3 Books for the Design Lover

I believe in print. I relish a full bookshelf, a stack on the coffee table and also by the bed.

These tomes speak to the heart of the design lover, which explains why they have come across my desk and now occupy space in my house. (Added bonus: In keeping with our 50 gifts under $50 theme, all of these books can be found on amazon.com for $50 or less.)

by Victoria Hagan and David Colman

Timeless, fresh, gorgeous—can you tell I have a design crush on Miss Victoria? Holy Hamptons, this lady is a master of calm interior composition, and she will make you quiver with house envy. There are 10 of them here, from Aspen to Nantucket, all dreamy getaways (no primary residences in the bunch); hence the title. (Rizzoli) Buy it here.


Photographer Melanie Acevedo and founding editor of domino magazine Dara Caponigro have produced a 320-page showstopper. True to its title, the book explores the private spaces of 27 “authentics” (four are couples), from the predictable—Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler—to the surprising—Peggy Lipton, Christian Louboutin. Reading about the lives and thoughts of this noteworthy crew and visiting their living spaces through Acevedo’s gifted lens is both inspirational and visually delicious (Clarkson Potter). Buy it here.


A stunning parade of 50 European homes rooted in the past—from a Dutch water tower to a long-abandoned 16th-century house in Switzerland—that have been beautifully adapted to the present. An homage to history and ingenious reuse. (Gestalten) Buy it here.



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