Books for Fall

Next week is Labor Day, and there's nothing I like to do more on a long holiday weekend than curl up with new design books. So today I’m sharing a few of the books that will be on my lap next weekend. It’s so worth picking up one or two of these for yourself!

Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style

This is the first book from interior designer Mark D. Sikes, who celebrates today’s American style and showcases chic and accessible ideas for every home. Modern and unfussy, Mark’s interiors are classic takes on California indoor/outdoor living, with natural fibers and crisp coloration, informed and influenced by the fashion world where he began his career. As famed film director Nancy Meyers writes in the book’s foreword, this is a book that shows design lovers "how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand."

Cecil Beaton at Home: An Interior Life

Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) was one of 20th-century Britain’s Renaissance men: photographer, costume designer, set designer, playwright, creator of fashion fabrics, and writer on interiors and the personalities who inhabited them. Cecil Beaton at Home focuses on two homes dear to Beaton’s heart: Ashcombe House, near the Wiltshire village of Tollard Royal, and Reddish House, located in Broad Chalke, another village in the same county, as well as London's Pelham Place and New York hotel suites designed by Beaton himself.

For the Love of Old

Mary Randolph Carter’s stunning volume focuses on the qualities of the old things in our homes (the patina of an old table, pewter dulled by age, old floorboards that creak) and how to live with and incorporate them into our personal aesthetic. Divided into chapters by the qualities of old—peeling, dried, tarnished, faded, chipped, frayed, rusty, and mossy—this unique book not only pays tribute to furniture, textiles, china, silver and other accessories with these qualities but also shows us how best to preserve, adapt, and arrange them. 

Wanderlust: Interiors That Bring the World Home

The first book from designer Michelle Nussbaumer features her dramatically lush interiors and shows readers how spaces can be inspired by travel and filled with treasures from around the world. As a curator who discovers exquisite treasures all over the world for her projects and her Dallas-based design store Ceylon et Cie, Michelle has a signature style, in multilayered rooms that mix periods with antique textiles, embroideries and weavings, unconventional furniture, and global art. 

The Perfect Bath

Barbara Sallick explores the process of designing a bathroom in great detail and with beautiful images. She shares exquisite, favorite, and esteemed baths, talks with top designers—including Suzanne Lovell, Pamela Shamshiri, Thomas O’Brien, Lee Mindel, Gil Schafer, Tim Clarke, and Steven Gambrel—about their work, and offers important, how-to advice for homeowners. Combining evocative, informative photography with an authoritative, engaging narrative, The Perfect Bath will be an essential, lasting resource.

We'll have to wait a little longer for some titles I am anticipating because they won’t be out in September or October — but I know they'll be worth the wait. But this list of great books should definitely keep us busy and inspired until then!