Home Decor

Decorating guides: Two new books to inspire you

This past month has seen the release of these highly anticipated titles in home decorating.


The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman, Clarkson/Potter 2011


Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney, Artisan 2011

This past month has seen the release of two highly anticipated titles in home decorating.

1. Design*Sponge at Home, by blogger Grace Bonney
This decorating guide is based on Bonney’s wildly popular blog by the same name. Dubbed the Martha Stewart of her generation, Bonney inspires over 75,000 visitors to her site daily with easy-to-follow decorating and DIY ideas. It’s filled with almost 400 pages of tips, DIY projects as well as photograph tours of real-life homes and apartments that will open your eyes to what can be achieved, even on a limited budget.

From flower arranging to making your own upholstered headboard, this book is an absolute must-have for the DIY inclined, or for anyone wanting some real-life inspiration on creating a stylish home.

2. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to decorate and live well, by Deborah Needleman
Needleman is the founding editor of the now folded but much beloved Domino magazine. This book teaches the underlying elements of the approachable style that made Domino so popular – the notion of designing spaces to suit your own personal style rather than following a designer’s formula for perfection.

Needleman’s philosophy involves creating a home that is comfortable and functional, rather than to impress other people. Illustrated by Canadian designer Virginia Johnson, this beautiful coffee table book aims to inspire readers to cultivate their own unique sense of style.