Summer is often the perfect time to catch up on a little reading and gather inspiration for upcoming projects. Here are some of the books on decorating and design that we constantly come back to for tips, tricks and inspiration.
1. Our go-to references
Whether you’re starting from scratch or wanting to fine-tune a few details in your home, these books cover a wide range of styles and tastes that will take you through a step-by-step process of creating a space you’ll love:
Domino: The Book of Decorating, by the editors of Domino magazine. (Image on left)
The Ultimate House Book for Home Design in the Twenty-First Century, by Terence Conran.
Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room, by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick.
2. Insider tips
Often when we think of decorating, big changes and high costs come to mind, but it’s really the small details that have the biggest impact. In these books, our favourite stylists share some insider tips and tricks on putting together those little details that will take your home to a whole new level:
Modern Vintage Style, Table Settings and Contemporary Country, by Emily Chalmers.
Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors, by Lili Diallo.
3. Star designers
We’ve seen them work their magic on screen and admired their daring sense of style and panache. Now you can take a closer look at the work and lives of some of our favourite celebrity designers as they share personal tips and reflections that will inspire you to create a little magic in your own home:
Lifting the Curtain on Design, Vicente Wolf.
Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You’ll Love, by Nate Berkus.
Happy Chic Accessorizing and Happy Chic Colors, by Jonathan Adler.
Hue, by Kelly Wearstler.
4. Necessary indulgences
These books, a delicious collection of eye candy, will take you on visual journeys of some of the most creative and luxurious homes around the globe:
Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens and People, by Hamish Bowles.
The Selby is in Your Place, by Todd Selby.
An Eye for Design, by Allegra Hicks.
Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor, by Margaret Russell.