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Interior Design Books For Inspiration This Spring

26 April 2021

Now that the weather’s getting warmer and we can look forward to lounging in the garden with a good book, here at Artisans of Devizes we wanted to share some of our favourite interior design titles. Packed with gorgeous photography, heaps of expert advice and inspiring homes in all kinds of styles, there are lots of ideas to get your next project off to a great start. Whether you’re an architect planning a whole property refit or a designer looking for kitchen or bathroom ideas, there’s something here for everyone. LIVE BEAUTIFUL by Athena Calderone

Creator of lifestyle site EyeSwoon, Athena Calderone is a New York based entertaining expert, whose ethos is that beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at – it improves the quality of our lives. And we couldn’t agree more. This highly anticipated design book taps into Athena’s own personal network of interior decorators, fashion designers and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. We get a peek inside two of her own homes as well as plenty of other properties that simply ooze sophistication and style appeal. The text explores each scheme’s initial inspiration, the design journey and the personal stories and details that help to create the finished look. There are also helpful hints and really useful advice on how to translate the aesthetic to your own home. We think it makes a wonderful source for all sorts of design inspiration, both practical and pleasing to look at, and it shows just how amazing interior design can be.

Swedish-born Beata Heuman is a London-based interior designer who set up her own studio in 2013 after working for Nicky Haslam for nine years. Today she is one of the design world’s most in-demand creatives and she is renowned for her colourful rooms full of vibrant furnishings and a quirky Scandinavian style. Working across both residential and commercial projects, Heuman also excels in her own collection of bespoke fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, homewares and furniture. We love this, her first book, which is organised according to design principle with each chapter covering new and exciting ways to decorate the home with advice on how to find your voice, make ordinary details extraordinary and curate a totally unique and personal space. There’s a gorgeous Nantucket holiday home to drool over, lots of London townhouses, reams of colour palettes, ideas on how to create contrast and the clever use of bold texture and pattern. The overall philosophy is all about designing homes that are true to human nature rather than being a purely stunning – yet aloof – interior.

Exclusive tip: We’ve noticed that Every Room Should Sing is currently sold out in all bookstores, so we spoke to Beata who confirmed her book will be restocked directly on her website during the first week of May!

CURATE: INSPIRATION FOR AN INDIVIDUAL HOME by Lynda Gardener and Ali Heath

We adore this guide to decorating a home using a neutral palette, natural ingredients and a mix of modern and vintage pieces. Written by Australian-based stylist and decorator Lynda Gardener – founder of global lifestyle store Empire – and UK-based interiors writer, stylist and content creator Ali Heath, it’s a really cleverly put together style bible that combines inspirational ideas with real-life interiors. This helps make the schemes more achievable and translatable for all, whether professional designers or aspiring homeowners. As well as calming naturals and neutrals, the pages are full of cosy spaces, textural elements and monochromatic hues that show how to design a home that is truly individual. This creative duo explores the eight elements that bring a space to life – palette, nature, textiles, lighting, old and new, storage, collections and art – with 10 aspirational homes that show the style in practice including a converted warehouse, one-bed studio, bijoux apartment, historic cottage, country estate, new-build barn, remote shack, period townhouse and rural retreat.

DESIGN SECRETS: ADDING CHARACTER AND STYLE TO AN INTERIOR TO MAKE IT YOUR OWN by Kit Kemp

Internationally-acclaimed interior designer Kit Kemp MBE is admired the world over for her unique hotel interiors as well as her homewares and textiles designs. A champion of British art, craft and sculpture, Kemp truly captures the imagination with colourful and detailed storytelling in both hotel and residential design. This book is one of our top four favourites as it’s basically a masterclass on the do’s and don’ts, offering us new ways of looking at interiors and building the confidence to be bold in our designs. Create character with the typically forgotten details and personal touches to bring your scheme to life; check out the insider tips on things like how to hang art to tell a story or designing your own headboard; meet the maker with some of Kemp’s favourite artists including a woodworker, ceramicist and figurative painter then try your hand at a series of creative projects yourself. There’s even a hand illustrated colouring book where you can play around with palettes for upcoming projects.