{books to give to design lovers and DIYers: part 3}


What does the design and DIY lover in your life want to see sitting under the tree come Christmas morning? We’re willing to bet any one of these design books will do just fine in eliciting squeals of excitement and joy! So here it is, our third annual round-up of the best books to give the design lover and DIYer on your list (click to read Part 1 and Part 2):

Dazzling Design by Amanda Nisbet
In her first book Dazzling Design, New York interior designer Amanda Nisbet presents a dynamic selection of work drawn from fifteen years of practice, taking readers on a journey through her bold explorations of color, texture, pattern, and other indelible elements that comprise her distinctive style. Nisbet reminds readers that home is for living in, and a designer’s job is first and foremost to answer a client’s needs, wishes and dreams.

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Follow Amanda Nisbet on Facebook and Twitter.

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love by Sherry Petersik and John Petersik
This book contains over 300 pages filled with tons of ideas, projects, and step-by-step tutorials for showing your home some love (in the same don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously DIY spirit of their blog). There are big picture decorating ideas all the way down to small sprucing projects and quick fixes – all written with the same dorked out, budget-friendly, and ceramic-animal-lovin’ approach that you’re used to from the Pertersiks.

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Follow Young House Love on Facebook and Twitter.

The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine and Susan Sully
Architect and designer Bobby McAlpine creates idyllic houses that wed historical precedent with gracious modern living. This book presents more than twenty houses in a variety of settings that illustrate concepts running throughout McAlpine and Sully’s work. Juxtaposing intimate spaces with lofty entertaining areas and combining unexpected materials, such as stone with thatch, are among their hallmarks.

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Follow McAlpine Tankersley Architecture on Facebook and Twitter.

New Classic Interiors by Alessandra Branca
Growing up in Rome, Branca was always surrounded by exquisite art and architecture. She learned early on that beauty is meant to intermingle with everyday life, and to this day her interior designs, while abiding by classical principles, comfortably accommodate her clients’ lifestyles. “You can’t just do something that looks pretty,” she says. “It has to work.” In this book, Branca generously reveals her step-by-step creative process, offering invaluable guidance to anyone who wants a home that is both gorgeous and livable.

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Follow Branca Interiors on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy holidays from Hirshfield’s!

Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help you with everything from window-treatments to paint colors. Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minneapolis.

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