This month, I shared two of my favorite resources on Instagram stories and have been receiving messages ever since, requesting additional resources or the book links I recommended. I figured it was time to roundup my favorite books and home resources in regards to home improvement, architecture, and design. If you missed my favorite inspiring interior design books, you can find those here! Otherwise, click through to discover some new resources Emmett & I use and love when it comes to renovating, interior design, and home projects…
I always strive for the blog to be an educational design resource, so when messages roll in for book requests- it’s my pleasure to share some tried & true favorites from our collection!
Click directly on the books in the collage to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below to shop…
01: The Foundations of Enduring Spaces // 02: The Interior Design Handbook // 03: A Field Guide to American Houses (my version) // 04: Residential Interior Design : A Guide to Space Planning // 05: Renovating Old Houses // 06: Get Your House Right // 07: A Field Guide to American Houses (updated edition) // 08: The Elements of Style // 09: The Timeless Way of Building // 10: Home Repair and Improvement Guide // 11: Ultimate Plumbing Guide // 12: Ultimate Wiring Guide
If you’re wondering why I linked the Field Guide to American Houses book twice… it’s because many of you messaged asking why I have the old copy and which edition is best. I bought my copy in design school and never bought the updated version. The old version is wonderful, but I would probably encourage you to buy the updated version, as it’s up-to-date and expanded- the aesthetic is certainly better. As for the last three books in the roundup, the home improvement guides… those were gifted to us by Emmett’s parents after we purchased our first home (awesome gift idea, by the way!). While YouTube is an awesome and convenient resource, there is something about having a book that lies flat next to you while tackling a project (instead of having to hit rewind five times on a video). These have tons of photos and diagrams that make learning these skills easy.
Whether you’re looking for millwork, architecture, or technical advice when it comes to renovating your home- all of these books cover some excellent topics and would be a great resource to add to your archive. I feel like I’ve shared lots of book roundups in the past year. I’m going to link all of the book posts below:
- Best Interior Design Inspiration Books
- Best Educational Design & Home Improvement Books
- My Favorite Cookbooks
I love that you all are so into this! It has been really fun to talk about these fascinating topics and swap resources.
Are there other book roundups you’d like me to compile? Perhaps on a specific topic or maybe for styling on the coffee table for conversation? I’d love to get some plants, gardening, and landscaping books this spring. Or- if you’re not into the book roundups, that’s ok too! I hope you’re having a great week so far.