Thursday, December 8, 2022

Interior Design Books for Christmas Gifts

Currently Classic Jonathan Rachman Design

Interior design books are one of my favorite gifts to give and to receive. These are recent releases that would be wonderful additions to the library of any interior design lover.

With its pink de Gournay chinoiserie cover, I would buy this book just to sit on my cocktail table. But Jonathan Rachman is also a favorite interior designer of mine. Born in Sumatra in Indonesia and trained in Switzerland, this San Francisco based interior designer has a style that is eclectic, colorful, and sophisticated, blending the East and the West.

Jonathan Rachman

I have posted countless rooms by Alex Papachristidis. This new second book of his features his luxe and elegant style and lots of his beautiful tabletops as well.

The Elegant Life by Alex Papachristidis

Alex Papachristidis

In this new book, style icon and preeminent hostess Catherine “Deeda” Blair shares her inspirations for entertaining with understated elegance and distinction, accompanied by menus, recipes, table settings, and charming stories about her extraordinarily colorful life.

Deeda Blair: Food, Flowers & Fantasy

Deeda Blair

Not a new book, but after the recent passing of Furlow Gatewood at the age of 100, this book belongs in every interior design lover's collection.

One Man's Folly by Julia Reed

Furlow Gatewood

On this exclusive Veranda house tour, you’re invited to step inside spectacular Southern homes created by a diverse group of innovative designers and architects that share one important credo: an abiding love of beauty. 

Most important, you’ll discover how Southern style is wildy inclusive –an amalgamation of many different aesthetic sensibilities. It’s a style that resists easy categorizing and also defies clich√©. You’ll experience how the warmth of being “at home” is achieved through imaginative and evocative design by visionary designers including Keith Robinson, Mark D. Sikes, Bobby McAlpine, Bunny Williams, Darryl Carter, Phoebe Howards and others.

Veranda At Home in the South by Stephanie Hunt

Caroline Gidiere


  1. Alex Papachristidis is also one of my favorite designers. Years ago Traditional Home featured a home he did in Seattle - he chose Benjamin Moore Patriotic White for the walls, which is a beautiful pale aqua. I have used the color in several homes since, and I always thank him for that.

  2. Ooh...yummy! Interior design books are perhaps my favorite, and I always look forward to your recommendations, Beth.