{friday finds: best home decorating books of 2014}

Decorating/Design Books to Give as Gifts

Are you ready to inspire or get inspired? Our list of the best home decorating books of 2014 is ready just in time for the holiday season. These beautiful books are chock full of ideas that are attainable and affordable for most. We hope you’ll find these books helpful as you make your list and check it twice for your holiday shopping. You may even want to add these to your own “wish list” so Santa knows what to put under your tree.

Top Nine Decorating Books of 2014

A Woman’s Shed: Spaces for women to create, write, make, grow, think, and escape

by Gill Henz

What is a woman’s shed? Artist Gill Henz explores art studios, writing hideaways, storage spaces and places of solitude in this visually stunning book that showcases sheds of the more than 80 women she interviewed. Be inspired to create an outdoor “room of your own.”



The Urban House: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces for City Living
by Ron Broadhurst

A fantastic source of inspiration for urban dwellers and anyone who loves interior design. The New York Times calls this a “sensory splash of 25 pristine dwellings in cities around the world.” Ron Broadhurst crafted this must-have book that invites us into the homes where design luminaries such as Andrée Putman, Annabelle Selldorf, and Richard Meier, as well as emergent talents like Barbara Bestor and Messana O’Rorke created city masterpieces.


Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot
by House Beautiful

This gem explores big ideas for small spaces – whether a small room, small home, condo or apartment. Beautiful photographs illustrate the various styles of décor of designers including a New York City studio, a Palm Beach maisonette, an Upstate New York cottage, and a Brooklyn bachelor pad. Many of the homes are designers’ own spaces, offering many tips and ideas.




Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design
by Misha de Potestad and Patrice Pascal

This exquisitely photographed volume celebrates the raw, functional aesthetic of 1900- 1950. It was during this second industrial revolution that created the need for a new kind of furniture to satisfy the demands of a rapidly growing workforce. Lighting, seating, tables, storage, and curiosities are detailed in five chapters and describe the major innovations and designs from this period. Beautifully detailed and perfect for collectors and designers.



Design Bloggers at Home
by Ellie Tennant

Go inside the online community of trend-setters and style gurus in this book, brimming with clever styling ideas and beautiful homes from some of the top decorating and design bloggers. Filled with how-to ideas that are achievable with a bonus chapter on how to start your own design blog.





Sarah Style
by Sarah Richardson

The host of HGTV’s Sarah’s House and Sarah 101 brings us a comprehensive look at home decorating ideas featuring full-page design spreads. The popular designer takes us room to room, offering ideas on how to improve laundry areas, kitchens and bedrooms. Many styles are introduced, including traditional, modern and country.





Decorate with Flowers
by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring

A delightfully unique and fun book by the award-winning author of the wildly popular Decor8 blog. The beautifully photographed book is broken down into themes that offer floral arranging ideas that are approachable and gorgeous. Whether you are a beginner or seeking more in-depth ideas, you’ll find modern, eclectic and vintage arrangements with step-by-step instruction.




Country Style: Home Décor and Rustic Crafts from Chandeliers to Coffee Tables, Bedcovers to Bulletin Boards
by Anna Örnberg

Bohemian, Elegant, Industrial, Shabby Chic – if you love these styles, you’ll love this book. Jam-packed with projects on how to liven-up your living space with vintage silhouette art, antique book décor, military bed covers, door frame bulletin boards, wallpapering, crocheting, decoupage, and more.




Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures
by Lara Spencer

Another winner from TV personality Lara Spencer, who brings us more imaginative ideas on how to enrich our home environment on a budget. The detailed book lays out a host of ideas with instruction on how to demystify the decorating process with “before” and “after” photographs that inspire and transform spaces.




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2 Responses to “{friday finds: best home decorating books of 2014}”

  1. Found This Painted That Says:

    Even with pinterest out there, I can’t get enough books, and I love Lara Spencer’s design sense! Thanks for the other inspirations!

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