12 Design & Lifestyle Books To Give and Get


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Enticing design and lifestyle books seem to be everywhere lately, from furniture stores to clothing boutiques. While I can't justify buying every one I want, I do love adding them to my Christmas list and picking out particular ones to give design-addicted friends and family. If you're also looking to add to your collection or if you just need ideas for gifts, here are some intriguing titles from 2010. 1. For your ultra-fashionable cousin: American Fashion Designers at Home. Assouline, $65.
2. For the aunt and uncle who are renovating their summer house: The Swedish Country House. Random House, $60.
3. For your eco-conscious brother: Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style. Rizzoli, $40.
4. For your MOMA-addicted, ad exec best friend: Everything is Made. Taschen, $60.
5. For the godmother who loves accessorizing anything: Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing. Sterling Innovation, $12.
6. For your husband who collects maps: The Map as Art. Chronicle, $30.
7. For the history buff who loves unexpected info: At Home. Random House, $29.
8. For the boyfriend who takes you on Frank Lloyd Wright house tours: Living Architecture. Assouline, $75.
9. For the colleague whose apartment is filled with high design furniture: Collecting Design. Taschen, $40.
10.For the couple who rails against McMansions: Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design. Princeton Architectural Press. $45.
11. For your little sister who loves to throw cocktail parties: A Life of Style. Random House, $35.
12. For anyone really. Why not? Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small Cool Spaces. Clarkson Potter, $20.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.