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the library

Whether sorted by color, alphabetically lined on shelves or layered on a coffee table, filling a home with stacks of books creates visual displays of texture and character + more importantly encourages reading, enhances knowledge and develops exploration on an immeasurable amount of topics.


One of my favorite subjects beyond fictional works is the world of interior design. Paging through stunning photographs of impeccably curated interiors supplies loads of inspiration, ideas and details to turn to for guidance or reference on a project or when planning an event or a party.


 Following is an ongoing list of interior design + garden books from my library to share with you - all indexed in one place - if you are looking for a few suggestions to expand your own compilation or to simply gift someone with a similar love of home.

  • Ärliga Material: Mina Tankar om Järn, Sten, Trä, Ull och Glas | Ernst Kirchsteiger

  • A Summer Place: Living by the Sea | Tricia Foley

  • The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors | Marshall Watson

  • The Art of Outdoor Living: Gardens for Entertaining Family and Friends | Scott Shrader

  • The Art of the Party | David Stark

  • At Home with White | Atlanta Bartlett

  • Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style | Mark D. Sikes

  • Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home | Nikki Boyd

  • Call It Home: The Details that Matter | Amber Lewis

  • Celebrating Home: A Time for Every Season | James T. Farmer III

  • Coastal Blues: Mrs. Howard's Guide to Decorating with the Colors of the Sea and Sky | Phoebe Howard

  • Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House | Nora Murphy

  • Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease | Emily Schuman

  • Curate: Inspiration for an Individual Home | Lynda Gardener + Ali Heath

  • Designing Life's Celebrations | DeJuan Stroud

  • Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life | Erin Gates

  • Essentially French: Homes with Classic French Style | Josephine Ryan

  • Feels Like Home: Relaxed Interiors for a Meaningful Life | Lauren Liess

  • Flourish: Stunning Arrangements with Flowers and Foliage for Every Season | Willow Crossley

  • The Flower Hunter: Seasonal Flowers Inspired by Nature and Gathered from the Garden | Lucy Hunter

  • The Flower Recipe Book: 100 Magical, Sculptural, Seasonal Arrangements | Alethea Harampolis + Jill Rizzo

  • French Blooms: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Paris and Beyond | Sandra Sigman

  • French Country Cottage | Courtney Allison

  • French Country Cottage: Inspired Gatherings | Courtney Allison

  • Historic Charleston & the Lowcountry | Steve Gross + Susan Daley

  • Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave | Joanna Gaines

  • The Houses of Veranda | Lisa Newsom

  • In Detail: Inspiring Ideas for Creative Interiors | Hans Blomquist

  • Inspired by Nature: Creating a Personal and Natural Interior | Hans Blomquist

  • In the Mood for Colour: Perfect Palettes for Creative Interiors | Hans Blomquist

  • Life in a French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons | Cordelia de Castellane

  • Live Beautiful | Athena Calderone

  • Living Well by Design | Melissa Penfold

  • Living with Nature: Decorating with the Rhythms of the Seasons | Marie Masureel

  • London in Bloom | Georgianna Lane

  • Made for Living: Collected Interiors for All Sorts of Styles | Amber Lewis

  • Make Life Beautiful | Syd + Shea McGee

  • The Meaning of Home | Jeffrey Alan Marks

  • More Beautiful: All-American Decoration | Mark D. Sikes

  • My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons | Sharon Santoni

  • Natural Tables: Nature-Inspired Tablescapes for Memorable Gatherings | Shellie Pomeroy

  • Paris in Bloom | Georgianna Lane

  • Patina Farm | Brooke Giannetti + Steve Giannetti

  • Patina Homes | Steve Giannetti + Brooke Giannetti

  • Patina Living | Brooke Giannetti + Steve Giannetti

  • Patina Style | Brooke Giannetti + Steve Giannetti

  • Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds | Victoria Summerley

  • Shades of White: Serene Spaces for Effortless Living | Fifi O'Neill

  • The Shopkeeper's Home: The World's Best Independent Retailers and their Stylish Homes | Caroline Rowland

  • The Stuff of Life | Hilary Robertson

  • Swedish Interiors | Rhonda Eleish + Edie Van Breems

  • Timeless Paris: Ateliers , Emporiums, Savoir Faire | Marin Montagut

  • Veranda's Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration | Carolyn Englefield

  • The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously | Jane Schwab + Cindy Smith

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