Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to kick back and relax — whether you’re on a patio in the city or a dock at the cottage. But it’s also the the perfect time of year to brush up on your design expertise and get inspired for your next home makeover project. Here’s our recommended reading list for those sun-soaked days.
Designer James T. Farmer III is about as Southern as they come. A Georgian through and through, he has a soft spot for graceful antebellum homes full of charm. His book,
chronicles some of his past projects — easygoing interiors with personal flourishes and comfortable furnishings. A Place to Call Home,
As the title aptly describes,
, is all about rustic and far-flung homes updated with contemporary amenities and styling. The homes masterfully blend new and old so that country mouse and city mouse can both feel at home. Modern Living: New Country
focuses on the homes of the United Kingdom’s creative class, far from the bustle of the big city. As expected, the homes of the artists, designers, architects and other makers are as free-spirited and colorful as their owners. Creative Living Country
If you enjoy gardening and arranging bouquets, or if you just enjoy gazing upon gorgeous photos of lush centrepieces, then this book is for you. Erin Benzakine, author of
, owner of the famous Floret Flower Farm, and champion of the farm-to-centerpiece movement, shares her inspiring arrangements in this lush book. Cut Flower Garden
Palm Springs designer Christopher Kennedy invites us into his fantastically retro world full of the glitz and glamor of the ’50s and ’60s.
, as the title suggests, is all about how Christopher has managed to style his favorite vintage finds in new and exciting ways. Making Midcentury Modern
Is there anything more dreamy than a rugged home with a cozy and welcoming interior? For fans of dreamy homes filled to the brim with assorted tchotchkes and dramatic details, pick up a copy of
. New Romance
If you’re a fan of restoring heritage properties or antiques, then you’re probably already familiar with TVs Andy and Candis Meredith. The couple has a long history of updating and restoring old homes and share their projects and learned wisdom in their first book,
. Old Home Love
Who wouldn’t want to live in the Hamptons? The famed eastern spit of Long Island is known as much for its celebrity residents as it is for its stunning homes.
takes a gander through a variety of properties and is the perfect escape on a grey day. Out East
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If you’re someone who dreams about returning to the camps of your childhood, but can’t face an outhouse ever again, then take solace in
. It’s dedicated to country homes that embrace nature yet are polished and refined with the luxuries of city life. Rustic Modern
Though author and YouTube star Melissa Maker writes in the introduction of
, “a book about cleaning the house isn’t exactly beach reading,” for some, it’s just the ticket. Her book is all about smart cleaning — getting the best results in the least amount of time using eco-friendly ingredients. Clean My Space
Get Melissa’s tips on
How To Clean Your Kitchen In 14 Minutes.
What’s old can be new again.
makes the case for refurbishing, revitalizing and rethinking existing homes and materials to create something entirely new. Prepare to be amazed by some striking renovations. Upgrade
Anyone who has lived in a small home knows that every square foot counts.
presents a collection of homes that utilize every inch of space through clever design hacks and thoughtful details. It’s especially useful if you’re downsizing or living in an urban condo. Small Homes Grand Living
Truth be told, the comfiest and most welcoming homes always have something a little undone about them. Maybe it’s a faded rug or a chipped water jug.
embraces and celebrates those imperfections in our homes and supplements stylish interior shots with a few easy family-style recipes. It’s the perfect summer read! Wabi-Sabi Welcome