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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.

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have stacks of decorating books on my coffee tables within arms reach and I’m flipping through them every night to train my eye. Before I hop online to shop, or head out the door to a thrift or antique store, I flip through some of my favorite design books.

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.

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. 

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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