Nothing suggests culture and class like a glossy coffee table book sitting upon your elegant Sparrow - infused furniture. I’ve read many in my time as I’ve sat in waiting rooms across the globe, and am delighted to share some of my favourites with you now...
For lovers of bold and lavish interiors, you simply must peruse Mary McDonald’s The Allure of Style. McDonald’s designs exude an elegant, old-world charm, but this doesn't mean they are stale or demure - far from it. Domino magazine dubbed her the “decorating daredevil” and she has made a name for herself by creating vibrant, playful and bold rooms that are timeless and yet completely now.
The Things that Matterby Nate Berkus is both an interior design bible (at its core) and a touching personal tale of Berkus’ influences and musings. From travel momentos to flea market finds, Berkus lets us into his life - and then into the lives of twelve others. From an ultra-modern Chicago high rise to a tiny cottage in the Hudson Valley, this remarkable book proves that our homes tell the stories of our lives.
Kelly Wearstler is as close to a celebrity interior designer as they come, with her works featuring in Vogue, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and House and Garden to name but a few. Wearstler’s new volume, Rhapsody, shows off some never-before-photographed scenes and scenarios, taking us on an endless journey into the madness and mayhem behind her opulent, Hollywood and pop-inspired interiors. I adored stepping into Wearstler’s candid life, from sauntering through auction houses to creating her bold metal sculptures.
Remodelista.com seeks to celebrate the classic over the transient and is the authority for architects, interior designers and remodellers alike. Sleek, at times rustic, but never cluttered, the Remodelista aesthetic is very well defined. The Remodelista collection breaks down this aesthetic for renovators and remodelers with lessons, guides and secrets that help to simplify in a sometimes over-saturated design world (and you can never deny the beauty in simplicity…)
Sibella Court brings us Gypsy, demonstrating her flamboyant part-bohemian, part-pirate lifestyle. She loves to tinker, travel and search for treasures that she works into her eclectic designs, which have featured in Vogue Living, Marie Claire and Gourmet. Gypsy is a guide to trade secrets, sources, suppliers and colour palettes. It will also take you on a journey to such far flung corners of the earth as Ecuador, Scotland, Transylvania and Turkey. Court is a fellow globetrotter but settled down in Sydney a few years ago. You can visit her trinket store The Society Inc, in Paddington for those of you who become infatuated with the woman behind the text.