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Essential Interior Design Books Every Stylish Home Should Have

Discover essential interior design books filled with inspiration, practical advice, and timeless style to elevate any home.

In an age where digital inspiration is just a click away, there's something profoundly irreplaceable about holding a beautifully crafted design book in your hands. Despite the convenience of online resources, the tactile experience of flipping through pages filled with stunning visuals and insightful text evokes a deeper connection to the art of interior design. These books are more than just decorative pieces for your coffee table; they are reservoirs of creativity, knowledge, and timeless inspiration. If you're looking to elevate your home with a touch of sophistication, here are the essential interior design books every stylish home should have.

For those who are just starting their collection, here are a few tips:

  • Start with a favorite designer : Choose a book by a designer whose work you admire. This can provide a strong foundation and specific inspiration.
  • Mix styles and philosophies : Incorporate books that cover different design styles and philosophies to broaden your understanding and spark creativity.
  • Look for practical guides : Select books that offer practical advice and tips you can easily apply to your own home.
  • Quality over quantity : Focus on acquiring well-curated books with high-quality content and visuals, rather than accumulating a large number of books.
Vintage Ashanti Stool No. 1
Jake Arnold book on a Vintage Ashanti Stool No. 1 at Mararamiro Home

Jake Arnold: Redefining Comfort

Jake Arnold, a rising star in interior design known for his celebrity clientele and AD100 recognition, presents his first book, "Redefining Comfort." This book showcases nine diverse projects, from California estates to Florida seaside homes, emphasizing elegance, tactility, and pleasure. Arnold offers a behind-the-scenes look at his design process, linking each project to key values of his design philosophy on comfort. Featuring sketches, material swatches, favorite resources, and stunning interior photography, "Redefining Comfort" is both a luxurious exploration of Arnold’s work and an accessible guide for contemporary interior inspiration. Combining English traditions with California’s relaxed luxury, Arnold’s style is a warm minimalism that is both chic and serene.

Call It Home: The Details Matter by Amber Lewis

"Call It Home," a national bestseller by interior designer Amber Lewis, reveals her meticulous approach to creating beautifully designed homes. Known for her California-inspired style, Lewis emphasizes the importance of details, such as the bullnose edge of a marble countertop or the specific pleat of a drape. The book features over 200 stunning photographs and guides readers through eight newly designed homes, including her own, showcasing her process for selecting fabrics, paints, finishes, and more. Through personal essays and detailed walkthroughs, Lewis shares her secrets to making thoughtful design decisions and offers practical advice for decorating, renovating, or building a home. Each project draws inspiration from its surroundings, creating unique, dreamlike spaces.

Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations

Interior design guru Axel Vervoordt shares his latest inspirations for the home. Axel Vervoordt’s intense curiosity has fueled his work as an interior designer, spurring him to explore and draw inspiration from cultures around the globe. He was first exposed to Eastern art and philosophy years ago, but today it has become the guiding principle in his work, particularly the concept of Wabi. Developed in the twelfth century, Wabi advocates simplicity and humility, the rejection of all that is superfluous or artificial. Through extraordinary photographs from Japan and Korea to Belgium and Switzerland, Vervoordt invites us to explore the elements that inspire him: natural materials and time-worn objects that evoke the essence of Wabi.

Today, together with the Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, Vervoordt carries the principles of Wabi into his remarkable interiors. As Vervoordt reveals how he infuses his current creations with a fundamentally oriental approach, interiors devotees will gain new insight from this tribute to the designer’s latest sources of inspiration for the home.

Eight Homes: Clements Design

In "Eight Homes," the mother-and-son team behind Clements Design unveils their distinctive approach to creating interiors that blend sophistication with California ease, attracting a star-studded clientele including Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Kendall Jenner, and Jennifer Lawrence. The book showcases eight stunning residences that epitomize Clements Design's style of understated elegance, Zen-like simplicity, and easy glamour. Their interiors feature a harmonious mix of natural materials, muted colors, and matte textures, creating ultra-luxurious yet cozy and relaxed spaces perfect for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. With personal accounts from clients like Adam Levine and exquisite photography, "Eight Homes" presents an environment of high style and serene sophistication, highlighted by impressive art collections and thoughtfully curated antiques.

Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors

For a half century, Axel Vervoordt's vision has been defined by a continual quest for harmony, beauty, and the creation of interior atmospheres that are rooted in the past, connected to the future, and imbued with today's comforts. These eighteen residences--from an urban New York penthouse or Moscow apartment to a waterfront estate in New England, and from a Tokyo dwelling to a Bordeaux wine château or a Wabi-Sabi farmhouse--reveal how art complements architecture and the elements of nature in an alchemy of Vervoordt expression. Portraits of each residence--including the Vervoordts' own homes in Venice and Belgium--feature sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape and a tour through the interiors. Each detail--from the materials used to the graceful placement of a well-chosen object--offers deep insight into the Vervoordt design approach and abiding principles for living and working well.

Pacific Natural at Home by Jenni Kayne

In her second book, "Pacific Natural at Home," Jenni Kayne, the creator of the luxe California lifestyle brand, delves into interior design, showcasing beautifully designed interiors that promote living well in comfort and style. The book features inspiring homes of creative women who share Kayne's natural design ethos, spanning diverse landscapes from oceanfront houses to desert retreats, mountain homes, and city abodes. Through lovely photographs and room-by-room tips, Kayne illustrates how to style spaces with personal objects and collectibles. Interviews with the homeowners discuss their design philosophies and ideas for living well. Blending visual inspiration with practical advice, Kayne encourages readers to create interiors that express individual style and foster joyful, mindful living.

Arranging Things by Colin King

In "Arranging Things," New York-based stylist Colin King offers his wisdom on cultivating beauty in everyday surroundings by composing objects into simple, sophisticated vignettes. King shares his intuitive and personal process through anecdotes and visual essays, focusing on scale, proportion, palette, and texture. He encourages readers to see their old favorites with fresh eyes, discovering deeper meaning in everyday objects. Rather than buying new items, King emphasizes the art of styling as a daily practice, highlighting the element of chance and creativity in arranging objects on coffee tables, mantels, bookshelves, and more. This book is a guide to elevating spaces into environments of personal creativity and reflection.

Dive Into Timeless Inspiration

These essential interior design books offer a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and practical advice. Whether you’re looking to redefine comfort, pay attention to details, embrace the wabi-sabi philosophy, or simply find new ways to arrange your space, these books are valuable resources that can elevate your home design journey. Dive into these pages and let the creativity and expertise of these renowned designers guide you in creating a stylish and harmonious home.

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