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Fine Print: The 15 Best Design Books of 2015

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.

Best Design Books 2015 Eddie Ross Mix

Eddie Ross Modern Mix

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney

Best Design Books 2015 Greg Natale The Tailored Interior

 The Tailored Interior Greg Natale

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The Kinfolk Home

Best Design Books 2015 Retreat The Modern House In Nature

Retreat: The Modern House In Nature by Ron Broadhurst

Best Design Books 2015 Gardens At First Light By Stacy Bass

Gardens At First Light by Stacy Bass

Best Design Books 2015 India Hicks Island Style

India Hicks Island Style

Best Design Books 2015 Abigail Ahearn Color

Abigail Ahern Color: Transform Your Home

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors

Best Design Books 2015 Carrier & Company

Emily Henderson Styled

Best Design Books 2015 Casa Bohemia

Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
by Linda Leigh Paul and Ricardo Vidargas

Best Design Books 2015 Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber American Master

Best Design Books 2015 Palm Springs Modern Living

Palm Springs Modern Living by James Schnept

Best Design Books 2015 Beekman 1802 Style

Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites

Best Design Books 2015 Tricia Foley

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.

Styling Your Bookshelf With Design Books And Art

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Montage: 47 Bedrooms with Upholstered Headboards

As I’m wrapping up the details on Meredith and Daniel’s apartment, I’m also sorting through my overabundance of images in iPhoto. In the mass cleanup are a multitude of upholstered beds. If you recall, the design process started with the master bedroom, because Meredith had a specific look in mind. Said look revolved around a great upholstered bed. We opted for a silhouette with gentle curves, white canvas upholstery, and nickel nail heads. As you can see from these rooms, there are so many different variations on shape, pattern, color, and detailing. Tomorrow I’ll round up specific styles for you to shop.

Anthony Baratta

Tom Scheerer

Susie Sarlo – Beau Monde Interior Design

Katie Leede – Digs by Katie

Amy Lau Design

Photographer Eric Roth

M. Design

Jen Ramos’ bedroom – Made By Girl

Martha Stewart Living

Fawn GalliDomino Magazine

Elle Decor 

VT Wonen

Serena & Lily

Lonny Magazine

 Cole & Son ‘Palm Leaves’ wallpaper
via House of Turquoise

Living Etc.

Frank Roop – Photographer Eric Roth

Palmer Weiss – TRADhome

via All Things Thrifty

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Photographer Toby Scott

Piet Boon

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Vanessa de Vargas – Lonny Magazine

Lotus Bleu Design

Mary McDonald – Domino Magazine

Photographer Carolyn Barber – House to Home

Celerie Kemble Interiors

Fawn Galli

Jonathan BergerHouse Beautiful

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Burnham Design

Greg Natale

Delphine Krakoff – Pamplemousse Design

VT Wonen

White Webb

Firmdale Hotel

Elle Decoration Norway

Photographer Brian Park

HGTV

Canadian House & Home

Photographer Carolyn Barber – House to Home

Atlanta Homes Magazine

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Annie SelkeHouse Beautiful

Kevin Hart Interiors

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Montage: 54 Living Rooms with Gray Sofas

Why gray sofas? First, I apologize for missing two days of blogging. I took a quick day trip to Connecticut to visit a friend. A friend who has so much faith in my taste that she has hired me to decorate her gorgeous new apartment in New York City. You didn’t realize that I’m an interior designer? I’m not! This very loyal friend is confident that through my writing and research, experience overseeing the building and renovations of my own places, and years of absorbing interior images, that I can do this. Or rather, we can do this. It’s definitely a collaboration. And really fun.

I’ll mainly be choosing furnishings. The project doesn’t involve any construction, kitchens, or bathrooms. The apartment is brand new and will be delivered finished and pristine. We  will pick paint colors, wallpaper, rugs, furniture, and light fixtures (perhaps from Visual Comfort lighting.The budget is similar to what I would spend if it were my own home, which makes it a lot easier. I’m nervous, but excited.

We’ve decided to go with a gray sofa in her living room. We’re thinking about a serene white and gray scheme, or white and gray with green accents. The dining room is in the same space, so we can play with that too. I’m sure I’ll be treating you to a lot of posts inspired by our deliberations and eventual decisions.

If you’re shopping for a gray sofa, definitely click over to my shopping posts Get the Look: 22 Modern Gray Sofas and Get the Look: 60 Modern Grey Sofas, both of which were updated Spring 2015.

Vita Designs

House to Home

Photographer David Duncan Livingston

Marcelo Lucini’s Buenos Aires apartment

Steven Gambrel  •  Elle Decor

Greg Natale

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Katie Ridder

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Andrew Flesher Interiors

Burley Katon Halliday  •  Elle Decor

Photographer Francesca Mantovani

Light Locations

Home of Joanna Berryman of Matrushka

Katie Lydon

Anthony Baratta

Dwell Studio

Home of stylist/photographer Elisabeth Dunker  •  Design Sponge

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Shopping Break

Rest Sofa by Muuto

Steven Gambrel  •  Elle Decor

Burnham Design

Emily Summers

Courtney Cox’s Malibu home •  Trip Haenisch  •  Elle Decor

Axel Vervoordt

Jonathan Adler

 Ix Design

Turner Davis Interiors – Elle Decor

reader’s home – Cote de Texas

 via little green notebook

Photographer Manolo Yllera

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Sally Wheat Interiors

bloggers own sofa (IKEA)  •  Pretty Petals blog

Sally Wheat Interiors

Petrie Sofa  •  Crate & Barrel

Ashe + Leandro

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Daniel M. Pafford

Francisco Costa’s NYC apartment

Greg Natale

 Emily Robinson of the Dixie Chicks  •  Metropolitan Home
Architects Jim Poteet & Patrick Ousey  •  Interior designer Joel Mozersky

Emily Summers

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Sally Wheat Interiors

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Burnham Design

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Montage: 47 Coffee/Cocktail Tables

Now that our living room is habitable again (aside from the two extra dining tables taking up half the space), I’ve decided to try out the Heywood-Wakefield coffee table with revolving top that we salvaged from my husband’s grandparents house. I had initially been thinking of an airy brass and glass piece, to work with the pair of atomic ball and brass-plated  vintage lamps from eBay and yet to be chosen future chandelier, but this one looks pretty good.

It works nicely with our Petrie sofa, which has similar lines to the original 1960s pieces his grandparents used to furnish the house. (Too bad our sofa is uncomfortable. Actually, it’s fine for cocktails, but not conducive to lying around with a laptop. Which do you think I spend more time doing?

Here are 49 living rooms with various styles of coffee table (or cocktail table, I guess the term is interchangeable). If you’re working on figuring out what type of design will work for you, these images will provide some ideas.

Jamie Bush & Co.
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Christina Yorkston, CY Design
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Rue Magazine
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Aerin Lauder’s Aspen house by Daniel Romualdez in Vogue
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Aqua Vitae Design
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Jonathan Adler
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Philip Gorrivan Design
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Shelton, Mindel, & Associates
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Shelton, Mindel, & Associates
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Tricia Guild
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Angie Hranowsky Design Studio
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Photographer Simon Watson
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Photographer John Coolidge
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Katie Lydon
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Fernlund + Logan Architects
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Photographer Simon Watson
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Muriel Brandolini
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Vita Designs
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Turnbull, Griffin, Haesloop Architects
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Dave Coote Interiors
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Photographer Jon Jensen
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Jonathan Adler
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Muriel Brandolini
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via The Glamourai
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Greg Natale   |   Aerin Lauder’s NYC apartment in Elle Decor
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Amanda Nisbet Design   |   via Lilac Silhouette
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John Loecke   |    Matt Eastwood
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unidentified   |   Photographer Hoetze Eisma
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Greg Natale   |    unidentified
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Vanessa Bruno’s apartment   |    Photographer Trevor Tondro
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Tommy Hilfiger’s apartment    |    Shelton, Mindel, & Associates

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Get the Look: Patterned Rugs

Here’s an assortment of amazing rugs in a wide range of price points. Some you’ve surely seen before, but I love them so much that I couldn’t leave them out. I recently purchased one of these rugs for our playroom-turning-family room. It has lots of colors, the pattern is more geometric than free form, and it’s not expensive. Anyone wanna guess? (There’s a clue in the Montage: Patterned Rugs post.) Also, look for a couple of designs for which you see the original and it’s much lower priced knock-off. (Hint: They’re both stripey.)

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Shopping Guide

Colorslick Rug by Emma Gardner Design
Fresca Rug With Deer, $90-$1,225 at Burke Decor*
Carnaby Swirl Rug, $320- $2,360 at Company C
Ringo Rug, $199-$899 at Crate & Barrel
Gandia Blasco Books Rug, $2450 at Velocity Art & Design
Mums and Asters by Kim Parker from The Rug Company
Delphinium Rug by Emma Gardner Design
Gandia Blasco Big Green Rug, $1,280-$2,450 at Velocity Art & Design
Vibe Rug, on sale for $98 at Chiasso
Dashes Multi Rug, $49.95-$899 at Crate & Barrel
Greg Natale New Regency Corfu Rug at Designer Rugs
Faroh Rug in Blue & Brown Hues, $90-$1,225 at Burke Decor*
Cream and Clay Muna by Madeline Weinrib
Bias by Bernabei Freeman at Designer Rugs
Linear Rug, $99-$749 at West Elm
Vixen Voyage Chinoiserie Rug at Designer Rugs
Stick Leaf Carolina Fleece Rug, $24.99-$129.99 at Target
Midtown Rug, $299-$599 at CB2
Ming Rug in Ultramarine, on sale for $1,860 at Company C
Crossroads Rug, $109.99-$2,284.99 at Target
Nani Marquina Cuks Rug, $3,200 at Design Within Reach
Angela Adams Betty Honey, $314-$1574 at Velocity Art & Design
Paul Smith Swirl Rug from The Rug Company
DwellStudio for Target Garden Pattern Rug, $139.99 at Target
Peacock Dark Rug by Matthew Williamson from The Rug Company
Feather Lash Rug by Twinkle Living, $1764 at Design Public
Mulberry Megan Tibetan Rug by Madeline Weinrib
Turquoise Mandala Rug by Madeline Weinrib
Angela Adams Spike Pool Rug, $314-$1,574 at Velocity Art & Design
DwellStudio Home Dots Rug, $660 at Design Public
Sellarsbrook Yellow Rug by by Suzanne Sharp from The Rug Company
Starflower Blue Rug by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby from The Rug Company
Sycamore Rug by Marni from The Rug Company
Seeds Runner by Judy Ross, $900 at 2Modern
Feather Pattern Rug by Thomas Paul, $270-$1,464 at Burke Decor*
Wire Rug, $299-$599 at CB2
Smarties Rug, $550-$3,850 at PlushPod
April Blooms, $210-$1,325 at Company C
Pitter Patter Monet Rug by The Rug Company
Metallic Botanical Rug, $109-$799 at West Elm
Zigzag Rug, $39- $649 at West Elm
Coral Dhurrie by Thomas Paul , $150-$814 at Design Public
Flower Grey Rug by Moroso Sardinia, $9,908 at Velocity Art & Design
Amoeba Squared Rug by Emma Gardner Design
Briza Rug, $249-$999 at Crate & Barrel
Do-Lo-Rez Rug by Nani Marquina, $30024 at Plushpod
Ikat Pile Rug, $349 at CB2
Fire Island Rug by Emma Gardner Design
Medici Rug, on sale for $1,950 at Company C
Pebbles Rug, on sale for $198-$398 at Chiasso
Turquoise and Back Orleans Rug by Madeline Weinrib
Zumi Ivory Rug, $199-$599 at Crate & Barrel
Organic Waves Rug, $79.99-$139.99 at Target
Istanbul Rug by Emma Gardner Design

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