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Hi there hope you are enjoying a wonderful week so far. First order of business is to go ahead and announce the winner of the beautiful ginger jar! Congratulations goes to…..


?Debbie says- I love everything in your shop. I?ve order your monogrammed hand towels. Love them. I too am obsessed with blue and white. My favs in your shop at the moment are the footbath and silver chargers. So mad at my self that I didnt take advantage of your new monogram napkin line entry offer.
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Moving onto the topic at hand. I get a lot of emails from people who want to know all about my favorite design books, some are newbies to the design world and want to know which are a few must haves for their budding design book collection while others are design book veterans and just want to make sure they aren’t missing out on some fabulous book.

I have had some books for years and still refer back to them often(kind of like how I still look back at my Southern Accents)! But there are some newer additions to my collection that are absolute must haves. So thought this was a great time to share some of my all time favorite design books. Ready? Let’s go…..hope you will share some of your own in the comments section, there is always room on my shelf for one more great book:)

Here they are and then a little bit about each as well as a few images from that designer…..also included links just in case you see one you have to have!




1.? You know I love Carolyne Roehm. So its no surprise that several of her books are a a regular go to source for me. Of course her blue and white book, A Passion for Blue and White is at the top of my list, every page is spellbindingly beautiful. Never gets old. Click here to see this book.





2. Charles Faudree Home is a wonderful book, with so many exquisite interiors, I find myself studying each page taking in every detail. This book cover to cover is a homerun and has been for years. Click here to see this book.


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3. Mary McDonald Interiors. This book is too fabulous. Often sold out, well worth pursuing though! Her bold, elegant style with a twist makes this book one to own. So many incredibly inspiring images in this huge glossy paged decorating bible. Click here to see the book.



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4. Segreto Style. This newest must have is from Leslie of Segreto Secrets. Often referred to as the go to source for the most spectacular finishes/interiors. This book is a treasure trove of endless ideas, I cannot tell you how many times I have opened it for inspiration! Click here to find out? more.


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5. Another Faudree staple in my book collection, French Country Living. If you enjoy French interiors that have an elegant slightly rustic edge to them you must own this book. Charles was an absolute master at this juxtaposition in styles and this book is a testament to his immense talent. Click here to order.


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6. Suzanne Tucker Interiors. A veteran in the design world, Suzanne Tucker’s interiors are timeless and always supremely elegant. I really respect her craft and her breathtaking body of work speak to her immense talent. Most of the interiors in this book were done in California and are beyond dreamy. Click here to order.

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7. The French Way with Design is another favorite, I actually own all of Betty Lou Phillips’ books and love them all but this one with a heavy French influence is right up my alley! Click here to see the book.


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8. This is one of my newer books and has quickly become a? “classic here to stay” book.? This man is one mega talent. I love his old world interiors with the most scrumptious details…every picture is just breathtaking, love this one!? Click here to see the book.


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9. Markham Robers’s came out with this mega book that is huge and filed with all kinds of fabulous interiors. He is a master at mixing styles, and offers traditional interiors with a twist. Everything feels so fresh and alive and mostly so livable. This is a definite favorite! Click here to find out more.




10. Bunny Williams Point of View might be considered a design bible by some. It surely ranks as one of my all time favorites. Some of the most beautiful interiors can be found in this book, she is one designer who to me embodies the term timeless elegance.Click here to find out more.


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11. The House of Verandah is one of those books where I say do not open it until you are settled into a cozy spot, with a glass of wine or cup coffee in hand. This book is best read nice and slow with the luxury of time and letting your imagination take you away. Breathtakingly beautiful is the first reaction to this virtual escape of a book. Click here to find out? more.




12. Moving onto David Easton’s classic book on timeless design, aptly named Timeless Elegance. And it is very much both of those things, timeless and elegant. His life and story is fascinating and his incredibly body of work is mesmerizing. Having met him a few times I can say his personality matches his talent….incredible! Click here to find out more.


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13. We are going to end it with another Carolyne Roehm favorite….A Passion for Interiors, her newest. Another continuous resource of beauty and elegance that delights me every single time I open it! Click here to find out more.


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Wow, so many wonderful books to love. Few things in life make me as happy as getting to snuggle with a favorite design book, or better yet a bubble bath while reading one! How about you? What are your favorites? Any here on your list?

Every single one of these goes in my own personal “design books hall of fame”….all of these books? are timeless and priceless in that they offer me hours and hours of inspiration and great ideas. So your turn to tell me about some of your favorites. Wishing everyone a wonderful evening, from snowy (yes again) New York…….

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deri on

I love all of your choices. There are a few here that I don’t have. Thank you for taking the time to share your favorites. I was so happy to see Charles Faudree’s books included in your favorites. He was the best, and I still can’t believe he is gone. Thank you!

Patty B on

I have several of the books you mentioned. Love Carolyn Roehm’s books. One that ranks high on my list is Mario Butta -“Fifty Years of Interior Decoration.” I hope you will consider creating one soon to add to our collection. Thank you for inspiring us to create a more beautiful world.

Liz on

LOVE Charles Faudree! I have several of his books. Can’t wait to check out the others you have mentioned. They all look wonderful. And, what a great way to spend a cold dreary day–snuggled down with all that eye candy!

Thanks Tina!

Sherrill Kearney on

Enjoy all of your posts & my daughter discovered you separately from me & mentioned at lunch..”Mom there is a lady who decorates just like you”!! Then she said Enchanted Home!!!!
We do have similar taste & I have all of these books…have you read One Man’s Folly by Furlow Gatewood?? I just purchased it & can’t put it down…a new slant foe me & he collects Blue & White like we do..Thanks for sharing your world & inspiring so many. I come home many times on flights from some wonderful European Escape with a new treasure! I remember that you are a Southern Lady like

michele@hellolovelystudio on

ooooooh i am a bookworm if ever there was one…especially nutty for picture books like these! leslie’s is my favorite, and she has such a magical touch. i may not agree with the quote from mary mcdonald (frankly, i think the play is only as good as its writer, regardless of set design) but that girl is as entertaining as anyone! hope your week is gentle and kind, sweet friend. peace.

DONNa on

Love Carolyne Roehm, too, and have all of her books except A Passion for Interiors…thank you for the reminder! I look forward to checking out (and purchasing) several other books you have introduced me to today. One of my all time favorites is Winter House by Charlotte Moss. Beautiful, warm and cozy. It makes me want a winter house, too, Thank you, Tina, for always sharing so graciously!!

Barbara P from MA on

Thanks so much for recommending your favorites! I too love Charles Faudree and Carolyne Roehme. Nothing better than spending time with any of their books! Definitely plan to check out the others!

Peggy Thal on

I have all the books you are showing. Eye candy ! Great choice because they are books you can enjoy over and over again.

Susan Nicholson on

I am in complete agreement with your favorite decorating books and own almost all on your list. You have shared two decorators I hope to check out in the near future. The New Furlow Gatewood book is fabulous as well.

Elaine on

Can’t wait to get to Barnes and Noble with my grandchildren so we can digg in and look for all the books you shared. They love to search and find new books for me all the time. Then we get the giggles. Wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing.

Joan Grier on

Tina..It is such a joy to see your level of taste in a world that somehow feel so “denatured” in its design quotient….Nicholas Haslam is now my absolute favorite designer of all..I am reminded in looking at what you have posted here of Edith Wharton’s quote when she said “that she understood so well the capacity of objects to illumine your inner being..” Joanie Grier

Nancy on

LOoove all these books you mentioned. I can sit and read and look at the pictures for hours. Home and garden has always been my passion from a teenager. I also love Betty Lou Phillips book: Unmistakedly French. Thanks for recognizing such great decorators.

Karena on

Tina, so many of these great design books are on my list of favorites as well! A perfect selection!

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Katie Clooney on

Great suggestions! I have 4 of them, now I need the other six. Have a great week!

pretty pink tulips on

All great picks, Tina!!!! I could peruse design books for hours. In fact, that is often one of my favorite ways to look for inspiration and relax!

Of the ones you listed, Bunny Williams and Mary McDonald’s are my favorites! Oh…and anything by Carolyne Roehm. One that I would add to this list is The Welcoming House by Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith. They own my favorite antique store in Charlotte, NC and are well known designers who have decorated many of the most fabulous homes in the South and even in Greenwich!

Stay warm. I can not believe we’re getting another wave of bad weather.
xoxo Elizabeth

The Prestigious school on

Reading any one of those beautiful books would be my idea of a perfect afternoon.

Peggy Braswell on

Have them all + love CR, love her books + Mario Buatta, ?Fifty Years of Interior Decoration.? might be added to the list.

South Shore Decorating Blog on

I wholeheartedly agree with your selections! Well, the 10 of them that I have. I’ll have to put the others on my list 🙂 Thank you so much Tina for your nice comment today!

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Ree Childs on

Love love love all of these books and have most of them in my collection as well.
I do have all of Betty Lou Phillips’ and Charles Faudree since French is my favorite design……
I’m from Tulsa and we miss Charles very much. I have toured his personal homes as he would graciously put them on Tulsa home tours. ALL so amazing and fun to see. He lived moving around and redoing homes but always kept his very favorite pieces and made them work….
He had the most amazing decorating shop in Utica Square many years ago when I first discovered him. Piles and piles stacked up and so fun to browse through. Such excellent taste and authentic pieces and accessories displayed so well. His second shop was more modern but still the same taste with a newer look!
Sorry to ramble on….. But such great memories of Charles and can’t believe he’s gone….
Love all of your choices, Tina!

Leslie Sinclair on

Tina!! I just went over to your blog for inspiration and a quick visit and was so excited that you put my book Segreto Style on your top book list!! What an honor!! ‘m glad you have enjoyed it and thanks!!! xo Leslie

Patti Olsen on

I love the fact that your design esthetic I the same as mine. You provide such wonderful resources. I have most of the books you recommended except I had to buy The Houses era dans can’t wait to receive it!

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I am using Sinclair’s as my inspiration when it comes to design and decoration. I would love to learn more about this kind of things. Thanks for sharing these kind of post Tina

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