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25 New Interior Design Books – October 2021

There’s nothing like sitting on the sofa with a good interior design coffee table book. And I have selected 25 new interior design books that will inspire and help you create your dream home.

A range of styles can be found in these new interior design books. From cozy cottages, to a Scandinavian Christmas, and from artists homes to family homes.

And since (interior) design and architecture are intertwined, you will also find inspiring architecture in these new coffee table books. With a book by leading architects Ferguson & Shamamian. And also a book catering to the popular tiny house movement.

Of course you can buy one of these new interior design books for yourself. But with the holiday season approaching, they are also a great gift to someone you love

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Principles of Style by Sarah Andrews

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In Principles of Style, Sarah Andrews (of the famous airbnb Captains Rest) presents her unique take on teaching design, drawing on her experience of working in the industry and as a teacher in her school, which has reached cult status around the world.

Importantly, Principles of Style aims to be a timeless learning tool for readers, no matter their own personal style, with Sarah revealing many of the ideas, tips and skills she has accumulated along the way.

She does this by examining some of her key projects and favourite rooms, as well as by focusing on her ten rules of styling, formulated both through hands-on experience and studies in the science of design.

Buy Principles of Style →

Inspiring Family Homes by Milk Magazine

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Families create homes, and homes keep families together. Inspiring Family Homes will explore what it means to live and share the space with those closest to us from a design perspective.

Inspiring Family Homes will take the reader around the world, opening the doors of all kinds of homes inhabited by all kinds of families. It will discover how to work around the challenges of sharing the space with kids, creating a place for gathering and growing, and being as adaptable and flexible as family life requires to be without giving up on the love for curated design.

Buy Inspiring Family Homes →

Hill House Living: The Art of Living a Joyful Life by Paula Sutton

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A gorgeous guide to the simple pleasures of cottage living—antique hunting, gardening, and enjoying the seasons—from a beloved British design and fashion influencer.

Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photographs and drawings, this book gives you a full glimpse into life at Hill House. Inspired by Paula’s love of all things vintage, and filled with simple, stylish, and thrifty tips and tricks for every area of the house, this book will bring the best of country life into your home, wherever you are.

In a world that often moves too fast, Hill House Living is an invitation to take a moment to style, make or cook something nice for its own sake—and yours. Slow down, cozy up, and join the quest to making each day more intentionally joyful.

Buy Hill House Living →

Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity

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Brooklyn-based design studio Workstead masterfully combines traditional inspiration with contemporary elegance. Workstead designs one-of-a-kind interiors and pieces that balance beauty with necessity.

And this book presents a special blend of their tour-de-force historic renovations and innovative yet elegant new constructions.

Buy Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity →

Victoria Hagan: Live Now

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As an acclaimed interior designer and member of the AD100 and the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Victoria Hagan had achieved the highest pinnacle of success in her field. But when 2020 arrived, she found herself, like all of us, at home, seeing her life and her space with fresh eyes.

The result is this book—a creative manifesto and a life-affirming look at the nature of home, and how it connects and calms us, comforts and nourishes us. Beautifully designed with a luxurious oversize package that includes gatefolds, Live Now celebrates the quiet and extraordinary beauty of the everyday.

Buy Victoria Hagan: Live Now →

Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living

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What does the future of urban living look like? Joel Beath and Elizabeth Price explore this question drawing inspiration from a diverse collection of apartment designs, all smaller than 50m2/540ft2.

Through the lens of five small-footprint design principles and drawing on architectural images and detailed floor plans, the authors examine how architects and designers are reimagining small space living. 

Buy Never Too Small →

Home: A Celebration

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Celebrated artists, designers, photographers, writers, actors, and activists offer personal reflections on the essence of home in this inspirational book to benefit No Kid Hungry.
Filled with personal insight, humor, creativity, joy, and poignancy, Home: A Celebration is a lyrical ode to sanctuary and a thoughtful and inspirational book to peruse again and again.

Through the lenses of their crafts and passions, each illustrious contributor presents an offering—either a personal text or work of art—on what home means to them.

Buy Home: A Celebration →

Love Pattern & Colour

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Whether you want to fill your home with a riot of different patterns, or are looking for a single motif for a feature wall, there’s an amazing array to choose from, and Love Pattern and Colour is the perfect place to start.

Bursting with beautiful images of pattern designs from all over the world, this book shows how clever use of pattern can change a room: it can create a bold and striking space filled with drama, a cosy, comforting corner, or a cheery, colourful place that lifts the spirits.

Buy Love Pattern and Colour →

Artists’ Homes: Designing Spaces For Living a Creative Life

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Creative souls have always craved a space in which to bring forth their artistic ideas and develop their practice. Continuing the tradition of the contemporary arts practitioner working from a home studio, many creative folk will often prefer to carve out a space within their own residence.

Artists’ Homes examines the residences of a select group of professional artists who work across a broad range of artistic styles, from writing, photography, and painting through to music, sculpture, and pottery (and more).

Buy Artists’ Homes →

Click here to see The Nordroom’s blog post on Artists Lofts & Home Ateliers

Collaborations: Architecture, Interiors, Landscapes: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

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From the moment a project is launched, the team at Ferguson & Shamamian work in close collaboration with the world’s leading decorators, landscape designers, and artisans to create contemporary houses anchored in tradition and regional character.

Distinguished by their dedication to craftsmanship and creativity, the firm’s residences balance artistic integrity, historic precedent, and the latest innovations in design, but always with a sense of comfort and innate elegance that endures for generations.
 
The captivating stories behind these singular homes are revealed through gorgeous photography and texts narrating the genesis and evolution of each property.

Buy Collaborations: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects →

The Well-Loved House: Creating Homes with Color, Comfort, and Drama

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In The Well-Loved House, Ashley Whittaker shares a selection of dwellings, from gracious Connecticut estates to chic Manhattan pieds-à-terre to waterfront beach houses on the Florida coast, most exclusively photographed for this book, including her own house never before seen.

Whittaker believes houses are meant to be beautiful, but also lived in and enjoyed, and she shares her knowledge and strategies for achieving this interplay. Within each house, Whittaker offers guidance on furniture plans, complementing the architecture of a space, playing with color, and mixing pattern.

Buy The Well-Loved House →

Mid-Century Modern: High-End Furniture in Collectors’ Interiors

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This chic, over-sized coffee table book is an essential object for all mid-century design aficionados, interior designers with a passion for the modernist 1950s and for refined readers seeking inspiration for their own interiors.

In 20 reports, interior designers and passionate collectors of mid-century furniture, lighting, objects and artworks show how carefully selected touches of high-end mid-century modernism can contribute to a unique living environment.

Buy Mid-Century Modern →

Pacific Natural at Home

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Jenni Kayne, the creator of the laid-back, luxe California lifestyle brand, shows us how to create spaces that encourage living well in comfort and style by featuring beautiful and inspiring interiors along with practical room-by-room tips.

Buy Pacific Natural at Home →

Cozy White Cottage Seasons

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Whether you want to create a cozy winter wonderland in your living room, a blooming summertime welcome on your deck, or an autumn refuge by your fireplace, Liz Marie Galvan’s Cozy White Cottage Seasons gives you the inspiring photos, DIY ideas, and fun recipes you need to feel at home on any budget and in every season.

Buy Cozy White Cottage Season →

Feels Like Home: Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours

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Discover how to achieve your dream home on an affordable budget using these inspiring pictures, practical tips, and easy-to-implement tutorials.

In Feels Like Home, DIY makeover queen Marian Parsons (a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed) teaches you what she’s learned over the years, sharing budget-friendly practical tips that will inspire you to change your space from “blah” to beautiful, from a builder-grade to character-rich home.

Each chapter will guide you through detailed, easy-to-implement tutorials for projects, makeovers, decorating ideas, and tips for handling common challenges. 

Buy Feels Like Home →

Santa Fe Modern: Contemporary Design in the High Desert

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Santa Fe Modern reveals the high desert landscape as an ideal setting for bold, abstracted forms of modernist houses. Wide swaths of glass, deep-set portals, long porches, and courtyards allow vistas, color, and light to become integral parts of the very being of a house, emboldening a way to experience a personal connection to the desert landscape. 

Buy Santa Fe Modern →

The Christmas Season: Created by Scandinavian Artists

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Christmas has become a gaudy holiday, wrapped in tinsel and bright flashing lights. This book reimagines the festive season as a time for tasteful restraint and creature comforts. Blending minimalism, clean lines and functionality with ‘hygge’, a uniquely Danish concept of cosiness.

Scandi interiors are some of the most sought-after and recognizable in the world. This book takes the core tenets of Scandinavian design and applies them to the festive season.

Buy The Christmas Season →

Click here for more Christmas decor inspiration

Calm: Interiors to Nurture, Relax and Restore

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In recent times, many of us have spent more time at home than ever before. Creating a home that instills a sense of calm will cocoon and protect us from the outside world, create a sense of wellbeing and make us feel truly nurtured.

Calm will help you create a restful, restorative interior that draws you in and makes your shoulders drop the moment you walk through the door. 

Buy Calm: Interiors to Nurture, Relax and Restore →

Curate: Inspirations for an Individual Home

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Curate, the highly anticipated book by creative duo, Lynda Gardener and journalist and stylist Ali Heath, reveals how to create a home that is truly individual. With their shared love of a monochrome aesthetic and natural imperfections, they explore the eight Elements that bring a space to life: palette, nature, textiles, lighting, a combination of old and new, storage, collections and art.

Ten aspirational homes show the style in practice, including a converted warehouse, one-bedroom studio, bijoux apartment, historic cottage, country estate, new-build barn, remote shack, period townhouse and rural retreat.

Buy Curate →

Feels Like Home: Relaxed Interior for a Meaningful Life

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A house is a feeling. That is the conceit behind designer Lauren Liess’s third book, which explores the emotional connection between the way we decorate our homes and our daily lives. She advises readers to think beyond just the objects in their homes and explore how design informs an intentional, happy, and authentic life.

The book includes practical design information, with never-before-seen case studies on a variety of homes including a farmhouse, a home in the woods, a Spanish colonial, and other more traditional homes. 

Buy Feels Like Home →

Evergreen Architecture: Overgrown Buildings and Greener Living

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Nature and architecture have never been more intertwined. As more of the earth’s surface is swallowed up by the built environment, architects are increasingly up to the task of integrating flora and greenery into their creations.

There are many ways to express this: green roofs, living walls, indoor courtyards and entire facades filled with plants. But where these are posed as solutions there are yet more questions. How does a skyscraper uphold the weight of hundreds of trees? How do residents keep moss-covered walls alive? Jungle Architecture explores this, and much more.

Buy Evergreen Architecture →

Interior: Louise Bradley

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Louise Bradley has been designing timeless, elegant interiors for thirty years. Her distinctive style – combining classic influences with a contemporary edge – has secured her position as one of the UK’s leading interior designers, and has won her international recognition.

Richly illustrated throughout, Interior: Louise Bradley is the first in-depth exploration of Louise’s work, and provides a fascinating insight into her design process and the thinking behind a variety of her most accomplished projects. 

Buy Interior Louise Bradley →

Modern English: Todhunter Earle Interiors

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Founded by Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle in 1998 and based in Chelsea, London, the design studio Todhunter Earle is renowned for creating beautiful, sensitively considered interiors around the world.

Here, 18 projects showcase their extraordinarily varied catalogue of work, revealing the pivotal factors and challenges encountered on each design journey. 

Buy modern english interiors →

House Planted: Choosing, Growing and Styling the Perfect Plants for Your Space

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Get ready to transform your humble abode! Whether you have a funky bohemian den, a chic minimalist loft, or a closet-sized rental, indoor plants will bring a whole new level of warmth, comfort, and style into your home.

In House Planted, interior plant designer Lisa Muñoz guides you step by step and room by room through picking the perfect plant for the perfect spot and incorporating plants into your indoor decor. 

Buy House Planted →

Vivid: Style in Color

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Built around the insights of renowned stylist Julia Green gathered over several decades, Vivid looks at the spaces we inhabit both at home and at work, and how the application of color can create different outcomes and impacts.

The book includes eight chapters divided by color: orange, red, blue, green, pink, yellow, neutrals, and black. Photographer Armelle Habib contributes stunning interior shots alongside travel vignettes that tell the story of how different palettes are interwoven into our lives.

Buy Vivid: Style in Color →

I hope you enjoy these new interior design books. And you will get lots of inspiration for your home.