Gift Guide: Best Home Books for Design Minded Friends

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Our favorite thing to give and receive? Hands down...a good book. A gift to use over and over again, full of inspiration and ideas, and usually not too hard on the wallet - yup, that works for us. Here is our list of old favorites and a few new ones we've got our eye on, that we think are perfect for all of our (and your?) design fanatic friends:

Living Large in Small Spaces by Marisa Bartolucci.

Scandinavian Modern by Magnus Englund.

Home and The Way We Live in the City by Stafford Cliff


Vogue Living - Houses Gardens People
by Hamish Bowles

Phaidon Design Classics - 3 Volume Set.

Midwest Modern by Amy Butler.

Paris Living Rooms by Dominique Nabokov.

The House Book (1974) by Terrence Conran.

Ancient and Modern by Cynthia Inions.

I Like You - Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris.

The New Apartment by Montse Borras.

Simple Sewing with a French Twist by Celine Dupuy


and of course...

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.