Gift Ideas For Interior Design Lovers


With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to write a blog post that would be both inspiring and helpful. You may recall from my holiday post last year, and the year before that while I enjoy giving gifts, I don’t love the idea of giving stuff just for the sake of giving. After seeing the inside of hundreds of homes, I am aware that people are bogged down with too much stuff for the most part. I tend to give thoughtful gifts, so today’s post focuses on books, which, in my mind, are often the perfect gift for pretty much anyone on your list.

Before we get into the books, I want to take a moment to say thank you. I am so fortunate that this is my job. Especially with the heartbreaking events happening in the world lately, I’m well aware that I’m blessed to have my biggest worries involve paint colours and timelines. I would not be here doing this work without the support of each and every one of you reading this, my incredible clients, my talented team, my supportive suppliers and trades. I’m wrapping up this year full of gratitude and joy, which is fantastic, so thanks from the bottom of my heart. And now, onto today’s blog post…

For interior design enthusiasts, the journey to creating the perfect living space is an ongoing quest filled with inspiration, creativity, and a deep appreciation for the art of design. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for an interior design lover or someone eager to give your home a fresh look, you’re in for a treat. This blog post will explore my favourite and must-have books for interior design enthusiasts. Each book has its unique charm and a wealth of ideas to help you embark on a journey to create the home of your dreams.

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The Beauty Of Home

Marie Flanigan’s “The Beauty Of Home” explores how the thoughtful blending of design, architecture, and personal style can create truly awe-inspiring spaces. With a background in architecture and an innate understanding of the relationship between aesthetics and functionality, Flanigan’s book is a visual delight filled with elegant interiors, stunning photography, and insightful commentary.

Flanigan’s approach to interior design revolves around the concept of home as a sanctuary, where every detail should tell a story and convey a sense of warmth. She advocates for using texture, colour, and lighting to create harmonious and inviting spaces, and her book beautifully illustrates her principles through numerous examples. “The Beauty Of Home” is a must-read for those seeking inspiration to craft visually stunning and deeply personal interiors.

The Art of Home

Shea McGee, the renowned interior designer behind the famous Studio McGee, takes readers on a journey of sophistication and comfort in her book, “The Art of Home.” Clean lines, natural textures, and an infusion of modern and traditional elements characterize McGee’s signature style. In her book, she shares the design principles and tips that have made her a household name in the world of interior design.

“The Art of Home” will inspire those who appreciate timeless design and its power to create serene and inviting spaces. McGee emphasizes using colour, materials, and personal touches throughout the book to create welcoming and stylish spaces. She shares her design journey and provides practical advice for anyone looking to transform their living spaces into something extraordinary.

Call It Home

Amber Lewis, the creative force behind the renowned design firm Amber Interiors, presents a vibrant and eclectic take on interior design in her book “Call It Home.” Her signature style is a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary aesthetics, creating spaces that exude personality and warmth. Lewis invites readers to embrace their unique design sensibilities and make their homes a reflection of their true selves.

In “Call It Home,” Lewis showcases a diverse range of design projects, each a testament to her ability to infuse personality and character into every space. The book encourages readers to embrace imperfections, mix and match styles, and take risks in their design choices. With beautiful photography and insightful anecdotes, “Call It Home” is a delightful read for those who appreciate a more personal approach to interior design.

The New Southern Style

In “The New Southern Style,” photographer and stylist Alyssa Rosenheck takes readers on a visual journey through the modern South, exploring the evolution of Southern design and culture. This book provides a fresh perspective on the intersection of tradition and innovation in interior design, showcasing homes that beautifully balance the timeless charm of the South with contemporary design elements that easily translate to any home’s style.

Rosenheck’s book captures the essence of the New Southern Style, a design movement that celebrates diversity, authenticity, and inclusivity. Through stunning photography and interviews with influential designers, “The New Southern Style” offers a glimpse into how the Southern design landscape is evolving and inspiring the broader world of interior design. It’s a captivating read for those who want to explore the rich design heritage of the South and its influence on contemporary aesthetics.

Redefining Comfort

“Redefining Comfort” by Jake Arnold is a testament to the transformative power of design when creating spaces that ooze comfort and luxury. Arnold, an acclaimed interior designer, believes that comfort doesn’t have to come at the expense of style. In his book, he shares his insights into the art of balancing aesthetics and functionality to craft cozy and visually appealing interiors.

Arnold’s approach to design is characterized by a sense of understated elegance, and “Redefining Comfort” reflects his commitment to creating spaces that feel like a warm embrace. With a focus on using materials, colour, and layout, Arnold’s book provides practical advice for readers looking to create gorgeous and comforting homes.


Before diving into the world of interior design, it’s essential to start with a clean, organized canvas. Shira Gill’s “Minimalista” is the ideal companion for anyone looking to declutter, simplify, and create a harmonious living environment. Gill, a home organizing expert, empowers readers with practical tips and strategies to declutter their homes and lives, making way for inspired interior design.

In “Minimalista” Gill emphasizes decluttering, streamlining possessions, and creating functional, organized spaces as the first step in crafting a well-designed home. Her book is a guide to minimalism and organization, helping individuals discover the beauty in simplicity. By decluttering and organizing your living spaces, you set the stage for a successful interior design journey, ensuring that every element of your home has its rightful place.

Conclusion & Happy Holidays

These books offer diverse perspectives on interior design and are an excellent gift for any interior design lover. Whether you’re looking for classic elegance, modern comfort, or eclectic charm, there’s something for everyone. Each book is a source of inspiration, providing valuable insights and practical advice for transforming living spaces into accurate reflections of unique styles and personalities. So, pick up one (or all) of these books and enjoy the beauty and art of interior design!

In the spirit of giving back, I’m thrilled to share that we’ve made a donation to Habitat for Humanity on behalf of our valued clients, colleagues and friends (like you). This contribution reflects our shared commitment to not only creating comfortable homes but also making a positive impact on the communities we serve. Your continued support allows us to contribute to meaningful causes like this, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a difference together. May your holidays be filled with happiness and laughter, and I hope you have a prosperous new year!


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