Although I hesitate to bring most forms of paper into my home—brochures, receipts, bills, press releases, invitations, business cards— I still love books. Especially glossy design books. I don’t leaf through them nearly enough, but I appreciate being surrounded by them. Our living room in Boston, like many traditional Back Bay condos, has double built-in bookshelves flanking the fireplace, trimmed in traditional molding and calling out for impressive tomes.
I used to save decor magazines, which filled the top shelves nicely, but with the advent of Pinterest et al, tear sheets are just clutter. Besides, I now have enough coffee table books and small artworks to fill in all 16 shelves stylishly. Thanks to Rizzoli, who sends me all the best books, and the other publishers who send along design titles as well. I looked at all of them, and these are my favorite 15 design books of 2015.
Eddie Ross Modern Mix
The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney
The Tailored Interior Greg Natale
The Kinfolk Home
Retreat: The Modern House In Nature by Ron Broadhurst
Gardens At First Light by Stacy Bass
India Hicks Island Style
Abigail Ahern Color: Transform Your Home
Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors
Emily Henderson Styled
Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
by Linda Leigh Paul and Ricardo Vidargas
Jeffrey Bilhuber American Master
Palm Springs Modern Living by James Schnept
Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites
Tricia Foley Life | Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home
Here’s what one bookshelf looks like at the moment. Note the back issues of Architectural Digest on the upper left shelf.
The new Eddie Ross Modern Mix design book by Eddie Ross with Jaithan Kochar (Gibbs Smith, October 2015) is a design book to put on your holiday list to give and to get. From the appealing, vibrant cover, all the way through from beginning to end, the photos and tips kept me engrossed, flipping back and forth to re-study the images.
Eddie Ross is the East Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens and a former editor at House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and Food Network. He’s also a trained chef. Mostly though, he’s a self-proclaimed hoarder of beautiful things. I love minimalism but I am absolutely wooed by Ross’s collections of tabletop and home furnishings, but more than that I’m smitten with the way he puts them together.
In addition to all the objets, we see Eddie Ross in action, thrifting and styling. There are tips running throughout this design book too. Some go beyond the usual advice (get to estate sales early) to tricks for restoring ceramics and such. I am a design book hoarder, true, but this one I love. It’s staying on my coffee table so I can leaf through.
I may actually have a please-be-my-friend crush on Eddie Ross. I follow him on Instagram (@eddieross) and he seems like a fun and happy guy. He is making his way through the country on his book tour, and will be in Boston this Thursday, October 15th at Hudson in the South End 6:30-8:30.