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Training Your Eye with Interior Design Books
Before I am about to go on a shopping trip or before I open up my web browser to online shop, I always go through a favorite interior design book. Let me explain why.
I love the messages that I seem to find the good things when I thrift or antique but I can’t help but wonder if they went shopping with me, would we pick up the same things? Probably not because we have different styles, and a different eye. After all, think of how many people saw the items I saw before I decided to go home with it! 10, 20, 50?
We may not all have the same style, but chances are we are kind of similar if you’re here :) Discover your own style, then buy what you like – it doesn’t matter what other people on social are posting. I can admire well-designed spaces even if they aren’t my vibe, good design is good design and seeing people own their space makes me happy. I also think going through design books I can take bits and pieces and turn it into my own.
I wanted to share some of my favorite design books. It’s so much better than Pinterest in my opinion because you can find your favorite designers, buy their books, learn about designer wallpaper, fabrics and train your eye! I probably buy at least two design books a month off Amazon. Keep in mind these are my style, so when you look through them, look at some of the pages to make sure it seems like a fit for you.
The Well Adorned Home: Making Luxury is over the top filled with wallpaper, chintz fabric, it’s maximalist and lovely!
Soul of the Home: Designing with Antiques is for those who love white walls and a monochromatic color scheme but still loves antiques – think French country elegance with Louis style and Neoclassical antiques.
More Beautiful: All-American Decoration I would classify my decorating as All-American traditional. Actually that’s what my home is listed for photoshoot rentals and I didn’t come up with the word! If you love blue and white, Mark D. Sikes is your designer!
Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome I love a Southern welcome and James T. Farmer is one of my favorite designers. Chinoiserie, bamboo side tables, oriental screen panels mounted on walls and a home filled with family heirlooms, or at least feels like it is his style. It’s historic, sophisticated and inviting.
A Year at Clove Brook Farm: Gardening, Tending Flocks, Keeping Bees, Collecting Antiques, and Entertaining Friends Christopher Spitzmiller raises his own chickens, grows flowers, and is the male Martha Stewart – but that’s just his home life, not his profession! This book goes through all the seasons so you can see the farm change throughout the seasons and his lifestyle.
A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House Gil Schafer is an award-wining architect and you can easily see why. His homes are charming and well quite impressive. He looks at the details of doorknobs and shares his architectural eye. The estates featured are so elaborate, filled with character and feels as if they have been around forever.
Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity I must mention Suzanne Kasler who I had the honor of meeting and having her sign my book at Ballard Designs in Atlanta. She is a glam traditionalist – her look is clean, upscale, with timelessness paired with contemporary. You’ll see some gorgeous estates and homes in this book.
Diana Elizabeth has a few items she needs to spray paint and she debated going out at 4:30 am when the heat is somewhat tolerable but you know, she thinks she’s just going to wait until October.