These Are a Few of My Favorite Books

If I am guilty of hoarding anything, it would most certainly be books.  I love books of all kinds – blank ones, inspirational ones, novels, coffee table books, and the list goes on and on.  Not only do I enjoy learning from and being inspired by the pages, but I also love integrating them into home decor afterward.  I believe you can tell a lot about a person by the books on his/her shelves – their academic interests, style, travels, artistic taste, etc.

With the holiday season upon us, I have been brainstorming some of my favorite design books – both new and old – for gifting and/or for putting on my personal wish list.  If you, too, are shopping for gifts for a designer or love them yourself, here are some recommendations.

One of the greatest books that came out this year is 100 Interiors Around the World.  This trip around the world of interiors is absolutely breathtaking.  The beautifully photographed collection of interiors illustrates a wide range of styles including eclectic, rustic, and modern.

Design Sponge at Home is a magnificent book filled with all of the glory of the popular blog Design Sponge, and you can flip through its tangible pages every day!

Another book that I am personally looking for in my stocking this year is Happier at Home.  The author, Gretchen Rubin, is well known for her amazing book and website The Happiness Project.  I loved every minute of reading her previous book, and I know her new one will surely be as helpful and informative.  Her witty and honest writing style lead you through steps to making your life more meaningful, more fun, and overall, and most importantly, happier.


Kelly Wearstler never ceases to amaze me.  From her interior design, to textile design, she maintains a bold, graphic, and impactful aesthetic that I am constantly drawn to.  She has several books in print including her newest, Rhapsody, and last year’s Hue which I think anyone with a passion for color would swoon over.  I often flip through my personal copy of Modern Glamour that I picked up at Nandina  and find colorful inspiration each time.

Another exciting book was released last month entitled The Iconic Interior.  It features 100 incredible interiors from all across the globe.  The spaces – representing a wide range of styles – were designed by a multitude of people including fashion designers, architects, interior designers, and set designers.  Can a coffee table book fit into a stocking?


And last, but not least, is one of my favorite design books of all time, Design Like You Give a Damn.  This year, Architecture for Humanity released  Design Like You Give a Damn [2].  These amazing books pay homage to innovative designers – product designers, interior designers, and architects – that have sought to solve some of the world’s problems through their creative genius.  You will be amazed at the ingenuity and good will that have gone into these pages and, more importantly, into making life better for those who really need it.  The pair, or either book alone, would make the perfect gift for the caring designer in your life.

May you find just the perfect book of inspiration for the designer in your life!  Or, maybe you swoop one up for yourself.  We won’t tell. 😉


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