Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bloggers With Books

The coffee table book niche in publishing seems to be going stronger than ever. Especially hot is the category dedicated to design books. It seems like about twenty new titles come out every week on Amazon.

Bloggers are a community, and we design obsessed ones are indeed a close community. We support one in another by reading each others blogs, sharing sources and experiences, and in general lend an ear when we are endlessly enthusiastic about a world we love. So when one us crosses over from blog writing to getting a book published, the grass roots support is tremendous.

So as you get into the full swing of the holiday shopping season you might consider picking up one (or more) of these books written by bloggers for a gift to yourself, or for someone else who loves decorating. 

I'll start with my book House Proud Unique Home Design Louisiana. Even if you don't live in Louisiana you will love the homes in this book, as I love each and everyone of them. I tell the back story of each home owner. The photography by Sara Essex Bradley is gorgeous, and the homes are gorgeous in an accessible way. And I give takeaways (blogger style) in each chapter for the reader to consider trying. This is a great gift for decorators, the house proud, and for those who love New Orleans.

Buy House Proud Unique Home Design Louisiana HERE

Next, is Reflections on Swedish Style, by Rhonda Eleish and Edie Van Breems, photography by Neil Landino. These girls spearheaded the tremendous popularity of Swedish style in the USA, and this their second book on Swedish style is gorgeous and filled with great ideas of how to incorporate Swedish design into your lifestyle and decor.

Buy Reflections on Swedish Interiors HERE

Ronda Rice Carman has a very popular book out now and  it is already in its second printing called Designers At Home. She cleverly segued her blog style from her interviews with designers on All The Best into a gorgeous print book. I think she needs to do volume two! There are a ton more designers I'd like to see represented in this clever format.

Buy Designers At Home Personal Relflections On Stylish Living HERE

Another very popular blogger, Jennifer Boles has a great book out called In With The Old, Classic Decor from A to Z. This book is destined to become a classic like her idol Dorothy Draper's book Decorating Is Fun. This is a perfect gift for anyone just starting out to decorate, or a nifty reference for the well seasoned designer. 

Buy In With The Old Classic Decor from A to Z HERE

Brook and Steve Giannetti led the way last year being one of a group of bloggers to get a book published, and if you don't have it, get it! Patina Style is a beautiful and useful book that perfectly illustrates the Giannetti's luxe organic style. I heart the Giannettis.

Buy Patina Style HERE

Another book that has been out for awhile is by the wildly popular bloggers Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love. Their book has the same title as their blog, and it is cute as a button with tons of DIY ideas chronicled from their personal saga of setting up house. 

Buy Young House Love HERE

And lastly the book My Marrakesh by Maryam Montague, another extremely popular blogger that was one of the first bloggers to get a book deal. Again, written in a breezy blogger style that makes for easy reading while offering great ideas of how to use a specific ethnic global style into your decor. 

Buy Marrakash By Design HERE

So there you have it! Go out and support a blogger today and buy their book! They would do the same for you. 
I have every one of these books, and I feel a special connection as I flip through the pages of works done by friends in the blogging world.

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  1. Love these books - and especially YOURS! I hadn't seen Patina Style before... so thank you for that!

  2. The one thing that is very clear Ms. Hart is that you have set the standard for class and pride, and you're rapidly becoming an icon to be admired and imitated for your talent, kindness and generosity.

  3. Of course, I am partial to House Proud!!! But I must get Patina Style. I too heart the Giamettis.
    Happy Holidays!!!! xo

  4. Very nice blog and I really love swedish Interiors and all the pictures are very attractive , thanks for sharing with us.
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  5. Always i love to read book. You did a great job for us. Thanks for the sharing. Home Decor Ideas

  6. I have yours and Brooke Giannetti's books. I want to get the others, will work my way through them.

  7. My daughter ordered your book for me as a Christmas gift. I cannot wait to receive it!! :)


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