12 Design Books Sure to Spark Inspiration

Bursting at the seams with projects, ideas and inspiration, we've rounded up our top 12 design book favorites.

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For Bloggers

Some of our favorite design and lifestyle bloggers have been busy creating books inspired by their super popular sites. After making daily online stops to each of their blogs for years, I was super excited to check out these best-selling, blogger-produced titles.

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If you love unique, eclectic, boho style, you will absolutely go gaga over this book from Justina Blakeney who runs the blog The Jungalow. She features homes of creatives all across the country and breaks their boho styles down into different categories such as “modern boho” or “nomadic boho.”

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Blogger Anne Sage took a unique approach to her design book, featuring homeowners who decorated with their life dreams, wants and desires in mind. There are tons of beautiful photos, as well as some great advice about how to incorporate goal-oriented decorating in your own home.

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Erin Gates, who is behind the blog Elements of Style, recently released her debut book by the same name. Filled with gorgeous photos and illustrations, Erin shares all of her best tips and tricks she’s learned over the years as a designer, including her most important discovery: none of our homes (or lives!) are perfect. 

For Tastemakers

If you’re looking for some advice from some of the most stylish, forward-thinking designers and creators, look no further than the tastemakers. Each of these trendsetters are at the forefront of their industries and share a wealth of knowledge about good design, timeless style and getting clear about living the life that you want.

"The Things That Matter" by Nate Berkus

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Interior design superstar Nate Berkus has come a long was since his days as the resident designer on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In this book he shares personal stories and memories about his favorite objects and experiences to help us all understand that our homes truly do tell the stories of our lives.

"Love, Style, Life" by Garance Doré

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Combining her beautiful photography and illustrations, this book from fashion and style wonder woman Garance Doré, is a narrative exploration of her life and travels. Part memoir and part style guide, she uses storytelling both visually and with the written word to give you a true inside look into her life.

"The Perfectly Imperfect Home" by Deborah Needleman

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As the founding editor of Domino (the first one, not the current reboot), Deborah Needleman is an original purveyor of chic and cool home design. All the essentials of easy, achievable home design are here, including ideas for simply mining all of the things that you already own and using them to bring relaxed style to your space.

For Go-Getters

If you’re ready to roll-up your sleeves and get busy making some changes around your space, these project-based titles are going to have your wheels spinning from page one. Chock full of both visual inspiration and step-by-step DIYs, you’ll have your work cut out for you when it comes to choosing which project to tackle first.

"Remodelista" by Julie Carlson

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While the word “remodel” is in the title of this book from the creator of the popular site with the same name, there are tons of ideas to incorporate into your home without ever pulling out a hammer or paintbrush. Featuring modern, minimalist spaces as well as vintage and unique custom-made finds, this book is for anyone who loves open, white, clean spaces and simplicity.

"Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, From Tabletops to Bookshleves" by Emily Henderson

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Offering specific and detailed advice on how to style your space, blogger and former TV host Emily Henderson packs in 1,000 design ideas in her first book. She shares tips on editing your decor, vignettes and, of course, how to create the ultimate shelfie.  

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As the East Coast editor for Better Homes & Gardens magazine, Eddie Ross considers himself a bit of an estate and tag sale ninja. With tips and advice on entertaining and collecting, he shares his best secrets for creating the ultimate table, hosting friends and family and creating a home that you’re truly proud of.  

For Inspo Finders

If you’re after some good, old-fashioned eye candy, then these are the books that will leave you wide-eyed and full of ideas. There’s no shortage of gorgeous photography, rich colors and page after page of design and style inspiration.

"The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living" by Nathan Williams

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From the creators of Kinfolk magazine, this book takes you on a tour of 35 different unique spaces around the world. Showcasing each space with beautiful photography, each of the homes have been put together purposefully, slowly and with great intention, ie. “slow living.”

"Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People" by Hamish Bowles

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Featuring the homes of some of your favorite music, fashion, art and celebrity personalies, this book gives you an inside look at some of the most beautiful and unique homes across the world. You can see Donna Karan’s NYC apartment, Madonna’s vacation retreat and Karl Lagerfeld’s house among many others. This one is luxe inspiration overload.  

"Habitat: Field Guide to Decorating" by Lauren Liess

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For those that love the outdoors and using natural elements in their decorating schemes, you will love this title from Pure Style Home blogger Lauren Liess. Get inspired and learn how to incorporate things like wood, stone and plants, as well as unique textiles and vintage items. (Liess is a textile designer, as well.)

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Go for the Gold

Try a Cruelty-Free Take on Taxidermy

Color Your World

Put Weathered Wood to Work

Brush Up Your Bookshelf

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Say It With Signage

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Take Mason Jars to the Next Level

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Chalk It Up

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Corral Clutter With a Tray

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Try Some Tuft Love

Pretty Up Your Powder Room

Go Retro

Rely on Rope

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Make Gray Your Go-To

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Freshen Up With Flowers

Give Pallets New Purpose

Get Creative With Paint

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Make Kids' Rooms More Playful

Go for a Gallery Wall

Show Your Stripes

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"Nail" An Updated Furniture Look

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Rock a Collected-Over-Time Look

Wow With Wallpaper

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Put Even the Smallest Spaces to Work

Pop In a Cheery Color

Style Your Sips

Give a Nod to Nautical

Opt for a Moody Hue

Give Marble Its Moment

X Marks the Spot

Make a Statement With Lighting

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