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Life by Design: 11 Beautiful Books for Decorating Your Home

Sarah Jane Abbott is an assistant editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.  She grew up having NANCY DREW books read to her by her father, and is now an avid reader of mystery, thriller, and horror, along with everything from literary fiction to poetry to personal essays.  She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing.  Sarah Jane is an advocate of quasi-destructive book love—her best-loved volumes are highlighted, scribbled in, dog-eared, and wavy from being dropped in the bath tub.  

I have always had a love of interior design and DIY. From the time I was old enough to scoot my dresser across the carpet, I was constantly rearranging my bedroom furniture, making wish lists from Pottery Barn catalogs, and begging my parents for tone-on-tone vertical stripes to replace the plain white walls of my childhood bedroom. Today I have a tiny bedroom in a three-person apartment and I have interior designed every square inch of it. If you love decorating, painting, and crafting, here are eleven books that will make you look at every room you occupy with inspired eyes. Decor not your thing? These books make fabulous gifts for your design-minded friends.


Domino: The Book of Decorating
by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, and Dara Caponigro

The editors of my all-time favorite interior design magazine, Domino, bring together inspiring rooms, how-to advice, and insider secrets in this indispensable style manual. They take readers room by room, tapping the best ideas from Domino magazine and culling insights from their own experiences.

Domino: The Book of Decorating
Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, and Dara Caponigro

The editors of my all-time favorite interior design magazine, Domino, bring together inspiring rooms, how-to advice, and insider secrets in this indispensable style manual. They take readers room by room, tapping the best ideas from Domino magazine and culling insights from their own experiences.

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Elements of Style
by Erin Gates

From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog Elements of Style, this full-color, fully illustrated book is packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style.

Elements of Style
Erin Gates

From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog Elements of Style, this full-color, fully illustrated book is packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style.

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Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget
by Clinton Kelly

Best known for cohosting the popular makeover TV show What Not to Wear, Clinton Kelly offers step-by-step instructions for creating gorgeous pieces fit for any skill level or budget. Bonus: the book also includes tips on fashion and some recipes.

Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget
Clinton Kelly

Best known for cohosting the popular makeover TV show What Not to Wear, Clinton Kelly offers step-by-step instructions for creating gorgeous pieces fit for any skill level or budget. Bonus: the book also includes tips on fashion and some recipes.

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P.S.-You're Invited . . .
by Erica Domesek

Erica Domesek, founder of the DIY lifestyle brand P.S.—I Made This... shares more than forty awe-inspiring DIY projects for accessories, decorative accents, and creative fashions that will give you cause for celebration.

P.S.-You're Invited . . .
Erica Domesek

Erica Domesek, founder of the DIY lifestyle brand P.S.—I Made This... shares more than forty awe-inspiring DIY projects for accessories, decorative accents, and creative fashions that will give you cause for celebration.

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Furniture Makeovers
by Barb Blair

Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces with 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more.

Furniture Makeovers
Barb Blair

Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces with 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more.

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A Colorful Home
by Susan Hable

Brimming with luscious photography, A Colorful Home reveals how to create dynamic color palettes and bring them to life in rooms composed with meaning.

A Colorful Home
Susan Hable

Brimming with luscious photography, A Colorful Home reveals how to create dynamic color palettes and bring them to life in rooms composed with meaning.

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Happy Home
by Jennifer Paganelli

In this gorgeous collection, textile designer Jennifer Paganelli shows you how to accessorize your home. Featuring simple step-by-step instructions, a comprehensive glossary of techniques, pattern sheets tucked into a handy front pocket, and lush color photos, this book makes it exceptionally easy to pretty up every room in the house.

Happy Home
Jennifer Paganelli

In this gorgeous collection, textile designer Jennifer Paganelli shows you how to accessorize your home. Featuring simple step-by-step instructions, a comprehensive glossary of techniques, pattern sheets tucked into a handy front pocket, and lush color photos, this book makes it exceptionally easy to pretty up every room in the house.

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Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home
by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban

The cofounder and executive editor of the popular blog network Apartment Therapy team up to create a comprehensive home book, featuring every aspect of design and decorating from floor plans to paint.

Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home
Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban

The cofounder and executive editor of the popular blog network Apartment Therapy team up to create a comprehensive home book, featuring every aspect of design and decorating from floor plans to paint.

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Novel Interiors
by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

For those who have ever lost themselves in the stylish worlds of novels like Sense and Sensibility, The Age of Innocence, and Wuthering Heights, this photo-driven design book takes inspiration from interiors in great works of literature.

Novel Interiors
Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

For those who have ever lost themselves in the stylish worlds of novels like Sense and Sensibility, The Age of Innocence, and Wuthering Heights, this photo-driven design book takes inspiration from interiors in great works of literature.

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A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home
by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Step inside the world of Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the decor blog A Beautiful Mess. With tiny budgets and a crafty, can-do attitude, they overhaul each room in their first homes with DIY projects using family photos, vibrant fabrics, flea-market finds, and affordable furniture.

A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Step inside the world of Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the decor blog A Beautiful Mess. With tiny budgets and a crafty, can-do attitude, they overhaul each room in their first homes with DIY projects using family photos, vibrant fabrics, flea-market finds, and affordable furniture.

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Sarah Style
by Sarah Richardson

Featuring full-page design spreads with stunning attention to detail, Sarah Style, by design maven and HGTV star Sarah Richardson, offers unique ideas for transforming each room of your home—from the master bedroom to the powder room.

Sarah Style
Sarah Richardson

Featuring full-page design spreads with stunning attention to detail, Sarah Style, by design maven and HGTV star Sarah Richardson, offers unique ideas for transforming each room of your home—from the master bedroom to the powder room.

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