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The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design

11.19.15

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

There’s a lot to be said about interior design books, and today I’m dedicating an entire post to them.  There was a time (not long ago at all) that I really wanted to go back to school for interior design or at least take some kind of credited course.  I still wish I could do that, and maybe I will in the future, but Parker and I decided that it wasn’t a reasonable option for us (financially) to swing that.  In my opinion, a combination of great experience, design books and endless research is the next best thing.  No one is becoming an interior designer just from reading design books, but they sure do offer a lot of information for the home decor enthusiast.  Below are my favorite books for learning the ins and outs of decorating.  Each book was written by a home decor blogger, which I’m personally drawn to most because I’ve found that their advice is attainable and relatable.

The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design :

Styled Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by Emily Henderson

The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design - Styled Emily Henderson

The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design - Emily Henderson

The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design - Emily Henderson

Styled by Emily Henderson

Styled Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

Parker and I had this conversation in an uber a few nights ago.  If I could meet anyone, I think it would be Emily Henderson.  She is a genius in the design and styling world and has a wealth of knowledge to share.  If you follow her blog, you will pick up some of that, but her book that was recently released is basically her brain bottled up in book.  The book starts out with a style diagnostic – if you are unsure of what home decor style you identify most, this book will show you AND show you how to decorate for that style.  Do I need to say more?

The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have

The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design - The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room 1 The Inspired Room 2

The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have

Melissa blogs at The Inspired Room and is all about attainable decorating.  She is a firm believer that you don’t have to have an endless budget or even talents to decorate a home you love.  She shares doable improvements, DIY and organization ideas, and best of all, motivation to do it all!

 

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design - Elements of Style

 

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

Every space that Erin creates is so lush and wonderful.  I adore her work.  Her book, Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life, is not only a beautiful coffee table book, but offers great insight.  Erin is another blog favorite for so many more reasons than her down to earth sense of humor and incredible style.  Don’t take it from me – the description on Amazon reads, “Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog.”

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes

The Best Design Books for Learning Interior Design - The New Bohemians

The New Bohemians

The New Bohemians

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes

I mentioned this book on my “What’s My Home Decor Style – Bohemian” post.  I think it’s a must have for most everyone.  Unless you are a drawn to a full-on traditional style and nothing else, this book is so incredible to read.  I think most everyone has some bohemian in them, and learning from the Queen Boho herself is such an experience.

Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds

Eddie Ross

Eddie Ross

Eddie Ross

Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds

The art of setting a beautiful table deserves to be in a category all on its own and that’s what Eddie Ross did with Modern Mix.  This book is perfect for the holidays if you are hosting and want to create something beautiful and unexpected.  Eddie is the King Thrifter and talks about his secrets and for mixing and mixing well.

 

Are there any other books that should be on this list?

The Best Design Books For Learning Interior Design

xo,

Claire

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  1. I LOVE Emily Henderson’s book! I also highly recommend Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer Purcell. The first chapter is “Old Meets New” and has a to-die-for mix of vintage traditional meet midcentury modern rooms. I’m obsessed!

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