#MustRead – Our Favorite Top 10 Design Books

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Despite current cold temperatures, it seems that spring is just around the corner, even though it’s not yet February. Perhaps it’s the many home owners we work with that are eagerly preparing their homes for the Spring Real Estate Market, or just the winter doldrums, but we at Staged by Design® use the cold months to curl up with a great design book. From the striking photos to the practical tips, curling up with an amazing design book is the best way to stave off decor complacency. You can easily work through a chapter in a short period of time, or simply flip through the photos for endless inspiration.

We have curated 10 design and lifestyle books that run the gamut for style and scope. Don’t be afraid to take risks with your designs, or your inspiration. Push the boundaries to find the comfort zone you never know existed!

Down to Earth

1. Down to Earth: Laid Back Interiors for Modern Living

Local gal and host of HGTV’s “Best House on the Block”,  this is Lauren Liess second publication, and it doesn’t disappoint. 

Whiskey in a Teacup

2. Whiskey in a Teacup

Who doesn’t love Reese Witherspoon? Lovers of Southern style will enjoy her take on entertaining, design and lifestyle.

This is Home

3. This is Home: The Art of Simple Living

Author Natalie Walton gives us this photo heavy insight into finding the essence of what makes you happy at home, and expresses it with examples of homes across the globe. 

Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life

4. Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

If you follow the blog, “Elements of Style”, by Erin Gates, this book is a classic, and a must have. Erin’s shares her approachable, real world experiences as an interior designer as well as in her own home. Her relatable style rings true.


5. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Shiplap, anyone? Joanna Gaines latest offering. The only downside? Not enough Chip.


6. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

This New York Times Bestseller is the ultimate guide to thinking like a stylist.

Think New Modern

7. Think New Modern: Interiors by Swimberghe & Verlinde

Tired of farmhouse, industrial and overly cute ANYTHING? This visually stunning option is European style meets modern aesthetic. What’s not to love? 

The Kinfolk Home

8. The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living

Haven’t heard of the shelter magazine, Kinfolk? Think Instagram in a magazine, with glossy, simple, striking photos, oozing with style in page after page. Their latest book embodies the slow life aesthetic beautifully.

Cozy Minimalist Home

9. Cozy Minimalist Home

Popular blogger, Myquillyn Smith (a.k.a The Nester), did it again with her second design book. Her first book, The Nesting Place, embraced the idea that it didn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. (thank goodness!) Now with Cozy Minimalist Home she helps create a mindset that allows you to achieve the style you love with less stuff.

Inspire Your Home

10. Inspire Your Home: Easy Affordable Ideas to Make Every Room Glamorous

Who wants a house that looks like a million dollars but doesn’t want to spend a million dollars? Instagram star, Farrah Merhi, guides the reader through every room of the home with tips and advice on how to achieve the look you want without spending a fortune.

What are your favorite, well-loved design books you cherish? Please let us know. We’d love to hear from you.  For more inspiration, visit our website for a gallery of all our projects! Or better yet – follow us on Facebook or Instagram!