Looking at my stacks of decorating books recently got me to wondering: which are my absolute favorites? If I could only choose five, which ones would they be? So here is a list of my Top Five Favorite Decorating Books.
1. At Home with Carolyne Roehm. For anyone who loves dishes and setting tables as much as I do, this is an absolute must. It is organized according to season, with wonderful tables set for all sorts of occasions in each season. The glassware and silver are beautiful, the flowers are gorgeous, and the dishes are to-die-for. This is porn for dish-a-holics.
2. Nell Hill's Style at Home, by Mary Carol Garrity. This is all about the accessories, and boy does she have some great ones. Garrity is the owner of Nell Hill's, a home furnishings store in Kansas, which is a mecca for many decorating enthusiasts. She is also a master of the vignette. Her tabletops are always whimsical, interesting, well-thought-out, and just plain beautiful. For someone who shops the thrift stores as much as I do, this is a must-read.
3. Charles Faudree's French Country Signature. All of my favorite things -- dishes, needlepoint, tole, old prints -- are layered with beautiful antiques and fabulous fabrics to create comfortable, warm and approachable rooms. And just look at that cover photo -- RED! Learn to layer fabrics and accessories from Faudree -- he is the undisputed master.
4. Inspirational Interiors by Roger Banks-Pye. Of Colefax and Fowler fame, Roger Banks-Pye was one of the premiere English interior designers of the twentieth century. His interiors are filled with wonderful antiques, painted furniture, and quintessential English fabrics, and layered with beautiful accessories. If you love a room that looks as though it has evolved over time, this is the book for you.
5. An Affair with a House by Bunny Williams. I've written a post about this book in the past, and it has got to be my all-time favorite decorating book. It is the story of Williams' love affair with her 18th century New England house. A total feast for the eyes, and also a very inspirational volume, it is filled to the brim with gorgeous photos of Williams' house, gardens, outbuildings and guest house. I could get totally lost for hours in this book, and very often I do. It is my decorating bible.
Well, I had a lot of fun browsing through all my books to choose my favorites. Do you have a decorating book you return to again and again for inspiration? I'd love to hear about it!
I know that brand new decorating books can be very expensive. You might want to try and find any of these books secondhand here.