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Inspiration is everywhere… magazines, interior design shows on TV, Pinterest, books, blogs, your favorite restaurant down the street, or even your favorite hotel getaway. I’ve talked a little about my magazine obsession (more on that here) and how I’m pinning away on Pinterest (check out that post here). On top of those things, I’m amassing a rather large collection of interior design-oriented books.

To prepare for our monthly His + Hers Favorite Things posts, sometimes we take note throughout the month of things that caught our eye or new “can’t live without” items (such as last month’s Off! Clip on Fan!). As I looked over my favorites for this month so far, I noticed I already had three interior design related books on the list. Rather than cramming them all in a Favorite Things post, I thought it would be fun to talk about them in little more detail in a dedicated post.

Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney – I LOVE this book! It’s the newest addition to my collection of “favorites”. Being a huge fan of Design*Sponge, I had this book pre-ordered for months and it finally came in the mail a few days ago. Ever since, I’ve been devouring every single page, one by one. It features everything the blog covers and more, including photos of ridiculously gorgeous spaces, sneak peeks, DIY projects, flower arrange how-to’s, and before & afters. Grace also talks about the early days of the Design*Sponge blog and how the columns were born.

The book starts out on a very high note with a forward by Jonathan Adler, then moves right into a sneak peek into the home of Genevieve Gorder… two of my favorite designers right at the very front of the book! After pages and pages of beautiful photos of amazing spaces, just when you think it can’t get any better, the DIY projects begin. Let’s just say I can’t wait to try out some of the projects for our house. I could seriously go on and on and fill an entire post (or maybe two or three!) about my love for this book, but I want to share another awesome read as well!

Bottom Line: This book is well-organized and simply fantastic! It’s a great read for those wanting a sneak peak into some of the most amazing spaces, DIY enthusiasts looking for new and unique projects, and anyone who enjoys an inspiring before and after every now and then. As an added bonus, the cover looks great on the coffee table!

Home Rules by Nate Berkus – I know this book has been around for a while (since 2005 to be exact), but I just recently snagged a copy at Tuesday Morning (for only $7!). Even though it had a small price tag, this book is FULL of tips on how to easily create a home you love without the stress. Nate takes you room-by-room and outlines ways to make a good space into a great room that fits your lifestyle (or the lifestyle you want).

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One of my favorite features throughout the book  is the “Ten Questions to Ask Yourself” section in each chapter. The questions really help you think through your needs for the space without feeling too overwhelmed. For instance, when it comes to the bedroom, a few questions include, “Do you like a bright, sunny welcome in the morning, or is dark and enveloping more your style?”, “Would you like a bed to climb up into – or keep it on the down low?” and “Do you like watching television in bed? Is movie night your idea of a weekday vacation?”.

Bottom Line: This book is full of simple, step-by-step instructions on how to make a space a home – making it a good read for a person just moving into his or her first place, or someone simply wanting to refresh his or her current living quarters.

Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick – I’m a huge Holly Becker / Decor8 fangirl, so it’s no surprise that this book is on the list of my current favorites. I was already expecting great things from this book before I cracked the cover for the first time, but it still managed to exceed my expectations! The book is divided into four sections: Space Matters, Setting Your Style, Room by Room, and Attention to Detail. Each one is filled with practical tips from designers in layman’s terms – which makes it even more fun to read for non-professionals like myself.

Another thing I love about this book is that it appeals to so many “style audiences”, including modern, vintage, industrial, cottage, natural, funky urban, bohemian chic, mid-century, contemporary, modern glam, etc. There’s definitely something for everyone. And if you aren’t really sure what your personal style is, the “Setting Your Style” section helps you figure it out and gives advice on how to incorporate it into your home in an easy-to-understand fashion.

Bottom Line: A must have for any interior design enthusiast (of any style!) and another great jewel for the coffee table. You’ll find yourself making notes and marking pages with Post-It Notes!

So, how about you… Do you have a favorite interior design book from which you gain inspiration?

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8 Comments

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    KJ and CO.
    September 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve been meaning to go and pick up the design*sponge book. I’ll have to add that to my Saturday to-do list.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Sara Bowery
    September 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve got to get my hands on each of these!

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    Polly
    September 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Design Sponge book! I have to pick up the other two asap. They both sound awesome.

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    Lindsay
    September 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I just ordered Design*Sponge at Home, and Decorate last week, I can’t wait until they get here! I’ll have to look into Nate’s book

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    Sara Smith
    September 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Awesome, thanks for the info….gonna check these out, for sure!!

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    Brooke
    September 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

    So excited about the new Design*Sponge book! I got an e-mail from Anthropologie about Grace’s upcoming book signing events. As a fellow Richmonder, I was really excited to see that she’d be at the Stony Point Anthro on November 16th. And after your review, I quickly snagged the Nate Berkus book online — thanks a bunch for the helpful reviews!

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    Katie from Sew Woodsy
    September 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Love (and want) all of these books. Just entered your contest on Facebook. Fingers crossed I win! 🙂

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    BiakmarkVap
    June 8, 2012 at 2:12 am

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