Design Books: A Few in Review

I love hard cover design books and I love them for a couple of reasons. 
 For starters, they look awesome as a foundation for décor.  Not much beats a coffee table tray anchored by a couple of design books. They're also the perfect place to perch  my collected goodies. 
In addition to being great for decorating, they are a timeless source of great design inspiration. It seems that the projects never get old and I can always find great ideas and fresh perspective while thumbing through a great design book.
Thanks to a couple of awesome publishers, I've been lucky enough to find myself on a preview list or two.  I thought I'd share a couple of new releases that I've been enjoying lately. 
First up is Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess.  I've long been a fan of Lauren's work. She's a true talent.  She also gives great business advice making her one of the designers I'm not only inspired by but also look up to.
I'm  a bit partial to her book since after posting this pic on Instagram, she shared it on a recent post on her blog.  Imagine my surprise. 
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In addition to being a savvy business woman and owning a successful design business, Lauren's work is simply amazing.  I'm obsessed with her clean and fresh take on classic design.
Lauren Liess
Her book does not disappoint. Broken into three parts (1. The Fundamentals Elements of Design 2. The Intangible Elements of Design and 3. A Room-by-Room Guide), the Field Guide is essentially a reference manual for decorating.  I'm officially obsessed.

Next up is Windsor Smith's Homefront.  I've had the pleasure of meeting Windsor a couple of times an she's as personable as she is talented. I have to take out the tissues each time I open her latest book because I can't help but drool over all of the insanely beautiful projects she shares.

via Windsor Smith Home

via Amazon

Windsor Smith Home
There is something almost intoxicating about pouring over page after page of exquisitely designed spaces. Windsor is one of the greats and Homefront is an amazing display of her breathtaking work.

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller knock it out of the park with their book, Positively Chic Interiors.  I couldn't think of a better name because their work is indeed positively chic. 
Carrier and Company
Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest
Honestly, I don't even have words for this one.  You just have to see it to understand. 
Wow! Just Wow!
And wouldn't you know, just as I was putting the finishing touches on this post, the Postman dropped off yet another design book.  Seriously? It's like Christmas!   

Parish Hadley Tree of Life is the collaborative effort of Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams and is a compilation of the work of 30 design greats who detail their personal experiences working at the renowned design firm, Parish-Hadley Associates. 
Abrams Books
This book is for the true lovers of design.  I had a chance to briefly thumb through it and the work is simply timeless. It reminds me of the staying power that good design can have.

I'd recommend checking these all out and maybe adding a couple of great design books to your Christmas list.  I know I am. ;  )

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