Your Favorite Advice from Design Books

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We can’t be alone in our love of looking through design books, old and new, for inspiration for our own homes. Our own collection is mostly old books saved from bargain bins and a few newer books given to us as gifts.

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From famous interior designers giving their best advice, to popular styles explained to how-to books that help us with our own projects, there’s no doubt a design book for everyone. And though we sometimes only look at just the pretty pictures, we have often found unique and great design advice hidden in the pages of books over the years.

Do you have a lot of design books yourself, or do you stick to online inspiration like blogs? Do you buy a design book for its photos or for its words? What’s the best design book you’ve ever purchased—and what advice did you get from it? Was there ever a book you purchased that surprised you, for good or bad? We’d love to know about your favorite design book discoveries!

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