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THE GUIDE COLLECTION: 10 Design Books to Maximize Your Living Spaces and Project Vision

Now more than ever, your choices for home furnishings and interior design advice are ENDLESS. With all the noise, how can you know who to really trust as your go-to source?


To help, we have a shortlist of well-appointed design books from industry experts for you! With the upcoming October Amazon Prime Big Deal Days on October 10th and 11th in just four days, don't delay heading over to check these out! (no library pun intended)


You may especially be drawn to NUMBER 7: Live Comfortably Now, which explores how to maximize your home given the high cost of moving or relocating!


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1 | MADE FOR LIVING by Amber Lewis



"Known for her eclectic approach that stems from her California cool, Amber Lewis trains your eye in Made for Living, offering friendly advice on everything from nailing that perfect shade of paint to mismatching patterns with wild abandon to choosing a stone finish for new countertops."






2 | FEELS LIKE HOME by Lauren Leiss


"The book includes practical design information, with never-before-seen case studies on a variety of homes including a farmhouse, a home in the woods, a Spanish colonial, and other more traditional homes. Each case study explores a hardworking design aspect (such as proportion, scale, and color), while also focusing on the emotional aspect of the home. The chapters are inspired by the following themes: comfort, calm, excitement, belonging, carefree, love, and contentment."






top design books to add to your home library
Top design books you must add to your library

3 | MAKE LIFE BEAUTIFUL by Syd & Shea McGee


"In Make Life Beautiful, Syd and Shea inspire you on how to build an authentic life by applying design principles such as:

  • Embrace the process

  • Get to the next level

  • Find balance

  • Elevate the everyday"











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4 | OWN YOUR SPACE: ATTAINABLE ROOM-BY-ROOM DECORATING TIPS FOR RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS by Alexandra Gater


"Through her online home decorating series, she has taught millions how to transform their spaces into the homes of their dreams. Whether struggling with the limits of living in a rental or living in a new home—how can you make that outdated backsplash work for you?—Alexandra has the answer. In Own Your Space, she offers tips and tricks covering everything from making your home smell better to essential kitchen utensils."






5 | THE ALLURE OF CHARLESTON: HOUSES, ROOMS, & GARDENS by Susan Sully


"Exploring the question of what makes Charleston so distinct, Sully demonstrates why the language of its architecture, interior design, and gardens is so versatile and enduring. Examples of Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival architecture and of rooms containing an array of English, European, and American decorative details convey the complex harmony that characterizes the city’s houses."






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6 | CREATE YOUR DREAM HOME ON A BUDGET: PRACTICAL ADVICE, INSPIRATION, AND PROJECTS by Daniel Jett & Noell Jett


"You'll learn how to add functionality, beauty, and charm to each room of your home--including ideas for outdoor spaces--whether you're renovating or building from the ground up! In Create Your Dream Home on a Budget, the Jetts provide:

  • Steps to modernize your home without a major renovation

  • DIY expertise for laying tile

  • Tips to install your own closet system to stay organized

  • Instructions to add or replace new features such as lighting fixtures

  • And so much more!



7 | LIVE COMFORTABLY NOW: CREATING A STYLISH AND FLEXIBLE HOME by Rebecca Winward


"Living Comfortably Now is an inspiring guide to making the most of every square inch of your available space and explores multiple ways to make your home, no matter its size, work harder for you. When the housing market takes a dip and borrowing becomes more expensive, fewer of us move as we just can’t afford it.









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8 | HEIRLOOM ROOMS: SOULFUL STORIES OF HOME by Erin Napier


"With essays that evoke her Southern home, photos of the beautifully imperfect, lived-in spaces of her family and friends, and prompts for us to document our own homemade memories, Heirloom Rooms feels like walking through the front door of the collected and loved-in houses Erin and Ben are known for revitalizing in HGTV’s #1 hit series, Home Town."








9 | BEAUTIFULLY ORGANIZED: A GUIDE TO FUNCTION AND STYLE IN YOUR HOME by Nikki Boyd


"Transform your home into a space that’s decluttered and calming for your whole family. In this book, Nikki Boyd shows you how to transform your space and enhance your life at home.


  • Learn the 5 simple steps to transform every room in your home

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere for family and friends

  • Interior design inspiration with gorgeous, inspirational photography on every page




10 | HOMEBODY: A GUIDE TO CREATING SPACES YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE by Joanna Gaines


"Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A removable design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in Homebody will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create inviting spaces in your own home."








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Live Thoughtfully, Beautifully, & Well!

~ Robyn


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