Keeping up with the ever-changing world of design is a true challenge and Design Limited Edition know that. You have to follow design trends and try different methods. We believe that books might be the best investment you can make for your personal and professional growth. This is way, we share with you 10 amazing design and art books to read before 2017.
The bohemian lifestyle, originally celebrated by 19th-century Parisian artists, is alive and well in the U.S., everywhere from Brooklyn to California. Designer and stylist Justina Blakeney capture these nouveau creatives—and 20 of their eclectic spaces—in her book, The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $35). With pages of tips and 12 DIY projects, the book makes the free-spirited style easy to achieve.
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Apartment Therapy Complete + Happy Home
Most home design books focus on decorating your interiors, but what if you don’t even know where you want to live? For everyone starting from square one, there’s Apartment Therapy Complete + Happy Home, a guide from the eponymous design website that covers everything from finding the right type of residence to figuring out your style.
Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds
Any flea-market lover or estate-sale shopper knows that the line between collected and cluttered can be a tricky one to walk. In his first book, Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, design editor Eddie Ross presents a practical guide to acquiring and displaying a vibrant collection of vintage pieces.
Keeping House: Hints and Tips for a Clean, Tidy and Well-Organized Home
Cindy Harris’s Keeping House: Hints and Tips for a Clean, Tidy and Well-Organized Home is a room-by-room guide to keeping your home sparkling and clutter-free. The volume, which was released this year with updated tips and images, tackles everything from how to make your own cleansers to the basics of ironing.
Conran on Color
Designer, retailer, and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran’s latest book, Conran on Color, is a comprehensive guide to one of the most powerful design elements. Split into two sections, the book begins with a general discussion of color theory, advice on creating schemes, and ideas for how to incorporate color throughout the home, whether through accents or larger focal points. In part two, Conran goes color by color, giving practical tips on decorating with different hues¬¬—from choosing a shade, to evoking a style by combining colors, to creating a palette with natural materials.
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Emily Henson, a design writer and former Anthropologie merchandiser, has become an expert in “unstyled” living—crafting creative, cozy, and well-outfitted spaces for herself and her clients. In Bohemian Modern, Henson takes a look at homes around the world that celebrate modern style while paying homage to the footloose fashion of the 1960s and ’70s. Along with this survey of eclectically decorated residences, Henson offers personal styling tips for achieving an offbeat and contemporary space.
A Colorful Home
Leave it to a textile designer and artist, constantly surrounded by vibrant hues, to create an inspiring yet approachable guide to living with color. In her new book, A Colorful Home, Susan Hable translates the palettes she has found in nature, art, and objects—a bouquet of roses, a carton of Araucana chicken eggs—into actionable decorating tips.
Monochrome Home: Elegant Interiors in Black and White
Even master decorators will admit it takes a discerning eye and a careful balance to successfully devise a room in just one hue. In Monochrome Home: Elegant Interiors in Black and White, Brooklyn-based interior designer Hilary Robertson explores the art of tackling such a decor challenge, chronicling five distinct schemes and sharing styling tips for re-creating each in your home. From moody jet-black spaces to airy white sanctuaries and the gray areas in between, Monochrome Home has something for everyone who loves a classic black-and-white palette.
Many design books suggest outfitting your home in a particular style, but in Sage Living, blogger and editor Anne Sage shows you how to the decorate for the life you want. The book takes readers into 28 spaces as diverse as their owners, from the kitchen of a holistic nutritionist in Copenhagen to the work space of a jewelry designer in Portland, Oregon.
Shed Decor: How to Decorate and Furnish Your Favorite Garden Room
Want to carve out a space of your own? Author Sally Coulthard suggests heading outside. Coulthard’s book Shed Decor: How to Decorate and Furnish Your Favorite Garden Room features hundreds of ideas that will help you turn a garden shed into a well-appointed retreat.
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