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Design Folio: 3 Summer Design Must-Reads.

By: The Balance Design Team

Stephanie’s pick: “Nomad Deluxe” by Herbert Ypma

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Nomad Deluxe is my dream book. I keep it on my coffee table and open it up every morning to see the location of a new place in the world, read the the well written creative description, and then look at the luscious pictures. I am the consummate traveler and lately I have been making my bucket list of places to go from this beautiful book! Today I read about Bali, Indonesia. I saw a huge stone statue of the Hindu god Ganesh overgrown with lush greenery. I also read about the Hindu nurturing culture, the Dutch colonization, and the different vibes of Ubud versus Uluwatu. Bali is definitely on the bucket list.

Shelby’s pick: “Smoke & Fire” by Holly Peterson

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In a world of Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram it is so easy to become overwhelmed and somewhat intimidated by technology. It seems that the days of cookbooks and recipe cards are all but gone. But then there is this book. I LOVE THIS BOOK! The recipes are simple, delicious, and completely easy to tackle (I can even pronounce the ingredients). The entire book is an aesthetic dream. Beautiful photos, typewriter font reminiscent of old fashioned cookbooks, and the recipes are reinvented favorites from every region.  

I love that I can turn the TV off, go outside with friends or family, and make dinner an event. Not only are we cooking delicious food, but we are having fun creating together. I will continue to use this book over and over throughout the year. It is definitely a new staple on my bookcase.

Danielle’s pick: “A Touch of Style” by Carlos Mota

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As a former student of photography (and subsequently a major photo snob), Touch of Style is pure eye candy. Full page and double page spreads of incredibly styled environments boast Carlos Mota’s highly enviable skills. From a critical standpoint, the photos are flawless; Mota expertly plays with scale, visual weight/balance, and color impact in unexpected and exciting ways. But also, the spaces are just plain beautiful — I would love to live in any of them! This book is double threat: it’s a beautiful coffee table book that will look great and add interest, but it’s also a fantastic reference for any time you need a jolt of inspiration. 

Beauty and Brains: Coffee Table Design Books

By: Danielle Cornely

Perhaps we’re a bit biased, but we think there should be a few great design books on everyone’s bookshelf. These are just a few we’ve got our eye on at the moment.

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image: architecturaldigest.com

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image: amazon.com

Remodelista.
Step by step advice and instructions paired with beautiful images. The perfect combination from one of our favorite design blogs.

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image: restorationhardware.com

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image: assouline.com

The Big Book of Chic.
The description of this book on assouline.com promises “an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design.” If the above image is any indication of the rest of the book, we have to agree.

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image: blog.designpublic.com

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image: booktopia.com.au

Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your House.
Top names (and personal favorites!) in the design world come together to create a book that is beautiful and helpful. Gorgeous photos visually inspire, and “how to” style content empowers readers to use grandma’s chair in a completely modern way.

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image: modcloth.net

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image: katyelliot.com/blog/

Domino: The Book of Decorating.
Big on photos, with unobtrusive blurbs and captions, Domino’s Book of Decorating is a feast for the eyes. Don’t let the eye candy fool you — this book will teach you everything you need to know. One of our favorites!

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image: amazon.com

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image: taschen.com

1,000 Chairs.
Of all of the different types of furniture in a home, the chair is the piece that most clearly distinguishes styles. This book is an informative visual survey of seating in the last 150 years. With its big, beautiful photos, it is an affordable must-have coffee table book for any furniture lover.

Whether used as reference material or great coffee table content, we think good design books are a staple in any home.