TACKLE ALMOST ANY DESIGN PROJECT WITH THESE 7 DESIGN BOOKS
If you don’t feel you have the interior design chops, can’t afford a designer or are overwhelmed about all the design and décor advice on the Internet, the editors of MyDomaine.com have put together a few of their favorite how-to publications in the home décor arena. “Penned by an elite selection of our favorite designers, bloggers, and tastemakers, these thoughtful and accessible works are a master class in design,” writes Jillian Knox Finley in the article “If You Own These 7 Home Décor Books, You Don’t Need a Decorator.” The following “must have list” of home style reads is a collection you may wish to explore and maybe won’t want to live without…
Here at Wonderwall, we aspire to exploring new ideas and genres and love to keep our design library up to date. Tastes change but good design and decor choices are timeless. Enjoy!
1. Home Chic by India Mahdavi
Internationally renowned interior designer India Mahdavi’s personal tips offer some wonderful advice on how to transform every room in your home. We love her distinctive approach to finding unique ways to express personality. The book addresses everything from decorating around low ceilings to creating perspectives and vertical proportions. Paired with helpful illustrations, it’s at the top of our must list for first-time homeowners and remodeling fiends alike.
2. The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams
Welcome to some of our favorite home tours of all time. Kinfolk’s impeccable eye for unexpected detail lends some truly artful style interpretations. Here, author Nathan Williams explores 35 separate homes all over the world — from Scandinavia to Japan and stateside. It’s the ultimate in intentional, personal space appreciation.
3. Allegra Hicks by Allegra Hicks
Pattern lovers or those simply looking to embrace new textures will eat up designer Allegra Hick’s sublime tome. The edition includes her original textile and pattern designs with beautiful photography of interiors, landscapes, and plenty of natural inspiration.
4. Styled by Emily Henderson
Master the art of the vignette with Emily Henderson’s relatable and easy-to-execute styling guide. From collecting antiques to arranging bookshelves, you’ll find everything you need to DIY every corner of the house.
5. Apartment Therapy: Complete and Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban
Apartment Therapy is among our favorite digital resources for all aspects of design and decorating. Its printed guide features everything from floor plans to paint approaches — i.e., a one-stop shop for building your abode from the ground up.
6. Beyond Chic by Ivan Terestchenko
Ivan Terestchenko’s Beyond Chic takes us all inside the whimsical and wonderful world of some of the most significant fashion designers in history, from Chanel to Alaïa, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Kenzo, and beyond. The intimate all-access pass to the iconic personal worlds of tastemakers is right up our alley. The book features everything you’d expect and more. Chanel’s mythic apartment at 31 rue Cambon and Giorgio Armani’s châlet are just the tip of the wonderfully chic iceberg.
7. Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman
The brainchild behind the celebrated lifestyle blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, Emily Schuman offers up all the tips that garnered her such an avid online following. Featuring never-before-seen exclusive content, it touches on a range of topics, from accessible DIY design projects to party planning. It’s especially perfect for aspiring hosts.