I can always find a reason to justify purchasing another design book. 1. They look pretty on my bookshelves. 2. They're a business write-off. For those reasons alone, I have quite the collection. But today, I'm rounding up my four favorites. I consider these my go-to's - the ones I open again and again and refer back to often.
Let's talk about why these are my faves:
One | Remodelista by Julie Carlson | You're likely aware that there is also a blog by the same name. Remodelista.com is a great resource for real-life renovation projects with great ideas for those on a budget and the book is no exception. This is less of a "decorating" book and more of a guidebook for creating functional and livable, yet lovely spaces. One of my favorite parts is the Remodelista Manifesto: 10 Rules to Live By. The first rule - "Classic and livable trumps trendy and transient." That's something I would preach every day of the week.
Two | Habitat by Lauren Liess | Lauren is not a trend follower, more of a trend-setter. She has a great eye and a style that is unapolagetically her own. This book is a collection of her design projects and really gets to the meat of what makes a good design - from lighting to choosing the right rug size. A great quote from this book that really resonates with me, "I can say that I love my home as much as someone can love a thing, but I think what I really love is that it's the perfect backdrop for the people and the life I love. And that is it's own kind of love." - Lauren Liess
Three | Styled by Emily Henderson | This is hands-down my favorite design book and Emily's design aesthetic is most similar to my own. She has such a great way of making decorating and design relatable. She is a master at mixing vintage items from flea markets and thrift stores with more mainstream big box stores such as West Elm, Ikea, and even Target and makes these spaces look like a million bucks. The mix is where it's at.
Four | Vintage Remix by Kishani Perera | Kishani happens to be a designer for several hollywood stars(like Molly Sims and Rachel Bilson), but her style is surprisingly down-to-earth. As the title suggests, she's also got a great handle on mixing the old with the new and fills many of her spaces with items she finds and flea markets. She knows how to give a room some soul. That is a true skill.