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5 Inspiring Design Books

September 10, 2017

Although the internet makes it possible to search countless design ideas and images in mere seconds, there's nothing like thumbing through a good old fashioned design book for inspiration every now and then- you know, to keep things interesting.

 

Even if you consider your style to be modern rustic, perusing examples of bohemian style may bring about a fresh idea- or welcome a little downtown edge into your otherwise clean and timeless traditional flair.  Be willing to let your design compass slip from due North and experience something new and off your beaten style path...

 

 

Remodelista by Julie Carlson is one of my favorite books to return to for inspiration and design comfort.   

 

My brother and sister-in-law (a design goddess in her own right) gifted me this a couple of years ago and I'm so glad they did! 

 

The photographs are tasteful with an artistic feel.  The author gives her readers a wonderful sense of each home by balancing wide shots with more styled angles and images of individual pieces.

 

The book, as a whole, feels very personal and brings a sense of story to each home it highlights.

 

Downtown Chic by Bob and Cortney Novogratz is another fun read that really reads as a book- not just a series of pretty pictures.  

 

 This husband and wife team have appeared on various television shows and first caught my eye while I was living in NYC, not far from one of their incredible homes.  

 

They are self-taught designers with a unique and fun attitude toward their business and brand.  

 

This book navigates the evolution of how they started designing- from the first building they ever purchased and everything that followed.

 

 

Modern Living by Claire Bingham gives true insight into modern Scandinavian design.  

 

She peppers the book with pages that highlight known Scandinavian designers paired with helpful design tips.

 

One of my favorite designers, Nina Bruun of MUUTO, is quoted in the book as saying, "I always follow my gut feeling when putting together a scheme.  I do not like it when decorating is dictated by trends"... Such sound advice!  She also says, "I would spend my last dollar on fresh flowers...".  Me too! 

 

The photography is especially lovely and educates the reader about space functionality, aesthetic beauty, and making a home personal and inviting.

 

 

Bohemian Modern by Emily Henson is a fun and easy book that provides colorful, warm, and bright design ideas!

 

It shows a wonderful array of textiles, wood tones and finishes, bright colors, textured rugs, pillows, and tapestries, and unique accessories and suggests smart ways to make it all blend together!

 

I recently started bringing boho accents into my otherwise Scandinavian style (adding bright textured  

pillows and throws to my living area and bedrooms).  These warm and colorful additions have made my existing neutral palette feel alive and inviting, while keeping with my personal design aesthetic.

 

Sustainable, Houses With Small Footprints by Avi Friedman focuses heavily on architecture and how to reduce your environmental footprint, but still showcases beautiful interiors with smart and conscious designs as well as unique furniture choices.

 

Being inspired to think about how our everyday life effects things around us can bring about personal and global growth.

 

This book "outlines strategies and principles and offers examples to assist those who wish to learn more about dwellings with reduced environmental footprints" without "a reduction in personal comfort".

 

Curl up and get lost in any or all of these 5 books!

 

 

 

 

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