Holiday Gift Guide: Home & Design Books

Holiday Gift Guide: Home & Design Books

Tara Bellucci
Dec 3, 2012

We asked, and you answered. Inspired by the interior, art and design titles you hope to unwrap this holiday season, we pulled together a list of no-fail gifts for your favorite home-obsessed reader. Here's what the bookworms among us want most:

1. Young House Love by Sherry & John Petersik. YHL got the most shoutouts in the comments, and it's no wonder. The former Homies winners have quite the following, and their first book has made the New York Times Bestseller list. You can order a signed copy from Richmond bookseller, Fountain Bookstore.

2. Guide to Easier Living by Russel & Mary Wright. The Wrights literally wrote the book on mid-century living. For a true design blast from the past, pick up a vintage copy.

3. How to Design Your Perfect Interior by Gail Doby. If you're looking for more than inspiration photos and some tips, this title helps you think like a designer.

4. Happy Home by Rebecca Winwood. Full of homes we'd love to hang out in, Winwood's Happy Home continues the trend of relaxed interiors that are more about welcoming spaces than specific styles.

5. Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker. Becker of Decor8 blog gives practical tips on how to take a space from vision to completion in her 2nd book, Decorate Workshop.

6. 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life by Jonathan Adler. In this new book from one of our favorite designers, Adler shares a hundred tips, some purposeful and some just playful, on how to build not only a happy home, but a happy life.

7. L.A. Modern by Tim Street-Porter. A favorite for west coast architecture porn, L.A. Modern is full of stunning spreads, and as one reviewer says, "perfect for your Naguchi coffee table."

8. Tiny Houses by Mimi Zeiger. We have a soft spot for small homes, and Zeiger's Tiny Houses showcases some of the coolest "microgreen" spaces across the the world.

9. Apartment Therapy books by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. Aw, shucks. One commenter gave Maxwell's own titles the thumbs up. We suggest picking up a copy of The 8-Step Home Cure if your abode could use some love. It may come in handy this January (wink, wink).

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