Best Design Books

You may know him best as Sarah Richardson's stellar sidekick, but we recently discovered another side of TV's Tommy Smythe: collector extraordinaire. His particular passion? Design books. Beautiful inside and out, they're as enjoyable to read as they are to display. Herein, Tommy's favourite finds, from his library to yours:


Upcoming Favourite
Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections by Celerie Kemble (Clarkson Potter, available November 1, 2011)

Current Favourites
The Private House by Rose Tarlow (Clarkson Potter, 2001)
American Modern by Thomas O'Brien (Harry N. Abrams, 2010)

Vintage Favourites
Living With Design by David Hicks (William Morrow, 1979)
Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design by Henry Parish, Albert Hadley and Christopher Petkanas (Little Brown & Co., 1995)
Billy Baldwin Decorates by Billy Baldwin (Book Sales, 1976)

Favourite Books on Displaying Books
At Home With Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries by Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm and Christopher Simon Sykes (Clarkson Potter, 1995)
Living with Books by Alan Powers (Sterling, 2006)

Got a book collection of your own? Get Tommy's tips for styling your shelves here.


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