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5 Designer-Approved Community Quarantine Reads

Kill boredom at home with these educational pageturners.

If there’s any benefit of us staying at home during this time of health pandemic, it’s the liberty of our time. A handful of things from your usual schedule are cut, therefore gaining an extra few hours to do something else. While lazing around on your sofa might sound like a good idea (we need that R&R in these stressful times, after all!), why not make the most out of it with something educational!


As the kids pour over home lectures, let yourself soak in great reads, too! We gathered five home and design pageturners that make leafing through a visual treat, but also an insightful and engaging experience. Create your own bubble as you play some bedroom music in your personal nook while getting lost within the pages of these books. Read on!

The Figurative Artist’s Handbook: A Contemporary Guide To Figure Drawing, Painting, and Composition

THE FIGURATIVE ARTIST’S HANDBOOK: A CONTEMPORARY GUIDE TO FIGURE DRAWING, PAINTING, AND COMPOSITION by Robert Zeller


This comprehensive guide for contemporary figurative artists features the author’s own exquisite drawings and paintings as well as works by nearly 100 historical and contemporary figurative art masters. With the renewed interest in this art form in the recent decade, this book lets its readers get acquainted with the creme de la creme in the field, Michelangelo, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Gustav Klimt, Edward Hopper, Andrew Loomis, Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud, Odd Nerdrum, Eric Fischl, Bo Bartlett, Steven Assael, John Currin, and many others. It also covers the basic and advanced techniques in composition, portraiture, and painting, helping readers hone and craft their ideas into their own canvas.

Kristy’s Fall Cutting Garden: A Watercoloring Book

KRISTY’S FALL CUTTING GARDEN: A WATERCOLORING BOOK by Kristy Rice


Whether you enjoy watercoloring or gardening, this book brings together both interests in a joint reading adventure. Kristy Rice’s third in a series of seasonal watercoloring books based on her cutting gardens celebrates autumn's vibrant blossoms, such as asters, zinnias, torch lilies, and chrysanthemums. Fall may be two seasons away at the moment, but going through this read’s tutorials are specially calming and comforting, with easy-to-learn, joy-driven approach on watercolor. All in all, there are 25 detailed yet whimsical illustrations that you do to unleash the inner artist in you!

The World Of Apartamento: Ten Years Of Everyday Life Interiors

THE WORLD OF APARTAMENTO: TEN YEARS OF EVERYDAY LIFE INTERIORS by Omar Sosa, Nacho Alegre, and Marco Velardi


For the magazine’s 10th anniversary, Apartamento takes its influential glossy pages into a book. This compilation of the best and most inspirational interiors from the publication’s leaves finds the lived-in, often cluttered homes of celebrities and industry legends, in a carefully developed editorial mix of high-quality writing and beautiful photography. Featuring more than 300 photographs and an eclectic mix of subjects like François Halard, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ezra Koenig, Paz de la Huerta, and more, this inspirational read communicates genuine stories and intimate moments of their homeowners—bare and raw, just as how they live their normal lives far from the spotlight.

Making Rooms Your Own: Lessons From Interior Designers

MAKING ROOMS YOUR OWN: LESSONS FROM INTERIOR DESIGNERS by Editors New York Social Diary


Step inside the spaces of top interior designers in the world and take ideas from their style and practicality in action. Established masters of the field Jamie Drake, Stephen Sills, Tom Britt, and Jeffrey Bilhuber spills the beans—Making Rooms Your Own hands over diverse approaches to decoration and the art of fine living. Filled with wit, candor, and passion, each page will fill your design lust with suggestions on entertaining and creating noteworthy tablescapes to practical advice on storage and displaying collections. Other featured subjects include Alex Papachristidis, Robert Couturier, Howard Slatkin, and Katie Ridder.

The Power Of Pattern: Interiors And Inspiration: A Resource Guide

THE POWER OF PATTERN: INTERIORS AND INSPIRATION: A RESOURCE GUIDE by Susanna Salk


In The Power of Pattern, the spotlight is on patterns. Today’s top designers show how wallpapers and fabric designs can be used to elevate and personalize every room and turn it into an inspo and resource guide of an often overlooked part of home furnishing. There is a diversity of interiors and styles showcasing the patterns themselves in full-page splendor, celebrating its respective versatility and creative possibilities. Flip the book’s pages for a practical primer on the many motifs available with inspiring examples on how to decorate with them, plus tips on how to make the patterns work for a particular space.