape or style. In this inspirational guide, Geraldine James, veteran collector of all things beautiful, shows you ways to organize and display your treasured collections to celebrate their uniqueness and your creativity. Collections of quirky items can illuminate a little corner, whereas a teenager’s bedroom will transform instantly when hoarded sports memorabilia makes the leap from the floor to the wall in a bold, clever arrangement. Look for unusual spaces and items: line up a series of themed prints above a picture rail, set heaps of floral china plates in grand style above the fireplace or simply add a mirror into a display to instantly create another in its image. Chapter by chapter, discover how to arrange virtually anything from scratch, rearrange the collections you treasure to best effect and begin a journey into colour, texture and themes to create elegant displays that give a home character and charm. From a memory wall of sepia family photographs to witty collections of kitsch art, this clever guide shows how to create a look that will bring any space to life.

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18.) Decorating With Style by Abigail Ahearn

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Decor8
    • Red Online

Forget perfection – Decorating with Style gives you the confidence to take risks with interior design, embrace what you love, and fill your home with infectiously fabulous stuff: comforting, inviting and imbued with personality. Decorating Abigail Ahern style is about creating spaces that make you happy – not just buying the latest ‘it’ chair. According to the internationally renowned interior designer, the most successful homes always have an element of the unexpected. Good taste is wonderful, but without a touch of eccentricity – some tension between spontaneity and rigour, refinement and rebellion – beautifully co-ordinated rooms can leave you cold. Proving that style has nothing to do with money and everything to do with confidence, Abigail goes back to basics to help you determine your own style, then demonstrates how to take interiors to the next level by mixing and layering different styles and eras; injecting intrigue into a room with some maximalist lighting or a decorative rug; playing around with scale, colour and texture to create an enchanting, idiosyncratic vibe. Packed with original ideas, beautiful photography, speedy updates and easy DIY projects – that transform affordable furniture and accessories into something you’d see in a designer showroom – this hip, hands-on guide offers all the tips, tricks and inspiration you need to create a stylish home.

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17.) Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Apartment Therapy (again)
    • Emily Henderson

“Thank you,” wrote a reader to Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, “for teaching me that houses don’t have to be frumpy and formal. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy or rigidly modern.” They can just be comfy and unique and reflect who you are, no matter how small your budget or space.

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16.) Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy by Deborah Needleman

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Emily Henderson
    • Sofa Workshop

Domino: The Book of Decorating cracks the code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders’ secrets from today’s premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual. The editors take readers room by room, tapping the best ideas from domino magazine and culling insights from their own experiences. With an eye to making design accessible and exciting, this book demystifies the decorating process and provides the tools for making spaces that are personal, functional and fabulous.

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15.) Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers and Debi Treloar

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Apartment Therapy
    • Emily Henderson

“Flea Market Style” gives you all the information and advice you need to furnish and decorate your home with “found” objects instead of new items bought in stores. Emily Chalmers and Ali Hanan explain how to find fresh and unexpected uses of second-hand pieces and antiques, and reveal how to mix old and new with flair and panache. The first part of the book, Flea Market Finds, looks at household goods, from fabrics and furniture to china, kitchenware, glass and lighting, and describes how to find special objects and indentify them on the basis of their quality, character, resillience, colour, and texture. The authors advocate a subtle mixing of styles, patterns, and colours, and emphasize the beauty of objects that have seen a bit of life. They explain how to locate bargain copies of modern classics–or the real things–and how to mix flea-market or thrift-store finds with high-end basics. The second part of the book, Putting It All Together, shows how to incorporate the style in every room–from the spaces where you cook, eat, sleep, or relax to bathing spaces and work spaces. The book ends with an extensive directory of suppliers

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14.) Gypsy by Sibella Court

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Decor8
    • Red Online

Filled with dazzling patterns, gorgeous layouts, and eye-catching designs, Gypsy encourages you to use all five senses to draw artistic inspiration from the world around you. Sibella teaches how to take pieces bought or seen on your own travels and use them to fashion unique spaces full of color, texture, imagination, and meaning. She also emphasizes the importance of scents, reminding how fragrances can help transport you to places you’ve been—or dream of going.

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13.) Made to Order by Campion Platt

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Best Design Books
    • House Beautiful

Every project is firmly rooted in the belief that handcrafting a home of one’s own should be a pleasure, and that an individualized, intensely personal interior can be achieved on any budget when an honest conversation is opened with a designer, or yourself, about what is most important in a home, and that this process will yield achievable, comfortable results. To that end, his firm creates spaces that are bespoke on many levels—each residence and all of its furnishings are literally made to order.

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12.) Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds by Jaithan Kochar

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Architectural Digest
    • Claire Brody Designs

Featuring never-before-published photographs of Eddie’s own homes―his eclectic apartment in New York and Pine Hill Farm in Connecticut―Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence. Funny and insightful, Eddie is like a trusted friend on the front lines of flea markets and thrifting, telling you what to look for, where to find it and how to restore it. Then he shows you how to use color and pattern to infuse your finds with a fresh, playful spirit, combining high and low, new and old, classic and modern elements into a warm and inviting style that expresses your personality.

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11.) New Natural Home: Designs for Sustainable Living by Dominic Bradbury

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Independent
    • Woman’s Day

Our houses can be seen as living, breathing entities, extensions of ourselves and our families. This carefully considered publication provides the design inspiration to build and live in domestic spaces in a balanced, natural, sustainable way.

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10.) Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design by Sister Parish, Albert Hadley, and Christopher Petkanas

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Lists It Appears On:

    • JP School of Design
    • Oprah

From the Kennedy White House to homes for the Astors, Rockefellers, de la Rentas and Gettys, the American firm Parish Hadley has set a standard for interior design over the last 60 years. Using the homes of famous clients, this book provides a room-by-room exploration of Parish Hadley design.

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9.) Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want by Anne Sage

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Architectural Digest
    • Best Products

Perfectly named style maven and City Sage blogger Anne Sage knows a wise truth: decorating our living spaces for our goals is the first step in making them happen. In Sage Living, she opens the door to covetable dwellings designed to boost the dreams of their occupants, from the sunny, open-air kitchen of a holistic nutritionist to the eclectic living room of a world traveler ready to put down roots. With page after page of stunning interiors, engagingly written home stories, and hundreds of design tips for every room, Sage Living goes beneath the stylized surface to help readers decorate for the lives they truly want.

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8.) The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Best Design Books
    • The Little Design Corner

An internationally acclaimed interior design sensation, Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. This lavishly illustrated volume features a diverse selection of his unique interiors, an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design.

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7.) The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Claire Brody Designs
    • Best Products

New York Times bestselling author, Melissa Michaels, will inspire you to make your house a well-loved home. Her relatable style, unique voice, and practical decorating ideas have made her highly respected blog, The Inspired Room, a haven for fans of real-life style.

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6.) The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Architectural Digest
    • Claire Brody Designs

In The New Bohemians, LA-based designer Justina Blakeney defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals who are boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes. With little distinction between work and play, the new boho home often includes an office, art gallery, showroom, photography studio, restaurant, or even a pop-up shop. The New Bohemians explores 20 homes located primarily on the East and West coasts. Exclusive interviews with the owners, 12 DIY projects created by Blakeney and inspired by objects found in the homes, and a “Plant-O-Pedia” offer insight into achieving this aesthetic. In addition, each home is accompanied by an Adopt-an-Idea section that offers general decor, styling, and shopping tips for easy duplication in your own home.

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5.) Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Emily Henderson
    • Woman’s Day

Undecorate profiles twenty homes from all over the country, revealing their owners’ love of imperfection and penchant for surprise and unusual juxtapositions while inspiring readers to follow their own whimsy and practicalities in their personal spaces. An anglophile creates an English manor in Hollywood, mixing British flea-market finds with midcentury furniture. A car fanatic turns a vintage Airstream trailer into a master bedroom and situates it in the middle of a vast industrial loft in downtown Chicago. A couple transforms a log house in Nashville, Tennessee, by blending their modern and eclectic styles with the home’s rustic charm. Though the designs differ widely, the spaces all express an open-minded attitude. Some homes embrace their contexts, while others transcend them. All are shaped by instinct and imagination and share innovative ideas that readers can use to organically and elegantly create their home to match their lifestyle and tastes.

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4.) Living Modern: The Sourcebook of Contemporary Interiors by Richard Powers & Phyllis Richardson

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Apartment Therapy
    • Independent
    • Sofa Workshop

Hundreds of photographs reveal private homes around the world, in particular from places where modern living has achieved its best expression—such as California, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Australia—but also from places where modern forms have been fused with vernacular styles or set against exotic vegetation. From desert to jungle, from city to country, Living Modern offers a boundless resource for achieving a personal vision of contemporary stylishness.

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3.) Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by Emily Henderson

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Architectural Digest
    • Best Products
    • Claire Brody Designs

At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic. With Emily’s style diagnostic, insider tips, and more than 1,000 unique ideas from 75 envy-inducing rooms, you’ll soon be styling like you were born to do it.

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2.) The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton & Ogden Codman

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Designers and Books
    • JP School of Design
    • Oprah

Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses is an invaluable reference, one of the classic works on interior decoration, and a testament to the enduring style of one of America’s greatest writers. Written in collaboration with celebrated American architect Ogden Codman, Jr., Wharton’s first book is a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn-of-the-century interior design, moving from historical traditions to the distinctive styles of contemporary taste. Published in association with the Mount Press, this beautiful hardcover facsimile is carefully reproduced from the first edition published in 1897 and includes all 56 original plates-illustrating furniture, moldings, and interior styles of the 19th-century-and features décollage edges as well as a new introduction from renowned scholar Richard Guy Wilson. The Mount is a magnificent estate Edith Wharton designed and built in 1902 as a writer’s retreat in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.

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1.) Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home by Holly Becker

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Lists It Appears On:

    • Apartment Therapy
    • Apartment Therapy (again)
    • Emily Henderson
    • Independent
    • Sofa Workshop
    • Woman’s Day

In Decorate, the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive home dcor program combines beautiful inspiration with nuts-and-bolts how-to for stunning results. More than 500 gorgeous color photographs provide motivation while line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts, and floor plans make it easy to get started. For those looking to make the most of their home and create stylish interiors, Decorate is the start-to-finish resource to keep on the bookshelf for years to come.

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#24-257 Best Interior Architecture and Design Books
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50 Ways to Paint Furniture: The Easy, Step-by-Step Way to Decorator Looks Elise Kinkead Apartment Therapy (again)
A Colorful Home Susan Hable Architectural Digest
A FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN HOUSES Virginia & Lee McAlester JP School of Design
A Frame for Life: The Designs of Studioilse Ilse Crawford Vogue
A House is Not a Home Bruce Weber New York Post
A Life Less Ordinary Alex Legendre and Zoe Ellison Decor8
a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life Mary Randolph Carter Apartment Therapy
A Place Called Home Jason Grant Decor8
A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages and Inspirations Charlotte Moss Best Design Books
A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE Designers and Books
African Interiors Emily Henderson
Against Nature (A Rebours) JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS Designers and Books
Alexa Chung: It Alexa Chung The Little Design Corner
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Oprah
American Beauty Thom Felicia Best Design Books
AMERICAN HOUSES ARCHITECTURE OF FAIRFAX & SAMONS Mary Miers JP School of Design
An Eye for Design Allegra Hicks House Beautiful
Anatomy for Interior Designers FRANCIS DE N. SCHROEDER Designers and Books
Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspiration in Modern Graphic Design Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic Fast Code Design
Ann Getty: Interior Style Diane Dorrans Saeks Best Design Books
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 Annie Leibovitz The Little Design Corner
Apartment Therapy Complete + Happy Home Architectural Digest
Apartments de Garcons Emily Henderson
Architectural Record HubPages
Are Clothes Modern? BERNARD RUDOFSKY Designers and Books
Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye Rudolf Arnheim Fast Code Design
Artfully Modern: Interiors Richard Mishaan Vogue
At Home Suzanne Rheinstein House Beautiful
At Home: Sarah Style Sarah Style Best Products
Authentic Décor: The Domestic Interior 1620–1920 PETER THORNTON Designers and Books
Avedon: Photographs, 1947–1977 Richard Avedon Oprah
Axel Vervoordt: The Story of a Style MEREDITH ETHERINGTON-SMITH Designers and Books
Behind the Picture Window BERNARD RUDOFSKY Designers and Books
Billy Baldwin Decorates BILLY BALDWIN Designers and Books
Billy Baldwin Remembers BILLY BALDWIN Designers and Books
Black and White (and a bit in between) Celerie Kemble The Little Design Corner
Bleak House CHARLES DICKENS Designers and Books
Bohemian Modern Emily Henson Architectural Digest
Books Do Furnish A Room Leslie Geddes-Brown Apartment Therapy
Bring The Outdoors In Shane Powers Decor8
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family THOMAS MANN Designers and Books
Celebrate A Year of Festivities For Families and Friends Pippa Middleton Best Design Books
Chairs: A History Florence de Dampierre Design Sponge
Chanel: Set of 3 books Francois Baudot The Little Design Corner
Change by Design Tim Brown Fast Code Design
Cohler on Design Eric Cohler Best Design Books
Colour Deconstructed Tricia Guild Red Online
Complete & Happy Home Apartment Therapy Red Online
Conran on Color Terence Conran Architectural Digest
CONTEMPORARY APARTMENTS WIM PAUWELS Independent
Creating a Home Emily Henderson
Creative Family Home Ashlyn Gibson Decor8
Creative Living London Emily Wheeler Red Online
Creative Spaces Geraldine James Decor8
CREATIVES’ HOMES NATHALIE TAVERNE AND ANNA LAMBERT Independent
David Hicks on Decoration—with Fabrics DAVID HICKS Designers and Books
David Hicks: Designer Ashley Hicks Oprah
Decorating with Colour Farrow & Ball & Ros Byam Shaw Red Online
Decorating Without Fear: A Step by Step Guide to Creating the Home You Love Sharon Hanby-Robie Sofa Workshop
Design as Art Bruno Munari Fast Code Design
Design as Future-Making Susan Yelavich and Barbara Adams Fast Code Design
Design Basics S. Pentak and A. Lauer Fast Code Design
Design Brooklyn: Renovation, Restoration, Innovation, Industry Anne Hellman The Little Design Corner
Design in the USA Jeffrey Meikle Fast Code Design
Design Studies: A Reader Hazel Clark and David Brody Fast Code Design
Designing for Growth Jeanne Liedtke Fast Code Design
DesignPOP Lisa S. Roberts ReadyMade
Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors Lili Diallo Emily Henderson
Domestic Art, Emily Henderson
Downtown Chic: Designing your dream home from wreck to ravishing Robert Novogratz) The Little Design Corner
Drawing is Thinking Milton Glaser Fast Code Design
DREAM WINDOWS Kathleen Stoehr JP School of Design
ELEMENTS OF STYLE: DESIGNING A HOME & A LIFE Erin Gates Claire Brody Designs
Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration PENNY SPARKE Designers and Books
English Gardens and Landscapes 1700–1750 Christopher Hussey Oprah
Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love Sibella Court Emily Henderson
Every Room Tells a Story Kit Kemp Red Online
Form & Decoration: Innovation in the Decorative Arts, 1470–1870 PETER THORNTON Designers and Books
French Chic Living: Simple Ways to Make Your House Beautiful Florence de Dampierre Architectural Digest
French Furniture: From Louis XIII to Art Deco Sylvie Chadenet Design Sponge
Furniture Repair and Restoration Brian Hingley Apartment Therapy (again)
Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary Judith Miller Design Sponge
Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works David Robson and Geoffrey Bawa Oprah
Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition Kimberly Elam Fast Code Design
Graphic Design: A Concise History Richard Hollis Fast Code Design
Graphic Design: Now in Production Ian Albinson and Rob Giampietro Fast Code Design
Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating Lauren Liess Best Products
Handcrafted Modern Leslie Williamson Apartment Therapy
History of Modern Design David Raizman Fast Code Design
Home Decor Cheat Sheets: Need-to-Know Stuff for Stylish Living Best Products
Home: A Short History of an Idea Witold Rybczynski Design Sponge
House Beautiful Living by the Water Lisa Cregan New York Post
How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s all in the Undertones Maria Killam Apartment Therapy (again)
How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made GEORGE NELSON Designers and Books
Hue, Emily Henderson
Humble Masterpieces: 100 Everyday Marvels of Design Paola Antonelli Fast Code Design
In Detail Hans Blomquist Red Online
In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World John Thackara) Fast Code Design
In the Pink: Dorothy Draper, America’s Most Fabulous Decorator Carleton Varney Oprah
Industrial Design Raymond Loewy Oprah
Infographic Designers’ Sketchbooks Stephen Heller and Rick Landers ReadyMade
Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives New York Post
Interior Alchemy Rebecca Purcell New York Post
Interior Design & Inspiration Lars Bolander Best Design Books
Interior Design Using Hand Sketching, SketchUp and Photoshop HubPages
Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models and Presentation Techniques HubPages
Interior Design: Theory and Process HubPages
Interior Portraits Victoria Hagan House Beautiful
Interiors Now! Volume 1 Angelika Taschen Apartment Therapy
Interiors: The Allure of Style Mary McDonald House Beautiful
Jansen JAMES ARCHER ABBOTT Designers and Books
JAPANESE INTERIOR DESIGN MICHELLE GALINDO Independent
Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool Jay Jeffers New York Post
Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors Rizzoli Vogue
Keeping House: Hints and Tips for a Clean, Tidy and Well-Organized Home Cindy Harris Architectural Digest
Kelly Hoppen Interiors Kelly Hoppen The Little Design Corner
La Formentera Juan Montoya Best Design Books
Landscapes: Selected Writings J.B. Jackson Oprah
Language of Vision GYORGY KEPES Designers and Books
Learning from Las Vegas Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour, and Denise Scott Brown Oprah
Legendary Decorators of the Twentieth Century Mark Hampton Oprah
Life in the English Country House: A Social History Mark Girouard Design Sponge
Lifting The Curtain on Design Vincente Wolf House Beautiful
Live, Love, & Decorate Emily Henderson
Living Architecture, Emily Henderson
Living in Color Farrow & Ball Apartment Therapy (again)
Living With Mid-Century Collectibles Dominic Lutyens Red Online
LOUIS VUITTON: ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS FREDERIC EDELMANN Independent
Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You Sherry and John Petersik Best Products
Love Your Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Interior Design Lucy Smith Sofa Workshop
Markham Roberts: Decorating the Way I See It Vendome Vogue
Marrakesh by Design, Emily Henderson
Meggs’ History of Graphic Design Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis Fast Code Design
MELLOR, MEIGS & HOWE Owen Wister JP School of Design
Merry Hall BEVERLEY NICHOLS Designers and Books
Metropolitan Home Design 100: The Last Word on Modern Interiors Michael Lassell Apartment Therapy
Mid-Century Modern Complete Dominic Bradbury ReadyMade
Mies Detlef Mertins New York Post
MODERN GLAMOUR Kelly Wearstler JP School of Design
Modern Rustic Emily Henson Red Online
Modern Vintage Style Emily Chalmers Woman’s Day
Moderne: Fashioning the French SARAH SCHLEUNING Designers and Books
Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914–1939 CHRISTOPHER WILK Designers and Books
Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm (Vision + Value Series) GYORGY KEPES Designers and Books
Monochrome Home: Elegant Interiors in Black and White Hilary Robertson Architectural Digest
More is More Emily Henderson
Move and Work Malene Birger ReadyMade
Mrs. Howard, Room by Room Phoebe Howard Architectural Digest
Neoclassicism in the North: Swedish Furniture and Interiors 1770–1850 Hakan Groth Oprah
New York Interior Design, 1935–1985: Inventors of Tradition JUDITH GURA Designers and Books
Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid Ted London and Stu Hart Fast Code Design
On Growth and Form D’ARCY WENTWORTH THOMPSON Designers and Books
Other Voices, Other Rooms Truman Capote Oprah
Paper to Petal Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell Decor8
Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius NIKOLAUS PEVSNER Designers and Books
Problems of Design GEORGE NELSON Designers and Books
Product Design Rodgers and Milton Fast Code Design
Remix Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason Decor8
Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home Remodelista Best Products
Residence Thomas Hamel House Beautiful
Rethink: the way you live Amanda Talbot The Little Design Corner
Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises Rizzoli Vogue
ROBIN & LUCIENNE DAY LESLEY JACKSON Independent
Roomscapes Renzo Mongiardino Oprah
Salvage Secrets: Transforming Reclaimed Materials into Design Concepts Apartment Therapy (again)
Scrapbook For Living Bunny Williams House Beautiful
Shed Decor: How to Decorate and Furnish Your Favorite Garden Room Sally Coulthard Architectural Digest
Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography Elias Redstone ReadyMade
Simple Pleasures Cornelia Guest Best Design Books
SIMPLY IMPERFECT ROBYN GRIGGS LAWRENCE Independent
Simply Scandanavian Emily Henderson
Spruce: 257 Ways To Show Your Home Some Love John and Sherry Apartment Therapy (again)
Stuart Davis, American Painter Lowery Stokes Sims Oprah
Style by Saladino JOHN SALADINO Designers and Books
Styles: Compendium of Interior Francois Baudot Design Sponge
Survival Kit: Design Emily Henderson
Sustainable Design: Explanations in Theory and Practice Stuart Walker Fast Code Design
Sweetwater’s Simple Home: Sew Something Handmade for Every Room Apartment Therapy (again)
Syrie Maugham: Staging the Glamorous Interior PAULINE METCALF Designers and Books
Tanglewood Tales NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE Designers and Books
The Abrams Guide to Period Styles for Interiors Judith Gura Design Sponge
The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual — and the Modern Home Began Joan DeJean Design Sponge
The Age of Innocence EDITH WHARTON Designers and Books
The Architecture of Luis Barragan Emilio Ambasz Oprah
The Art of Color Farrow & Ball Apartment Therapy (again)
The Art of Living Barbel Miebach Apartment Therapy
The Art of the Table: A Complete Guide to Table Settings, Table Manners and Tableware Suzanne Von Drachenfels Design Sponge
The Big Book of Interior Design New York Post
The Codes Guidebook for Interiors HubPages
The Complete Book of Home Organization: 200+ Tips and Projects Best Products
The Complete Fables of Jean de La Fontaine JEAN DE LA FONTAINE Designers and Books
THE COUNTRY HOUSES of DAVID ADLER Steven Salny JP School of Design
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Twyla Tharp with Mark Reiter Fast Code Design
The Design of Everyday Things Don Norman Fast Code Design
The Design Process Karl Aspelund Fast Code Design
THE ELEMENTS of STYLE Calloway & Cromley JP School of Design
The Essential Guide to Upholstery Dorothy Gates Apartment Therapy (again)
The Fashion Book Phaidon The Little Design Corner
The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details Stan Williams Emily Henderson
The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to the Present THOMAS JAYNE Designers and Books
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand Oprah
The Golden Bowl HENRY JAMES Designers and Books
The Great Fashion Designers Home Red Online
The Happy Home Project Jean Nayar Woman’s Day
THE HOUSE BOOK Phaidon JP School of Design
THE HOUSE IN GOOD TASTE Elsie de Wolf JP School of Design
The House in My Head DOROTHY RODGERS Designers and Books
The House of Life MARIO PRAZ Designers and Books
THE HOUSES of McKIM, MEAD & WHITE Samuel White JP School of Design
The Industrial Design Reader Carma Gorman Fast Code Design
The Inspiration of the Past John Cornforth Oprah
The Kinfolk Home and The Kinfolk Table Nathan Williams The Little Design Corner
The Language of Interior Design Alexa Hampton House Beautiful
The Liberty Book of Home Sewing Apartment Therapy (again)
The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes Best Products
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful Myquillyn Smith Best Products
The New Basics Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips Fast Code Design
THE NEW CURTAIN BOOK Stephanie Hoppen JP School of Design
The New York Times Book of Interior Design and Decoration Norma Skurka New York Post
THE NOT SO BIG HOUSE Sarah Susanka JP School of Design
The Palais Bulles Emily Henderson
THE PERFECT HOUSE Witold Rybczynski JP School of Design
The Personality of a House Emily Post Oprah
The Poetics of Space GASTON BACHELARD Designers and Books
The Shopkeeper’s Home Caroline Rowland Red Online
The Splendor of Cuba Emily Henderson
The Stones of Venice JOHN RUSKIN Designers and Books
The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness Virginia Postrel Oprah
The Ultimate House Book Terrence Conran Oprah
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Edward Tufte Fast Code Design
The Well-Lived Life Emily Henderson
There’s a Bed in the Piano: The Inside Story of the American Home Myrna Kaye Design Sponge
Thinkertoys Michael Michalko Fast Code Design
Thinking With Type Ellen Lupton Fast Code Design
Thoughts on Design Paul Rand Fast Code Design
Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist Peter Hall and Michael Bierut) Fast Code Design
Time-Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning, 2nd Edition HubPages
Timeless Elegance David Easton House Beautiful
Timeless Interiors Kathryn M. Ireland Best Design Books
Tom Ford Tom Ford The Little Design Corner
Tony Duquette Wendy Goodman and Hutton Wilkinson Oprah
TOOLS FOR LIVING CHARLOTTE AND PETER FIELL Independent
Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory Lois Weinthal Fast Code Design
Type and Image: The Language of Graphic Design Paperback Philip B. Meggs Fast Code Design
Vanity Fair: 100 years Graydon Carter The Little Design Corner
Vision in Motion Laszlo Moholy-Nagy Fast Code Design
Visual Notes for Architects and Designers Norman Crowe and Paul Laseau Fast Code Design
Vogue Living Emily Henderson
Vougue: the covers Dodie Kazanjian The Little Design Corner
WA: The Essence of Japanese Design New York Post
Walden, or Life in the Woods HENRY DAVID THOREAU Designers and Books
Ways of Seeing John Berger Oprah
WHAT CLIENTS LOVE Harry Beckwith JP School of Design
Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture Rowan Moore ReadyMade
Women Designers in the USA, 1900–2000: Diversity and Difference PAT KIRKHAM Designers and Books
World Changing: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century Alex Steffen Fast Code Design
Young House Love Apartment Therapy (again)


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