Jumpstart January with the Best Home Design Books

Grace Bonney creator of mega-home design blog Design*Sponge says it best "You don't have to live in a big city and you don't have to have a huge budget. Inspiration is everywhere.

With that in mind we've curated some of our most-loved and most-used decor and design books to jump start your January. If you're longing for a new look in your apartment these books are a great inspiration resource.

Sure there's Pinterest powerhouse websites like Houzz Apartment Therapy and lovely online magazines like Rue and Lonny - but there's something masterful about a book. Having pages to flip and place sticky notes on or something at hand you can always reference. And it doesn’t hurt that these books are really pretty.

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Plus you can always get more content - including an awesome list of things to do in Gainesville FL - anytime on their website at Design*Sponge.

Domino: The Book of Decorating

This stylish magazine closed it’s door years ago but the best of their best lives on in this stunning guide to home decorating and projects.

Good for:


This book doesn’t say “purchase this picture frame/nightstand/bookscase here” but it gives you visual cues that you can you can mimic at your favorite retailers.

The Nest Home Design Handbook

Sister website to TheKnot.com TheNest.com's book The Nest Home Design Handbook acts like more of a 'first home decor manual' as opposed to their website - which is filled with a long list lifestyle categories: money real estate cooking relationships pets etc.

This useful stunner includes:


Be warned many of the photos in this book have a strong contemporary modern minimal style - so if this isn’t you and you need more variety this may not be the way to go. But the measurement tips questionnaires and style check lists are universal.

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