Home Making – Inspiring Books

We all know how much I love Pinterest at this point, right?  But lately I’ve been finding myself drawn to actual books to find inspiration when it comes to decorating the new home we are in the process of buying.  Books that are well curated for the aesthetic that I’m most drawn to, with lots and lots of images to support the ideas I like the most.  Here are some books I’m loving right now that are both helping me narrow my interests and overwhelming me with the possibilities of so many beautiful spaces at the same time (in a good way).  At the very least, they’re pretty images to look at.  :)Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers copy

Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers

Parker and I are having to downsize big time to move (the house we’re buying is about half the size of our current home) so we’re selling nearly all of our furniture and starting over.  We plan on splurging on a sofa and a new bed (our current one won’t really fit in our new bedroom), but other than that I plan on getting unique pieces from flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops.  It can be a little overwhelming though, trying to make pieces from all different eras, styles and materials all work together.  So I like turning to this book for some guidance on how to make it look effortless.

Design Sponge at Home by Grace BonneyDesign Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

One of my all time favorite design blogs is Design Sponge so it only makes sense that I would consult both the site and the book for inspiration on DIY’s, creative solutions and beautiful, unique taste.

Domino The Book of DecoratingDomino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy by Deborah Needleman

Besides being chock full of gorgeous rooms, this book is a mega resource for the novice decorator.  It includes tips on determining your own style, how to get the best use out of a room, assessing what you currently own that can work in a new space, setting a budget, plus a whole section called “The Decorator’s Handbook” that gives lots of helpful info on window treatments and upholstery.  Definitely a book to get cozy with.

Undecorate The No Rules Approach to Interior DesignUndecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by  Christiane Lemieux

Then there’s the idea of no-rules, anything goes, style that is certainly appealing.  Also seems the most natural direction for someone like me, who likes all sorts of design aesthetics from mid century modern, to industrial, to rustic, to soft and pretty, to minimal and clean.  No rules will probably by easy to follow :)

Modern Vintage Style by Emily ChalmersModern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers

Once again, author Emily Chalmers speaks to me with her unique sense of using secondhand items in a new and modern way.  Not too finished, not too loyal to any one design philosophy.  This book does a great job at showing you how to blend your favorite looks to create a home totally unique and individual.

As a bonus, all the books are beautiful displayed on a coffee table, so they are decor items as well as being helpful :)  Did I miss any really good ones?  Please let me know, I’m gobbling this stuff up right now!

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