Four interior design books -woonlookbook favorites


To follow up the blog about my reading nook I want to tell you more about the latest four interior design books I bought. 

I do not know if you noticed but my latest article about my reading nook was posted a while ago! We have been working on the back end of the website. Therefore I am excited to be back again and share latest ideas. Hopefully this year not only Travel blogs with “looking forward by looking back” but also travelling again after Covid-19. 

Interior design books on Hoof coffee table from &Tradition

Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone

The picture from a kitchen on Pinterest, the Brooklyn townhouse featured in Architectural Digest and the collaboration with Zara home drew my attention to Athena Calderone’s website EyeSwoon. I love the style because of the combination of creating a modern vibe with character pieces.  

This book shows her own interiors and the ones designed by other international interior decorators, like Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. So, it is not just one style where you can read about but more carefully crafted interiors this results in a broad spectrum of inspiration.

Beautiful design is not just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives.

What I like about the book is the structure. With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited their design journey. She then breaks down the details of the rooms—like layered textures and patterns, collected pieces, and customized vignettes—and offers helpful tips on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that is thoughtfully put together.

Live Beautiful – Athena Calderone via Libris

Nordic Moods by Katrine Martensen-Larsen

Described as “A guide to successful interior decoration. The Danish interior designer Katrine Martensen-Larsen invites you inside nine inspirational and varied Nordic homes, sharing her best tips along the way, such as the valuable art of restraint. Helped by mood boards – a practical visual association tool – you learn to prioritize and discover Nordic style and interior design. Katrine also shows you how to create a personal and harmonious home. Nordic Moods is richly illustrated by photographer Kira Brandt” 

If you embrace a Scandinavian style this book gives inspiration to create your own mood board in this style.

Nordic Moods – Katrine Martensen via Libris

Items & Interiors by Bea Mombaers

Interior stylist Bea Mombaers is passionate about vintage and design. She is always on the lookout for special finds and unique objects. Over time she developed a distinctive signature style. This book presents Bea’s work and universe as seen through the lenses of different photographers. The photos show interiors arranged by Bea, but also intriguing details, beautiful still life’s and objects with a story Bea feels inspired by. The photos are presented according to the key moments in a day: waking up, breakfast, break, lunch, coffee, apero, dinner and party. Bea is a source of inspiration and interior dreams, and a personal view on Bea Mombaers’s world and her favorite projects up to now.

Different from the first two mentioned books because the interiors are not described. That is why this book is especially suitable as a source of inspiration. But if you want an explanation of how to do this yourself you will need a different kind of book. (advantage: language is unimportant!).

Items and Interiors – Bea Mombaers via Libris

Hare + Klein by Meryl Hare

Distinguished by their aesthetic of understated luxury and attention to fine detail, design firm Hare + Klein is synonymous with uncompromisingly comfortable, liveable interiors made exceptional by pitch-perfect styling.

I like the Australian view on living. Using Pinterest, I noticed that of lot of the pins I loved were from Australian designers. So, I was looking for an interesting interior book and found this book about the Hare + Klein interiors. In this book the floor plans and mood boards will give inspiration and will help you creating your own interior. Pay special attention because of the makers to rugs form Nepal and authentic Australian art.

Hare+Klein via Libris

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Four interior design books, justified Woonlookbook favorites. What is your favorite?

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