Love decor books? Me too. What I really appreciate in an interior book is to see inside spaces that are highly creative and eccentric and that feel as if they have evolved naturally. It’s highly voyeuristic (in a non-creepy way, m’kay) and really inspiring to see how the people featured live and decorate in a way that is, ironically, undecorated by sheer virtue of the fact that they are layered and personalised and designed for living, rather than being showcases to perfect style. This is a fabulous selection of books for maximalists like me who live by the adage ‘more is more’.
Would You Like To See The House?: Unapologetic Interiors Filled With Verve, Colour, Oh And There’s A Door On The Ceiling by Lorraine Kirke
Lorraine Kirke is the super-stylish-with-rock-star-credentials mom of Jemima (Girls actress and artist), Lola (Mozart In The Jungle actor) and Domino (singer/songwriter). As a fashion stylist, vintage store owner and interior stylist as well as globe-trotting socialite she’s well placed to go inside the homes of her creative, kooky and bohemian clients and friends who are featured here. It’s 200 pages of boho-luxe-punk-eccentric interiors and it’s fabulous.
A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating The New Eclecticism by Claire Bingham
Eccentric spaces drenched in colour, prints, textures, objects and collectables abound in this ode to maximalism and putting that personal stamp on your interiors.
The Creative Cottage by Steve Gross and Susan Daley
Thirteen personality-packed American cottages, some quaint, some historic, belonging to artists and creatives. Inspiring, super-colourful and informative.
The Maverick Soul: Portraits Of The Lives & Homes Of Eccentric, Eclectic & Free-Spirited Bohemians by Miv Watts & Hugh Stewart
Take my word for it, this is a winner. Filled with gorgeous photographs taken in bohemian, eccentric and totally unique homes from France to England to the USA, you will be inspired.
It’s Beautiful Here by Megan Morton
Megan Morton is one of my most-admired and favourite Australian stylists and this book is literally hot off the presses, having been released just a few days ago. I have it on order and can’t wait. She is always drawn to homes that are shaped by the people who live there, so I expect to see inspiring, beautiful and quirky spaces of all shapes, sizes and styles.
The Creative Home: Inspiring Ideas For Beautiful Living by Geraldine James
If you’re looking for a bit more direction in personalising your space, showcasing your stuff and applying a relaxed but decorated look at home, then this is a great guide with beautiful pictures and expert advice. The book brings together Geraldine James’s ‘Creative’ series of books, and focuses on four zones: Cook and Eat / Relax and Socialise / Work and Create / and Sleep and Bathe. Plus a chapter on Storage and Display.
Bazaar Style: Decorating With Market and Vintage Finds by Selina Lake
Interiors and style expert Selina Lake has done gazillions of books and really knows her stuff. This one goes into real homes of people with a bohemian spirit who are all about mixing and matching colours, patterns and pieces from different eras and cultures along with vintage, junk store finds and heirlooms. Eclectic, lovely to look at and useful advice and tips.
Marrakesh By Design: Decorating With All The Colours, Patterns and Magic of Morocco by Maryam Montague
Say ‘Boho Chic’ and all roads point to Morocco. The colours, the patterns, the embroidered textiles, the decorative tiles, the beautiful objects and furniture, the architecture… This book inspires by taking the ‘building blocks’ of Moroccan style and showing how to bring these elements to life in your own spaces and homes. Swoon worthy.