One of my favourite ways to get design inspiration for my home is through Interior Design and Home Organization books. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for Pinterest too. However, there is something about being able to sit down with a glass of wine (or a cup of tea) at the end of a busy day and flip through my Interior Design and Home Organization books that I find humbling.
Maybe it’s because we do so much through a screen that having physical paper and pictures in front of me is refreshing.
I decided to round up some of my favourite Interior Design and Home Organization books for you all!
Be sure to read through until the end for some bonus information and inspiration!
I am pretty sure everyone has heard of Clea and Joanna from The Home Edit before, and if you haven’t then I suggest you check out their Instagram. These two ladies rock the Home Organization game. They have organized homes that belong to many celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Khloe Kardashian.
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals is such an amazing Home Organization book! Not only is Clea and Joanna’s story on how they became partners in this business one of a kind, but these ladies really break down organizing for you. There is no way you can read this book and NOT want to completely organize your entire home.
I love how Clea and Joanna explain why organizing is important before they dive into how to begin the organizing process. When you finish this book you will have a clear picture on how to organize everything in your home from your pantry to your pajama drawer.
This book is great for you if you are not the most organized person and really want to learn how to live an organized life, if you are organized but want to learn how to perfect your organizing skills or if you have an obsession with clean organized spaces.
This wonderful lady needs no introduction. Joanna Gaines is one of HGTV’s finest. While she and her husband are no longer filming for Fixer Upper, she is still such an amazing designer to follow for inspiration. If you aren’t already, head over to Instagram and follow Joanna Gaines immediately!
I love this book for so many reasons. First, the name of the book really speaks to me. Home Body – this is exactly what I am and exactly why I love decorating a home so much. I love creating spaces people never want to leave.
Joanna walks you through everything that you need to know about design in her book Home Body: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave. Joanna says that your home should be a reflection of you and she teaches you how to accomplish this.
One of my favourite parts about this book is the back of the book where Joanna leaves space for you to take notes. This is so great because as you are reading and having ideas you can flip to these pages and write out all of your design ideas.
Not only is there space for notes, Joanna also leaves sketch paper for you to draw and sketch floorpans on. Joanna gives you an example of a floor plan that she sketched out and shows you how to write notes about the space and the changes you will be making to it.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in Interior Design. The best part about this book is that it will teach you and help you no matter how experienced you are. You can never stop learning and growing in your desired field when you constantly educate yourself. Weather you know absolutely nothing about Interior Design, you are just starting out, or you are a professional, I promise you – this book will not disappoint.
Emily Henderson had me at “Tabletops and Bookshelves” because these are such fun things to style in your home. I was going to jump the gun and assume that everyone has heard of Emily Henderson before; but I know that may not be true. Emily is an Interior Stylist; she started out as a prop stylist for photo shoots and then landed a job with HGTV on their show Secrets from a Stylist.
In her introduction for Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, Emily states that this is not a decorating book – yet it somehow is. She really breaks down the difference between styling your home, decorating it and re-designing it. All fields are different and each have their own technique on how they come to make a space beautiful. She lets you know that there really are no “rules” when it comes to styling your home. There are a ton of tricks and tips though!
I love that Emily gets right to the point when she tells you that you really shouldn’t start styling your space until you know what your design style is. There are so many reasons why this statement is true, and she breaks it all down for you. Emily even includes a Home Style Quiz for you to take. This quiz will put you on the right track to finding your design style. To sum it up, find your style – then begin your styling process.
If you are starting out fresh in the Interior Styling world, or you just really want to learn how to style your home then this book is definitely for you! From teaching you how to find your design style, to how to incorporate your design style in your home, this book has it all.
The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have, written by Melissa Michaels is an amazing book. I think I love it even more because in Melissa’s very first blog post back in 2007 she wrote that someday she wanted to write a book. To see her dreams become a reality is amazing – especially considering she has more then just one book published.
I love how The Inspired Room first starts with floor plans of Melissa’s house and continues on in the book by walking you through each and every room in the home. Each chapter in the book is based around a new room or space, teaching you how to decorate and create those welcoming spaces that you love to be in.
My favourite chapter in this book is Chapter 4 “A Place for Conversation (family room)”. The family room is the space in your home where the most time is spent. Not only does the entire family spend time there, but it is generally where you host your guests as well. I love that Melissa explains how you can arrange furniture in the family room so that it sparks conversation, yet feels comfortable and relaxed.
The Inspired Room is a book that I would recommend to anyone looking to get a deep meaning and understanding on how to decorate an entire home. It really does teach you step by step every aspect that goes into decorating a space. You will learn about colour palettes, textures, pattern play and balance. All helping you create your ideal Inspired Room.
Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home is an amazing book! I can’t even begin to explain all of the details that this book is packed with. Nikki Boyd really breaks down organizing for you. Every single detail is explained in a way that it makes you believe in yourself when it comes to tackling organization in your own home.
Now, if you are a subscriber to Nikki’s YouTube Channel this book may not be for you. I have read reviews that this book is another rendition on what she has already shown on her YouTube Channel. Some loyal YouTube fans were not happy when they purchased this book for that reason. However, I myself had never seen any of Nikki’s videos on YouTube and I absolutely LOVE this book.
One of my favourite parts in this book is the De-Cluttering Guide. Having a guide to follow when you are in the process of de-cluttering and organizing your home helps so much. Her guide is very knowledgeable and makes a lot of sense.
I love that Nikki gives so much insight in this book. Every single chapter is broken down by an area in the home. It then breaks into sections where she explains exactly what to do in each and every part of your home. I swear, every single thing you can think of having in your home is listed in this book with an explanation of how and where to store it.
It is also white and gold and looks so pretty on a bookshelf.
I decided to add a little bonus book Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home in here because I just re-found this book on my bookshelf. Unread and waiting for me to flip through the pages. I honestly bought this book because I thought it was cute. It is a little bit smaller in size then the rest of the books listed above; but it definitely packs a lot of great information in it!
Emily Schuman really covers every tiny detail when it comes to decorating your home in this book. From gallery walls, to rug placement and lighting fixtures, everything you need to know about decorating is covered.
One of the pages I flipped to right away was page 45, Bar Carts. I have been wanting a bar cart for a while now. This section of the book tells you what you need to create the best looking bar cart ever! She gives you tips on how to style the bar cart for your everyday life and for when you have company. She also gives you some bar cart essentials like Martini Glasses, Collins Glasses, Gin and Club Soda.
This book is a great addition to your collection because it will not only give you great insight on decorating, but it will also look super cute styled on your bookshelf.
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of my favourite Interior Design and Home Organization books. I hope they inspire you as much as they do me!
If you have a favourite book that I didn’t mention, let me know what it is in the comments below!