The Best Design Books to Buy This Year

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If you’re a design lover, chances are your shelves always have room for another book (and if you’re like many of the House Beautiful editors, by now they’re spilling from your shelves to coffee tables, floor space, nightstands, and beyond—much like in the New York apartment by Fawn Galli above). Lucky for us, each season brings a fresh set of inspirational tomes from designers, stylists, and historians, giving us eye candy—and design advice—aplenty. Read on for the ones our editors are buying now. And be sure to check back regularly: We’ll be updating this list with our latest favorites every month.

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BOLD: The Interiors of Drake/Anderson


The first book from award-winning design team Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson, BOLD showcases eleven remarkable residences that exemplify the duo’s accessible modernist sensibility. From Manhattan to London to Arizona, savor the full spectrum of jewel tones and rich textures that highlight the duo’s dynamic eclecticism.

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Extraordinary Interiors


From a Bay Area pied-à-terre dripping with international flair to an elegant townhouse inspired by Italian palazzi, Suzanne Tucker’s third monograph is a sumptuous, antique-filled tromp through homes expertly tailored to the lives within them. –Kaitlin Kemp

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18) The Ultimate Bath


What takes a bath from basic to artful? Author Barbara Sallick has her answer: “These baths are not necessarily the large, the lavish, the over-the-top, but baths that reside on a different experiential plane.” Relax into the most luxuriously designed bathrooms from today’s top architects and interior designers. We recommend reading it in a bubble bath!

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MOOD: Interiors & Inspiration


“An empty room is a canvas—a place to play with composition and contrast.” With her debut title “Mood,” Toronto-based designer Anne Hepfer encourages readers to lead with one simple question: how do you want to feel in each space? From international clients to her own family of six, Hepfer highlights spaces bursting with color and feeling. We highly recommend adding this color-happy treatise to your shelf.

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At Home on the Water


In her new book, “At Home on The Water,” editor Jaci Conry takes readers through 12 gorgeous homes that celebrate various seaside styles and aesthetics. From a Spanish-style 1920’s manse in Palm Beach to a weathered grey Nantucket cottage, there’s no one way to break from life’s busyness and enjoy life! — Kaitlin Kemp

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Caren Rideau: Kitchen Designer, Vintner, Entertaining at Home


You’d probably never guess that Caren Rideau, founder of The Kitchen Design Group, was gearing up to major in business before she enrolled in an interior design elective — a decision that would not only seal her fate as an interior designer, but also highlight her love of well-designed kitchens. In her new book, “Caren Rideau: Kitchen Designer, Vintner, Entertaining at Home,” Rideau takes readers through 10 designs that remind us why the kitchen continues to be the gathering place for great conversation and delicious food (no matter your background).

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Celebrating Home (Shipping August 2022)


Southern designer James Farmer believes that a tablescape is “an interior design project in its simplest form.” That is only one of the many lessons from his new book, “Celebrating Home,” where Farmer reminds us that no milestone (or minute!) is too small to celebrate, and that home should be an extension of that mentality.

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Color Is Home: A Brave Guide to Designing Classic Interiors


In her new book “Colour is Home: A Brave Guide to Designing Classic Interiors,” Australian designer Charlotte Coote shares her method for styling classic spaces, built around her 5 signature principles: timelessness, authenticity, lifestyle, scale, and quality.

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The New Traditional


In his new book, “The New Traditional,” Barclay Butera takes readers through 13 homes that exemplify his signature style of bold textures, tone-on-tone textiles, and blending heritage pieces with distinctive furnishings.

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In her new book, “Midwest Modern Manifesto,” architect-turned-designer Angie Lane is determined to put Midwest design on the map. “Midwest Modern is contemporary interior design that’s not stark or unattainable, with a warmth of texture and eclectic touches that embody the charm and practicality of the Midwest,” says Lane. “It uniquely brings the progressive and conservative qualities of the region to life.” — Kaitlin Kemp

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Rocky Mountain Modern: Contemporary Alpine Homes


From heavy snowfall to strong winds and fire risks, the environmental challenges of the Rocky Mountain region can be immense. In his new book, “Rocky Mountain Modern: Contemporary Alpine Homes,” John Glendall highlights the stunning architectural design of modern homes across the Rockies’ breathtaking terrain. — Kaitlin Kemp

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1) The New Design Rules: How to Decorate and Renovate, from Start to Finish: An Interior Design Book


Emily Henderson isn’t shy about not attending design school, or having formal design training. Over the last ten years, she’s used her styling instincts and the internet to guide her through the intimidating process of renovating homes. “Every day I Googled, ‘how do you design fireplaces, staircases, paneling, vanities…” she says in her latest book, “The New Design Rules.” It’s the detailed design handbook she wish existed years ago. Throughout the book, she encourages readers to know the ‘rules,’ but to also break them with confidence. — Kaitlin Kemp

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Billy Cotton: Interior and Design Work


In his first book, “Billy Cotton: Interior & Design Work,” multi-disciplinary designer Billy Cotton takes readers on a journey through 15 stunning projects for a roster of art world clients, each one a creative powerhouse in their own right. (No pressure!) Each project showcases his unique ability to bring together historical and modern design influences, resulting in a satisfying blend of old and new.

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The Bunk Bed Book: 115 Bunks, Lofts, and Cozy Nooks


Inspired by her son’s love of bunk beds, Laura Fenton’s new book, ‘The Bunk Bed Book,’ highlights how architecturally interesting and functional these cozy space savers can be. And they’re not just for kids, either: “Bunk beds and sleeping nooks satiate some of our most universal longings: our love for secret places, the feeling of being aloft, and the comfort of enclosure,” says the author. — Kaitlin Kemp

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The New Naturalists: Inside the Homes of Creative Collectors


In her book, “The New Naturalists: Inside the Homes of Creative Collectors,” design and lifestyle journalist, Claire Bingham celebrates the new generation of naturalist collectors who live by the notion “too much is never enough.” Bursting with eccentric finds, these homes highlight the deeply personal side of collectomania—and the timeless inspiration in natural objects. —Kaitlin Kemp

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Classic Kitchens for Modern Living: Sarah Blank


In her new book, designer Sarah Blank takes readers through the kitchen design process from start to finish. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how her eponymous studio expertly mixes organic features with contemporary aesthetics and modern functionality. The result? Beautiful kitchens that stand the test of time.

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Probably This Housewarming: A Guide to Creating a Home You Adore


If you’re not already following Beau Ciolino and Matt Armato of @probablythis, you’re missing out. The couple has created a cult following for their mid-century aesthetic, witty personalities, and expert DIYs. Now, the design duo is sharing even more in their debut book, Probably This Housewarming, a comprehensive guide to living beautifully (and comfortably!) on a budget. Filled with easy-to-recreate design ideas, budget-friendly DIYS, hosting tips for when your home is ready for entertaining, and of course, plenty of fun and charm, Ciolino and Armato’s latest venture is a must-read. –Nathalie Kirby

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You Grow, Gurl!: Plant Kween


Christopher Griffin, more popularly known to his loyal fans as the Plant Kween, has more than 200 plants lining the walls of their Brooklyn apartment. Like most collections, it only took buying the first—a Marble Queen pothos in desperate need of rehab—to spur Griffin’s passion. Since then, Griffin has grown an audience of equally dedicated plant parents through their Instagram account, @plantkween. A botanical wonderland, the Kween’s account is bursting with plant care tips and personality, a winning combination that ultimately led to their debut book, You grow, Gurl, which is a well of information for burgeoning plant parents and experts alike. Get a sneak peek at some of the tips you can expect to find in the guide here. –Nathalie Kirby

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Beatrix Farrand: Garden Artist, Landscape Architect


Although you may not know Beatrix Farrand by name, you may be familiar with her sumptuous landscape designs, including one at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., as well as the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. Now, thanks to author Judith B. Tankard, you can learn more about this celebrated garden artist/landscape architect, who happened to be Edith Wharton’s niece. Impeccable design taste must run in the family! – Mary Elizabeth Andriotis

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Wonderland: Adventures in Decorating


In her debut book, designer and self-proclaimed maximalist Summer Thornton takes readers on a whimsical adventure through her most fantastical designs—including her own home. Go down the rabbit hole to discover a wonderland (pun intended) of bold color, surprising patterns, and unexpected textures. –Nathalie Kirby

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At Home with Designers and Tastemakers: Creating Beautiful and Personal Interiors


If you’re familiar with designer and author Susanna Salk you’ve likely come across her popular video series, At Home With, in which the designer visits the homes and gardens of the world’s top tastemakers. In this print iteration of the series, Salk opens up the doors to fifteen of her favorite homes to reveal how designers live at home. Packed with practical design lessons, consider this a guide to stylish living. –Nathalie Kirby

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Feng Shui Modern


In his debut book, TikTok sensation and design expert Cliff Tan makes the storied practice of feng shui comprehensible. Using expert tips and helpful diagrams, Tan masterfully breaks down the traditional principles of energy to explain how furniture placement, color palettes, and design style affect the harmony of every room. With practical tips to developing your own intuitive sense of space, Feng Shui Modern is the key to restoring balance in your own home. –Nathalie Kirby

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Living by the Ocean: Contemporary Houses by the Sea


Escape to the seaside with one flip through this awe-inspiring tome. Featuring work from more than 47 esteemed architects across six continents, Living by the Ocean explores the world’s most incredible coastal homes. From lighthouses that were converted into homes to underwater bedrooms, you’ll be entranced by the harmony between land and sea. –Nathalie Kirby

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44) Living in Color: Color in Contemporary Interior Design


If color inspiration is what you’re after, add this title to your collection. Organized by hue, Living in Color is a visual journey through a rainbow of contemporary designs that will inspire you to dial up the color in your own life. –Nathalie Kirby

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Atlas of Interior Design


No matter what your design style is, there’s something for everyone in Atlas of Interior Design, a global survey of inspiring interiors from the last 80 years. Featuring projects from design icons like Axel Vervoordt, Peter Marino, Brigette Romanek, and Kelly Wearstler, this escapist read will transport you to over 400 homes across more than 50 countries. –Nathalie Kirby

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Rowdy Meadow: House – Land – Art


There’s no better place to witness the amalgamation of art and design than within the walls of Rowdy Meadow, a visionary home situated in the midst of an expansive sculptural park. The imposing home, which was designed by Peter Pennoyer Architects, is inspired by Czech Cubism and features stunning pieces by Émile‑Jacques Ruhlmann, Josef Hoffmann, Dagobert Peche, and more. Experience the splendor for yourself with author Anne Walker as she guides you through the home and its grounds in Rowdy Meadow. –Nathalie Kirby

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Santa Fe Modern: Contemporary Design in the High Desert


Paired against the ruggedness of the desert and traditional adobe homes, the modern architecture of Sante Fe is striking—a dichotomy author Helen Thompson and photographer Casey Dunn beautifully capture in Santa Fe Modern. With every page, you’ll find yourself more entranced by architects’ use of the landscape to inform—and stand in contrast to—each design. –Nathalie Kirby

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Home: A Celebration: Notable Voices Reflect on the Meaning of Home


For a book that is as inspirational as it is charitable, look no further than Charlotte Moss’s latest title, Home: A Celebration, which was created in collaboration with No Kid Hungry. Hear personal reflections about the meaning of home from notable creatives like Kelly Wearstler, John Grisham, and Gloria Steinem in this thoughtful collection of stories and images. –Nathalie Kirby

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Pacific Natural at Home


In her second book, designer and tastemaker Jenni Kayne explores the homes of other creative women who share her simple, yet thoughtful design ethos. Filled with show-stopping photography of the earthy and effortless aesthetic Kayne is known for and interviews with the women who inhabit these spaces, Pacific Natural at Home is a lesson in style, authenticity, and comfort. –Nathalie Kirby

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Bunny Mellon Style


Though she was a friend of icons like Jackie Kennedy Onassis, patron of blue-chip artists like Mark Rothko, and created one of the most famous gardens in the country (the White House Rose Garden), horticulturist and philanthropist Bunny Mellon was notoriously private. In this intimate-yet-expansive tome, readers get a rare peek into her life—and learn how she developed her style across interiors, gardens, fashion, jewelry, and art. Comprised of original research by those close to the style icon, Bunny Mellon Style is the story behind her lasting influence. –Nathalie Kirby

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Collected Interiors: Rooms That Tell a Story


How does one create a cohesive space using a varied collection of decor and art? That’s a question designer Philip Mitchell strives to answer in his work, which is showcased in his debut book, Collected Interiors. As a self-described “modern maximalist,” Mitchell challenges himself to transform existing pieces into visually exciting treasures; his keen eye for texture, color, and scale are a trademark of his interiors. The new tome is a must-read for design and antique lovers alike who hope to infuse this same level of personality and warmth into their own homes. —Nathalie Kirby

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25) Isabelle Stanislas: Designing Spaces, Drawing Emotions


Paris-based architect and interior designer Isabelle Stanislas has long been defined by her contemporary take on traditional French style. Her work—which has caught the attention of clients as distinguished as Cartier, Hermès, and even the French President—is rooted in historic preservation, warmth, and ease. Stanislas’s first-ever monograph will take readers into this illustrious world, with a look back at twelve designs that capture the uniquely elegant aesthetic she’s become known for. —Nathalie Kirby

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Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity


Since its founding in 2009, Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead has been crafting one-of-a-kind interiors that are somehow both unfussy and sophisticated. Paying special mind to both the client and the surrounding community, the firm has become known for its dedication to craftsmanship Take a visual journey through ten of Workstead’s most inspiring projects in its first monograph. —Nathalie Kirby

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Shawn Henderson: Interiors in Context (THE MONACELLI P)


Designer Shawn Henderson is known for his rich, sophisticated, and incredibly serene interiors. In his first-ever monograph, the designer details the design process behind fourteen of his most beautiful projects—including two of his own homes. Interiors in Context is a coffee table necessity and a must-read. –Nathalie Kirby

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House Dressing: Interiors for Colorful Living


For more than two decades, Virginia-based designer Janie Molster has been designing vibrant interiors that are as elegant as they are playful. Both beautiful and practical, her designs breathe new life into traditional southern design. Through a collection of colorful interiors—from quaint cottages to busy city pads— Molster reveals some of her most cherished secrets around color, pattern, and texture. –Nathalie Kirby

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Collaborations: Architecture, Interiors, Landscapes: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects


As architects, the team at Ferguson & Shamamian collaborate with creatives across the design industry to bring each of their projects to life. The aptly titled Collaborations recounts some standouts, including work from designers such as Bunny Williams, Michael S. Smith, and Victoria Hagan. From urban homes to country getaways, explore the craftsmanship of each unique space through a series of photographs and text. –Nathalie Kirby

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Beachside: Windsor Architecture and Design


Nestled along the coast of Vero Beach, Florida, the community of Windsor is as elegant as it is unpretentious—a dichotomy author (and House Beautiful Digital Director) Hadley Keller expertly captures in her debut book. Beachside opens the doors to dozens of homes in the community, which was designed by DPZ Co. Design in the New Urbanism style and features work by Alessandra Branca, John Stefanidis, Amanda Lindroth, and more. With interiors (and lush gardens and courtyards!) that capture the essence of the idyllic village, this title is your chance to venture into the seaside haven. –Nathalie Kirby

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As I See It: A Life in Detours


If you’ve ever wished you could see the world through the eyes of an architect, pick up a copy of Tom Kilgerman’s newest book. Told as a photographic tale of Kilgerman’s travels, As I See It offers a unique perspective on some of the world’s most diverse architectural styles. The book is comprised entirely of smartphone photography (yes, really!) and relies heavily on the renowned architect’s Instagram account for context (so be sure to give him a follow!). A perfect mix of travel and design, this is a must-read. –Nathalie Kirby

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The Well-Loved House: Creating Homes with Color, Comfort, and Drama


If you, like designer Ashley Whittaker, share the belief that a house is meant to feel lived-in, add this title to your collection. Whittaker’s take on design is one of comfort, though she never sacrifices style to achieve it. Instead, her approach combines lush color palettes and classic patterns to foster a sense of understated elegance. Here, you’ll witness this unique take on traditionalism through waterfront beach houses, city apartments, luxe estates, and everything in between. Plus, enjoy her expert advice to achieving the same feeling in your own home. –Nathalie Kirby

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Dragons & Pagodas: A Celebration of Chinoiserie


Though the word has come to be used as a catchall description for anything vaguely Asian-looking, Chinoiserie actually has a specific meaning, and a complex history—dating back to exploration and trade along the Silk Road in the 13th century. In this inspiring and informative tome, Aldous Bertram—who received his PhD from Cambridge on the subject of Chinese influence on Europe—explores the influence of Asia on design elements in Europe including porcelain, color and pattern, flora, fauna, and architecture. If you prefer your pretty pictures with a healthy dose of history and context, this book is for you.


24) A Tale of Warp and Weft: Fort Street Studio


You’re likely already familiar with Fort Street Studio, the luxury hand-crafted carpet studio that’s made waves for its revolutionary “painterly” style. Now, in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary, founders (and celebrated artists) Brad Davis and Janis Provisor are telling the fortuitous story that led them to where they are today. –Nathalie Kirby


Kelly Hoppen’s Essential Style Solutions for Every Home


Kelly Hoppen, designer, TV personality, and author, is back for yet another book. In Essential Style Solutions for Every Home, Hoppen outlines easy-to-follow design advice, cost-effective style solutions, and tips on updating your house each season. Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a seasoned pro, you’ll find a wealth of practical design information hidden within each page. –Nathalie Kirby

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The Maine House


Photographer Maura McEvoy and Art Director Basha Burwell spent years traveling through Maine in search of homes that capture the unique spirit of the state. Marked by ingenuity, originality, and functionality, each house is as quirky as it is charming. Marvel at some of the state’s most undone, yet elegant homes before reading author Kathleen Hackett’s telling of their rich history, most of which extends through generations (and then book a trip to Maine!). –Nathalie Kirby

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4) By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers


Looking for a wealth of design inspiration from a slew of today’s best designers? Look no further than Phaidon’s latest volume, a collection of contemporary spaces by top designers including Beata Heuman, Darryl Carter, Kelly Wearstler, Young Huh, Brigitte Romanek, Kit Kemp, and many more. The projects were selected by a nominating group of experts in design and architecture, so each one meets the standards of some of the world’s most discerning eyes.

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Provence Style: Decorating with French Country Flair


Rustic charm, historical influence, and romantic details are the essence of this picturesque tome. Using Shauna Varvel’s 18th-century Rhône valley farmhouse—Le Mas des Poiriers—as a starting point, readers will be invited on an intimate tour of some of the most beautiful spaces in France’s sun-drenched region of Provence. Explore bedrooms, kitchens, gardens, and more—all dressed in that classic Provençal style. –Nathalie Kirby

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Designing Paradise


Craving a vacation? Colombian-American designer Juan Montoya is taking readers on a luxe adventure through some of his most tropical projects, where each home is a lesson in combining luxury with livability. A must for travel lovers and design enthusiasts alike, the book offers sweeping views of sea and sand combined with retreat-like interiors inspired by their respective tropical locations. –Nathalie Kirby


Modern Americana


Max Humphrey and Chase Renolds Ewald just released a new book that’s about to be your Modern Americana gospel. Broken down into the basic elements of this traditional design approach but with their fresh, contemporary interpretation, the book will leave you feeling equipped to apply a (fresh) bit of Americana to your own home in no time. Not to mention, just flipping through the pages of fun visual displays of Americana design will give you the mountain dream home meets Wild West wanderlust fix you didn’t know you needed. –Hadley Mendelsohn

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Patina Homes


Brooke and Steve Giannetti, the husband and wife duo behind Gianetti Home, return for their fourth book. Consistent with the chalky palette and unfussy aesthetic of the couple’s work (and previous books), Patina Homes explores twelve architecturally diverse homes and the expert way the Gianettis are able to merge classical and modern elements within them. From a historic East Coast farmhouse to a Provencal-style home in California, each home is as timeless as the next. –Nathalie Kirby

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17) Jungalow: Decorate Wild


Blakeney is a designer, author, and creator of the beloved blog-turned-brand Jungalow. In her third book, she outlines the origins of her trademark style—touching on growing up in a mixed Jewish and Black family, a combination she calls “Blewish,” and gaining inspiration from travel—and shares her secrets to achieving it. Expect advice on everything from decorating with plants to drawing your own floral patterns. Read an excerpt from her introduction here.

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10) At Home: Evocative & Art-Forward Interiors


How to create an elegant, contemporary interior that still feels warm? There’s no better expert than Brian Paquette. In At Home, the designer shows his approach to creating spaces rich with texture—plus offers practical tips on everything from breaking up open floor plans to maximizing storage.

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11) Inviting Interiors: A Fresh Take on Beautiful Rooms


Who says bold color and modern artwork shouldn’t be at home beside classical details? In her new book, designer Melanie Turner makes the case for pairing old and new—to dazzling effect. For proof of her prowess at this, look no further than the Atlanta home featured in House Beautiful’s color issue, which graces the book’s cover.

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Design Remix: A New Spin on Traditional Rooms


In his debut book, Corey Damen Jenkins recalls his journey to becoming a designer (he knocked on 779 doors to book his first client) before divulging the secrets behind his signature style, a remixed take on classic aesthetics. Expect useful instruction on color and pattern as well as plenty of inspiration.

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7) A Year at Clove Brook Farm: Gardening, Tending Flocks, Keeping Bees, Collecting Antiques, and Entertaining Friends


If you follow Christopher Spitzmiller on Instagram and find yourself besotted with his idyllic country life at Clove Brook Farm—or if you’re just dreaming of more pastoral pursuits—you’re in luck. Now, the designer and ceramicist is offering a peek into his country life in a tome that covers everything from gardening to entertaining to raising chickens. If that level of multitasking sounds impressive, consider this: The foreword is by none other than Martha Stewart. Talk about an endorsement.


Dream Rooms for Children: Inspiring Spaces for Sleep, Study, and Play


Looking for inspiration for your kids’ spaces? Susanna Salk has you covered, with a new book showing dreamy spaces by the likes of Kelly Wearstler, Charlotte Moss, and Nate Berkus for their tiniest clients. You’ll come away with plenty of ideas—and proof that small inhabitants doesn’t have to mean skipping big style.

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de Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors


We all know the saying about judging a book by its cover, but how can you not with this tome from the beloved purveyors of Chinoiserie wallpaper and handpainted murals? And if you’re betting from the cover that de Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors is a collection of lush interiors, you’d be right. Featuring rooms by such celebrated talents as Ken Fulk Kelly Wearstler, the book (penned by de Gournay’s founder Claud Gurney and featuring several rooms in his own home), is a visual feast—and proof of the transformative effect of handpainted walls, whether in Kate Moss’s bathroom or the ceiling of a private London club. You just might be tempted to tear pages out and frame them—in any case, this is a book you’ll certainly want to leave out in plain view.

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Flower Color Theory


This is no ordinary floral book. Instead of the typical collection of picture-perfect bouquets, beloved florists Putnam & Putnam take a theoretical approach in their debut book, breaking down arrangements by color for a text that’s both thoughtful and extremely useful for any aspiring arranger (and don’t worry—it’s still beautiful!).

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Anni and Josef Albers: Equal and Unequal


One of the most famous couples in design history, Anni and Josef Albers created work spanning multiple disciplines of art and design. Josef taught at the influential Bauhaus design school while Anni studied under Paul Klee. After fleeing Nazi Germany, the duo relocated to North Carolina, where they both taught at Black Mountain College. Their influence on textile design, printmaking, and more visual arts comes to life in this volume—with cover art that means you’ll never want to put it away.

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James Huniford: At Home


Contemporary and modern, weathered and sleek, casual and elegant: These are the kind of oppositions which designer James Huniford deftly combines in his interiors. In this book, the designer pulls back the curtain on his process, touching on factors like color, light, and scale to give viewers a glimpse at how he pulls together contrasting elements to create warm, inviting homes.

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Golden Light: The Interior Design of Nickey Kehoe


Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe have a knack for creating interiors whose beauty lies in their subtlety. With deft uses of light and texture, they make spaces the exude warmth and comfort, all while being breathtakingly pretty. Their debut book is a must for all admirers of “unfussy” design.

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The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design


Fans of the beloved podcast 99% Invisible (and anyone who’s fascinated by hidden stories behind cities) will love this book, which brings to light everything we don’t think about when traversing our favorite cities.

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Escapology: Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats


Looking for more woodsy armchair travel? Pick up this tome full of dreamy remote retreats, from lakeside cottages to woodland cabins, all selected by Scottish designers and TV hosts Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan.

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Design Commune


At Commune, Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht create warm, modern, California-inspired interiors across residential, commercial, hospitality, and retail. In their second book (the first since parting ways with Pamela and Ramin Shamshiri), the duo offers up a mix of their completed spaces along with renderings, inspiration, ideas, and special projects and collaborations—evidence of the firm’s well-rounded nature. Plus, the cover alone is pretty enough to earn it a permanent spot on your coffee table.

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Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide


Bored by the stark white interiors of Instagram? Consider this book your guide to perfecting Maximalist style. Author Abigail Ahern starts with a definition of Maximalism, then goes on to impart wisdom on developing a style, creating ambience, incorporating accessories, and more. All her advice is accompanied by images of her layered interiors.

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Rattan: A World of Elegance and Charm


Love the relaxed look of rattan furniture? This book, by the founder of beloved British brand Soane, is for you. Lulu Lytle takes readers on a magical journey through the versatile material, touching on spaces from French gardens to New York City townhouses—and even the chic café on the fated Titanic.

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Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity


Though Frances Palmer is best known as a ceramicist, she’s a multitalented creative, whose passions include gardening, flower arranging, and entertaining. Her book is appropriately suited to any type of creative, offering up lessons on inspiration and creativity that are sure to bring out your inner talent.

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NICOLEHOLLIS: Curated Interiors


Modern sensibility meets traditional details in the design work of Nicole Hollis, whose debut book is a treasure trove of her delightfully elegant, understated interiors.

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California Homes II: Studio William Hefner


Take a visual journey through California via the breathtaking work of Studio William Hefner, whose modern structures demonstrate a deft meeting of architecture, landscape, and interior. Featuring ten of the firm’s best homes, this hefty book is an ode to the continued legacy of California modernism.

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Art Life by Sig Bergamin


For the designer Sig Bergamin, art is just as important a part of an interior as furniture and architecture. Peruse a dozen of the Brazilian maximalist’s most artful spaces in this dreamy tome.

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Accidentally Wes Anderson Hardcover Book


If you’re not following the delightful Instagram account @accidentallywesanderson, get on it. The whimsical feed is a collection of structures and interiors that look plucked from the set of the cult-favorite director—but are all, in fact, real-life places. Now, the beloved account is a book, with a foreword by Anderson himself.


Travel by Design


Where do the world’s top designers look for inspiration? Well, this book is here to tell you, through 350 travel photos by architects and designers, accompanied by their musings on their favorite places in the world. At a time when travel seems out of reach, this might be the best armchair world tour.

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Live Beautiful


Over the last 20 years, EyeSweoon founder Athena Calderone has renovated eight homes—which fans have often seen through her blog and Instagram. Here, she turns the lens for a look into the spaces of creatives like Pamela Shamshiri, Laure Hériard Dubreuil, and more. Each subject offers a peek into their home as well as a slew of resources, like favorite antique sources, paint colors, and tabletop purveyors.

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Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House


In 2008, designer Michael S. Smith got the commission of a lifetime: designing the interiors for the Obama White House. In this book, the designer takes readers inside the process of decorating for the First Family and shares the illustrious history of interior design in the People’s House. Oh, and there’s a foreword by Michelle Obama.

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The Beauty of Home: Redefining Traditional Interiors


Next Wave designer Marie Flanigan has earned a loyal following for her fresh, elegant interiors. In this book, the designer details the nine ways in which she reinterprets traditional design for homes that are as comfortable as they are beautiful.

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Décors Barbares: The Enchanting Interiors of Nathalie Farman-Farma


On the opposite end of the design spectrum, maximalists will drool over Nathalie Framan-Farma’s richly-layered interiors, swathed in the patterns of her fabric house, Décors Barbares.

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Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon


This fall, garden lovers and admirers of socialite, philanthropist, horticulturalist, and style icon Bunny Mellon will get a more personal look than ever before at the multihyphenate’s talent for gardens. The book details some of Mellon’s most famous works (including, yes, the White House rose garden) but also delves into her personal life, sharing stories, notes, and advice that she jotted down in her many notebooks.

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Soul of the Home: Designing with Antiques


Want to incorporate antiques into your home but not sure where to start? Dealer Tara Shaw is here to help. A resource to some of the country’s top designers, Shaw is well-versed in buying and decorating with antiques. Here, she guides readers through various styles of antique and vintage furniture, then supplies a range of inspirations for how to incorporate them at home.

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Resident Dog (Volume Two): Incredible Homes and the Dogs Who Live There


If you love dogs as much as you love design, this book is for you. The second volume from architecture photographer Nicole England showcases the many snaps she’s captured of man’s best friend inside the spectacular homes she’s photographed. Come for the cute canines, stay for the inspired interiors.

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Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants


More of an indoor plant person? An alum of Jungalow and founder of Folio Collective, Danae Horst is passionate about teaching people how to decorate with plants. Here, you’ll find a practical guide on filling any home with greenery—regardless of your gardening skill level.

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More Beautiful: All-American Decoration


Designer Mark D. Sikes follows up his hit debut book Beautiful with even more of his specific brand of classic, preppy style. Expect lots of blue-and-white, wicker, and breezy interiors.

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The Lives of Others: Sublime Interiors of Extraordinary People


Travel the world with photographer Simon Watson as he visits exquisite homes from Switzerland to Morocco—all with inhabitants as interesting as their decor. No passport required.

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S Is for Style: The Schumacher Book of Decoration


From stripes to florals, chintz to checks, Schumacher has created some of the world’s most recognizable—and beloved—patterns. In this new book, the company’s creative director (and former magazine editor) Dara Caponigro invites readers to discover their personal style by exploring interiors from a range of designers incorporating Schumacher patterns. The book is aptly available with three different covers, each featuring a different fabric.

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Romance and Rhododendrons: My Love Affair with America’s Resort – The Greenbrier


When Dorothy Draper protégé Carleton Varney took over the design icon’s firm, he inherited one of the country’s most famously-designed hotels: The Greenbrier, which Draper redesigned following its stint as a hospital during World War II. For the past 60 years, Dorothy Draper & Company has maintained the interiors of this beloved hotel, a story he tells here through his personal anecdotes and never-before-seen sketches.

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The New Southern Style: The Interiors of a Lifestyle and Design Movement


Alyssa Rosenheck wants you to forget your preconceived notions of American Southern style. In this book, the photographer looks at modern day living in the South through interviews with a fascinating—and refreshingly diverse—array of designers, tastemakers, and makers, revealing the many styles that comprise beautiful living in the region (and, indeed, in the country as a whole). If you’re not swayed by the beautiful photography and compelling interviews, the book features some favorite TV design stars (Bobby Berk and Erin Napier, to name two!).

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Sean Scherer’s Kabinett & Kammer: Creating Authentic Interiors


Fascinated by collecting antiques but not sure where to start? Pick up Scherer’s book (named for his Franklin, New York, antique shop), which is part guide to creating layered interiors, part portfolio of spaces that do it right. Just ask House Beautiful’s own Robert Rufino, who said in a review, “the book is a keeper. A must have on my list.”

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A Tale of Interiors


Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward have created homes for the likes of Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dakota Johnson, and Kate Hudson. In their first book, the duo behind Pierce & Ward pulls back the curtain on their collected, livable style and just what goes into it.

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Markham Roberts: Notes on Decorating


A veteran of design icon Mark Hampton’s firm, Markham Roberts has been creating comfortable, tailored interiors for decades. In his second book, the designer shares some of his most valuable lessons, outlining his distinctive approach to the projects that have made him a success.

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Through a Designer’s Eye: A Focus on Interiors


Ever wondered exactly what goes through a designer’s mind when they conceive a space? Matthew Patrick Smyth is here to share in a book that takes readers from initial inspiration to design process to finished work, all—as the title suggests—through the discerning eye of a talented creative.

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Katie Ridder: More Rooms


If it’s color you’re looking for, scoop up this new tome by Katie Ridder, who is never afraid of a bold hue. The book breaks down Ridder’s thoughtful approach to layout, scale, and pattern—all of which result in joyful, unique rooms.

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The Little Book of Living Small


“So often, books and magazine articles about small spaces show homes that are neither small nor places where people live full-time,” says author Laura Fenton. In this book, she aims to change that by showcasing an array of spaces under 1,000 feet—and delving into the details of how life works within them. Apartment-dwellers, take note!

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Style and Grace: African Americans at Home


It’s not a new book, but this 2006 anthology, showing exclusively homes owned by Black Americans, should be a staple for anyone looking to diversify their design eye.

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May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses


Veteran design writer Wendy Goodman takes readers inside the homes of A-list artists (Richard Avedon), fashion icons (Donatella Versace), socialites (Gloria Vanderbilt), and more.

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Greco Disco: The Art and Design of Luke Edward Hall (Lifestyle)


His offbeat, artful type of maximalism has made Luke Edward Hall somewhat of a cult obsession in the design world—and earned collaborations with the likes of Svenskt Tenn and The Rug Company. Greco Disco provides a look into his creative brain, with sketches, projects, and texts that inspire Hall.

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The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes


A perennial favorite, Justina Blakeney’s tribute to layered, colorful style is just as inspiring now as when it first came out. Plus, its emphasis on multifunctional spaces (think home-turned-studio-turned-office) has new significance in today’s work-from-home world.

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Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave


Throw a little pop culture into your interior design library with this book by Joanna Gaines, HGTV celebrity-turned-design magnate. Though it came out in 2018, the subtitle— “a guide to creating spaces you never want to leave”—has never been more relevant.

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Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years


A must-have for any decorating junkie, this book is a crash course on the hundred most influential designers of the modern era, from Elsie de Wolfe to Kelly Wearstler.

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Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime


Though Sheila Bridges’s practical design guide is nearly 20 years old, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of its lessons are still relevant: After all, the book is a lesson on designing homes that will last a lifetime. Plus, many of the best lessons on selecting furniture and working with design professionals are truly timeless.

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Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color: (Coffee Table Books, Design Books, Best Books About Color)


Discover 100 years of color theory and history in this tome by the ultimate authority on color, Pantone. It just may change the way you look at your paint swatches.

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