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Friday Fun Stuff-Christmas Gifts for the Design Obsessed 2015

I don’t know about you but I have several design books on my Christmas Wish List.  There are so many wonderful ones out right now. Here are a few of my favorites.  At the top of my list is From the Land , the wonderful work of the uber talented Howard Backen and Company. The houses, wineries, and restaurants  he has designs embraces the Farmhouse Vernacular that is his trademark.  This is a huge book meant to be savored over and over.
Blogger and Designer Lauren Liess first book Habitat embraces Lauren’s signature style .  It is divided into three sections. Part I focuses on the fundamental elements of design, “with each chapter devoted to a particular element, such as color, lighting, and furniture; Part II addresses the intangibles of designing a space, such as aesthetics and creating a mood; and Part III tackles unique room-specific challenges in every part of the house”

In Pursuit of Beauty Timothy Whealon effortlessly weaves the classic with the modern. forcusing on the decorative arts.
The Pursuit of Beauty, The Interiors of Timothy Whealon. Rizzoli USA. 
Michael Smith’s new book The Curated House features 16 of the designer’s new projects.
michael smith curated house 01
Barbara Westbrook’s long awaited first book Gracious Rooms oozes with Southern Charm and her classic European Sensibility.
dam images decor 2015 04 barbara westbrook gracious rooms barbara westbrook gracious rooms 01
Mrs. Howard Room by Room is the follow up to Phoebe Howard’s much loved first book The Joy of Decorating.

The Carrier and Company duo’s new book, Positively Chic Interiors illustrates their creative mix of the classic and modern in their designs for some of the world’s most well healed.

In Modern Mix Design Editor and Entertaining Expert Eddie Ross reveals his insider secrets for creating beautiful parties, table settings and interiors in Modern Mix.

And lastly every design obsessed reader will want a copy of The legendary team of Parish Hadley’s Tree of Life, a compendium of their life’s work.

What Design Books do you have on your wishlist?

Reader Interactions


  1. Karen says


    What a great list. I have Barbara Westbrook's book on my list as well as Lauren Liess, Habitat. Design books are such a favorite Christmas present—I stay in my PJ's and peruse them on Christmas morning, such a delightful past time.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. Burlap Luxe says

    OH Cindy, is there any better gifting then a book? Everyone gets a book this year from me and there are so many new releases to choose from.

    Wonderfully inspiring post.


  3. La Contessa says

    You need to change me on YOUR SIDEBAR to The Vintage Contessa.Net……… still says HEN HOUSE.
    I ADORE BOOKS………..right now my pen and my head is inside MORE is MORE by HUTTON WILKINSON.I saw BUNNY and the other guy speak at the ANTIQUE SHOW so will need to get the PARISH BOOK……..the stories were SO GREAT!She did not know how to write a check!!!He collected furniture from the side of the road…………..for his home.Soon I will be surrounded by books everywhere in my little office………..can barely walk for all the empty boxes I have been saving for CHRITSMAS!
    CAN you BELIEVE what is going ON IN PARIS!SO SAD.

    • Cindy says

      Hi Elizabeth thank you for reminding me done! So sad what is going on. I think the Parish book is a classic all should have in their library

  4. Heather Lindstrom says

    Good morning, Cindy! These images just feed my design soul this morning. That first one–ahhhhh!! Take me away!!!
    Thanks for your kind words on Scott's surgery. He is doing quite well and got the go ahead to drive on Monday. :}
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xx, Heather
    PS-I have a super fun giveaway going on over at Stylemindchic Life (gift card + DVF)!

  5. Karena Albert says

    Cindy, a book is one of the very best gifts to give or receive, it seems like every season they get better and better!!

    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Sandra Goroff

    • Cindy says

      I should have put Emily's book on the list as well Mary Beth thank you for reminding me! I will check out Will Taylor's as well. Thank you so much for weighing in!

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