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Books about Home for the Gifting Season

November 23, 2018


I never have the time to catch up with all the recent books about home, but I still love to see what’s out there. Maybe one of these would make a good holiday gift for someone in your life? If so, the links go to Indiebound, so you can find these books at local independent bookstore for Black Friday or Cyber Monday.


Happy by Design: How to Create a Home that Boosts your Health and Happiness

Victoria Harrison


Having a home that makes you happy and helps you feel good is what I want for every HOMEmakers and Mary True client. I like that this book seems like one you could dip in and out of depending on the needs of the moment.





Little House in the City: Living Small within City Limits

Marc Vassallo


After moving into a small house this year, I can appreciate a book like this. It speaks to a general and growing interest in making the most of small spaces (especially when real estate prices are so high), and, if you’re considering an ADU for 2019, it might give you some ideas.





Paint Box: 45 Palettes for Choosing Color, Texture and Pattern

Tricia Guild


As much as it offers visual inspiration, this book also seems to be a how-to for understanding color and texture palettes. Paint and décor items are two of the easiest ways to update a space, especially when a big remodel is not on the table, so this could help you dream big in a practical way.



How Your House Works

Charlie Wing


Even if you aren’t very handy yourself, this illustrated guide can help you understand all the bits and pieces of your house, including the appliances. Might be perfect for a housewarming—or for anyone who doesn’t understand how an electricity meter or a tankless water heater works.





The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life

Joshua Becker


Whether you’re downsizing (or helping someone else to do so) or just looking for a clean start for the new year, this book may help. Becker’s Becoming Minimalist email newsletter can be an interesting read, too, even if you’re not ready to take on a fully minimalist approach.




100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask

Ilyce Glink


If you know someone entering the housing market for the first time, you might want to put this updated edition in their hands. Of course, it’s never too late to learn how to buy right, even if you’ve done it before!






House Beautiful Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs

Sophie Donelson


The House Beautiful style isn’t always achievable for mere mortals, but I do love to get my hands on an issue. Here, they’ve collected a lot of amazing photos to support a set of design rules (every room needs a nod to the past, every room needs a splash of unexpected color). This one would make a fun gift for anyone who loves to browse a design magazine.



The American Idea of Home: Conversations about Architecture and Design

Bernard Friedman


For me, as you know, home is true north, but home has meant a lot of different things to a lot of different deep thinkers. These interviews tackle the ideas and assumptions that make up the concept of the American home.





Building Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions

Kristina Leigh Wiggins


This book is about building a home from scratch (which we’ve done many times!), but its focus on research and planning could help with a home search or a big remodel project, too. It really breaks down all the choices.




Have you seen any good design books lately? Let us know!



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