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Tired of your house looking, well… tired? Much like our closets need a fresh dose of fashion sense from time to time, our homes can benefit from a facelift once in a while. Here are eight books that will inspire you to get any redecorating project off the ground.

 The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness

Frances Schultz

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It’s the cult hit of the design circuit this year—a design guide-turned-memoir as this contributing editor to House Beautiful shares her personal journey along the way to a new life.

Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors

Phaidon Press

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Whether your aesthetic is minimal or grand (or somewhere in between), the editors at Phaidon have curated an exquisite collection of spaces from which to draw fresh ideas for your own home—hotels, cathedrals, offices and bars are included in this love letter to contemporary design.

Flea Market Fabulous

Lara Spencer

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Released in late 2014, this guide to vintage decorating isn’t lost on anyone who appreciates the genre. Consider this your companion guide for doing your own “flea market flip” with hidden treasures uncovered at the fantastic resale and antique          shops in Chicago and on the North Shore.

Rethink the Way You Live

Amanda Talbot

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Addressing the idea of sustainability is just one of the reasons Talbot’s guide has made so many “Best Of” lists this year. Beautifully photographed by Mikkel Vang, the book marries resourcefulness to technology in elegant ways.

Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want

Ann Sage

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Often, well-designed surroundings can motivate us to achieve our goals.. City Sage blogger Ann Sage offers expert advice in this new release, with designs meant to inspire the featured home dwellers to attain their own lifelong aspirations.

The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty and Balance

Michael S. Smith

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It’s been seven years since Smith has talked interiors—but he’s back, talking about his Cali and Spanish experiences that influence his own design.

Behind Closed Doors: The Private Homes of 25 of the World’s Most Creative People

Rob Meyers

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There’s a whole heap of inspiration that comes from taking a voyeuristic look into the lives of others. Meyers takes us behind the scenes, where we get a peek at the inner sanctums of some of today’s most celebrated creatives.

Design Bloggers at Home

Ellie Tennant

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Sure, they can talk the talk, but do they walk the walk? Tennant opens the doors to 15 of the top design bloggers’ homes, apartments and even cabins to learn more about their inspiration.


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