There are so many reasons to love "Auntie Mame". Witty lines like "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death", "Stir never shake bruises the gin" and "Top drawer" are just some of my faves. In addition to all the great characters there is also No. 3 Beekman Place. Mame's swanky apartment in NYC. Her decor changes to suit her moods and it's always fun to see the new digs. Here is a great link to a site that has stills of No.3 Beekman Place and below is a clip featuring the Danish Modern set, my fave, and "dear little" Gloria Upson....
But this post isn't about "Mame" it's about design books. Which I have become slightly obsessed with lately. Yes, there are many blogs and websites on line with great design to peruse for free and I'm planning to do a post on those, but there is something about sitting down with a book in your hands. Especially one with gorgeous photos and as much as I hate to say this, they are awfully decorative too. So I am slowly building up my library and thought I would share some of my favorites. Some I own, some I've perused at the library or at a bookstore, some I just long for from afar. Please, please, please share your favorites in the comments below. I am always looking for more!
These books are similar in the sense of what I think of as attainable decor. Many design books have shots of gorgeous homes with killer furniture and art and though they are stunning they most likely don't fit my lifestyle or budget. I want to look at pics that inspire me to come up with my version that fits my home and my family.
|Decorate by Holly Becker|
|Design Sponge at Home|
|The Things That Matter|
The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus. What story does your home tell? I borrowed this from the library and loved it. Design philosophy and beautiful photos.
|A Treasury of Scandinavian Design|
|Grete Prytz Kittelsen|
|Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon|
|A Handbook of California Design|
A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers I think anyone interested in mid century design would be interested in both of these books. This one provides biographies of the designers of mid century California Design.
This is in no way a complete list at all. These are just the books currently on my radar. Please share your favorites below. All of these books are also listed in the Amazon box to the right. I also want to put in this disclaimer - I will receive credit for any items purchased through one of these links. I mainly have the box there as a way to collect all my favorites. Feel free to shop around or even better maybe you'll get lucky and find one in the thrift!