When it comes to interior design let’s face it, not every one is a natural. We have friends who would kick butt on Design Star and we have friends who couldn’t hang a picture straight to save their lives. Never fear; there are tons of resources for the design-challenged people in our lives.
Books are some of our favorite resources even though most people swear by Google searches. There is just something about turning the pages of a book and seeing the amazing color images that gets our creative juices flowing. Check out these three top-rated design books and let us know how you think they can help you with your beach house style ideas.
Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves
This treasure by Emily Henderson is 304 pages of amazing interior decorating ideas that help you create spaces in your home that are elegant yet cozy and comfortable. After reading Henderson’s book, you will feel like you have been transformed into the professional interior designer you always wished you could be.
The writer shares her secrets, tips, and treasures that help readers learn how, with even the smallest adjustments, a simple room can be turned into an extraordinary living space. Henderson teaches readers how, without a lot of money or fuss, they can make creating their own style seem effortless.
Emily’s simple design techniques don’t just make a room look inviting, her decorating tells a story and brings people into that story for all to enjoy. Visitors become part of the room and the stories being told which makes them feel even more welcomed.
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful
This book is every perfectionist’s dream. For once, you can relax and just let your creative juices flow…no structure necessary. The brainchild of Myquillyn Smith, this treasure helps show the beauty and elegance that imperfection can bring. Smith is a self-proclaimed “self-taught decorator” and revels in the sheer realities of life.
Nothing is perfect and your interior decorating is no exception. Life happens and to Smith, when it comes to decorating life needs to be embraced and celebrated.
The style of decorating that The Nesting Place emphasizes is based on every day life; inviting and cozy yet practical and real. Sometimes it’s okay to invite a little chaos and imperfection into our lives, even when it comes to decorating our homes.
Smith believes that homes are more than just a place to showcase beautiful things, they are places where families are raised, meals are cooked, and laughter abounds through every nook and cranny. When you decorate with The Nesting Place there is no room for “keeping up with the Jones’s”. Each style, each imperfection brings about its own beauty that is to be celebrated.
Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy
There is an Irish blessing that says, “May your cottage roof be well thatched and those inside be well matched.” There is nothing better than a happy home, and that is the emphasis of Deborah Needleman’s fabulous design book Domino: The Book of Decorating.
Domino pairs elegant decorating with the comfort of an easy-living home environment. Each room, as explained in the book, captures the essence of the homeowner’s life experiences while keeping with the latest trends in the design world.
Needleman takes readers on a room-by-room journey through her book explaining her style secrets and how others can incorporate them into their homes to create a personal yet stylish ambiance. This book makes interior design easy for even beginners in keeping with Needleman’s theme of function, simplicity, beauty, and excellence. After you’ve got your beach house design, bring it to live with a piece or two from Cottage and Bungalow!
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