Design Books to Own
I am a sucker for Design books. I could sit for hours looking through them. It’s so inspirational and feeds my creative soul. I own quite a few of my own but am always on the lookout for new Design books to collect. Here are some Design books that I already own and some that I’m putting on my wish list.
Design Books That Are In My Library:
Elements of Style by Erin Gates
Elements of Style Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates is a new design book I just got for Christmas. I read this in two days. She has great design style, good tips and shares her own personal journey. She is very upfront and open. It was a pleasure to read every page and to get to know her a bit and see her personal style in her own home. I think most designers are challenged when it comes to their own home. I know I feel like that. Helping others with design decisions is easy but in my own home I can be a bit challenged, it was nice to hear someone else feels the same way. I also follow her on Instagram @elementstyle and love her blog Elements of Style. I really enjoyed all the pictures and great advice. Here are some of my favorite pages in the book.
Pictures of her own kitchen remodel were very inspiring and I loved to see what she did in her own home. Notice I book marked all my favorite places so I can use as references when I need it. I do this with cookbooks and design books. I’m a total bookworm!
I enjoyed her attention to detail and how she could make something simple and inexpensive look so exquisite, like this dresser from IKEA that she dressed up with the gold drawer pulls. Really great!
She also included her recommendations for materials, paint, sofa choices and style choices.
Downtown Chic by Robert and Cortney Novogratz
Downtown Chic by Robert and Cortney Novogratz is so special because no one designs like these two. They have their own unique, modern and fresh style that I have never seen anywhere else. Although they tend to decorate more on the modern side there is always a vintage flare that they bring to every project. They have a way of using vintage items without it being to “grandma” or “garage saleish”. I like reused items but I don’t like when I see decorators buying junk for cheap and then reselling them completely untouched as vintage and for $$$$$. I really enjoyed their decorating show but after a few tries they didn’t seem to have much success. Too bad because I thought their design shows were really good. You can visit their blog at The Novogratz Blog, and follow them on Instagram @The_Novogratz. Here are some of my favorite pages in the book…
I love the Novogratz country home. It’s a place that makes you want to hang out with family, take your shoes off and enjoy the outdoors. The outside of the house is white with bright yellow shutters. Very charming.
The inside of the house is mostly white with bold pops of color. They have a way of using color that makes it modern and not too childish or cartoonish. I would love a vacation home just like this!
Below is a picture of their New York home kitchen, they don’t live there anymore as they recently moved to LA (welcome to Cali… Novogratz family).
Below shows their great attention to detail. This is Cortney’s dressing table. She uses vintage finds to hang and store her jewelry and glass containers to store cotton balls and q-tips. I also do this on my vanity. Thanks for the great ideas Cortney!
I’ll let you know what I think of these books when I get them. I also think I’ll do another post like this. It was really fun for me to go through these design books again. It reminded me of why I love design so much. Hope you enjoyed it too. See you tomorrow with another post.
All the best,