Remember when I made a wishlist of books about traveling? Well, now I’m making one dedicated only to dwelling, the other face of packmahome.

These are books I want to have on my coffee table and on the “book covered wall” of my dream home. I already have a pretty good idea of how I want my dream home to look like, but I’m always on the hunt for inspiration, so I hope these books will inspire me and amaze me with different points of view.

My birthday is coming soon, maybe I’ll just give me a couple of them to myself 😉


Each book title and image of the cover are linked back to their author’s web page or blog. And because I still don’t own any of these books, I used the Amazon description so you can have an idea of what kind of book it is.

Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design

By Christiane Lemieux and Rumaan Alam
I think this is definitely my kind of book. If I am correct this is a book for all lovers of breaking rules, just like me 😉 I’m really considering buying this one for my birthday, let’s see.

Jettison the old rulebooks about home décor and “undecorate” your space. As the founder and creative director of DwellStudio—which is famous for its brightly colored, graphic textile designs for home furnishings—designer Christiane Lemieux challenges tradition in a quintessentially American way, championing a fresh, unconventional approach to creating a beautiful and comfortable home. Lemieux emboldens readers to push aside stuffy, professionally-designed décor, showing them instead how to infuse their own personality into their home.

Modern Vintage Style

By Emily Chalmers
I’m quite undecided about which book I should buy first between this and the first book of the list. They both shout my name 🙂 don’t you think?

In Modern Vintage Style, Emily Chalmers – interiors stylist and owner of hip boutique Caravan – shows how using vintage items in a contemporary context can introduce humour, flair and personality to a home. Decorating should be fun and inspiring, so there are no style diktats; no ‘this-must-go-with-that’. Modern vintage is all about trusting your instincts and taste and using a bit of imagination in seeking out the right items to create a perfect balance of old and new. In the first section of the book, Inspirations, Emily offers up imaginative and varied examples of furniture, lighting, textiles, decorating and collections & display. In the second section, Style, she shows you exactly how to pull the look together, applying her decorating philosophy so you can cook & eat, live, sleep and bathe in tune with Modern Vintage Style.

Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home

By Maxwell Ryan, Janel Laban and Melanie Acevedo
Apartment Therapy is a reference, who doesn’t know this site? Maxwell Ryan has already four (if I’m not mistaken) books under the wings of Apartment Therapy, but I think this one is my favorite and the one that catches my eyes.

The most comprehensive and complete home book from Apartment Therapy, featuring every aspect of design and decorating from floor plans to paint, specific rooms to style approaches, with the goal of setting up and living well in a place you love.

Getting a room to feel right is more instinct than science. You know a great space when you see it. Apartment Therapy trains your eye with more than 75 rooms, from bedrooms to kitchens and living rooms to kids’ rooms and workspaces. Explore every detail—lighting, color palettes, flooring, and accessories—that brings a home to life and, most important, makes you happy in it.

Design*Sponge at Home: A Guide to Inspiring Homes – and All the Tools You Need to Create Your Own

By Grace Bonney

I love Grace’s style and I love her blog, I know for sure I’ll love to read this book she published 5 years ago (already that long ago?!?!?).

Grace Bonney’s daily website Design*Sponge -dubbed Martha Stewart Living for MillennialsA” by The New York Times -has 60,000 daily readers who love the site for its home tours and makeovers, DIY projects, recipes, videos, and podcasts. Bonney created the site in 2004 as an antidote to the fussy (and expensive) shelter magazines of her mother’s generation, turning it into a rallying point for crafty young homeowners everywhere. Culled fro her site, but with 50 percent all-new material, DESIGN*SPONGE DECORATING ESSENTIALS is Bonney’s definative guide to creating a stylish home for young homeowners and renters. This is truly Design on a Dime-from the tours of real-life interiors, where the decor was culled from flea markets and the owners’ objects as a butterfly dome. Along the way, Bonney teaches the reader the principles of decorating and collecting, empowering them to create beautiful homes of their own.

HomeMade Modern: Smart DIY Designs for a Stylish Home

By Ben Uyeda

I don’t know when did I discovered this blog, but it was love at first sight! I simply adore every single piece of furniture Ben Uyeda designs and builds.

Everyone is capable of making useful things, and beautifully made modern furniture shouldn’t cost thousands of dollars. In HomeMade Modern you’ll learn to make the furniture you want at a fraction of the price of store-bought furniture. Not only will you save tons of money, but you’ll also make environmentally sustainable pieces that are solidly built, using real materials like metal, wood, concrete, and other recycled ready-mades.

The projects in this book don’t require special skills, prior experience, or even a garage full of tools. This book will walk you step-by-step through the process of making furniture, from where to buy the materials (or where to scavenge!) to how to make the most of the tools you own. All you need is a sense of adventure to make furniture that looks amazing and that you can actually afford.

101 Saturday Morning Projects: Organize – Decorate – Rejuvenate. No Project over 4 hours!

By Editors of The Family Handyman

When I read this book title I just start daydreaming and picture myself in my dream home. I think I’d like to have this book in a decade from now, when I have my own house to mess around with 😉

Choose from over 130 practical solutions for maintaining your home or apartment. These sensible projects are the easy-to-follow answers to keeping your home and yard in tip-top shape-and all can be done in less than 4 hours. From the editors of the #1 home improvement magazine,The Family Handyman’s and written in their dependable, very accessible, conversational tone, the detailed project instructions are straightforward and user-friendly. Plus there is expert advice for every home or apartment repair, project, or improvement from adding extra storage space to building a summer lounge chair, from repairing a damaged screen to installing a dimmer switch.

Inside you will find over 130 easy-to-build projects that will enhance your home; practical fixes for all annoying problems including a running toilet, dull mower blades, and how to replace a sink sprayer and hose. Find quick and inexpensive ways to improve the looks and functionality of your home by decorating with stencils, make over your kitchen cabinets, critter-proof your home, and stop drafts around windows and doors. Plus bonus sections that highlight Healthy & Efficient Home, Painting & Finishing, and Using Tools.

Throughout this books are expert hints and tips that will have the handyman, or woman, enhancing, repairing, and maintaining a home or apartment in less time than it takes to play a Saturday morning round of golf.

Decorate: 1,000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home

by Holly Becker, Joanna Chopstick and Debi Treloar

Another book that came from a blog I read on a daily basis. I know I’ll like to read it!

In Decorate, the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive home dcor program combines beautiful inspiration with nuts-and-bolts how-to for stunning results. More than 500 gorgeous color photographs provide motivation while line illustrations, checklists, shortcuts, and floor plans make it easy to get started. For those looking to make the most of their home and create stylish interiors, Decorate is the start-to-finish resource to keep on the bookshelf for years to come.

Do you have any others suggestions? Do you have a book wishlist too? Tell me all about it in the comments section bellow 🙂
Notes: 1. This post was not sponsored nor contains affiliate links. 2. I also used Amazon’s book reviews because I didn’t read any of them (yet) and so I can’t use my own words to review these books. 3. Cover photo by Gaulle Marcel edited by me.