A bit of a book list

Great Reads

Great Minds

In the words of the great Stephen Fry

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators”

The end of the paperback has been predicted for many years. With the arrival of the Internet, Kindle and the “e-book” it was assured by all and sundry (with exception of Stephen Fry it seems) that books were on the way out. Whether this prediction is merely a prediction is still to be seen.

Books are inevitably a great buy. With their snazzy titles and smooth exterior there is very little stopping you from taking advantage of a paperback or coffee table book (especially since no one really knows how long they are still going to be around). They are a great addition to any home (I mean who in their right mind doesn’t want an overly-large and hugely pretentious bookshelf decorating the far wall). Books are a great feature piece in any room and also make you look super-well read and smart.

Since last month’s post focused on becoming a design ‘guru’ using mediums such as the Internet. We have decided that this month we are targeting the less techno-savvy individuals. And yes, that means books.

We have done some research and picked our favourite interior design books. With a little help from some very informative sources We have  put together a list of some of the best books to purchase for all your interior design and DIY needs.

1. Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People.

By Alfred A. Knopf

This books looks to be a crowd pleaser. What with an intimate exploration of the interiors and exteriors of 36 renowned individuals (We are talking about their houses of course). This book is a best buy  as far as we can see.

We were inspired by this read and found it at http://www.themost10.com/covetable-coffee-table-books/

2. Pale & Interesting

By Atlanta Bartlett.

Sourced from henriettabird.blogspot.com

Sourced from henriettabird.blogspot.com

This book can only be described as simplistically elegant. For those who love muted shades and paste colours this book is a must have. This book’s design philosophy is one that every aspiring design guru should keep in mind.
“Keep it Simple, Keep it Relaxed and Keep it Real.”

We found this inspirational book at http://www.perfectlyimprefectblog.com which has a range of other great interior design books.

3. Dictionary of Architecture and Construction (Dictionary of Architecture & Construction)

By Cyril Harris

Because what is a booklist without a dictionary to help you touch up on those important definitions and that essential terminology. This book comes highly recommended by Designer Marketplace

We found this gem at http://www.wsidesignermarketplace.com/content/designer/Design_Blog/2012/02/13_books_to_add_toy.html

4. Design Rules: The Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator

By Elaine Griffin

Sourced from elainegriffin.com

Sourced from elainegriffin.com

We think this one is great. Why? Well largely because its taking us back to the basics. This book is combines a bit of a “how-to guide with some other useful tips to help you cater your design to your personality and personal style.

Check it out at

5. Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera

By Kishani Perera

How can one not fall in love with a book entitled “Vintage remix”? Even the cover of this book makes us want to buy it. Our source, http://www.Houz.com describes Perera’s work “[as] part style guide, part eye candy.” And to that we say, yes please. We don’t want to give too much away. We would much rather you read it.


We have only listed five of our favourite books here. But there are hundreds upon hundreds of interesting reads to get your hands on.

So we suggest you take a trip to your local library or bookshop and get browsing. For those of you with a bit of know-how these books are all available from amazon.com








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