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Design Mom's Top 5 Favorite Design Reads

Kristen Loken

For almost a decade, Gabrielle Stanley Blair has been writing DesignMom.com, a Wall Street Journal-praised blog with half a million visitors a month, which explores “where design and motherhood intersect.” The designer, who has six kids ages 4 to 17, has moved her brood five times (most recently to Oakland, Calif.), each time re-creating a pretty but family-friendly new home. “Design doesn’t have to disappear when you have kids,” she says. “You can have a beautiful home that works for both kids and adults. It’s totally possible to take the space you live in right now and figure out how it can look good while best serving your family’s needs.”

So what does  this superstar design blogger read for inspiration? Take a look at five of her favorite design books.

1. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well
“Whimsical and stylish design tips for a relaxed and comfortable home from Deborah Needleman, founding editor of domino magazine.”

2. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful
“This is by popular design blogger Myquillyn Smith, who really understands the elements of a family home and the nesting instinct we all have.”

3. Romodelista, A Manual for the Considered Home
“Getting the best look for your home is not necessarily the most expensive. Julie Carlson mixes high style and low prices seamlessly in this book.”

4. Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life
“Interior designer Erin Gates’s book shows rooms in her home and rooms in her clients’ homes paired with a shopping guide to help you get the look.”

5. Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design Beauty
“Comfort is important to Christiane Lemieux, founder and creative director of DwellStudio. In this book, she takes us into 20 homes all over the U.S. for unique and imaginative design ideas.”

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