Have you ever wondered, of all the thousands of design books floating around out there, which ones are frequently used by actual designers?
(There are more than one or two of us up here who have about 15 sitting in a shopping cart on Amazon right now, so we know we’re not alone when choosing which ones to invest in!)
We took a quick survey amongst our design staff to find out which books they most love to reference when working on projects. When in need of a little outside inspiration, our design staff turns to….
LISA PALMER’S PICK:
THE HOME WITHIN US by Bobby McAlpine
“It’s my design Bible!”
ELISH PHARES’ PICK:
THE WELL-DRESSED HOME by Annette Tatum
BETSY PEVEY’S PICK:
GLAMOROUS ROOMS by Jan Showers
“Jan is a Dallas-based designer and has such an elegance in her designs. She loves to pull in a Zebra rug as an unexpected pop in the room. Is is the way she pulls colors and finishes that I love. Very simple and elegant!”
CHELSEA SIRMONS’ PICK:
AROUND BEAUTY by Barbara Barry
LINDSEY TOWNSEND’S PICK:
BLACK & WHITE (AND A BIT IN BETWEEN) by Celerie Kemble
TINA PATEL’S PICK:
Most of the books mentioned, plus many others, are available at SummerHouse!
ELIZABETH GULLETT’S PICK:
INSPIRED INTERIORS by Suzanne Kasler
“Her mix of fresh, current color with old world elegance and thoughtful, classic detailing is unsurpassed in my opinion.”
TODD PRINCE’S PICK:
LIVING WITH COLOUR by Farrow and Ball
“I’m really digging this book right now. It is so tasteful, simple, and shows a huge range of styles. The whole book is styled perfectly and the book uses color in so many cool ways to create a look. This book has been my color combo inspiration for a while!!! Love it.”
What’s YOUR favorite design read?