The Top Design Books You Need Now

September 24, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

Doesn’t fall make you feel like it’s time to hit the books as if you were still a student? It definitely brings out the bookworm (although a stylish one) in me. Here is the selection that I’m planning my weekend mornings and my coffee pot around this autumn. I hope you’ll like them as well.

Courtesy of Abrams

Courtesy of Abrams

The Book: Glamorous Retreats
By: Jan Showers
Release Date: October 1
Southern Roots: Dallas
Don’t Miss: Jan’s has compiled her knack for creating glitzy, but relaxing second homes in to-die-for-locales  in this follow up to her first book, Glamorous Rooms. I’m particularly loving the Harbor Island home that’s lo-fi beach glam at it’s best.

Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

The Book: In With the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z
By: Jennifer Boles
Release Date: October 22
Southern Roots: Atlanta
Don’t Miss: The charming factoids and anecdotes peppering this illustrated decorating encyclopedia that chronicles design trends from the 1930s to the 1960s. Think: the heyday of the Chippendale motif, Dorothy Draper, and tented rooms.

Courtesy of Rizzoli

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Timeless Style
By: Suzanne Kasler
Release Date: October 8
Southern Roots: 
Atlanta
Don’t Miss: Suzanne’s adroit use of color — she’s able to make powerful statements that range from subtle and subdued to bold and energetic. She also has a knack for outfitting her rooms with dressmaker details. Lookout for trims and finishes with haute couture flair.

Courtesy of Rizzoli

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary
By: Elizabeth Meredith Dowling
Release Date: October 29
Southern Roots: Atlanta
Don’t Miss: The big picture history lesson as Betty traces the path of Classical architecture — its motifs, capitals, and hallmark moldings — from ancient times to now that have shaped the visual order of residences and buildings as we know them today.

Courtesy of Rizzoli

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Picture Perfect Parties
By: Annette Joseph
Release Date: October 1
Southern Roots: Atlanta
Don’t Miss: The menus and recipes that coordinate with each of Annette’s party themes. Each dish was selected for convenience — it can be made ahead and frozen for the party.

Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

The Book: Southern Makers: Food, Design, Craft, and Other Scenes from the Tactile Life
By: Jennifer Causey
Release Date: October 15
Southern Roots: Atlanta native
Don’t Miss: A single one of Jennifer’s 25 interviews with each artisan as they reflect on their craft and just what it is about the South that inspires them to create. I promise you’ll finish the book with an itch to become a “Maker” yourself.

Courtesy of Rizzoli

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Decoration
By: Stephen Sills
Release Date: October 22
Southern Roots: Oklahoma!
Don’t Miss: Stephen’s own Bedford, New York home which the Style Master himself, Karl Lagerfeld dubbed, “the chicest house in America.” Stephen’s home along with 15 others gives insight into Sill’s knack for bringing glamour, ease, and elegance to everyday life.

Courtesy Rizzoli

Courtesy Rizzoli

The Book: Simply Serene
By: Thomas Pheasant
Southern Roots: Washington, DC
Release Date: October 8
Don’t Miss: An inch of this stylish book that could double as the manual to decorating with white. Thomas creates timeless interiors that are restrained in palette but filled with both classical and modern architectural details. Keep your eyes wide open to not miss a bit of his nuanced work.

Courtesy of Storey Publishing

Courtesy of Storey Publishing

The Book: Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design
By: Amanda Brown
Southern Roots: Austin, Texas
Release Date: October 22
Don’t Miss: DIY extraordinaire and owner of Austin’s upholstery shop Spruce, Amanda Brown spills her secrets for re-imagining tired pieces of furniture. Take this manual to heart and you can save tons of money by learning the craft of upholstery yourself!

Courtesy of Rizzoli

Courtesy of Rizzoli

The Book: Luminous Interiors
By: Brian McCarthy
Release Date: 
November 5
Southern Roots: Washington, DC
Don’t Miss: The book’s over-the-top glamor will definitely inspire you to take your own interiors up a notch. Keep an eye out for the Atlanta home that Brian traveled to Europe 35 times in 5 years to complete – not a bad work perk!

COMMENTS

  1. The Peak of Chic

    Thank you so much for including my book in this illustrious list. Makes me proud to be an author and a Southerner!
    -Jennifer Boles

    October 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm
  2. Dawn Fritz

    Congratulations to Betty Dowling and Jennifer Boles — we can wait to get our hands on their books!

    September 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm
  3. Rebecca

    What a list! And we are so honored to be a part of this magnificent group of authors, designers, DIY-ers, and stylists. No wonder the blog insists you need these books NOW! We couldn’t agree more.

    September 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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