Posted on February 16, 2015

My Favorite Interior Design Books

Design & Décor

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend!  I spent mine with the people I love most in the world.  I began the day with my best girl at our favorite local French bakery for breakfast and left with macarons, meringues and madeleine’s, spent time with my boys, and topped off the evening with a handsome man, an exquisite dinner and pink champagne.  What more can a girl ask for?  The temps are frigid and we received a few inches of snow overnight and more is on the way.  A perfect day to take a book of the shelf, make a warm cup of tea and settle in with three French Bulldogs for a afternoon of reading.  As you probably know, I love books.  Love.  I own enough interior design books to stock a public library, some are old favorites and some are new books that I have picked up on a whim or have anxiously awaited their arrival through the post.  Nothing gets my pulse beating faster than a design book with with beautiful photographs.  I especially love those that incorporate a mix of antiques {Jean-Louis Deniot,} color {Campion Platt}, and history {Deniot again, Scalamandre, and Mid-Century Modern}.  Each have bits of wisdom and inspiration and I find myself going back to them time and again.  The books are in no particular order…

Best Interior Design Books
Made to Order -Clean and simple define the interiors of Campion Platt.  The 18 projects of various textiles, textures, and shapes to suit each client’s lifestyle and aesthetic.  He begins each project with a hand crafted approach and combines made-to-order furnishings to create bespoke interiors in lavish color.

In With The Old – I purchased this truly beautiful book on a whim at Anthropologie one afternoon.  Author of the blog The Peak of Chic, Jennifer Boles, presents, in photos and descriptions, of 100 of the most stylish decorating elements that were preferred by the great designers of the 20th century.  I especially love the images of the pink champagne and macarons… my favorite!

Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors – Stylist Lili Diallo demonstrates the big impact small changes can make.  If your style is edgy, bohemian and eclectic, and love shopping flea markets, Ebay, and boutiques this book is for you.

Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors –  Jean-Louis Deniot, trained as an architect and interior designer, is synonymous with classicist design and his work graces interiors throughout the world.  Deniot’s interiors give a lesson in design history while incorporating contemporary art and custom made furniture.  He is one of the best current day designers in my opinion and my favorite designer!

Domino: The Book of Decorating – A visual pleasing book of the photos you love from the magazine.  I have clients that will flip through the book and tell me what they do like about a room and what they don’t.

The Perfectly Imperfect Home – Domino Magazine editor-in-chief, Deborah Needleman, gives illustrations and tips to create a relaxed and stylish home.  I like the simplicity of this book in regards to the suggestions  for easy changes someone can make while decorating their home.  A nice gift for the DIY’er or renter.

Scalamandre:Haute Decor – For more than 80 years, Scalamandré has been revered for its textiles and wall coverings across the US, Europe, and Asia.  This book celebrates the world of Scalamandré as well as paying homage to the people, places and events that contributed to the nearly cinematic Scalamandré story.

Mid-Century Modern: Interiors, Furniture, Design Details – London based author and curator Bradley Quinn takes us on a visual escapade of beautiful mid-century style, as well as suggesting tips for mixing and matching it with elements from other eras.

The French Room – Betty Lou Phillips gives us inspiring design ideas from France, Italy and beyond in a chic mix of old world artistry from European chic to the vibrant colors of the Mediterranean.

 Do you own a favorite design book?



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