9 Must Have Design Books you need to own in 2021

This article shares all the design books I’m obsessed with and reach for daily.

design books I own and love

Have you ever imagined what you’re dream home would look like? or have you pinned pretty pictures of homes on a board titled “Dream Home”?

If you have this is going to be the post for you, because you’re like me and you seek beautiful designs.

The other day I was on stories sharing my newest design book, and I got asked what other books I’d recommend? I thought it was a great idea to put my favourite design books in one place so you can always refer back to when you need a little inspiration.

9 Design Books I own and love

There are tons of design books out there, and I haven’t even come close to reading them all. So I’m sure there’s going to be lots of other suggestions I didn’t include. But I was thinking every time I come across a new one I’ll just add it to this list.

no. 1 Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone

I am a huge fan of Athena’s work and in the past year I’ve seen her photos and designs everywhere, rightfully so. But her take on design is what I would consider to be modern minimalistic. The one thing I will say about the book itself is the colour looks great and I appreciate authors who think of how the book will look styled on a coffee table or bookcase.

no. 2 Made for Living by Amber Lewis

Another designer I’ve been following (and loving) for years. Her style is everything I want mine to be, and the way she mixes natural tones while still making a traditional design look modern is magic. My sources tell me she’s working on a second book that will be launching hopefully this year.

no. 3 Habitat by Lauren Liess

Out of all my design books this is the one I pick up the most. It’s full of great tips and tricks and sorted by rooms which makes it very easy when I need a resource or inspiration for a project. I think this is a really underrated book that isn’t shared nearly enough for the value it gives.

no. 4 The Birds Renovations by Erin, Bonnie and Lana

This is the newest to my collection of design books, and I’m so happy I got it. I would almost consider it more of a renovation guide but the Three Birds Renovations is jam packed with bright coloured inspiration pictures for homes. It’s a lovely book and I’m glad I bought it!

no. 5 The House that Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton

Another great book to add to your collection, and one that also looks great on a shelf or coffee table. I actually bought this book years ago and I still look at it almost daily. I just love everything in it and I love giving it as a house warming gift.

no. 6 Still: The Slow Home by Natalie Walton

I bought this book last summer while out boating! I found it at a small local coffee shop and it stopped my in my tracks. The rest of that day I spent tanning and reading all the stories. The reason I love this book so much is it explains what a slow home means to many of the writers and designers in the book. Not only is it eye candy but it also leaves you with ideas for incorporating a slower way of life in your own.

no. 7 AD at 100 A Century of Style

A classic. Architectural Digest at it’s finest and one you want to show off in your own home.

no. 8 She Made her Self a Home by Rachel Van Kluyve

Rachel isn’t just a writer and designer but she is a blogger, mama and podcast host. I actually came across her Instagram account and loved her story so much I bought the book. I love that she included other bloggers who have inspired her, and the way they have created a home for themselves.

no. 9 Home Body by Joanna Gaines

My mom bought this design book for me years ago, and I almost forgot about it until I was looking through my coffee table books. I forgot just how much farmhouse style inspired me, especially living in the country. There’s something so beautiful to me when people use a lot of natural elements in their designs. It’s a must have in my opinion.

I hope you found some new inspiration for your designs, or even just books that will look great on your coffee table!

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