Interior Design Books for Beginners
One of my great passions has become to help you become someone who is fully equipped and feels passionate about creating a beautiful haven for your family to thrive in. So today, I’m reviewing three interior design books that I believe would be helpful to beginner haven makers!
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Interior Design Books
Have you ever walked into a bookstore or searched online for helpful books to guide you in your home design journey? It is completely overwhelming! So today I’m simply focusing on three books and talking about the benefits that each offer.
If you haven’t read my own book (details HERE), now is the time I’ll be reviewing it for you with objective eyes alongside these other two wonderful authors. Today we’ll be looking at:
- Designing a Life: From House to Haven by Sarah Symonds
- Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
- The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything by Martha Stewart
Interior Design Book Focus
Each of these three books has its own strengths and offers a unique perspective on home design. Here I will break down the main focus of these three interior design books.
- Designing a Life: From House to Haven
- Haven Making Focus for Daily Living
- Creating a tailored and personal haven for your family v. simply a well designed home
- Step-by-Step guidance from start to finish
- Practical advice and forward thinking brainstorming workbook
- Design Focus for High Design
- Education of different design styles
- Heavy photography inspiration
- Design plan workbook
- The Martha Manual
- Teaching Focus for Everyday Living
- Quick tips for a large variety of home-related questions
- Includes craft, pet, gardening, and food sections
- Wide variety of topics not focused on design
Each of these books offers many benefits to someone who is seeking help to update their home or enhance their knowledge in this area.
The Martha Manual takes a surface level approach to a wide variety of topics. This book would most benefit an individual who is looking to get answers to common household issues. Topics such as how to make best use of your garden space, how to care for your pets, and how to pack for a picnic are categorized into easy to read sections. It is also heavy on crafting, household maintenance and entertainment.
Designing a Life: From House to Haven should be considered a hands-on guide to haven making. This book looks beyond design and seeks to help the reader create a personalized plan for their own home based on their own style and family needs. You will follow a step by step approach to determine what your haven mission statement is, identify the problems, establish a design vision and set goals, and then implement your plan. All of this will be done with the help of a free workbook.
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Space You Never Want to Leave, is an inspirational design book. The book boasts breathtaking inspirational photos with commentary and story telling. It offers advice for creating spaces that are beautiful and functional. In addition, there is a small section in the back to help guide your design plans.
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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each of these interior design books. Obviously, I learned so much about myself and my own approach to design as I wrote Designing a Life: From House to Haven. However, I am a firm believer that it takes a village and others will always be able to offer additional insights to my own design journey.
My best advice is to pick which book will help you in your own personal design journey and start there. Each of these books is affordable so if you’re able to get all three I think you will find benefit in each!
Here’s a recap of who I believe these books would help the most:
- Designing a Life: From House to Haven
- For the person who is ready to take action and transform their home into a haven with step by step guidance.
- Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
- For the person who loves photo heavy inspiration and aspirational storytelling.
- The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything
- For the person who wants to gain knowledge in many areas of home ownership and life skills.
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I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books that you’ve read! Please leave me a comment and others will benefit from your perspective as well!
Be blessed my friends!
Thank you! This is exactly the kind of post and information I was looking for. Just bought your book, and can’t wait to get started!
Thank you so much! I’m so glad it was helpful!
My daughter is in junior high and has finally spoken about her desire to do interior designs in the future, a first for her considering we have been asking her plans for college for so long!
I will look for tour books and hope that this will fire her up some more!
I am based now in thailand for an overseas assignment and all the rest of family, wife and 3 kids are in Phils.. as soon as travel restrictions clear, i will fly back and work with her in my short stay to keep her passion growing.
I hope to get your suggestions!!
That is so exciting! I hope she is inspired by what she reads!