If you’re a design lover, chances are your shelves always have room for another book. Lucky for us, each season brings a fresh set of inspirational tomes from designers, stylists, and historians, giving us eye candy—and design advice—aplenty. Read on for the ones we’re buying now. Many seem to prefer interior design books as a form of artwork – if the cover matches the décor, it goes on the coffee table to collect dust. Here, we highlight some of the best interior design books that go beyond the surface-level Pinterest tutorials and get down to the principles of how to design the spaces in your home. CovetED brings you all about this incredible book by Kim Legget, are you ready?
From celebrated design expert and interior designer Athena Calderone, a look into how creatives decorate their spaces
For 14 months, Athena Calderone ping-ponged between coasts East and West, and further off to Copenhagen and Lyon, with photographer Nicole Franzen in tow to shoot a collection of tastemaking homes for her latest book, Live Beautiful. By the end of it, she was left with design-magazine-cover-worthy interior photography, but also, a selection of images of her standing in, of all places, a bathroom shower with the various homeowners.
Beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences.
With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She then breaks down the details of the rooms—like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes—and offers helpful tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that’s thoughtfully put together.
Calderone is part of the rare breed of influencer (her Instagram account @EyeSwoon has garnered over 270,000 followers, with even more visits to her website of the same name) whose appeal transcends the blogger-sphere. In 2017, she was able to reverse engineer her brand from digital to print with her first publication, a book of recipes named Cook Beautiful, which was by every measure a success. “I wanted something that had this level of permanence to it,” she says.
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