Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - August 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 - August 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. Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life


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

From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog, Elements of Style , a full-color, fully illustrated book packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style. Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog. Organized by rooms in the house, Elements of Style invites readers into Erin’s own home as well as homes she has designed for clients. Fresh, modern, and colorful, it is brimming glamour and style as well as advice on practical matters from choosing kitchen counter materials to dressing a bed with pillows, picking a sofa, and decorating a nursery without cartoon characters. You’ll also find a charming foreword by Erin’s husband, Andrew, and an extensive Resource and Shopping Guide that provides an indispensable a roadmap for anyone embarking on their first serious home decorating adventure. With Erin’s help, you can finally make your house your home.

  • Author: Erin Gates
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (October 7, 2014)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1476744872
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 1 x 9.13 inches

                 

3. Live Beautiful


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - August 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

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - August 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. This is Home: The Art of Simple Living


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - August 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

                 



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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - August 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

                 

7. Whiskey in a Teacup


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Decorative Arts - August 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

                 

8. Jungalow: Decorate Wild: The Life and Style Guide


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

From Justina Blakeney, the ultimate guide to designing wildly creative interiors that are free-spirited, layered, and deeply personal Justina Blakeney’s new book is her biggest, boldest, and most beautiful volume yet, filled with irresistible style, original patterns, and artwork—lushly photographed by Dabito. In each chapter, Justina shares her distinctive point of view on everything design fans want to know—how to make bold choices with color and pattern, how to take cues from nature, how to authentically glean inspiration from their heritage and travels, how to break rules, and all the other paths to truly begin to decorate wild. Along the way, Justina also shares personal narratives, practical advice, and nuanced insight into how she lives in her own space—how she reconnects with nature, how she plays and stays inspired, how she gives herself permission to feel free and wild, and how readers can do the same. Jungalow is the term coined by Justina for the brand that embodies her wild, but cozy and homey, style. Copycats abound, but there is no other book like this one—offering Justina’s authentic, encouraging voice and approachable, signature style.

  • Author: Justina Blakeney
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1419747052
  • Dimensions: 9.55 x 1.25 x 11.3 inches

                 

9. Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating


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

Lauren Liess, an interior designer and founder of the popular blog Pure Style Home , fuses her love of design and the great outdoors into all her work. In Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating , her first book, Lauren invites readers to bring nature inside by mixing the textures of natural elements such as wood and stone with eclectic groupings of modern and quirky vintage pieces. Readers will be inspired by the unique style of these rooms, which include lovely framed botanical prints and Liess’s own textile patterns inspired by wildflowers and weeds. The book is divided into three sections: Part I focuses on the fundamental elements of design, with each chapter devoted to a particular element, such as color, lighting, and furniture; Part II addresses the intangibles of designing a space, such as aesthetics and creating a mood; and Part III tackles unique room-specific challenges in every part of the house.

  • Author: Lauren Liess
  • Publisher: Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2015)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1419717857
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.25 x 10 inches

                 

10. Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home


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

A design book filled with beautiful photography and clear ideas for how to use pattern to decorate your home. If you focus on pattern, from texture and color to furniture and textiles, everything else will fall into place.   Pattern is the strongest element in any room. In Living with Pattern , Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use that element, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house. She covers pattern usage you probably already have, such as on your duvet cover or in the living room rug, and she also reveals the unexpected places you might not have thought to add it: bathroom tiles, an arrangement of book spines in a reading nook, or windowpane gridding in your entryway. This stunning book showcases distinct uses of pattern in homes all over the country to inspire you to realize that an injection of pattern can enliven any space, helping to make it uniquely yours.

  • Author: Rebecca Atwood
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (August 30, 2016)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0553459449
  • Dimensions: 8.23 x 1.03 x 10.25 inches