3 Must Have Interior Design Books for Fall

I’m a minimalist when it comes to most non-chocolate earthly things, yet color me an excessively endorphin-rich maximalist when we’re talkin’ beautiful design books and cookbooks! Picture books and nonfiction are my soul food, and I have a trio of beautiful new selections on the menu to recommend.

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Let’s take a peek at the design goodness at the heart of each title.

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Poetry of Place (Rizzoli, 2017)©The Poetry of Place by Bobby McAlpine, Rizzoli New York, 2017.
Bobby McAlpine breakfast room in Poetry of Place. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.
Gorgeous breakfast room by Bobby McAlpine in. Poetry of Place (Rizzoli, 2017). Photo: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.


POETRY OF PLACE: THE NEW ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS OF McALPINE is a feast for the senses, with 20 lovely projects, from a lakeside retreat to a Tuscan-style horse farm. The designs and architecture will thrill you, but it’s McAlpine’s poetic, pitch-perfect voice singing the stories of these homes which transported me to an ethereal realm.  What to expect…European manor house? Of course. Beach house? Yes. Colonial Revival? In the mix. When was the last time you read every solitary word of a design book? Gamechanger here. Richly lavished with 300 inspiring interior and exterior photographs, POETRY OF PLACE will charm traditional design freaks and aesthetes who prefer their luxury understated and their elegance transcendent.

Bobby McAlpine interior design - Poetry of Place. Rizzoli, 2017.
Photo: ©Poetry of Place by Bobby McAlpine, Rizzoli New York, 2017.
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BETH WEBB: AN EYE FOR BEAUTY is Atlanta based designer Beth Webb’s first book (oh, Beth, let thy beautiful eye create many more!) which features the most sumptuously beautiful and comforting spaces with traditional decor you can imagine. Whether you are a pro, a self-taught interior stylist like moi, or simply a decor enthusiast, you will surely want to devote quality time for study of the sensually fulfilling interiors designed by Webb in this title!

“Every home begins as a blank canvas, a plan, a way and a structure to encapsulate life. Only through its materials, furnishings and details does it become beautiful, comfortable and personal.” ~Beth Webb


RECYCLED HOME (Simon & Schuster, 2017) will be adored by lovers of wabi-sabi and vintage. In graceful ways, it’s a study in the déshabillé beauty of the simple and undone; of the strength of “as found” decor restraint. Mark and Sally Bailey translate their passion for texture and no-fuss living with a uniquely sensible chic, and their latest book showcases a slew of soulful honesty within the rescued, reused, recycled, and repaired.

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Recyled Home (Simon & Schuster, 2017).
White living room with relaxed, Scandinavian style by Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote. Pale & Interesting Holidays. #livingroom #swedish #scandinavianstyle #shabbychic #countrylivingroom
A beautiful Scandinavian style white decor moment in a property designed by Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote. Pale & Interesting Holidays. See more designs from this design team HERE.

It’s pouring rain outside as I type this…ready to curl up with a good picture book!?!

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. October 11, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Hello Michele – all three books seem quite wonderful but the Recycled Home just spoke to me…what a feast for the eyes in your preview. Thanks for bringing these to the forefront!

    • michele
      October 11, 2017 / 11:14 am

      It’s got your name all over it–raw and so much stillness. 🙂

  2. October 11, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Talk about Poetry of Place, I have been a fan of McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier for ages. I am actually friends with Ray Booth on Facebook. There is a Peaceful calm that comes over me when I see their designs.
    Another book coming out to add to this if you like McAlpine, is Ray Booth’s book due out in April
    ( April? that long!) “Evocative Interiors”.
    As a musician ( my hubby & I are a piano bar duo) as a interior re-designer & merchandiser ( working with floral & color all day) I need “Calm”. These are my go to’s.
    On another note….Thank you for contributing to this calm too. Everyday that I open Facebook & see your posts!

    • michele
      October 11, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Thanks for adding to the beauty and for the kind words, Linda. Yer getting me pumped for EVOCATIVE INTERIORS which is destined to be swoonworthy. My dream job? Lounge singer next to a gorgeous piano. 🙂

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