interiors & styling

My Favorite Interior Design Books

My Favorite Interior Design Books - roomfortuesday.comHow was your weekend, friends? I signed off of social media altogether to recharge, cross things off my to-do list, and I even made time to snuggle up with some good books (and good wine). I’ve actually been spending a lot of time with books lately. For some reason, turning physical pages is doing more for me these days than scrolling social media. I had a heart-to-heart chat last week expressing that media has felt a little overwhelming for me this summer. I’ve found that getting back to my roots and more in tune with my creativity has been good for my soul- and diving back into books has been a big part of fueling that inspiration. Click through to check out my favorite interior design books as of lately. I own so many of them, and while books can be expensive- I wanted to share the most inspiring ones, in my opinion. I’m also sharing five ways to use design books (other than the obvious).

I own every single design book linked throughout this post. I picked through the best of the best to share my very favorites with you! Some of these beautiful books were published by authors I’m lucky to call friends, others by designers I’ve admired my entire career, and some new releases that have recently impressed me over the past few months.

My Favorite Interior Design Books - roomfortuesday.comClick directly on the books to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…

01: joseph dirand // 02: rhapsody // 03: perspective // 04: library house // 05: houses atelier // 06: the perfect kitchen // 07: a century of style // 08: the new southern style // 09: more decorating // 10: design by nature // 11: this is home // 12: more beautiful // 13: evocative style // 14: still // 15: the new eighteenth century style // 16: restoration house // 17: time and place // 18: travel home // 19: biblio-style // 20: the authentics // 21: interiors

I happened to be touring a lighting showroom at the same time as Kelly Wearstler’s book signing for Rhapsody, so I got to meet her and she gifted me a signed copy. As a MAJOR fan, it was a pretty special moment to meet her and chat briefly… I think because of that experience, Rhapsody has always been a favorite design book in my collection. As I previously mentioned- everything linked here feels particularly inspiring, so you can’t go wrong with any of these.

My Favorite Interior Design Books - roomfortuesday.comMy other recent favorites from my collection include: The Perfect Kitchen (we analyzed the cover kitchen last Friday, if you missed it!), Perspective, and my friend Alyssa’s new book, The New Southern Style (that just launched today).

My Favorite Interior Design Books - roomfortuesday.com

5 Ways to Use Interior Design Books
  1. Read Them // Obviously books are best for reading. That goes without saying. The reason I’ve purchased SO many design books throughout my career is for the enjoyment of reading about a topic I’m passionate about.
  2. Style Them // Books are the EASIEST and best home styling accessory. I love displaying books all over our home, and don’t limit myself to shelves or built-ins. You can tell a lot about the inhabitants of a home based on the books that fill their interior (hobbies, interests, etc).
  3. Design Exercises // I touched on this last Friday in my first “Design Eye Training” post, but reading design books has made me a better, more observant designer. I love taking notes, journaling inspiration, and practicing design exercises.
  4. Start Conversations // Coffee table books aren’t just for looking pretty- I love when friends or family come over and begin flipping through my books (styled on tables, tucked into shelves, etc). Books are the best conversation starters!
  5. Reference // If I’m feeling stumped or uninspired, sometimes all it takes is flipping through a book I haven’t visited in awhile. You’ll never see me get rid of my books. I often reference my favorites!

My Favorite Interior Design Books - roomfortuesday.comBiblio-Style is actually all about styling with books… so maybe that’s a great book to buy first! Or if you already have a large collection of books, but aren’t sure how to work them into your home interior- it’s definitely filled with wonderful ideas and plenty of inspiration.

My Favorite Interior Design Books - roomfortuesday.comDo you own any of the books I shared? Are you also into page turning? Confession- I cannot read books on tablets… there is something about a hard copy that I’ll always love and prefer. I’m proud to have a great collection of design books. They make me happy, provide inspiration, and it has been fun collecting wonderful titles from talented friends and designers over the years.

My Favorite Interior Design Books - roomfortuesday.comDo you have any I should add to the list? I’d love to hear in the comment section! I hope your week is off to a great start. My mother-in-law arrives later this week and I’m excited to host family. She has never visited Utah before, and Emmett & I are excited to share some of our favorite views with her. I’m trying to knock out my to-do list early in the week before she shows up. Cheers to a productive and happy week ahead!

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    September 21, 2020 at 5:42 am

    That is quite a selection! I really do prefer the turning of pages to scrolling; that’s why I have so many saved magazines! I never tire of looking through them. Those Steven Gambrel volumes would provide endless inspiration. I definitely loved the peek into the Perfect Kitchen book, too. And I can’t imagine that the Mark D. Sikes work would be anything but lovely. Here’s to the purposeful perusal of paper pages! 💜
    Wishing you focus and productivity as you prepare for family! How fun that it’s your MIL’s first visit.

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      Sarah
      September 21, 2020 at 9:18 am

      I used to collect magazines (old Domino, Kinfolk, and AD) and I need to get back into that! I only save the really good ones these days (or rip pages and recycle), but I love how a GIANT stack of magazines looks styled. Steven Gambrel is a design genius- all of those books are stunning, exactly as you’d imagine. Thanks Peggi! We’re excited to see family :) I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!! xo

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    Lauren
    September 21, 2020 at 7:47 am

    What a list!! I’m excited to look deeper into some of these and add them to my amazon list. I own none, as you know, but would love to change that! I love the way coffee table books look styled in a home, and I love that they can be unique conversation starters. Question: do you know of any design books written specifically about Mediterranean home styling? Having a book to reference for some Mediterranean inspiration would definitely be at the top of the list! Thank you for rounding these up Sarah! I’m glad you were able to disconnect this weekend…sometimes that’s all you need to feel rejuvenated. Have a happy Monday!

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      Sarah
      September 21, 2020 at 9:14 am

      SO many good books to kick off the week! I actually have a couple Mediterranean specific home books for you… The New Mediterranean Home and Saint-Tropez: The Ultimate Mediterranean Home. I think you’d really enjoy both of those! It was an awesome weekend over here. I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well :) xo

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        Lauren
        September 22, 2020 at 7:16 pm

        Yesss!! I knew you would have some recommendations!! Added to Amazon list! You’re the best Sarah! Thank you! 😘

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    Rebecca
    September 21, 2020 at 9:56 am

    What’s strange is that we question the positive effects of staying off social media and returning to real life. Watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix! Yes a film recommendation in exchange for your book recommendation post ha! Thank you for this list, I see a few birthday gifts to myself on here!

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      Sarah
      September 21, 2020 at 11:54 am

      I have zero doubts about the positive effects of spending time away from social media. It’s such a strange balance since it’s part of my job and how I make a living. Emmett & I definitely have The Social Dilemma on our list to watch soon. I’m worried it’s going to give me anxiety, so I’ve kind of been avoiding it… but I really am interested in watching & learning. Haha! Happy reading, Rebecca :) xo

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    Kristen Lenca
    September 21, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I truly enjoy “One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood”. He is primarily an antiques dealer/collector. He composes and styles his rooms in such an original way and I find such inspiration in how he mixes antiques and the architectural elements he has added to his homes during his renovations.

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      Sarah
      September 21, 2020 at 11:50 am

      That’s a new one to me! I’ll have to add that to my cart. Thank you, Kristen! I’m all about mixing antiques, vintage, and one-of-a-kind items into our house. This sounds like a book I’d really enjoy :)

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    Rose D
    September 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I own a few already but now I need more! I also need the deets on the black marble table next to your couch…is that new?! I don’t remember it. I looked back in the shop my house and I don’t see it there either…can you share please?!

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      Sarah
      September 21, 2020 at 11:48 am

      I actually scored TWO of those nero black marble side tables on Facebook Marketplace, Rose! Thanks for admiring them… they were a lucky find in July. You can see more of them and read the entire story in this post: https://roomfortuesday.com/idyllic-moments-july-2020/ xo

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    Kerri Hansen
    September 21, 2020 at 11:29 am

    I love books and magazines and still prefer them as my main source of inspo. My 3 favourite books I refer to again and again are “Styled” by Emily Henderson, “Homebody” by Joanna Gaines and “The Home Edit ” by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. I like those books because they offer practical tips that fit my crazy household which consists of 3 kids, 2 dogs and 1 disorganized and sometimes messy husband, lol.

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      Sarah
      September 21, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Me too, Kerri! I happen to have all three of those beautiful books :) Practical tips are always welcome and helpful. Great recs! xo

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    Danna
    September 25, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Again, sorry for responding so late to this post. I love books, magazines…beautiful pictures of homes. I hope they never stop printing magazines or books. You shared a good selection of books.
    “House Atelier” and “The New Southern” (maybe because Im a very southern girl) has me intrigued. I also have 2 in my Amazon cart: McGee and Co’s new book (coming out later) and Jeff Dungan’s “The Nature of Home”.
    Thank you Sarah for the collection and insight into these decorating books. I know what I can get my mom for her birthday!

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      Sarah
      September 28, 2020 at 9:56 am

      You and I both, Danna! I love printed copies. Those two books are really beautiful. I claim to be a southern gal, but Emmett keeps telling me coming from Kentucky doesn’t count. Haha! I’m also looking forward to the McGee book. I’m so glad this post inspired some birthday ideas for your mother :) Have a great week! xo

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