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An Affair with a House, by Bunny Williams (Harry N. Abrams, 2005)“What’s not to love? Williams has such unimpeachable taste in my opinion, and the concept of taking a long time to really fall for a project of one’s own—and do it really well—is hugely appealing to me,” says AD’s Foxley. “Her passion here is so apparent.”
Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, by Lauren Liess (Abrams, 2015)This book from Lauren Liess, creator of the popular blog Pure Style Home, delves into her signature aesthetic: mixing vintage with new, quirky with sophisticated, and bringing the outdoors in. It contains valuable lessons on interior design basics from lighting to furniture layouts—to what Liess deems the equally important “intangibles” that ultimately create the mood you want.
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert Caro (Vintage, 1975)“Not so much a design book at all, really, but the first book that made me fall in love with the shape of cities, New York’s in particular, and urban design in general,” says AD digital editor David Foxley of this mammoth classic (it clocks in at 1344 pages in length).
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Keith Haring, by Jeffrey Deitch and Julia Gruen (Rizzoli, 2014)“It is the perfect book of art, design, function, decor, etc.,” says Xandro Aventajado of Current Interiors. “It’s just absolutely perfect in every way down to its size . . . The book is about Haring’s concepts and research and contains a lot of his unpublished photos, written materials, drawings, and journal entries. This was the last book published before his untimely death.”
These guest bedrooms from the AD archive show how stylish homes across the globe accommodate their visitors
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We asked some of the top designers in the world for their advice on everything from styling a cocktail table to creating a dreamy bedroom. Transform your space with these smart tips and tricks from the pros, including Alexa Hampton, Ryan Korban, and Justina Blakeney.
The designer crafts a pitch-perfect Nantucket residence for her family that brilliantly reflects the island’s classic style
From the meticulously manicured gardens to the layered interiors, the decorator’s house is an aesthetic tour de force
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Find inspiration for your living room design in these collections of rooms from the archives of Architectural Digest. These chic spaces showcase genius ideas for styling your fireplace mantel, gorgeous color schemes, and smart ways to feature ottomans. Plus, find the perfect cocktail table to complete the room.
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See how the some of the world’s top designers decorate their own spaces. Get expert ideas from Nate Berkus, Michael S. Smith, Victoria Hagan, and others to bring the looks to your own home.
From brunches to dinner parties, every meal feels special when you’re sitting at one of these beauties
Rich, earthy tones and pops of orange imbue these rooms with a cozy ambience
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Mark Hampton on Decorating, by Mark Hampton (Potter Style, 2015)“Expanded from his wonderful House & Garden column . . . [it] covers everything from window treatments to how deep colors make a room look. Tips can be found on every page, such as ‘Coral is a splendid color for dining rooms’ or ‘Blue and white porcelain looks wonderful against green,’” says AD’s interiors and garden director, Alison Levasseur.
Break out the eggnog, let the Hallmark channel play on repeat, and go get yourself some twinkly lights because, like it or not, the holiday season is upon us! Even with beaucoup festivities and merriment that this time of year provides, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the stress that can come from trying to figure out what the heck you’re supposed to buy everyone on your list, particularly that oh-so-elusive category of giftee: the design-lover. Fear not. We’ve polled the experts, from interior designers to editors here at AD to find the best design books for anyone who’s just getting into design. Niece who’s going to architecture school? Best friend who’s about to embark on a kitchen renovation? These are the books for them . . . and if you want to buy a few for yourself in the process, we won’t tell anyone.
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To answer that question I went straight to my own library, a frustratingly small room literally piled high with volumes on subjects aesthetic—and dominated by a Greek Revival partners desk that’s a bit too large for the space, but whose eight Ionic columns I couldn’t resist. If I had to reduce that collection to, say, a half dozen mostly out-of-print books that offer the homeowner practical instruction as well as undeniable inspiration, which titles would survive?
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Holiday House: Ten Years of Decorating for a Cure, by Iris Dankner (Pointed Leaf Press, 2017)“As the name implies, it’s a compilation of the past decade’s most memorable rooms at the annual designer showcase, which raises funds for breast cancer awareness and research,” says designer Patrick McGrath. “The book is a fun gift because readers can see how different designers manipulate the same space to different effects.”
The designer’s exquisitely appointed residence, in a marquee tower, is geared toward company and cocktails
Living with Design by David Hicks (Littlehampton Book Services Ltd., 1979)
Home: A Short History of an Idea, by Witold Rybczynski (Penguin Books, 1987)“A friend gifted me this book a few holiday seasons ago,” says Alex Kalita of Common Bond Design, “and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it sooner. It armed me with such an appreciation for the relationship between our idea of home and the socioeconomic and cultural forces that shape it . . . Even if you’re already sold on the idea of home as a powerful concept, the little historical tidbits scattered throughout the 272-page book make brilliant conversation starters.”
Tour stunning spaces from the Architectural Digest archives and find bedroom design ideas that will help you create a restful retreat of your own. We’ve also rounded up unique headboards and nightstands that will catch the eye in any space.
The Authentics: A Lush Dive into the Substance of Style, by Melanie Acevedo and Dara Caponigro (Clarkson Potter, 2017)“If you want to get more personal with some creative talents, this new book is a stunning look into their spaces and lives,” says AD’s Keller.
After a deliberation that left me feeling a bit gutted—how can one choose a favorite child?—here is my shortlist. Though not in general circulation any longer, most of the volumes can be found on eBay, Amazon, and other virtual marketplaces, as well as in public libraries.
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my participation in a panel discussion, at the New York School of Interior Design, on whether Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s 1897 book, The Decoration of Houses, remains relevant. That blog post got me thinking: What other long-ago design guides are well worth reading?
Interior Design Master Class, by Carl Dellatore (Rizzoli, 2016)The title is no understatement. With one hundred essays written by today’s top designers on subjects that range from “Comfort” by Bunny Williams to “Glamour” by Kelly Wearstler, this book is about as comprehensive as it gets. AD digital design reporter Hadley Keller calls it “a great intro for those just getting into design to learn about a variety of subjects—from some of the best and most varied talents in the field.”
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Fireplaces are a cozy addition to these 23 bedrooms from the AD archives
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The true workhorse of a living room—the ottoman—can be used to kick your feet up or corral your favorite reading materials
A subscription to AD!__Okay, okay, this is not a design book—but we’d be remiss not to include it! A one-year subscription to Architectural Digest is now just $24.99—and if you’re sending it as a gift, our Holiday Box exclusive comes with a tote bag, a coaster set, and a wall calendar, all wrapped up in an AD box to boot.
Setting her beloved neutrals aside, decorator Alexa Hampton invigorates her young family’s Manhattan residence with rich colors and lively patterns
The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs (Random House, 1961)“Any budding design-lover would be lucky to receive this classic—which is actually as captivating a read as it’s chalked up to be—at the start of their career,” says AD digital design editor Amanda Sims. “Written by none other than the mother of modern urban planning herself, Jane Jacobs, it’s the book that made me realize design could truly make a difference (and that there’s always a difference needing to be made).”
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Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People (Knopf, 2007) and Vogue Living: Country, City, Coast (Knopf, 2017) by Hamish Bowles“These Vogue Living books are the best,” says Kathryn Given, AD’s associate market editor. “The old one that came out in 2007 is an endless source of inspiration and every page is eye candy. The latest title just came out last month, and I can’t wait to dive in. For someone just starting out these books are so visually stimulating, and it’s so interesting to see how these famous tastemakers decorate.”
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The tastemaking interior designer enlivens her Hampton Bays, New York, beach house with vivacious hues and a charismatic mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings
Turn your dining room into a chic space for entertaining with ideas from these sophisticated spaces from the pages of Architectural Digest. Plus, find ideas for setting a beautiful table and an array of dining tables and chairs to suit any style.
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Design*Sponge at Home, by Grace Bonney (Artisan, 2011)Billing itself the ‘home decor bible,’ this comprehensive book from the much-beloved blog Design*Sponge features tours of real homes, DIY projects, and before-and-afters that will leave its readers ready to drop what they’re doing and head to Home Depot.
Here’s Proof That You Can Fit Big Personality into a Small Apartment
Once dilapidated, now sensational, the acclaimed designer transformed his home in the California desert into a beloved haven for him and diplomat James Costas
From sleek and modern to 18th-century ornate, these mantels demonstrate the perfect way to accessorize a fireplace of any style