Unless you’re accountant, the new year presents itself with a little more down time. Even as an interior designer, it’s been a luxury for me to carve out a few minutes in the evening to delve into these top interior design books. If I’m honest, my winter reads list actually got started this past summer so why has it taken me this long? Aside from having a husband, five kids, and a dog who need something when they see me have five minutes to myself, I love reading EVERY page. Here’s what’s on my winter reads list and why:
Even my husband knows I love all things Suzanne Kasler! This is her second book, (I own the first one, too) which I recently purchased from Ballard Designs. This woman can warm up the coldest European mansion with her mix of warm neutrals with just the right balance of color. She uses less than I use in my work, however when you analyze her rooms you’ll see that she’s used color in only two or three areas yet it makes a big impact. Timeless, classic, and fresh, she’s my design muse and we definitely speak the same language.
I’m convinced that no one knows how to style your home like a magazine (and it still be functional) better than Emily Henderson. You may recognize her from the show, Secrets From a Stylist, on HGTV where she’d take two design styles and cleverly merge them together to give the guest a style diagnosis of sorts. And speaking of style diagnosis, this review comes with one warning. Most of the rooms in this book are either mid century modern or boho style. So if you are more traditional, like me, or a decorating novice, you may not be able to “see past” the decor to understand her style lessons. However, it’s worth a try.
Congrats Girl for being on the New York Times Bestsellers List!! Honestly, I first bought Erin’s book to support her as a fellow interior designer and blogger. And because while she was writing this book, she withheld pictures of her projects in an effort to save them for this publication. Curiosity got the best of me. As with Emily’s book (above) the rooms are decorating in Erin’s signature style and that’s what the book reflects. Very relatable, I highly recommend this book for beginners who are decorating their homes for the first time.
Something has sparked the love for black and white interiors as of late so I’m certain everyone is cracking open Ms. Kemble’s 2011 ode to the most classic color palette of all times, Black and White. The book displays pages and pages of highly decorated rooms with lots of tips on incorporating black and white into your home even if only it’s a centerpiece. My favorite section is where she talks about incorporating natural elements along with black and white. Totally livable!
In this book Mrs Lemieux compiles advice from top interior design industry experts on selecting pieces with heirloom quality. If you’re interested in taking your time in the decorating process, then this book is the perfect reference guide on how to invest in the finest pieces your money can buy.
The book is one of my absolute favorite reads. The is unlike most coffee table books so if you’re looking for lots of pictures and less prose, this book isn’t for you. But if you love reading the how and why behind Darryl Carter’s work, he tells it all in a conversational manner. What’s also interesting is how he takes a colonial home, which tends to be highly ornamented, edits it, and modernizes it with the use of antiques, a warm white color palette, natural elements, and sophisticated black accents.
Before making his mark on the interior design world, Mark D. Sikes worked in the fashion industry. This historic fact is evident in his timeless, California-cool aesthetic that runs rampant in all eight chapters of his book. One title “Blue and White Forever,” also a popular social media hashtag, celebrates the use of blue and white pottery, batik, indigo, and his favorite–stripes. Another, “Garden Green,” just so happens to spotlight the 2017 Color of the Year! So apropos and timely!
Just as the title implies Bunny Williams, interior design and garden expert, takes you on the ultimate house tour of her own Caribbean retreat. Talk about #homegoals. With page after page of awe-inspiring photos woven together with essays (yes, essays) written by guests she’s hosted at her estate, you’ll be tempted to cut out the book pages for your vision board.
Take a tour of the renowned 32,000 sqft mid-century modern iconic home of philanthropists, Walter and Leonore Annenberg. It comes to no surprise that house was a frequent meeting place (read hangout spot) for presidents, movie stars, musicians, and everyone in between. The four decades of celebrated midcentury style culminated in this one book will have you wanting to pack your bags and make a beeline for Palm Springs.