The Top Decor Book, Compared
Cozy White Cottage — Best Overall
This home decor-based book contains beautiful house and garden photography to serve as inspiration for every room in your home. Written by a popular blogger, this book offers 100 tips and tricks to make your home feel cozy, budget-friendly hints to make decorating affordable and simple DIY projects for every room in the house. You will also find inspiration for every style with real-life, easy, and affordable ideas.
- This book gives tips for all rooms including the porch, living room, office, kitchen, and more
- Includes tips for decorating your home on a budget
- If you have a more modern design aesthetic, another option might be better
Live Beautiful By Athena Calderone — Runner Up
From a celebrated design expert and interior designer, this book takes a chic look into how an international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers decorate their spaces. This book explores how each homeowner found inspiration for their designs and then breaks down the details of the rooms while offering helpful tips on how to bring these elements into your own space.
- This book is accompanied by gorgeous photography
- The author gives a glimpse into two of her own properties
- This book does not showcase much of the author’s design spaces
Beautifully Organized — Honorable Mention
If some professional organization is a priority in life, this book is a must-read. Beautifully Organized is written by a professional home organizer who shares her best advice for how to create an organized, beautiful, and welcoming home. She details her five essential steps to get your house in order and through her experience, will teach you how to put them to good use to ultimately create your perfectly organized home.
- This book is good for new homeowners, newlyweds, spring cleaners, empty nesters, etc
- It gives tips on how to clean up efficiently
- Much of the book content can be found on the author’s social media
Faded Glamour — Best for Vintage Lovers
Another inspiration-style decor book, this one has a focus on vintage finds with character. The author showcases her passion for velvet sofas and lace curtains by revealing her own home that is a blend of romantic and cool rock ‘n’ roll interiors. The book also contains a ton of inspirational interiors and creative spaces that might provide some cool design ideas.
- This book will make a lovely housewarming or holiday gift for any design lover
- It gives tips and inspiration for decorating every room of the house
- If you are not into vintage style and/or design, another option might be better
Elements of Style — Most Honest Book
This is another blog-based, full-color, and fully illustrated design book filled with advice, inspiration, and ideas, about designing a home that reflects your individual personality and style. This guide to decorating uses the author’s 10 years of experience in the industry to combine design advice with professional photographs and illustrations peppered with personal essays about the lessons learned while designing her own home.
- This book contains an extensive resource and shopping guide
- It is organized by rooms of the house
- This book contains a lot of personal information