the little miss and i generally head to the library at least once a week. she enjoys seeing the kids and i am always amazed by the selection of art and design books. after checking out a lot of the interior design and decorating books available, i realized that there isn't anything in them that i can't find on the internet. there are lots of decorating books chock full of pictures, but few offer valuable words and suggestions. a good design book inspires original ideas and gives the reader the confidence to take risks. here are four of my favorites that do that and more.
- i just checked this one out and it is fabulous! it's full of beautiful pictures with explanations that inspire, not to mention PAGES of wonderful diy ideas. both the page and interior stylings are fantastic. i will be purchasing this one asap.
- the novogratz are my favorite designing duo. maybe my favorite designers period. they have no formal interior design education (like myself) but their anything goes style and uncanny confidence is so invigorating and inspiring. i actually felt like a more confident decorator after reading this book. it reminded me not to think too hard. just do what feels right and don't be afraid.
- a classic. i bought this one when it first came out and it's my go to for when i'm in a rut. it's great for new and first time "decorators" because it takes you through the process one step at a time. run, don't walk to pick this one up.
- lili diallo is a domino magazine alum and she's my favorite stylist out there. her ability to genuinely and seamlessly style dissimilar or mismatched objects is unbelievable. this was another book that reminded me if you decorate with confidence, then anything goes.