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8 Interesting Reads on Interior Design and Decorating

1. BROOKLYN INTERIORS by Kathleen Hackett (P2,165)

Brooklyn Interiors roams through 24 homes that embody a renegade approach to style—one rooted in broad-minded eclecticism and independence—from brownstones and row houses to lofts and apartments. Each one exemplifies a knack for beautifully reconciling a respect for tradition, an embrace of modernism, and an appreciation for the handcrafted. These spaces were designed by the individuals who inhabit them, and want to carve out their own niche in the urban environment.

 

2. CHIC BOUTIQUERS AT HOME: INTERIORS INSPIRATION AND EXPERT ADVICE FROM CREATIVE ONLINE SELLERS by Ellie Tennant (1,259)

In Chic Boutiquers at Home, interiors journalist and stylist Ellie Tennant meets the characters and creative forces behind leading online stores around the world, from the US to Europe, and explores their beautiful homes in a series of inspiring case studies. The result is part-decorating book, part-shopping directory—a smorgasbord of fascinating interiors from a new generation of online style gurus who do much more than just sell homewares—they inspire and delight their customers, too, offering glimpses into their gorgeous homes and covetable lifestyles.

 

3. CREATIVE CHILDREN'S SPACES: FRESH AND IMAGINATIVE IDEAS FOR MODERN FAMILY HOMES by Ashlyn Gibson and Ben Robertson (P1,259)

Putting together a creative and inspiring environment for children is one of the hardest to get right. Gibson provides a valuable guide by visiting real-life homes that feature imaginative and stylish design ideas and explores children's spaces. Also, she reveals her favorite online suppliers, design stores, as well as blogs, Instagram accounts, and Pinterest boards that readers might like to follow.

 

4. MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD: DESIGN AND DECORATION by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Tommy Hilfiger (foreword) (P2,405)

This peek into Bullard’s newest cache of homes is inspiring in its mix of styles—from exotic chic to luxuriant modern. Included are a Connecticut country estate, a Balinese-inspired house in Malibu, Tommy Hilfiger’s pop art–filled beach house in Miami, and the Château Gütsch in Switzerland, once home to Queen Victoria and now a chic boutique hotel.

 

5. EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: STORAGE FOR STYLISH HOMES by Rebecca Winward (P1,259)

Both practical and stylish, Everything in its Place is a new storage bible that showcases a wide variety of successful storage solutions that certainly don't skimp on style. Rebecca Winward demonstrates how our experience of every room in the house can be improved through a canny choice of storage solutions that balance form and function. She also addresses the fact that, while storage is inherently practical, it also holds huge potential for decorative impact. Examining the subject from every possible angle, Rebecca considers what to store where and what best to store it in before going on to discuss the storage demands of different items (clothes, books, crafting equipment) and even storage by style, from minimalist to vintage to rustic, to name but a few.

 

6. FURNITURE HACKS AND OTHER CREATIVE UPDATES FOR A UNIQUE AND STYLISH HOME by Hester Van Overbeek (P945)

Discover how to update and repurpose homeware and furniture for an effortlessly chic home. Here, Hester van Overbeek shows you 35 ways to update your home accessories, soft furnishings, and even wooden furniture, all with step-by-step photos to guide you along the way. Projects range from simpler ideas, such as a table made from stacked old magazines (that can also act as a stool) or a patchwork rug, created by sewing small inexpensive mats together, to ways to create larger pieces that cost a fraction of the price it would be to buy them new. There are five chapters--Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room, Bedroom, Home Office, and Outdoor Space—and each one includes a "quick craft" idea for beginner upcyclers, too. Hester's philosophy is that you don't need much money or many DIY skills to make your house into a cozy, stylish home. With the right inspiration, you can create something beautiful.

 

7. FURNITURE MAKES THE ROOM: CREATE SPECIAL PIECES TO STYLE YOU LOVE by Barb Blair and Paige French (P1,345)

In this inspiring book, Knack Studio founder Barb Blair shows how to style rooms with each customized piece. For instance, she transforms a well-worn coffee table with a painted ombré design, and then reveals how to incorporate it into a bright and sunny den. It has instructions for 15 before-and-after furniture projects, plus a "toolbox" section and photos of inspiring interiors.

 

8. HOME by Ellen DeGeneres (P1,475)

Ellen DeGeneres has bought and renovated nearly a dozen homes over the last twenty-five years, and describes her real-estate and decorating adventures as "an education." In Home, DeGeneres, for the first time, shares her passion for home design and style. She offers a personal look at every room in each of her homes. Included are seven of her homes past and present, from the famous "Brody House" up to her current homes, and she offers tips and advice on what each house taught her. An added bonus is a look at the homes of her friends and collaborators-some of the finest designers in the country. They share their advice on home design, furnishings, as well as a glimpse at their awe-inspiring rooms.