Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

Books in the decorative arts genre are about manufacturing and designing the crafts for decoration of the interiors, exteriors of the buildings, including furniture, architects, metalware, glassware, jewelry, textile, clothing, etc. In addition, these books include the history of decorative arts and photographs of famous decorative craft pieces. This form of art does not belong to fine arts such as paintings, drawing, or sculpting. Mostly, the skilled workers used to make these crafts in the past. This genre also delivers info about famous textile weavers, furniture designers, craving masters, and painters. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Decorative Arts.

1. Amazing Patterns: Adult Coloring Book, Stress Relieving Mandala Style Patterns

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

For more information on this book, visit our author profile on Amazon. Relaxing adult coloring book with hand-drawn mandala style patterns. Fantastic and relaxing patterns will allow you to break away from the chaos of everyday life and plunge into the land of peace and relaxation. Originality. All drawings are hand drawn. Individual patterns are always created with passion. This guarantees the uniqueness and originality of the performance. Quality 50 different models, finished with attention to every detail, guarantee high-quality workmanship. Diversity Every project is different. Which guarantees fantastic and creative play with colors. Single-sided pages Each image is placed on its own page. Relax Coloring amazing patterns is a great way to get away from any problems and enter the world of colors. Creativity Creating the world with your own colors creates a sense of independence and fosters creativity, improves self-esteem and builds confidence. A great gift This coloring book is a great gift for anyone who needs a moment of peace and relaxation. Specifications: Premium Soft Cover Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches 50 individual projects.

  • Author: Coloring Book Kim
  • Publisher: Independently published (September 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Antiques & Collectibles
  • ISBN: 979-8682830084
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.23 x 11 inches


2. Live Beautiful

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

From celebrated design expert and interior designer Athena Calderone, a look into how creatives decorate their spaces   Beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. In Live Beautiful , the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences.   With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She then breaks down the details of the rooms—like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes—and offers helpful tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that’s thoughtfully put together.

  • Author: Athena Calderone
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (March 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1419742804
  • Dimensions: 9.35 x 1.2 x 11.35 inches


3. This is Home: The Art of Simple Living

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

This is Home is a back-to-basics guide on how to create authentic wholehearted interiors. It's about living simply – finding the essence of what makes you happy at home and creating spaces that reflect your needs and style. Filled with clever ideas and creative spaces it shows that you don't need a huge budget to create a beautiful home. This is Home provides examples and case studies of places with a global and timeless feel that haven't always been renovated in the traditional sense but are true homes. Featuring 16 case studies from Australia, the US and Europe, and nearly 200 color photographs, This is Home will inspire you with beautiful, authentic places you want to be – today. Content includes: • How to determine your decorating personality, and what's authentic for you. • Learning to let go of the past and create a home for the person you are today, with a focus on decision-making and the art of editing. • How to work out a budget for your time and money using your values as a guide. Where you can spend and save when it comes to creating lasting interiors. • How to think creatively, not expensively, when it comes to making changes at home. Going beyond the usual suspects can help you to create a home that's distinctively yours. • How to create balance within a room while reflecting your decorating style – successful spaces are all about addition and subtraction, positive and negative. • How to introduce decorative elements that make for authentic interiors that make you feel, and have an emotional connection. • Key ideas to consider when creating your place in relation to its environment – from the surrounding landscape to local community. • Ways to evolve what's important for you and keep focused on your aesthetic and lifestyle. • How to keep your home fresh without exhausting or expensive overhauls. • How our homes can function as a place to rest our bodies, rejoice in our relationships and restore our values.

  • Author: Natalie Walton
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant; Illustrated edition (April 17, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1743793459
  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 1.25 x 11.5 inches


4. Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

An elevated yet accessible follow-up to Lauren Liess’s Habitat, showcasing her signature easy-living lifestyle  Down to Earth picks up right where Lauren Liess’s critically acclaimed Habitat left off. While Habitat walked readers through the decorating process step-by-step, Liess’s latest title takes a step beyond the basics and invites readers to incorporate the main components of her familiar design aesthetic: nature, easy living, and approachability. With evocative photos and substantive design advice, Down to Earth focuses on creating a lifestyle that inspires creativity and functionality.  Throughout the book, Liess shows readers how to incorporate six guiding principles in six unique homes: a new farmhouse, a classic American historical home, a lakeside contemporary house, a modern villa, a turn- of-the-century American Foursquare, and a cedar and glass house on a bluff. While each home has a different architectural style, fingerprints of Liess’s down-to-earth style are evident throughout.

  • Author: Lauren Liess
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 8, 2019)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1419738197
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.15 x 10.3 inches


5. 2021 Christmas with Southern Living: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking & Decorating

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

From the editors at Southern Living , warm and welcoming holiday recipes and creative ideas for decorating, entertaining, and handmade gifts Discover fun and creative new ways to decorate, entertain, and handcraft gifts for the holidays. Sparkling menus and easy décor ideas, along with more than 100 brand-new recipes from the professionals of the South's most trusted kitchen, make entertaining a breeze for celebrations of all sizes. Inside, the editors of Southern Living  reveal their favorite cooking tips and make-ahead secrets that take the pressure off hosting and put the focus on family and friends. There is also a special gifts-from-the-kitchen section with recipes for treats to wrap and share. More than 200 photographs show off dazzling holiday decorations and table settings to try, plus inspired designs for holiday wreaths, trees, centerpieces, and mantel arrangements.  Christmas with Southern Living is the go-to resource for everything you need to make your holiday bright.

  • Author: Editors of Southern Living
  • Publisher: Abrams (September 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1419757976
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches


6. Whiskey in a Teacup

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

Academy award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the Southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said a combination of beauty and strength made Southern women “whiskey in a teacup”. We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside, we’re strong and fiery. Reese’s Southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of Southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids - not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in this audiobook, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite Southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks. It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a Southern side to every place in the world, right?   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Reese Witherspoon
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design, Decorating & Design, Decorating


7. Nancy Braithwaite: Simplicity

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

Interior designer Nancy Braithwaite’s long-awaited first book is a striking tutorial in the power of simplicity in design. In the world of interior design, Nancy Braithwaite is known for her single-minded devotion to the principle that has guided her work for more than forty years: simplicity. Braithwaite’s work is luxuriously minimalist, its beauty inextricably tied to its Shaker-like purity. While her work varies from art deco to country, the underlying rules remain the same: every element should strive to be simple and powerful without compromise, and every room must have a level of power that comes from commanding scale, repetition of elements, subtleties of color, or the sheer beauty of forms. In Braithwaite’s world, excess is not opulent. Simplicity is opulent. Braithwaite takes the reader deep into her singular vision. Divided into five sections, the book begins with her manifesto on simplicity and the aspects of design used to achieve it, including architecture, scale, color, texture, pattern, and composition. She then presents three categories of style—country, classic, and contemporary—and explains and illustrates each with iconic rooms from her portfolio. Finally, she presents several houses as case studies, displaying the power of these principles in action and emphasizing the importance of craftsmanship in design, from a stunning modern seaside retreat on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, to her unforgettable country house in Atlanta.

  • Author: Nancy Braithwaite
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Illustrated edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0847843619
  • Dimensions: 9.84 x 1.22 x 13.06 inches


8. Dragons & Pagodas: A Celebration of Chinoiserie

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

A gorgeously illustrated survey of chinoiserie from the 18th century to today   Chinoiserie is a term for Western art and design inspired by a largely invented vision of China. Marco Polo’s sensational account of his visit to the exotic East in the 13th century sparked a fascination with China that reached a fever pitch in the 18th century and continues to this day. Art historian and artist Aldous Bertram has long been captivated by chinoiserie. Dragons & Pagodas is organized by theme, including porcelain, color and pattern, flora, fauna, and architecture. Each chapter is bursting with images ranging from grand European summer palaces and whimsical pagoda follies to charming details of screens, porcelain figurines, and ornate plasterwork. Complete with Bertram’s own chinoiserie-inspired watercolors and collages, Dragons & Pagodas is an irresistible confection and an example of chinoiserie in its own right. -Cloth bound with edge stain

  • Author: Aldous Bertram
  • Publisher: Vendome Press (September 21, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0865653849
  • Dimensions: 9.25 x 12 inches


9. Style Comfort Home: How to Find Your Style and Decorate for Happiness and Ease

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

A family-friendly interior design book from design expert, dad, and funnyman Andrew Howard, perfect for everyone craving lively, easy-to-adopt design ideas that bring a breath of fresh air to home decor Andrew Howard knows that design books can be intimidating for the average homeowner, and he wants to change that. “Rooms that are  designed  with a capital D can seem out of reach,” says Andrew. “I think there has to be another way, a middle ground between DIY and high design. I want people to know there are things they can do right now to improve how they live, from placing the furniture in a way that is conducive to good conversation, to choosing the best paint colors, to finding art and accessories that make a house feel more like a home. These are all things that don’t have to cost a lot of money but can drastically change a space. There are so many easy, achievable, economical ways to make your home look great, and in this book I’m excited to share all I know about that with my readers.”

  • Author: Andrew Howard
  • Publisher: Abrams (September 21, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1419752766
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 0.75 x 10.75 inches


10. Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - October 2021

"Cabin porn goes coastal in Nina Freudenberger’s  Surf Shack" Vanity Fair , and here are bungalows, trailers, cabins, and beach homes where surfers retreat after a day on the waves. Peek inside the homes of longtime enthusiasts and dedicated newcomers that reflect not just a sport or passion, but also a way of life. Blake and Heather Mycoskie of TOMS, hotelier Sean MacPherson, Gypset author Julia Chaplin, and others have set up their spaces to embrace a casual ease and be the break between the waves. With vibrant photographs of design details and bright beaches—from Malibu to the Rockaways, from Japan to Australia—this book captures the soulful milieu of a lifestyle we all aspire to. "A colorful tour of some of the most unique surfer abodes around the world, from Melbourne to New York City." — Architectural Digest

  • Author: Nina Freudenberger
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (April 11, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0451496058
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 1.18 x 11.27 inches