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Gift-giving feels like a noble challenge when shopping for the design enthusiast in your life. Their home is already impeccably decorated and filled with global objets d’ art, fanciful china sets and eye-catching art—so, what's left to gift them? Luckily, no matter how full their home libraries or coffee tables may be, there will always be room for a new book on interior design.
Hand-selected by VERANDA editors, these books cover a range of styles and eras, delivering valuable lessons on the principles of design. Our list includes new releases from decorating greats like Alexa Hampton and Laura Gonzalez as well as extensive surveys from historians Emily Evan Eerdmans and Michael Diaz-Griffith. There are even a couple of cult classics that we turn to time and time again.
Ahead, the design books VERANDA editors are gifting this year for the holidays. Happy reading!
A Year in the French Style: Interiors & Entertaining by Antoinette Poisson
In the newly released book, Vincent Farelly and Jean-Baptiste Martin, the imaginative team from Antoinette Poisson invites readers into their 18th-century townhouse on France's Atlantic coast. Farelly notes Maison Lescop, the house at the center of the book, inspired the duo to celebrate the joys of traditional French living and entertaining. Farlley says, "We found a treasure with this house. This discovery was exciting, and it truly was the beginning of this book."
Design Remix: A New Spin on Traditional Rooms
Corey Damen Jenkins's masterful book has remained at the top of our editors' reading lists since its debut in 2021. The brilliant tome showcases the designer's fresh and colorful take on traditional design while sharing Jenkins's advice on how to emulate the youthful look for yourself.
Mark Hampton On Decorating
Renowned designer Mark Hampton's illustrious guide became an instant classic among decorators and enthusiasts from the moment it was released in 1989. Through a collection of essays, Hampton humorously offers advice on how to achieve the relaxed traditional style.
Alexa Hampton: Design, Style, and Influence
Interior designer Alexa Hampton reflects on her impressive professional career in her most recent book. The memoir showcases Hampton's decorative evolution while acknowledging the influential figures who impacted her journey.
The House in Good Taste: Design Advice from America's First Interior Decorator (Dover Architecture)
What better way to spoil your favorite design lover than gifting them advice from America's first interior decorator? The lessons presented in Elsie de Wolfe's groundbreaking book are as valuable today as they were over 100 years ago when it was first published.
VERANDA Simply Chic: Modern Interior Design
The latest book from VERANDA, written by Stephanie Hunt, celebrates international design that marries easy elegance with modern livability. This stunning tome invites readers to explore 30 exceptionally stylish homes around the globe.
Home: The Residential Architecture of D. Stanley Dixon
A must-read for lovers of architecture, this debut volume from Stan Dixon illustrates how elements of classical and modern design can live harmoniously together. Readers get exclusive tours of 13 architecture projects, all of which vary geographically and stylistically.
Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years
This comprehensive primer by Jennifer Boles makes a darling gift for those just getting into design. The book takes a look at 100 different interior designers who have all impacted contemporary design, offering exclusive photographs of their most-applauded projects.
The New Antiquarians: At Home with Young Collectors
Antiques have never been hotter—and Michael Diaz-Griffith's dazzling debut proves it. This book examines how today's new generation of antique connoisseurs integrate historical items into their modern interiors, creating a youthful blend of the past and present.
Laura Gonzalez: Interiors
Architect and designer Laura Gonzalez's Parisian mix-and-match design style is rich in color and pattern—and beautifully depicted in her debut book. Readers get private access to Gonzalez's most notable projects including her own charming French country home and Paris’s Saint James hotel.
Mario Buatta: Anatomy of a Decorator
Emily Evan Eerdmans's tribute to the Prince of Chintz does not only delve into Mario Buatta's formidable career but also his early upbringing and journey into design. You'll get a peek inside the visual mind of one of America’s most famous interior decorators.
Ralph Lauren A Way of Living: Home, Design, Inspiration
This intimate book explores couturier Ralph Lauren's profound impact on the interior design and lifestyle industries. Learn how Lauren effortlessly interweaves fashion and home decor by looking inside his residences and gaining insight into his brand's thoughtful home collection.
Veranda At Home in the South: Interior Design Reimagined
Delve into the variety of decorating styles from the South in this volume from VERANDA. This invaluable collection invites readers to experience 27 modern Southern homes that all celebrate the comfort and joy of being "at home."
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