2015 Gift Guide | Books (Home Decor, Architecture + Housekeeping)

It's that time of year where we gather all our favorite things for our annual Holiday Gift Guide.  This year we're kicking things off with a collection of amazing books, starting with the home decor and housekeeping section.  So many new books out this season, plus a couple favorites from earlier this year.  Let's take a look!


Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms from Tabletops to Bookshelves
by Emily Henderson
One of my favourite home decor books out right now, HGTV Design Star winner, Emily Henderson gets real and gives out practical advice on how to edit out what you don't love to repurpose what you can't live without. Heaps of tips to make your very own style come out.  Click here for more info.

At Home | Sarah Style
by Sarah Richardson
Canadian HGTV star and design queen Sarah Richardson shares a behind-the-scenes tour through a variety of houses that Sarah has designed featuring her signature style of traditional and casual elegance. Also included are heaps of design tips and never-before-seen photos—including many from Sarah’s personal collection - See more at: Simon and Schuster and Amazon.

Tiles Make the Room | Good Design from Heath Ceramics
by Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey
A visual feast of 50+ innovative and thoughtful examples of tile from around the world featuring homes and projects from notable artists, architects, and designers from Japan to Denmark to Brazil. We also love the detailed design notes, a history of the Heath factory and philosophy, and a special international tile travel section. The perfect book for all interior, tile and ceramic fans.  Click here for more info and check out the book trailer below for more of a sneak peek!

Sage Living | Decorate for the Life You Want
by Anne Sage
City Sage blogger Anne Sage brings a new decor book into the mix this year with helping make your space the way you want it to be.  Making a space your own. From sunny, open-air kitchen of a holistic nutritionist to the eclectic living room of a world traveler ready to put down roots, this book inspires readers decorate for the lives they truly want.  Click here for where to purchase.

The New Bohemians
by Justina Blakeney
Another fave that we featured earlier this year but have to mention, The New Bohemians by LA-based designer Justina Blakeney inspires a free-spirited, no-rules aesthetic, featuring the homes of boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. Blakeney also created 12 DIY projects inspired by objects found in the homes, as well as a "Plant-O-Pedia" offering insight into achieving this aesthetic. Click here for more info.

Eddie Ross Modern Mix | Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds
by Eddie Ross
We love the layout of this richly illustrated style book which reminds us a bit of a magazine inside, featuring insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds. Eddie also shares never-before-seen photographs of Eddie’s own homes—along with tips and tricks to cracking the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence. A really fun book! Click here for more info.

Pretty Prudent Home | Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home
by Jacinda Boneau and Jaime Morrison Curtis
Part design book, part DIY guide, Pretty Prudent Home features beautiful photography of real homes inviting readers to tackle projects both simple and sophisticated for the family home.  Author's Jacinda Boneau and Jaime Morrison Curtis are co-founders of Pretty Prudent, a design and lifestyle blog and have heaps of ideas and resources to share from their experiences over the years.  Click here for more info.

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures
Introduction by Sebastian Kaufmann, Editor Alexandra Redgrave, Jessica Hundley
We love this book, which is a trusty companion already in our home and intended for the slow and thoughtful home and the inner utilitarian in us all. From caring for cast-iron pans, and growing healthy house plants to foraging for wild edibles or walking on snow, and mastering things like the home shave or a simple way to knot and wear a tie. The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide is definitely going to be our go-to book for all things housekeeping inside and outdoors! Click here for more info.

Henry Howard: Louisiana Architect
by by Robert S. Brantley
Blending American and European trends, Irish-born American Henry Howard gained momentum designing an extraordinarily diverse portfolio of magnificent residences and civic buildings in New Orleans. A beautiful volume featuring hundreds of contemporary and archival images and a comprehensive analysis of his built work and aesthetic contributions to the urban and rural environments of the South.  Click here for more info.

Stay tuned for more gift guides (including more books) coming this week!

Jan Halvarson

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