Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Recommended Reading

Check out a few of these great books that the folks over at Real Simple recommend.

Real Simple says: The sequel to the designer duo’s first book, Let’s Get Comfortable, this features budget-friendly updates, furniture-rearranging pointers, and novel ways to incorporate color. Preorder for October 27 release. To buy: $35, Clarkson Potter, amazon.com.
Real Simple says: New York City interior designer Griffin offers step-by-step how-tos and insider advice to help you create a functional interior tailored to your personality and lifestyle. Preorder for the November 3 paperback release. To buy: $25, Gotham Books, amazon.com.

Real Simple says: Known for his eclectic aesthetic and exquisite antiques collections, the Belgium-based interior designer shows you how to mix artifacts of different periods and styles (Chinese porcelain with English furniture, say), without evoking a stuffy museum feel. Features 23 homes. To buy: $75, Flammarion, barnesandnoble.com.

Real Simple says: Kemble knows how (and when) to break the rules: This New York City–based interior designer introduces just the right amount of levity into straitlaced interiors to create sophisticated spaces that still look welcoming. The book is full of problem-solving tips (how to work with awkward floor plans) and product suggestions (rugs, lighting). To buy: $45, Crown Publishing Group, barnesandnoble.com.