Popular Architecture Books of October 2020

May 14, 2020 By Edward Roberts

We present you a rating of 10 top Architecture Books available for sale in 2020, based on reader reviews.

1
Best Choice

The Perfect Kitchen

Rizzoli

9.5
The Perfect Kitchen

Approx. price: $52. You may saved up to 10%.

A chic, polished guide to creating your dream kitchen from the cofounder of Waterworks, with hundreds of images and practical advice.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, the destination of every party, everyone's favorite gathering spot, where style and functionality must go hand in hand. Designing a kitchen is a vastly complicated affair, involving an array of appliances (movable and fixed) and storage zones, not to mention addressing the kitchen's role as a multifunctional social arena to be used from very early in the morning until late into the night. Creating a timeless, high-functioning space is daunting indeed. Where is one to begin?

In The Perfect Kitchen, Waterworks cofounder Barbara Sallick explores the process of designing a kitchen in great and beautiful detail, from surfaces and finishes to storage, cabinetry, and hardware. The book is enriched by dozens of images of kitchens by esteemed designers such as Steven Gambrel, Gil Schafer, and Suzanne Kasler; essays by top food icons including Julia Turshen and Melissa Clark about their own kitchens; and important, how-to advice.

Combining evocative, informative photography with an authoritative, engaging narrative, The Perfect Kitchen is an essential, lasting resource that will appeal to discerning homeowners and professionals alike looking for upscale visual inspiration and design advice.

9.1
Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

Approx. price: $110.

A rich visual history of Architectural Digest, published for the magazine’s 100th anniversary

Architectural Digest at 100 celebrates the best from the pages of the international design authority. The editors have delved into the archives and culled years of rich material covering a range of subjects. Ranging freely between present and past, the book features the personal spaces of dozens of private celebrities like Barack and Michelle Obama, David Bowie, Truman Capote, David Hockney, Michael Kors, and Diana Vreeland, and includes the work of top designers and architects like Frank Gehry, David Hicks, India Mahdavi, Peter Marino, John Fowler, Renzo Mongiardino, Oscar Niemeyer, Axel Vervoordt, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Elsie de Wolfe. Also included are stunning images from the magazine’s history by photographers such as Bill Cunningham, Horst P. Horst, Simon Upton, Francois Dischinger, Francois Halard, Julius Shulman, and Oberto Gili.

3
Best Overall Quality

For the Love of White: The White and Neutral Home

Harper Design

8.6
For the Love of White: The White and Neutral Home

Approx. price: $34. You may saved up to 30%.

Create calming, peaceful spaces in your home with white and neutral tones with the first home decorating book from The White Company, published as this much-loved brand celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary.

“The thing about white is that it goes with everything, it is a canvas for life, whoever you are and whatever your tastes. You just can’t beat it.”—Chrissie Rucker

Whether you live in a tiny city apartment, a rambling country cottage or an elegant town house For the Love of White offers the definitive book on decorating with white and neutral ones. From room schemes for light, bright family kitchens and calming bedrooms to the all-important finishing touches—this is a book to be inspired by again and again.

Illustrated with specially commissioned photography by leading interiors photographer, Chris Everard and organized into three sections—Country, Town and Coastal—the book provides both the advice and the inspiration needed to transform your home.

4
Budget Friendly

Patina Farm

Gibbs Smith

8.1
Patina Farm

Approx. price: $34. You may saved up to 32%.

Key Features:

  • Patina Farm

A new farm home blending modern lines and materials with French antiques.

When Brooke and Steve Giannetti decided to leave their suburban Santa Monica home to build a new life on a farm, they looked into themselves, and traveled to Belgium and France, for inspiration. Brooke’s inviting prose combines with 200 photographs and Steve’s architectural drawings to show their inspirations, their materials selections, and the enviable result of their team effort and creativity: an idyllic farm in California’s Ojai Valley. We see every corner of the family home, guesthouse, lush gardens, and delightful animal quarters.

Steve Giannetti is a renowned architect, and Brooke is an interior decorator and writer of the design blog Velvet and Linen. They also own Giannetti Home, a store that sells furniture and products for the home in their signature Patina style. The couple’s work has been featured in the Veranda, Coastal Living, Good Housekeeping, the New York Times. They are the authors of Patina Style.

5
What Money Can Buy

Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living

Harry N. Abrams

7.6
Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living

Approx. price: $33. You may saved up to 32%.

An elevated yet accessible follow-up to Lauren Liess’s Habitat, showcasing her signature easy-living lifestyle

Down to Earth picks up right where Lauren Liess’s critically acclaimed Habitat left off. While Habitat walked readers through the decorating process step-by-step, Liess’s latest title takes a step beyond the basics and invites readers to incorporate the main components of her familiar design aesthetic: nature, easy living, and approachability. With evocative photos and substantive design advice, Down to Earth focuses on creating a lifestyle that inspires creativity and functionality.

Throughout the book, Liess shows readers how to incorporate six guiding principles in six unique homes: a new farmhouse, a classic American historical home, a lakeside contemporary house, a modern villa, a turn- of-the-century American Foursquare, and a cedar and glass house on a bluff. While each home has a different architectural style, fingerprints of Liess’s down-to-earth style are evident throughout.

7.1
Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home

Approx. price: $18. You may saved up to 67%.

Whether you live in a country farmhouse or an urban apartment, find inspiration for every room in your home. Come cozy up with your creativity and Liz's welcoming voice so you can love the feeling of being at home.

In this beautiful book of house and garden photography and DIY inspiration, popular blogger Liz Marie Galvan shares:

  • 100 tips and tricks to make your home feel cozy
  • Budget-friendly hints to make decorating affordable
  • Simple DIY projects for every room in the house

In Cozy White Cottage, Liz offers her best home décor and design tips to help you create a space you'll love coming home to. You'll love Liz's real-life, easy, and affordable ideas to get the most out of your home and discover things like:

  • The passion and productivity that can pour out of an inspiring, functional workspace or office
  • The conversation and connection that flow out of a warm, well-arranged living room
  • The thoughtful hospitality that can welcome guests, be it for a cup of coffee or an overnight stay
  • The rejuvenation that can happen when we have quiet spaces for reading, prayer, and rest
  • The calming routines and rituals that we can implement into our spaces and our lives
  • The laughter, joy, and learning that can occur in adorable, functional playrooms
  • The life-giving power that beats in the heart of our homes, the kitchen

Each month hundreds of thousands of readers find design inspiration and DIY ideas on Liz's blog, where Liz shares stories of life with her veteran husband, Jose, their 1800s Michigan farmhouse, and the home décor boutique she co-owns. Cozy White Cottage offers inspiration for every style and makes the perfect self-purchase, housewarming gift, birthday treat, Mother's Day read, or holiday gift.

7.1
Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

Approx. price: $1482.

Key Features:

  • Elements of Style Designing a Home and a Life

From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog, Elements of Style, a full-color, fully illustrated book packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style.
Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog.
Organized by rooms in the house, Elements of Style invites readers into Erin’s own home as well as homes she has designed for clients. Fresh, modern, and colorful, it is brimming glamour and style as well as advice on practical matters from choosing kitchen counter materials to dressing a bed with pillows, picking a sofa, and decorating a nursery without cartoon characters. You’ll also find a charming foreword by Erin’s husband, Andrew, and an extensive Resource and Shopping Guide that provides an indispensable a roadmap for anyone embarking on their first serious home decorating adventure. With Erin’s help, you can finally make your house your home.

6.6
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Approx. price: $28. You may saved up to 61%.

Key Features:

  • Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave Hardcover – November 6, 2018

In Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A removable design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in Homebody will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.

6.1
Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants

Approx. price: $16. You may saved up to 35%.

Make your home a healthier and more beautiful place to be with Hilton Carter’s inspirational ideas.
"Hilton Carter's love for plants is infectious... His lush and exuberant displays are inspiring reminders that plants can be so much more than neat little containers on a window sill." Grace Bonney, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Design*Sponge
Take a tour through Hilton’s own apartment and other lush spaces, filled with a huge array of thriving plants, and learn all you need to know to create your own urban jungle. As the owner of over 200 plants, Hilton feels strongly about the role of plants in one’s home—not just for the beauty they add, but for health benefits as well: ‘having plants in your home not only adds life, but changes the airflow throughout. It’s also a key design element when styling your place. For me, it wasn’t about just having greenery, but having the right variety of greenery. I like to see the different textures of foliage all grouped together. You take a fiddle leaf fig and sandwich it between a birds of paradise and a monstera and…. yes!’ You will be armed with the know-how you need to care for your plants, where to place them, how to propagate, how to find the right pot, and much more, and most importantly, how to arrange them so that they look their best. Combine sizes and leaf shapes to stunning effect, grow your own succulents from leaf cuttings, create your own air plant display, and more.

10
Best Value for Your Money

The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition

Basic Books

5.6
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition

Approx. price: $13. You may saved up to 63%.

Key Features:

  • Basic Books AZ

Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics.
Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door.
The fault, argues this ingenious -- even liberating -- book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.
The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.
The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

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