I love a good design book! They are packed with information, tips, ideas, inspiration, pictures and sketches. There are so many design books out there today so this is just a small grouping of some from my bookshelves. Included is also one inspirational business book.
1. 'HOME' New York School of Interior Design: The Foundations of Enduring Spaces by Ellen S. Fisher
2. 'Domino' The Book of Decorating by Domino editors Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, & Dara Caponigro
3. '#GirlBoss' by Sophia Amoruso
4. 'REMIX' Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul by Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason
1. 'HOME' This book is a great resource, full of detailed design information, overview of business processes, considerations for all surfaces and room by room guides. The sketches on the anatomy guides are great as well; very clear with detailed definitions and visual examples to further explain different aspects. This book is timeless and a define and constant reference item as you work through your projects. The book even offers questions for you to ponder as you work through your projects. The wealth of information is wonderful; keep this one easily accessible on your shelves.
2. 'Domino' When I first discovered Domino magazine it was like love at first sight. The covers were always stunning and intriguing and really pull you in and compel you to pick up the magazine and explore what's inside. When the editors came out with a book I knew I had to have a copy for myself. From it's beautiful mint green de Gournay wallpaper cover to the visual layouts within the book and continuous knowledge you will discover it's a timeless design reference. (de Gournay www.degournay.com has some of the most beautiful and intricate wallpapers). There are so many visuals within the book but I am especially drawn to the first pages in each chapter where they showcase a pattern on the left page and a sketched rendering on the right. Then you turn the page and the rendering is brought to life with the real photographed space. Seeing the sketches brings you back to the design process for the project and it makes you think of all the elements that are just within your mind and then transferred to paper and eventually become a real space. The process is beautiful and the process itself holds so much knowledge for the next project. The book also breaks down room styles, why things work and how to mix and match elements to create inspired looks which are still cohesive and inviting. Every time I reference this book I uncover something new and inspiring.
3. '#GirlBoss' Ok so like I mentioned above one of the books is not an interior design specific book but rather an inspirational business book. The book is about Sophia Amoruso; Nasty Gal's creator and how her business came to be and the journey along the way. It's an easy read because it's written from a real perspective she doesn't try to sugarcoat anything and instead shares all the trials and everything that went wrong along with all the great aspects in her journey. It's a story of believing in yourself and continuing on your mission even if not everyone understands it at the time. You have to power through to get to good stuff on the other side!
4. 'REMIX' Remix is a wonderful book about bringing soul, color, pattern and blending cultural aspects into the design of your home. My favorite is chapter 2: Telling Your Story Through Pattern. This chapter is a concise breakdown of patterns including their history and cultural references. It explains how and where to use pattern in your home to have the most impact. The book is about striking that balance between elements, between new and vintage furniture, original artwork and photography, global elements from travel and found items to inspire. It's about cultivating your home to make it your own and speak to you; to welcome you each day or give you the motivation to be the best of you.
See you next time!