8 Interiors Books On My Wish List For 2011

January 5, 2011 | By | Comments (0)

A new year is here and with that, a slew of new interiors books coming your way for 2011! I love books, there is nothing like cracking open a beautiful interiors book and lingering over text and images for ideas and inspiration in your favorite chair. I don’t mind reading text-only novels on a reading device, but if there are illustrations or photos, I want a hard copy – a “real” book, please! So with that, here are 8 must-have interiors books that will sit proudly on my coffee table this year. I can’t wait for each of them to release and below each beautiful cover, I’ll tell you why!


1. Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick. Why yes, of course the first book is my own! I worked on Decorate in 2010 and did quite a lot of work (including 4 months of traveling the US and Europe) to pull it together, so I’m proud of Decorate – 1,000 Design Ideas For Every Room In Your Home. It will first be published in the UK on March 25, 2011 (the same week as my birthday, yay!) by Jacqui Small, then Chronicle Books will publish it in the U.S. on May 18, 2011. I can’t wait until a copy arrives in my mailbox because this is my first book and I am dying to see how everything fell together. I wrote it because I wanted to give the readers of my blog, decor8, a gift from me — a hard copy of my work (since most of what I do is on the web) — this was a really fun project and I hope to do more books in the near future from decorating to crafting and beyond…

About the book, “In Decorate, the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive home decor program combines beautiful inspiration with nuts-and-bolts how-to for stunning results. More than 500 gorgeous color photographs (taken by Debi Treloar) provide motivation while line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts, and floor plans make it easy to get started. For those looking to make the most of their home and create stylish interiors, Decorate is the start-to-finish resource to keep on the bookshelf for years to come.”


2. Pale & Interesting by Atlanta Bartlett. I can’t wait to read this book. I adore British stylist and author Atlanta Bartlett, her “way” with things astounds me and I love seeing how she uses everyday and seemingly mundane objects in her arrangements with such stunning results. She has a real knack for display, that’s for sure. Her web shop is equally a delight, also under the same name, Pale & Interesting.

“In Pale & Interesting, stylist Atlanta Bartlett and designer Dave Coote reveal their passion for decorating with a muted palette of subtle shades.The look combines their creative approach with the reality of busy family life, resulting in a stylish yet comfortable home that’s easy to live in and easy on the eye. Atlanta and Dave start by taking a look at the design philosophy behind the look: Keep it Simple, Keep it Relaxed and Keep it Real. Next,in Putting It All Together, they map out the key elements of the look: Shades of Pale; Texture & Form; Mixing it Up; Waste Not, Want Not and Collecting. Finally The Rooms, takes a tour throughout the home, revealing how easy and enjoyable it is to live with chalky pastels, earthy natural tones, understated neutrals and muted vintage shades. Pale & Interesting shows how to tap into the look and draw on your own individual taste to create a fresh, light and airy home that’s a joy to live in, every single day.”


3. Modern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers. I got to know Emily Chalmers a little better in 2010 and all I can say is that I’ll eternally support everything she does because as a person, she is a delight. Very sincere, down-to-earth and enormously talented. Her beautiful shop, Caravan, is lovely — I visited for the first time last year and enjoyed the experience of being there so much. This book was photographed by Debi Treloar, a friend to Emily, and an extremely talented interiors photographer that I had the good luck to work with on my first book. Together, Emily and Debi do magical work — Debi has shot a few of Emily’s books and each one is a roaring success and such excellent eye candy. No doubt, Modern Vintage Style will fly off the shelves as well. I know I’ll grab a copy!

About this book, “In Modern Vintage Style, Emily Chalmers – interiors stylist and owner of hip boutique Caravan – shows how using vintage items in a contemporary context can introduce humour, flair and personality to a home. Decorating should be fun and inspiring, so there are no style diktats; no ‘this-must-go-with-that’. Modern vintage is all about trusting your instincts and taste and using a bit of imagination in seeking out the right items to create a perfect balance of old and new. In the first section of the book, Inspirations, Emily offers up imaginative and varied examples of furniture, lighting, textiles, decorating and collections & display. In the second section, Style, she shows you exactly how to pull the look together, applying her decorating philosophy so you can cook & eat, live, sleep and bathe in tune with Modern Vintage Style.”

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4. Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney. I’m looking forward to seeing Grace Bonney in print, it will be nice to read her words and hear her decorating advice but also to see some of the home tours from Design*Sponge on big, glossy pages. Very few female design bloggers have their own books, in fact I’m having a hard time thinking of any at the moment, so it’s truly an honor and privilege that she’ll be one of the first. This book publishes in September 2011 and should be an interesting read — I can’t wait to see how Design*Sponge will look in print. A big congrats to fellow blogger Grace Bonney on her first book!

About the book, “Grace Bonney created her daily Web site Design*Sponge as an antidote to the fussy (and expensive) shelter magazines of her mother’s generation. The New York Times has dubbed the site, with its 60,000 daily readers, “Martha Stewart Living for millennials.” Design*Sponge at Home is Bonney’s definitive guide to home décor for her fellow design sponges—those house-proud young homeowners and renters who adore soaking up design ideas and using them as inspiration to decorate and personalize their own homes. This design compendium contains peeks of 75 real-life interiors, where the décor was culled from flea markets and the owners’ imaginations, as well as more than 100 projects (with detailed instructions) from a table made out of abandoned chair legs to a butterfly dome. Packed with hundreds color photographs and illustrations, this beautiful book includes a decorating basics section with tutorials on everything from stripping and painting furniture to hanging wallpaper and doing your own upholstery. Along the way, Bonney—whose enthusiasm and joy in her subject is infectious—teaches the reader the principles of decorating and collecting, empowering them to create beautiful homes of their own.”


5. Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux and Rumaan Alam. Christiane Lemieux is the founder and creative director of DwellStudio, the successful designer baby boutique and modern home décor shop, that also happens to have a line at Target. I think it’s funny that my book is called Decorate and her book is Undecorate, that made me laugh when I saw the title! But her book is still a decorating book, with no doubt tons of eye candy and inspiration. With photographs by Melanie Acevedo, who shot tons of work for Domino magazine, and a foreword written by Domino’s former managing editor Deborah Needleman, I’m sure it will be just great.

Sorry, Amazon doesn’t have notes about Undecorate at this time.


6. Creative Walls: How to Display and Enjoy Your Treasured Collections by Geraldine James. The cover alone had me at hello. This book definitely calls to me. It looks very artistic, no-rules, fun — and to see lots of collections displayed in interesting ways, well that’s a bit of a dream book for me. For those of you who do not know the name Geraldine James, she works in London as the home buying manager at Selfridges.

About the book, “Creative Walls will inspire you to organize and arrange your collections on any surface in your home to create character, charm and elegance. Any wall is perfect for display, whatever its size, shape or style. In this inspirational guide, Geraldine James, veteran collector of all things beautiful, shows ways to organize and display your treasured collections to celebrate their uniqueness and your creativity. Fans, teapots or clocks can illuminate a little corner, whereas a teenager’s bedroom will transform instantly when hoarded football memorabilia makes the leap from the floor to the wall in a bold, clever arrangement. Look for unusual spaces and items: line up a series of themed prints above a picture rail, set heaps of floral china plates in grand style above the fireplace or simply add a mirror into a display to instantly create another in its image. Chapter by chapter, discover how to arrange virtually anything from scratch, rearrange the collections you treasure to best effect and begin a journey into colour, texture and themes to create elegant displays that give a home character and charm. From a memory wall of sepia family photographs to witty collections of kitsch art, this clever guide shows how to create a look that will bring any space to life.”

7. A Stylist’s Guide to NYC by Sibella Court. There is no cover image for this title yet, but it releases in May and since I’ll be in NYC this summer, I’ll definitely be scooping up this book so I can do a little insider shopping there, Sibella style. If this book looks and feels like her first one, Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love, I’m sure it will be a bit hit with her fans.

About the book, “Sibella Court describes New York as ‘the most exciting, contained, energy-filled city in the world’ – a city she spent ten years exploring while working as an interior stylist for the very best American magazines and brands. “A Stylist’s Guide to NYC” brings you Sibella’s New York loves, secrets and hidden gems, her tried and tested favourites and trusted friends. This well-edited collection of stores, boutiques, galleries and markets is arranged into loops of interest, such as ‘Furniture & Interiors’, ‘Haberdashery, Handmade & Vintage Textiles’, and ‘Scents, Flowers & Gardens’. Re-fuelling stops are suggested at neighbourhood cafes, delis and bars, and the guide also includes city survival tips, maps and comprehensive indexes. An idiosyncratic travel guide, celebrating the beautiful, original and unusual and chosen with the impeccable eye of an insider, “A Stylist’s Guide to NYC” will be indispensable for anyone travelling, working or living in New York.

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8. Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O’neill. I love a little country decorating, though it needs to be uncluttered, lots of white and natural wood and clean lines. If this book is anything like its cover, I’m sure I’ll swoon. Fifi O’neill is a blogger in Florida who writes Chez Fifi, a blog with a focus on Shabby Chic and country styles. Her first book, to be published by Cima Books, releases on April 30th.

About the book, “Romantic Prairie Style embraces simple pleasures, comfort and the long-cherished ideals of natural beauty, simplicity and harmony with the earth. It’s a style that says ‘home’ wherever you may be because, more than anything else, it’s a mindset: gentle but strong, welcoming and lasting, durable yet sophisticated and, above all, real. Over the centuries, the humble dwellings built by European immigrants to the US in the 1880s have evolved into sturdier, more comfortable homes, which, depending on their geographic location, took on a variety of designs, be it a ranch, cabin, farmhouse, cottage or adobe. Each of these styles plays a role in prairie style and its enduring aura of romance and nostalgia. Here interiors bear the influence of European settlers and the poetry of the heart-warming authenticity of simple, natural textures, hand-hewn beams, bleached wood, weathered planks, woven blankets, cow-hide and Navajo rugs. It’s a style inspired by the honesty of homespun materials of the past wedded to a flair for the present. It’s flower-sprigged brocade, tawny leather, crisp eyelet and soft linen, corduroy with crochet trims, woolen plaids, cosy flannel and wispy organza. It’s history retold and all about the enduring connection between people and places and the nostalgia we feel for a rural country life, a yearning for a simpler life, as embodied in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie.”

What books do you await the release of, decorating or other?

(images: amazon.com)