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The Best Design Books Every Interior Design Lover Should Read

Updated: May 20, 2022



It can hardly come as a surprise to anyone that our collection of design books is pretty big (albeit 99 percent of it is currently in boxes, waiting to be unpacked when we eventually move into our new builds!) But whether you’re looking to brush up on the basic principles of good design or seeking some eye-candy inspiration, it’s always a good idea to stock up on design books.


Our selection offers an aesthetic foundation for any interior designer’s toolkit, and are the perfect introductory education for anyone even just dabbling in the field. It covers our favorite styles from eclectic Australian florals to the more calm, relaxed and subdued Scandinavian style... Enjoy!




Chrissie Rucker: For The Love Of White


Whether you live in a tiny city apartment, a rambling country cottage or an elegant town house, For the Love of White offers the definitive guide to creating a home with white and neutral tones. Published to mark the 25th anniversary of iconic brand, The White Company, the book explores 12 inspirational homes in varied decorating styles but unified by a passion for a white. For each location The White Company founder, Chrissie Rucker, highlights clever styling details that the reader can try out in their own home - with calming, versatile and beautiful results.



Hilary Robertson: Monochrome Home


Sought-after interiors stylist Hilary Robertson celebrates the stylish simplicity of the monochromatic home - elegant interiors in black, white, and every shade of grey in between.


In the first chapter, Living in Black and White, Hilary analyzes successful monochrome interiors, providing moodboards for different schemes. Next, In the Mix takes a closer look at the effective tools of texture, light, and scale and pattern and the roles that they have to play. The third chapter, The Dark Room, visits real homes that feature darker monochrome palettes, while, following on, Let there be Light provides examples of homes with a whiter, brighter approach.


Finally, in Monochrome Home Hilary Robertson shows how to bring the look right up to date, visiting the fabulously inspiring homes of artists and designers from Europe to the US.




Sam Lacey: The Art of Simple Living


Whether you want to make small changes to your life or you re looking to transform it, The Art of Simple Living will show you the way to a more wholesome existence. With help on how to declutter your home, practise mindfulness and make your mealtimes, free time and relationships more fulfilling, the advice and tips in this book will guide you towards a simpler life filled with joy, laughter and love.



Robert Stilin: Interiors


The acclaimed designer Robert Stilin’s monograph showcases his range with projects from Kentucky to the Hamptons, including his own stunning and very inspiring homes —a moody masculine loft in SoHo and a Shingle-style retreat in the Hamptons— giving you an intimate look at his eclectic treasure trove of art and design pieces. Robert masters the warm, rich palette; antique and vintage furnishings; and custom upholstery —frequently combined with modern and contemporary art— like no one else.


Athena Calderone: Live Beautiful


Beautiful design isn't just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. It helps foster the traditions, rituals, and ceremonies we create in our homes. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the Eye Swoon creator taps into her network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, this book is both a must have showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that's unique and thoughtfully put together.




Katrine Martense-Larsen: Nordic Moods


We all know that the (New) Nordic Style isn't going anywhere. The use of rich Scandinavian materials, pure colours, and a distinctive graphic style turn out to be timeless. Yet many people who are looking to create the Scandinavian look at home do not find it easy to match these common elements of Nordic style. Step by step and using different mood boards, themes, materials, light, furniture and floor coverings, Katrine Martense-Larsen explains how to create your own ideal Scandinavian interior while inviting you inside nine inspirational and varied Nordic homes, sharing her best tips along the way



Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living


Another must have from the past. Kinfolk's focus on slowing down and creating a more intentional, beautiful home is still —maybe even more than ever— very relevant. Through luscious photographs and insightful interviews, The Kinfolk Home takes us into 40 homes around the world, from the Americas to Europe, Asia to Africa, ending in our home, Australia.



Annabelle Hickson: A Tree in The House


A Tree in the House celebrates the joy and simple, natural beauty flowers bring to the home, every day, with a focus on foraged and locally and seasonally grown plants. Interspersed throughout are gorgeous snapshots of Annabelle's picturesque rural life. A Tree in the House is a stunning ode – in words and pictures – to flower arranging, and is as much an aspirational window into rural life as an inspirational guide to creating beautiful, simple arrangements.



Finally, if you are STILL looking for inspiration, check out our insta, you are sure to find some inspiring imagery (and entertaining antics along the way..!)

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