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At Coveted Home, we are always seeking out new sources for design inspiration. We love discovering and learning about designers, makers, and new blogs and products. A majority of our research takes place online which allows us access to unique resources and to connect with people from around the globe, and while that is a big part of what we do, we also love face-to-face interactions and tangible experiences. We couldn’t operate without touching and feeling in our day-to-day design work. Some of our best-loved inspiration does not come from state-of-the-art technology, but from good ol’ fashioned books. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite no-tech muses.
Gypset Living by Julia Chaplin ($36 was $45)We love touring the interesting homes and lifestyles that are featured in Gypset Living. In her third book in the Gypset series, Julia Chaplin explores the houses, huts, and caravans of gypsy jet setters. Gypset = an unconventional, bohemian approach to life characterized by a fashionable exoticism and down to earth ease.
The House Book by Terence Conran ($20)
This comprehensive guide to home design is chock-full of decorating ideas including photographs and illustrations. I love it, but I’ll be the first to admit that parts of this book give me the fantods (e.g., shag carpet, bad lighting, wallpapered ceilings, etc.). The 70s vibe can be a bit much, but if you’re willing to keep an open mind, you may just find some great decorating ideas!
When Art Meets Design by Hunt Slonem ($60 was $75)
“I hate leaving a wall bare,” says Hunt Slonem. “It makes me nervous.” When Art Meets Design allows us a glimpse into Hunt’s vibrant homes that are virtually overflowing with antiques and art. While his maximalist style might not be for everyone, this book is sure to keep you entertained and possibly give you a few design ideas.
The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd ($60 was $75)
The Big Book of Chic is a lovely large coffee table book with lots of big, beautiful pictures. Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. This lavishly illustrated volume features a diverse selection of his unique interiors, an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design.
Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors: Things We Made by Stephen Alesch ($42)
This book gives us a glimpse into the design studio Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors. Stephan Alesh and Robin Standefer started out working in Hollywood; they designed the sets in Zoolander! In 2002, they founded Roman and Williams, and in this book they share beautiful examples of their work as well as their design process (drawings and plans). We would love to spend the day with them in their gorgeous Montauk home! Their unpretentious style and utilization of various textures and finishes result in elegant and organic feeling spaces.
Images above (left to right)
1.The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd
2. When Art Meets Design by Hunt Slonem
3. Gypset Living by Julia Chaplin
4. Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors: Things We Made by Stephen Alesch
5. The House Book by Terence Conran
Images via: 1 – Coats Homes 2 –Kravet/Lee Jofa 3 – Boheme 4 – One Kings Lane 5 – Joslyn Taylor
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