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6 Inspirational Home Design Reads

Released this year, these books provide equal parts inspiration, advice and escape—with an intriguing look into homes of widely varying styles and locations.

American Originals: Creative Interiorshome design reads
by: William Abranowicz (Vendome)

Esteemed photographer William Abranowicz takes the reader into the homes of his extraordinary subjects—painters, rock stars, designers and tastemakers, including John Mellencamp, Robert Couturier, Ellen DeGeneres, Martha Stewart and Bette Midler, among others—and shows that their spaces are the ultimate canvas for self-expression. In more than 225 photographs (most never published before) Abranowicz’ mastery of light, form and composition, coupled with his curiosity and sense of humor produce striking, unconventional portraits of place.

The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Traditionhome design reads
by: Grant Gibson (Gibbs Smith)

an Francisco-based interior designer Grant Gibson delivers a highly instructional book that draws on inspiration from his personal style, world travels and client experience. Each chapter focuses on a different area of the house, such as the living room, dining room, bedroom and kitchen. Sidebars contain design secrets, decorating tips and how-tos with further advice. Named one of Elle Décor’s “5 Designers to Watch” and featured in many shelter publications, Gibson is known for his approachable, engaging and livable style.

home design reads
Learn more about what to consider during the design process in this new read.

Hygge & West Home: Design For A Cozy Lifehome design reads
by: Aimee Lagos & Christiana Coop (Chronicle)

Christiana Coop and Aimee Lagos founded Hygge & West 10 years ago on the concept that the key to making a house into a truly personal home is in the decoration. Hygge (Danish for cozy) is different for each person, and their book offers a look into 20 special homes designed to promote feelings of coziness, companionship and comfort—from a San Francisco apartment to a log cabin in Wyoming, a family home in Minneapolis to a colorful apartment in Brooklyn. The volume includes interviews with the homeowners and tips for creating similar feelings in any space.

Contemporary Classical Architecture
by: John B. Murray (The Monacelli Press)

home design readsIn his second book, architect John B. Murray brings us 15 new residences that reveal his mastery of the classical vocabulary and sensitivity to proportion and scale. The design studies featured include Fifth Avenue and Central Park apartments, new country houses and additions to properties on Long Island and in upstate New York, as well as the home of the president of a prestigious New England university. John B. Murray Architect, a New York-based firm, is the recipient of multiple Stanford White and Palladio awards. After studying at Carnegie Mellon, Murray joined the firm Parish-Hadley where he worked with legendary designer Albert Hadley, before opening his own practice in 1997.

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Architect John B. Murray introduces readers to 15 projects in this, his second, book. The properties range from country homes and New York City apartments—and all showcase his signature style.

Old Houses Made Newhome design reads
by: Macarena Abascal Valdenbro (Teneues)

This inspirational volume showcases a range of home rehabilitations—from total gut jobs to less extensive work, like cosmetic changes or simple finish and fixture upgrades. Theserenovations include more than 30 apartments and single-family homes, with photographs and drawings to illustrate the process from concept to construction. Homeowners and professionals can find inspiration for adapting existing buildings to contemporary lifestyle needs while adding to the property value.

Ray Booth: Evocative Interiors
by: Ray Booth (Rizzoli)

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Trained as an architect, designer Ray Booth is a partner in the prestigious McAlpine firm, founded 35 years ago. Booth’s debut monograph presents his most celebrated Nashville residences, including his own home, as well as previously unpublished projects in Palm Beach, Louisiana, New York, Texas and the Hamptons. The spaces convey Booth’s command of mixing modernism with a sense of place and history. Hallmarks of his designs include architectural furniture, drapery walls, captivating mirror and art displays, and a blend of antiques with contemporary pieces.


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There are 250 gorgeous photos in this book, which give a first-hand look at Booth’s style and design.

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