In Detail Book Review

October 13, 2014

I have a GREAT giveaway for interiors enthusiasts out there today. You can win one of FIVE copies of the stunning brand new title by stylist and art director Hans Blomquist, IN DETAIL, from Ryland Peters + Small. Photographed by both Hans and professional photographer (on the world’s best) Debi Treloar, this is THE coffee table book of the moment. Would you like to WIN a copy? C’mon, of course you would! And since it doesn’t release until next week – and I’m kicking off his blog tour online – 5 days, 5 bloggers — I’m also including a book review and some brand new images from the book to feast your eyes upon that you can pin and click on for a larger view.

In Detail Book Review

In Detail Book Review

I’ve snapped a photo of the book on my coffee table above so you can see how lovely it really looks as a decorative object in addition to a learning tool.

About the author: Hans Blomquist is a renowned art director and stylist whose evocative, painterly style is highly sought after by a multitude of prestigious brands. Hans started out working for IKEA in Sweden at the tender age of 16 and ended up art directing their catalogue. He then moved to London, where he was based for eleven years working as a freelance art director for clients such as Harrods, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. Hans now lives in Paris where he recently directed campaigns for H&M, Monoprix and Zara.

In Detail Book Review

In Detail Book Review

Description: In Detail takes a closer look at the details behind international interiors stylist and art director Hans Blomquist’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the world. In hundreds of ravishingly beautiful, inspiring pictures, he encourages the reader to see the world through his own eyes, revealing the possibilities in even the humblest of items and putting together pieces to create striking, painterly and evocative rooms and displays. Chapter by chapter, Hans focuses on and discusses the key ingredients of his distinctive look: Nature, Texture, Colour, Textiles, Collecting and Display. He explains the creative process, offers up his own treasures and puts inspiring ideas for beautiful interiors within every reader’s reach.

In Detail Book Review

In Detail Book Review

5 Things I Liked About This Book:

  1. I love that it is split into the very details that make a house a home. Nature, Texture, Color, Textiles, Collections and Display.
  2. I love the paper quality, the jacket image, the jacket texture, the size, the overall quality of the book makes me happy.
  3. The moody, gorgeous photography – each photo has a cinematic feel to it – like you are watching a gorgeous film.
  4. That Hans has a conversation with the reader. He doesn’t ramble on and on. He gives food for thought. Lots of it.
  5. Hans offers styling tips and ideas throughout. He doesn’t show, he also tells. Often stylists have a hard time putting into words what it is that they do, which often means that books by stylists can lack real advice and are mostly filled with inspirational imagery. These days, we can get all of that on Pinterest and blogs. Content is king. What does the author have to teach? Knowledge is what I think we’re going for when we buy interiors books today. Hans doesn’t show elaborate step-by-step projects for any of his ideas, but he does talk through the images explaining the thinking behind how he has styled it or what you, the reader, could try at home yourself.

In Detail Book Review

In Detail Book Review

5 Things That I Learned By Reading This Book:

  1. I learned that you can take a large branch and simply prop it against your wall at home or turn it into a lamp by wrapping a long cord around a couple of the stronger branches, adding a decorating light bulb to, “create an unusual and cozy corner” (page 28).
  2. You can make plant pots for growing cuttings or smaller plants using newspaper. I love this idea! (page 37)
  3. Vintage wooden clothes pegs can be used to display posters instead of picture frames (page 51).
  4. Use painted backdrops in a home because they are a, “brilliant way to add interest to an interior, and they can be repainted at any time to ring the changes” (page 87).
  5. Use luggage labels and rubber stamps to make hand-printed labels to kitchen storage jars. Simple tie them with twine (page 186).

In Detail Book Review

In Detail Book Review

5 Ways I’d Like To Use This Book:

  1. To wrap in brown paper and give as a gift.
  2. To showcase on my coffee table.
  3. And later, to display on my bookcase with his first book, The Natural Home, published in 2012. My review of The Natural Home can be found here.
  4. To read it from cover to cover and try to apply some of the ideas.
  5. To identify some of the vintage objects that I like and hunt for them at the local flea market.

In Detail Book Review


In Detail Book Review

In Detail Book Review

Visit the rest of my blogger friends this week to see their reviews too. You can stop by Lobster & Swan, The Lifestyle Editor, Such Pretty Things and Decor Art all this week.

In Detail Book Review

Now it’s time for FIVE of you to win a copy of this book! The contest will wrap up on Friday October 17th at 11 am EST and I will announce the winners at the end of the day this Friday. To enter, please leave your first name, blog URL (if you have one) and tell us what 5 things you love about interiors books in general.

UPDATE Oct 18, 2014: Winners have been chosen and will be contacted. Books will be sent to winners directly from Ryland, Peters and Small in London. A warm thank you to all who entered. Comments on this post have now been closed.

WINNERS: #23 Irene, #36 Marilen, #44 Lesley, #151 Emma, #189 Aga,



  • Hilda October 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Firstly, thank you for the opportunity, Holly.
    1. It’s like Christmas every time I have an Interiors book in my hand…
    2. …I can’t wait to open it up, and devour every page + word..
    3. …It amazes me how much I can get inspired on a daily basis
    4. ..when sometimes I feel a little ‘urghh…’ with Design, I can open up a book and remember instantly WHY I love it so much.

    5. And, It’s Monday. Always a good excuse to look at an ID book. As if I need one.

  • Maria October 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Uhh 5 things I love decorating books
    1. The look nice on my living room, specially if paper is of good quality
    2. Book give me an idea of new decoration trends
    3. Inspire me to incorporate their design and trends in my jewelry designs
    4. Relax me before I go to bed
    5. make me dream, uhhh… what if I had this gorgeous house or living room, would i be really happier?

    take care … Maria

  • Beth B October 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Things I love about interior books:

    1) the heft of a dense book
    2) turning the thick pages
    3) the structure they add to shelves and displays
    4) inferring the author’s purpose
    5) applying the author’s point of view to my own interior

  • Carla October 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Oh, great!

    Five things I love about interior books?
    1. I like looking at art books and good interior books are like art.
    2. I like how other people decorate their rooms
    3. Finding colour combinations I haven’t thought about before.
    4. I love books :-)
    5. Looking at interior books is so much nicer than going to interior shops :-)

  • Sue October 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    1. Ideas!
    2. House guests with idle time love to leaf through them
    3. They are pieces of art
    4. When stacked they elevate a lamp to the right height or highlight another trinket
    5. They inspire me to create my own

  • Enrica October 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Usually I find so inspiring an interiors book because…
    1) It’s a book!! and I can touch it, i can fall into the big and stunning pics for a complete visual inspiration
    2) i always find color palette i don’t see on the web
    3) lots of beautiful spaces and houses are just on the books!
    4) it’s a big personal work of the author and it’s like you have its portfolio on your hands
    5) find always new contacts and links

  • Anne B. October 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    1. Beautiful pictures.
    2. New ideas.
    3. Fresh ways to look at old objects and perhaps use them in a new way.
    4. The feel of holding a book and going through pages made of good quality paper.
    5. DIY ideas.

  • Melinda October 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Love:Pawing over the images again and again.
    Love:The quality of a hard covered book.
    Love:Showing off to friends.
    Love:Stacking on side tables.
    Love:The cleverness and hardwork of the artists that bring a book to life!

  • Ella October 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    1.beautiful photography, of course!
    2.interesting reading (from cover to cover – i do this with new cookbooks too!)
    3.ideas for decorating my own home
    4.the books themselves look pretty as decor on my mantlepiece
    5.i love seeing a ‘sneak peek’ into people’s lives – whether bloggers that i love or people that i’ve never heard of before

  • Dana October 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    1. coming down
    2. get inspired
    3. its also a nice decoration
    4. makes me creative
    5. looking through other eyes

  • Jesica October 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    As an international school teacher I’ve lived in 2 countries over the last 4 years. With every new job comes a new apartment to mold and make my own. What love about home interior/decor books…

    1. ideas that move with me from country to country

    2. glossy pages full of inspirational photos

    3. practical processes for furniture arrangement

    4. advise on mixing and matching colors and textures

    5. DIY ideas

  • Timberly October 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    1) I am inspired to renew my home
    2) I decorate outside my comfort zone
    3) I dream
    4) I use quotidian objects in extrordinarry ways
    5) I am given freedom to express myself

  • Tanya Baikie October 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I love designs books. I can intertwine my ideas for my home with the style I find across many books.

  • Chantelle C October 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I love them for the inspiration!
    Colour themes,
    Quirky items,
    Surprising combinations.
    Room layouts,
    and new materials

  • Leeza October 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Holly!

    I’d love to win one of these books, because interior books…

    … are always an inspiration
    … support me in my job as visual merchandiser
    … help me get lost and forget my daily grind
    … bring new ideas for styling my home
    … i can view over and over again without getting bored


  • Tanya Baikie October 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I can intertwine my ideas for my home with the numerous Scandinavian books I LOVE and own, including his first book.

  • pemela October 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love interiors books because they αre:

    4.making coffeetime even better
    5.decorating the interior

  • Mnêmosunê October 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Holly,

    This books seems amazing ! I’m in love with the photo of the flowers, si inspiring !
    What I love about interior books :
    1. They provide inspiration and help me to find my own style
    2. They are a source of ideas regarding how to associate colors, textures, lignthing.
    3. They help me to enlarge the way I appreciate things : for example, sometimes I think some kind of furniture is not for me, but after seeing it in a book I can understand how they can fit in my interior.
    4. The photos encourage me to create in a different way : to start making more darker things, to introduce new media.
    5. They are a great way to enjoy a break, with a flavored tea and some tasty cookies !

    Thanks for sharing Holly, have a nice day !

  • Sanne October 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What a great book. I’m planning on starting my own interior blog after I graduate and my notebooks are already filled with inspiring stuff I explore on the internet, in magazines and books. But I’m sure this book will give me even more inspiration! It’s lovely.

  • Elizabeth October 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    1. They help me to make decisions about decorating my house
    2. They are pretty on my coffee table
    3. They give me great ideas
    4. I like to learn ways to reuse and repurpose things I have
    5. They help with furniture layout

  • Lou Archell October 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Oh swoon! I love this book.
    My name is Lou, and I am addicted to interiors books. :)
    Interiors full stop.
    Oh and gardening, especially flower arranging!

    5 things?

    * Inspiration
    * Joy
    * stealing a quite moment to myself to dream
    * did I mention inspiration
    * oh and they look pretty in my home :)


  • Thomas - Studio8940 October 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    *the inspiration they give which you can’t find online
    *the fact that you can snuggle them into your bed, read and dream about without sacrificing your sleep by using bright screens
    *the fact that it’s always fun to hand out or lend to a friend
    *the fact they can tell a bigger story than one blogpost or some pins
    *last but not least, the new-booksmell!

    And let’s face it, they look good in our interiors too!

  • irene b October 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    thank you for this opportunity! and for this questions…
    when I buy a interiors book I like
    1) the fact that I always take my time to enjoy it. I never open the page if I have no time to “open me”
    2) the fact that i always find the enthusiam to change something
    3)I see with new eyes what surround me
    4)I note very time how much natural elements are important in our life
    5)I always grow and change taste

  • Andreea Franca October 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I love to get inspiration, find new ideas and suppliers.
    Ultimately, I feel good to grow my interior design coffee table collection :)

  • Joana October 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    the 5 things I love more in interiors books:
    1. to have the chance og being lost in details
    2. to be inspired by simple things
    3. have different types of decoration (ex. not too much minimalist or too much shabby chic)
    4. get some help to be inspired and transpose the ideas for my own place in my home town in Portugal (still unfurnished)
    5. light enough to carry on a plane but heavy enough to be lost in the upcoming Winter weekends together with a lovely hot chocolate cup!


  • Kathryn October 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    1. Inspired by the photography.
    2. Inspired by the way someone sees another way of doing.
    3. Inspired because an author can help me to see another way of doing.
    4. Inspired because I know I can always copy a fabulous idea.
    5. Inspired by the fact that an author has amassed enough to create such a book.

  • Silkie October 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    What I love about interior books!
    1/That they are objects in their own right, that they are not digital but are tactile, indulgent & (hopefully) have substance. I think this is really important in a time when there is such saturation of imagery online – to turn the pages of a book creates a much more mindful experience
    2/ they inspire my work, being able to see & read about creativity in interiors in turn helps me to strive to do better & work harder
    3/ they create “me” time that is away from the screen, curled up on a sofa with a cup of tea – a simple & nuturing thing to do for yourself!
    4/ they give me confidence to create a better home for my family
    5/ Creativity shared through words & images inspires me to try new things, to think outside the box and be bold with my imagination!

  • Tanya October 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Hi, Thank you for the opportunity.
    5 Reasons I Love and get a huge thrill from Interior Books:
    1. They make me happy. Daily.
    2. As I am an interiors nut, I love having them near me and often take 1 to bed with me – (sorry children and hubby)
    3. I find it fascinating how people put things together
    4. Inspiration
    5. I could probably talk interiors and fabrics and paint and counter tops all day (yes i am one of THOSE people)

  • Frauke October 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Dear Holly,
    I love to dream while looking at photos of beautiful homes
    I like to get inspired by them
    I like to copy decorating ideas/apply them to our home
    I like to put my favorite interior books onto my desk and my book shelf – they are pieces of art!
    Thank you for the opportunitie to win Hans Blomquist’s book and – I love your blog!

  • cassie October 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    this book looks amazing- so full of inspiration! i love the moody artistic interiors!
    5 things i love….
    1. gaining inspiration.
    2. they are usually pretty enough to be coffee table books.
    3. they are typically timeless.
    4. they can be great for helping me find sources of materials.
    5. they help me get over creative droughts! :)

  • marijana October 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    1. I love how the photographer composes the picture and lures you into the room.

    2. Obviously there’s so much inspiration that makes you want to redecorate every single room ;)

    3. They make me happy.

    4. If there’s an advice that I already know or a project that I tried to pull off and succeeded in, that makes me feel really happy and not like a complete idiot- which happens while I work on things a lot ;)

    5. I always get a better understanding of what’s really important to ME when it comes to interior design. There are trends obviously that might look good in books and magazines but are nothing for me personally. I think you can develop a voice of your own and these books guide you through this journey.

  • Donata October 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I am a huge fan of interior books because they are:
    truly inspirational
    great shift from dull reality
    good lesson of interior design/learning resources
    good gift idea

  • Kim October 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    5 things – color, patterns, inspiration, exuberance, light

  • Catherine October 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Such a great giveaway! As an interior designer (still in school!) there are a lot of reasons I love having interior design books:

    1. INSPIRATION! Whenever I get a new book, or even just pin an image, I love completely immersing myself in the images and really focusing on the details and styling of the space. It helps me feel fully inspired.

    2. Interior design books offers a different perspective. Not all interior designers think alike so I love to see what each brings to the table. Every designer has a different style and even though it may not align with mine it’s always good to keep an open mind when designing.

    3. Just being able to read a book! Digital images and being able to pin images is great but there is really is nothing like stepping away from the computer screen and opening up a book and slowly flipping through its carefully curated pages.

    4. This one kind of aligns what you said in your post but having descriptions behind the images. Looking at an image itself is great but having that added reasoning behind helps give an extra shade of understanding to the work.

    5. Interior design books are like a work of art. Carefully curated and beautiful and I would love to be able to display them as well as read them and for all the reasons above.

    So there ya go! :)

  • Margaret October 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    the pictures
    getting ideas
    just leafing through and loving the vignettes
    color choices
    living vicariously through them

  • marilen October 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Hello Holly,
    My name is Marilen from
    I would really love to win this book.
    I love interior books because:

    1. They provide great visual pegs for your to refer to and be inspired by.
    2. It is a collectible, a hard copy you can cherish and preserve for years.
    3. Interior books make great decor.. On top of coffee table trays, or on a console table aside form the usual bookcase.
    4. Interior books with good content and visual pegs give me new insight on how I can style my design projects in a new way.
    5. I love interior books because I can identify decor and iconic pieces and know its source in case I want to purchase it for one of my clients.

  • natalia h October 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    My name is Natalia and my URL is :)

    5Things I love about interior books:
    1. They’re timeless. even if they feature things that are in style at a certain moment in time, you can find inspiration in them at any time.
    2. That makes them awesome.
    3. They teach you things you wouldn’t be able to learn in other places.
    4. They’re pretty and feature amazing photography.
    5. They make me happy.

    Congratulations on the book and goo luck on the tour!

  • Chloé October 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    The 5 things I love about interior books:

    -inspiring ideas to decorate my own space
    -beautiful photography
    -hacks for the home
    -interesting colour combos
    -insights on the new trends

  • Martina Henschke October 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    i’d like to have one of the books because interiorbooks are
    Soulfood for me,
    Help me to relax.
    Help me to concentrate.
    Help me to be crative.
    Inspire me – always.
    Thanks and greetings

  • Mary Jo Hoffman October 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Yowza! It looks like a gorgeous book full of good ideas. Kudos to Hans!

    The five reasons I love interiors books in general:

    1. They are loaded with well-curated eye candy and inspiration!
    2. They remind me that beauty is in the details!
    3. They challenge me to create inviting vignettes that express who WE are as a family!
    4. They give me permission to experiment!
    5. There is simply no better way to spend an evening in front of a fire than with a good design book in my lap!

    Mary Jo Hoffman

  • Ellen October 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Holly – Love your blog!

    5 things I love about interiors books are that they
    1. give me ideas about how to make my own home more peaceful
    2. show me how other artists’ work is being showcased in various settings
    3. show me new uses/settings for interesting materials/objects (driftwood, baking molds, etc.)
    4. show me unexpected color combinations
    5. give me new storage ideas

    Thanks for entering me into the book drawing!

  • Cathy Nichols October 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I love this book. Five things I love about it: 1) Use of dropcloth as wall décor (I have 3 such dropcloths in my studio that would be pefect for re-purposing!) 2) rustic paint on interiors 3) nested mirrors 4) repeated number motif and 5) gorgeous black, white and neutral tonal color scheme!

  • Virginia October 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    1. pretty pictures 2. a way to have things I can’t have 3. inspiration 4. motivation 5. education

  • Lesley Myrick October 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Oh man, as an interior designer, what DON’T I love about interiors books?

    1. They’re beautiful on display.
    2. You can cut out and frame full-photo pages (shh!).
    3. They’ve often got great ideas you don’t see on blogs.
    4. So much love and careful thought has been put into them.
    5. They’re tactile and just feeel soooo good in your hands!

  • Huub Ricardo October 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    The book looks amazing.
    5 things I love about interior books are:
    1. I love the photography of any interior book or magazine
    2. the tips that are giving to refresh your home or office
    3. every time i read or go through it, I find something new (pretty weird, but it’s so true)
    4. I love that many of them try to do the interior look so common possible. Elements that every person with every budget can apply
    5. I love that everything shown in an interior book has a story behind it.

    Btw looovveeee your blog. Keep it up!! ;)

  • Chalotte Kruse October 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Im not sure if I should write my comment here, since no one has written one here. But I’ll do it any way. It looks like an amazing book, so off course I would like to win one.

    1. I love looking at the amazing pictures
    2. I love to get inspired by them
    3. To get new ideas to my home from them
    4. To learn new things about interior/home decor
    5. To use my time doing something valuable

    and a last one

    6. To see the homes of other people

    Btw I loooove your blog! <3 :)

  • Elisabeth October 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    5 things I love about interior books

    -I love books in general
    -They give so much inspiration
    -You discover something new every time you go through it.
    -Great to flip open in my cupboard and enjoy the nice pictures. Then change the page every week to a new inspiring page.
    -Great to stack the up as a plant holder ;)

  • Alison D. October 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    1) inpsires me to declutter
    2) gives me ideas to shop my home for new lay-outs and placement of my furniture
    3) design books give me new color combination ideas.
    4) my mom and I love them and pass books and ideas back and forth.
    5) never ending inspiration for mood boards!

  • Maggie Sarachek October 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    entering contest to win hans blomquist giveaway

  • karfi maria October 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Things I love most is knitting, cooking and spending time with friends at home..over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine with endless conversation and fun. This is why I like my home to be cozy and inviting!
    What I love about interiors books is that:
    1. they make me a day – dreamer!
    2. I try to imagine how can I transform my place, or get inspired!
    3. I like to have them on a coffee table so that I can take a look over coffee or my friends while I prepare something for them
    4.I also get more inspiration to knit home accessories, or get inspiration for color combinations!
    5. it is like I m traveling in another city..notice how everyone can use home space, reuse items in different ways, like to notice photography, atmosphere, aesthetics!

  • Elisa October 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    What I love about interior books is that they always encourage us to look at things in a new, different way, to take a different perspective; and I find that invariably, when I do that, both in interior and in life in general, I learn something new and find new solutions I hadn’t thought about before!

  • Juju October 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    1. The Pictures
    2. The Pictures
    3. The Pictures
    4. The Pictures
    and 5. oh yeah, I almost forgot: THE PICTURES! :)

  • Cate Lawrence October 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm


    5 things i love about interior design books
    -seasonal change in interiors
    -use of foliage
    -bold colours
    -vintage trends
    -less clutter, more purpose

  • Wend October 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Hi , I’m Wend. Love this site. One of the few I still frequent. This is a fun contest.
    Five things I love about interior books.
    1. They allow us to travel to interesting places while we are still at home or working.
    2.They bring thoughtful ideas for using things we already have in new and creative ways.
    3.They help us break our own decorating rules when they show us that we can.
    4. They bring new designers our way we hadn’t heard of before.
    5. They are straight up dessert for the eye and the soul!

  • Carla October 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    what i love about interior books:
    – great source for eye candy, just to please the eye with beauty
    – ideas for small changes in my own home that i want to try
    – inspiration for alternative positioning of furniture
    – ideas for colour combo’s i never thought of
    – lovely to get so also lovely gifts

    tx for the chance to win this beauty,
    My art blog:

  • MARA October 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    What I most like about interior design books is because:
    1. they open your imagination to aply some new ideas in decorating
    2. most of them have appealing photos
    3. you can easily discover that you can use other objects for decorating, which you have never considered to use in interior designing.
    4. you get inspired to decorate in a different way, and help you really personalize your home
    5. helps you discover other colors than white and beige

  • Karin October 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I love every kind of book, but interior design books are extra special. (and this one for sure looks wonderful!) 1. They give me new inspiration, by the beautiful photos and tips from the writer. They make me look at my own home with a different view. 2. The photography and styling of interior books are mostly exquisite. I can look for minutes at one picture, just figuring out how it is styled and why this works so well. 3. It’s nice to see how other people live, how do they make their house a home? Peeking through someone else’s windows, so to say. 4 That you can open them on whatever page you like there is always something beautiful to see. 5 Getting new tips and ideas that I immediately want to try in my own home!

  • Rina Melconian October 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Holly!

    My name is Rina and I love books of design in general but five things that i love most is

    Poctures, because I’m a visual person, so good pictures are important to me

    Good tips and tips that i can really do

    Universal tips design, i know that this is too much to ask, but I’m from Latinamerica and I have british books about interiors but it has something universal in the book, it doesn’t matter where are you


    Love and care in the book, this is dificult to explain, but you know when a book was made with love and care for the author.


  • Dina October 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Ok. I am trying to win the book: 5 things I love about interiors books in general.

    1) I love the ways interiors books heighten one’s sense of how important one’s home/house/surroundings are.

    2) I love, love, love that interiors books allow someone like me, of fairly modest means, to think about how I can use paint, flea market finds, and ordinary objects to create surroundings that feel luxurious, comfortable, and beautiful. I should add that I usually take them out of the public library!

    3) Interiors books allow us to see intimately into spaces that we cannot encounter in real life, and so into other people’s domestic and creative lives.

    4) Interiors books have allowed me to appreciate architectural and ornamental details all over my (smallish) city that I would not have noticed if my eye had not been guided by the talented photographers and stylists who write them.

    5) By looking at interiors (and gardening) books, I have pulled away from very fixed commercial ideas about how to decorate and learned to make a home and garden that are much more individual, idiosyncratic, more me.

  • Nada October 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Holly!
    I really would like to win a copy, the book looks great!
    5 things I like about interiors books are:
    – that they always look so great from outside: it’s great to have them as a piece of decoration in your living room
    – and that they also have such great pictures inside. It’s great to sit in your armchair with a cup of tea and just read the book and look at the pictures
    – that there’s so much inspiration in them: we just moved into a new flat and I still need plenty of things like furniture and decoration, so I need lots of inspiration right now
    – that you get new ideas for diys and decoration
    – and that you get in the mood and actually try a new diy!

  • Candice@NotesFromABroad October 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    1- I moved into a “new” house one year ago. I need all the help I can get , thus Interior books are my best friends these days.
    2-I used to share every thought on how to decorate our new home with my husband. But this past year, he died suddenly, right after we moved here. And now I have to make decisions by myself and have no one to bounce ideas off of . Books help.
    3- I have a lovely collection of Interiors books from Buenos Aires and France. I keep them out so I can refer to them all the time.
    4- Since I am new to my area, I find getting ideas from books is much easier , since I can’t check out how the neighbors did things :)
    5- I love curling up on the sofa with the kitten and a big cup of tea and exploring homes and ideas on Interiors, it keeps me occupied and entertained as well as I always learn something new.

  • Maria Inês Roque October 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    5 things I love about interior books in general

    1. They allow me to dream of being in the house of my dreams, the one that “fits” perfectly!
    2. But they also give me ideas that I can use immediately to feel better in my present house.
    3. They make my imagination and creativity go wild and inspire me to write/paint/ do something to express myself
    4. Looking at beautiful pictures whilst wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of tea in hand is a sure way to feel cozy and spoiled!
    5. I love sharing these moments with my boyfriend so we can make plans for the future or just for the weekend!

    Maria Inês Roque

  • Danielle Elderkin October 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Danielle Elderkin

    What I love about interiors books…
    1. The irony that a book about decor can actually become decor.
    2. The creativity of others always inspires me to be more creative.
    3. There’s something about a hardcopy book that has so much more permanence than a magazine or website (no offense to blogs!). It encourages you to curl up with it and focus on its contents without distraction.
    4. In a book, you know that only the very best of the author’s projects are going to make it to the final round of edits.
    5. The feel of the pages and the way the photos pop on the page. Colors are always more vibrant in a book.

  • Jenni October 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Five things I love about design books:
    1. Surprising color palettes brought to life
    2. Display/styling ideas
    3. Seeing vintage things I’ve never seen
    4. Endorphin release (ha ha)
    5. Experiencing the design aesthetic of creatives

  • tehila October 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    First thank you for the opportunity.

    Why I love interior design books?

    1 They give me inspiration

    2 They give me hope and peace

    3 They help me think of new ideas

    4 A good book is itself an accessory

    5 They bring color and joy

  • Allison October 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I love interiors books because

    I write about architecture and design so I am obsessed with both

    Interiors books inspire me in my own home decor and help me forge and refine my own design sensibility

    In this predominantly digital world, it is a pleasure to hold and admire a beautifully made book

    They help me feel connected to other creative people who share my sensibility, which makes me feel part of a community

    These books remind me how much joy can be derived from life’s simple pleasures – a jar of daisies, a beautifully worn chair, a stack of books

  • Karen Radford October 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Hello Holly,
    I believe that interior design books serve many purposes. The 5 reasons that I love them are as follows:
    – Gorgeous photographs and inspirational words that show you how creative and imaginative people can be
    – A means of satisfying my urge to totally revamp my home (in my head in a virtual way rather than spending lots of money)
    – Am able to absorb information about new design trends/ideas that may not be available in mainstream publications
    – Getting a glimpse into someone elses life and loves and adapting ideas to suit my own personal tastes and lifestyle
    – They are like old friends; you can reconnect them with after a period of time and find something fascinating….

    Please keep the wonderful ideas and lovely photos coming Holly. Your blog is truly unique.

  • Diane Kazan October 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    1. A quality ID book is rich in inspiration
    2. I like the scent, and feel of a new book and I want to be the first to open it.
    3. I will add a new book to my ID collection
    4. The color is for my senses.
    5. I want to admire someone’s elses creativity and photography skill.

  • ruth broide October 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    hi there,
    my 5 things are:
    1. inspiration
    2. finding new tips of how to decorate
    3. escapizem
    4. seeing design from around the world
    5. seeing design that is not all about trends, but can last forever

  • jana October 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    1. I love interior books because they have this amazingly unwinding effect on me when I am all stressed after a long day. browsing through pictures of beautiful rooms and gardens while sipping on a cup of tea gives me an almost instant experience of serenity.
    2. Often times they inspire me to change something in my apartment. I don’t usually copy ideas. they help me create my own compositions. and that, i love!
    3. i love interior design books because – as a student- i don’t have the money to buy style ready made and they give me ideas on how to DIY..
    4. my mom also loves interior design books and its her birthday next week. I would love to give it to her!
    5. oh and also: H. Blomquists book would look really nice in MY coffee table too ;-)

  • gosia October 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    interior books: senses triggers
    1. they’re a feast for your eyes
    2. they usually smell great
    3. their texture is usually more sensual than that of other reads
    4. I don’t know if they taste good but they influence your taste for sure
    5. I have a soft spot for interior books, can’t help it….

  • Ingrid October 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    5 things I love about interiors books:

    1. INSPIRATION – with a plethora of beautiful images I can escape my closet-sized apartment and dive into so many beautiful settings (if only for a few minutes! but still, it’s plenty!)
    2. MOTIVATION – with inspiration, I am also motivated to try new things in my own (tiny) space.
    3. COLOR – nothing beats print images of beautiful settings. I have at times thought to myself, “I need to get a larger print of this photo from this book and frame it!”
    4. DETAILS – with a love for photography and art, I oftentimes find myself staring at an image in a books for a long period of time, analyzing the styling and mood of the image. very soothing to think about it, actually.
    5. And lastly, design books are a wonderful decor element in your home, arrange them by color and you have yourself a great one-of-kind arrangement!

  • Catherine October 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I love the look of this book! Ok, here are my 5 things:

    1. It’s a book! You can never have too many…
    2. I can sit on my comfy sofa and pore over the images without having to sit at my desk to look online.
    3. The tactile joy of turning pages.
    4. Interiors books look great on your coffee table and are interesting for guests to look at.
    5. I can leave it for awhile and then come back and feel the joy of flicking through it all over again!

  • Linda October 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Love the concept of that book. Can’t wait to take a peek.
    My 5 things:
    1. They often give me fresh ideas of how to use what I already own in new ways.
    2. They give me a direction decorating problems that I have and give me a direction and help in knowing what I need to purchase.
    3. Great photos!
    4. They often include meaningful, inspiring quotes.
    5. Color combinations/inspiration.

  • Ali October 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I guess I just love seeing new ideas, new ways to use color and innovative ways to decorate a room that otherwise has become boring for me. New patterns and found objects are also things I love discovering in decor books. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Charli October 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    1. I love finding unusual color combinations.
    2. I love seeing items used in new or unusual ways around the home.
    3. I love the photography.
    4. I love the advice.
    5. I love the inspiration that I get to transform my own house.

  • Nitasha October 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I would love to win a copy of this brilliant book…..
    – They are totally inspiring and it is always handy to have a beautiful coffee table book especially on days when you need some cheering up!!
    – Interior books are great conversation starters, lovely to fill gaps in conversation……from personal experience!!
    – The brilliant photographs of a good interior book are really worth it, so many things to learn.
    – It’s a great source of inspiration for blog posts!!
    – I will always love interiors and books, though we live in a totally digital world, so always on the hunt for a good one to add to my collection.

  • Stefanie October 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    5 things I love in an interior book:
    1. I have to be able to relate to its esthetics –
    2. but it should also push me out of the borders of my comfort zone, the well-trodden paths of my own decorating.
    3. I love explanations why the architect/decorator/stylist chose to do what he or she did
    4. because then it teases and sparks a kind of inner dialogue about design choices which eventually
    5. lead to a fresh perspective and changes in my own home!
    In short: it has to be truly inspirational – and of course I never mind a beautiful and well-made bedside-book…

  • Nicey Hilton October 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    1. Inspiration – we keep design books scattered throughout our home for us, our kids, our friends and family to look through. A home can get “stale” if you don’t keep trying new things, moving things around, creating new spaces.
    2. Design – it’s amazing what using books in a space can do as a design element. Our book shelves are arranged by color.
    3. Discussion – I lie in bed with my daughter, age 7 and we look at design books together, talk about what we like, don’t like and why.
    4. Connecting – we take ideas from the books and as a family, work together to implement the ideas in our living spaces.
    5. Global – we especially love looking at design from around the world.

  • Emil October 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    1. In the age of the blog, I do miss books! Bookmarked pages are always easy to find, and I need more books for the shelves I just built.
    2. It’s nice to see a bunch of a person’s work all in one place, to see how they adapt styles to different spaces.
    3. I have to look at something a really long time before I feel like I understand how it was created/how I would do it/what I want to do with it, and design books are perfect for flipping through whenever I sit down.
    4. Pictures of beautiful spaces are such motivation for me to finish projects!
    5. They’re great inspiration for how to live a more artful life (in daily practice).

  • Kayley October 13, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    1) A person can never have enough books in general. The more the merrier.

    2) A new idea can be found though the turn of a page.

    3) When in doubt and in need of inspiration, grab a book!

    4) The imagination lights up at the reading of the words and the gazing of the pictures.

    5) Growing up, my grandmother had numerous interior design books scattered throughout her home. To have them in mine reminds me of her beautiful soul.

  • Libby Addy October 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    1) Interior books are pure eye candy just like a room full of fabric or yarn.

    2)Sometimes when you see someone’s vision of a room one thing will grab and excite you.

    3)when you’re feeling a little sluggish looking through an interior book may give you that impetus to do a little tweak here or there in a room.

    4)I’m color challenged and also missing something that tells me what colors or what patterns go with what. Interior books to the rescue!!!

    5)And the fifth reason I like to look at interior books is because it pleases me.

  • Jane October 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I love Interior Design books because they invoke

    and (hopefully)

    beautiful photos, styling, houses… all within the relaxing form of a book. Coffee, sunshine and a good book – nothing better!

  • Vikie October 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Ohhhh wonderful
    I love book that present idea for our interiors. I love particularly the idea for bed, for work area (sew area for example), dressing idea, bathroom (with a lot of color) and at the end the deco with flowers and fluo.
    I thinks it’s always interesting to discover news idea and news photograph designer (not sure of my english…).
    So I tried and participate and thank you very very much for this giveaway

  • Lynne October 13, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    What a pretty book. OK my five things…
    1. I have many such books, I may have an addiction but they give me my visual fix for inspiration. I re-read the really good ones over and over and always find something new.
    2. The beauty of the covers. I have them stacked all over. They are part of the decor.
    3. They give me comfort.
    4. They “freshen” my eyes. I like to read books from all style view points.
    5. They relax me even though they excite at the same time.

  • Leslie Flogerzi October 14, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I need all the help I can get!!

    I love Interior Design books because:

    1. It’s a great way to get inspiration for any size home. ( nook inspiration, classic furniture, and mirrors!
    2. Color schemes. As someone who’s closet mostly consists of black and white, I love the sometimes vibrant colors or a simple splash of color.
    3. Coffee table book. I love going through these at peoples home or when i sit in the corner of Barnes and Noble looking through a pile of these.
    4. The picture quality is a great way to learn how to take your own decor shoots.
    5. Last but not least, They are written by fabulous people!! It helps me learn more about the person, I have found myself telling my husband “So and So would buy this.”

    Thanks for a great giveaway!! Even if I don’t win. It was fun!


  • Kriste October 14, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Favorite things-

    1. The obvious- inspiration! I love taking bits and pieces from lots of different styles. So I love having lots of different design ideas around to pick and choose from.

    2. I love being able to see into the lives of people. Your home says so much about who you are to the core so being able to see pictures of fellow bloggers and designers’ homes is always a better look into the writer.

    3. Looking at how someone else thought up a room inspires me to reach outside my normal design boundaries to try something new. By seeing a space completely put together with a few bold statement pieces always encourages me to try the same in my own home.

    4. Provides a great way to communicate your design style with your spouse. When I got married, it was hard to meld my style with my husband’s. So sitting down and going through a few books to point to tangible ideas was very helpful!

    5. They look so wonderful on coffee tables and book shelves. I’m a firm believer in only bringing beautiful things into the home. So if I’m purchasing it, it needs to be beautiful! Most interior books become a piece of interior design themselves.

  • rinat October 14, 2014 at 1:07 am

    My name is rinat.

    5 things I love about interiors books in general:
    1.It gives me good ideas for decorating and design.
    2.When such a book is on my saloon table, I can anjoy take a look over it.
    3. I can find easely a picture I liked and read about it again and again and again.
    4.Its good for my soul and gives me energy.
    5. Learning new things about matterials, colors, composition ets.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  • Judy H. October 14, 2014 at 1:40 am

    The five things I love most about home interiors books…hmmm

    1. Inspiration! They inspire me to get moving and work on a project that’s been on my mind and waiting in the wings for too long.

    2. Inspiration! I get new ideas of things I might want to try in my home or a color palette I may not have thought about for a certain room.

    3. Decor! I have a great looking chunky wood table in my den and the books themselves are so attractive, they are truly room decor.

    4. Relaxation! When I get a new home interiors book, I can’t wait to get a cup of coffee and sit in the early hours of the day, drinking in all of the beauty, details and ideas from my new book.

    5. Reference! Since I’ve collected quite a number of books, I keep a pretty journal with ideas I love from each book, along with the book’s title, and page number to reference back to when I want to try something new or remind myself of a color I saw or to look again at a picture I love. I recently repainted an old, old, kitchen chair with an idea from a book I bought back in 1997!

  • Coco October 14, 2014 at 1:46 am

    What I like most on interiore books:
    1. wonderful photos
    2. great idea of living
    3. Inspiration
    4. Design
    5. to look a little in someones lifestyle

  • Nur Khalisah October 14, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Why I love Decor Books
    1. I just love how Decor books just compile unique homes and spaces, the colours, the furnitures and the styles. Gosh.
    2. Since I’m only 15 and I can’t afford a house yet, I am always inspire by these books and it allows me to dream of my own house.
    3. Decor books tells me ideas and great for my small space, my bedroom.
    4. I love books, and they are like treasures to me. I am always amaze by how Decor books can even be a decoration at home. Hence, I love these books for being a guiding tool an a decorating piece.
    5. Lastly, these Decor books keeps me motivated on chasing my goals of being an architecture or an interior designer. These books keep me going although I’m still young.
    Thank you Ms Holly, you’ve an aspiration to me

  • Uzo October 14, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Hi Holly,
    5 things I love about interior design books?
    – They give me a chance to experience gorgeous places and spaces through the eyes of the author.
    – A thoughtfully and carefully put together book is a source of endless inspiration.
    – Its a great gift for most people – travel lovers, photography buffs, designers, design lovers and generally for anyone who likes to snoop in other people”s homes.
    – A well designed one has 2 functions: It looks great on your table and goes great with hot chocolate and comfy pajamas.
    – Pictures in books are 100% better than online.

  • Betsy October 14, 2014 at 2:24 am

    1. Feels like a big package I cannot wait to unwrap.
    2. Inspires me to use what I already have to achieve beauty
    3. Opens my mind to new ways to use colors and light
    4. Lets me into homes I would otherwise never see
    5. Usually encourages me to simplify, simplify, simplify

    Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy this new book.
    – a grateful follower of Decor8

  • Heather A October 14, 2014 at 2:32 am

    the 5 things I love about interior decor books are:

    1. the inspiration & new ideas they give me to try new things in my home
    2. the beautiful photography and light
    3. the styling- even a messy bed is beautiful
    4. the feel of falling down a rabbit hole when I open the most perfect decor book for the first time
    5. wanting to jump right into the book and move in!

  • Sarah October 14, 2014 at 2:39 am

    1) Interior books are almost always good print quality, inside and out. perfect for displaying in the home. If I were to ever publish a photography book I would start my publication search inside the cover of a book on interiors

    2) They are the best place to find ideas for living spaces that will last, instead of fads you may find on Pinterest. They are written by people who do interiors for a living, so their opinions can be trusted.

    3) The gorgeous photos! I eat that stuff up, especially if there is good lighting (and there always is!)

    4) Interior books give you ideas without trying to sell you something. You’re more likely to develop your own style this way rather than picking up everything from Pottery Barn (and you can find/make it cheaper too!)

    5) A book on interiors gives me ideas on how to style my own shoots.

  • Allison October 14, 2014 at 2:56 am

    1. I love getting inspiration for new ways to decorate
    2. The stories behind the images
    3. Visually enjoying interiors I’ll never be able to afford having
    4. Finding things that resemble things I already have and could reuse/repurpose (like I Spy)
    5. Slowly picking up through seeing the different images what’s trendy and what’s a lasting style

  • Cindi October 14, 2014 at 3:21 am


    This is such a fantastic give away!!!

    The 5 things I love about interior books is:

    1. It is such a lovely way to travel, explore other places and see how people live there – and you can pop back whenever you wish;

    2. It is so interesting to see how people live and express themselves; it is both inspirational and challenging too;

    3. Smokes they look REAL nice on my coffee table!;

    4. I love art and seeing how people use it in their decor is always fantastic; and

    5. The tips are phenomenal, whether it is how to live with collections or room arrangements you can see via the photography. They are beautiful books to own!!

  • Vinita October 14, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Beautiful Book.
    I look at Interior design books
    for Creativity and Inspiration. Not just
    for placement of furniture and color on the
    wall but it inspires me in so many ways . To take
    better photographs of my own house, staging my
    house for my personal photos, keep my house clutter free
    but enough clutter so that it may look natural, the lighting and
    how the room looks during different times of the day, little off beat
    knick knacks can also add a huge impact,,,

    The text and the writing inspires me to have a positive
    outlook towards life in general. I have noticed that these
    writers always have a very positive message to share and as
    they say if you change the way to look at things, the things you
    look at change.

    It also teaches me gratitude for the things I have ( and also for
    the things I do not have )

    It allows me to dream and gives me hope that if I save enough
    may be I will be able to buy something which I have liked in the
    picture. Or if I give away the stuff I don’t need I will be making
    room for the things I love. Or I shouldn’t be buying things in the
    first place which are not really important to me.

    If I have an interior design magazine or a book with me, I do not
    get bored. I do not feel oh what am I going to do with my free
    time today. I can look at the same picture a thousand times and
    get something new from it each time.

    It also allows me to see how much hard work these writers, photographers,
    editors put in to make this dream work possible. There is so much that goes
    in putting everything together and even though it is hard work, creativity is
    always enjoyable, and it is a blessing to receive this grace through work of
    art in our lives.

  • Kerri-Anne October 14, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Hmmm…The 5 things I love about design books are:
    1. They allow me to “dream” about my perfect home or room setting
    2. They inspire me to “try” something different & be adventurous!
    3. They “push” me to “think” outside of my comfort zone
    4. They “teach” and “educate” me about design, colour, texture etc
    5. They make me “think” about where I can collect pieces to “create” my dream ‘space’

  • Joe King October 14, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Five things I love about interiors books;
    1. Creativity is not bound by anything
    2.Excites me to see different, indivual tastes
    3. Inspires me to see what you can do yourself
    4. Teaches me any space is limitless to what you can do
    5.Beauty and style is formed by personal love

  • Bonnie October 14, 2014 at 5:17 am

    – Seeing interior art through someone else’s artistic eye is always refreshing and inspiring.
    – Flipping through interior photographs is like a spa day for me.
    – You can never have too many beautiful art/ interior/ photography/ cook books.
    – One of my favorite gifts to give.
    – They are typically heavy (especially in numbers) so you will build muscle each time you lift them. :)

    Thank you so much!!

  • Yvonne Yam October 14, 2014 at 5:31 am

    1. I love getting new ideas for unique colour combos.
    2. I love learning some neat DIY tricks for sprucing up a room.
    3. The beautiful displays just inspire me to create little vignettes in my home.
    4. They teach you how to use colours and textures to create the right atmosphere for individual rooms.
    5. I love fun ideas for making organisation of things look beautiful and functional.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Winnie October 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Hello, I’m Winnie.
    The five things I love about interior design books:
    1. Identifying the style and culture
    2. Each time I pick up the same design book, there is always something new to discover I never took noticed of the last time I read it.
    3. Teaches us how everyday life and the natural colours surrounding us reflects a lot in ideas.
    4. redefines my style, questions my ideas
    5. takes you to the beautiful places people live in!

  • Rachel October 14, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book – it looks amazing!
    1. The chance to dream by looking at pages – always so beautiful
    2. The inspiration that comes from each page – colors, objects, textures, etc.
    3. The opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes
    4. The ability to find different ways to use the objects I already have by seeing what someone else has done with them (like an old chair or door or chest)
    5. A moment to “check out” from my life and explore the pages of someone else’s – it’s like reading but without the words

  • Juliet October 14, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Having not had a home of my own to decorate in some time, a few things I’ve really come to appreciate about interiors books:
    1.) I love blogs, but there is still nothing like cozying up with a beautifully written design book full of beautiful full-color saturated images and interestingly formatted tips and features.
    2.) I very rarely get through an entire chapter in one sitting because every image, design tip, and feature has the potential to give me an inspiration to change something very simple in a display, bring in an object from another room, or run to the store for some swatches. Pinning things online doesn’t offer the same visceral experience.
    3.) A nice trio of design books just looks good on a coffee table, but that they function as relevant, beautiful, and interesting justifies having them there.
    4.) I work in visual merchandising so interior design books are an invaluable resource in setting home décor displays and staying current with color trends and styling, both at work and at home.
    5.) I love how interiors books have changed in the last 20 years and now the success of a modern design book can be measured by how different each book owner’s home looks from everyone else who has also read it.

  • Debbie King October 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

    5 Things I love about interior books in general;
    * they satisfy the voyeurism in me of seeing inside other’s homes / cultures / lifestyles, love that others are willing to share such private places for the benefit of all.
    * the photography and or words often ignite the spark of an idea I can tweak to make my own.
    * they are like a lolly shop where I can choose what speaks to me yet still appreciate that which doesn’t. A way of identifying my own style.
    * great reference points, they become somewhat like a trusted friend I visit over and over again for ideas, affirmation and guidance.
    * interior books are usually an item of beauty in their own right – scale, size, weight, texture, colour, no home is complete without them.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter. :)

  • Valerie October 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Hi Holy, Great Post!
    Oh jeah I love Interior Books for reasons that a typical to a designer and stylist :)
    1. They are wonderfull designelements (I do judge a book by it covers when I decidein which setting to arrange it :))
    2. They are one of the thing which makes life sweet in winter when I can lay on the couch and relax with them
    3. They inspire me
    4. They are great gifts
    5.They invite us to see the homes of others without leaving the appartment :)

  • Amy October 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

    1. Inspiration
    2. Beauty for the eye
    3. Transportation to another world
    4. Perfect for a Sunday on the couch with a cup of tea
    5. I must repeat number 1, inspiration!

  • justine gordon October 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    five things I love about interior books –
    1. The instantly provide you with new ideas
    2. They make you look at your surroundings in a new light
    3. They are perfect for dipping in and out of
    4. They always have the most beautiful photographs
    5. They take you into another world you didn’t think was possible.

  • Julie M October 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Five things I like about interior books:
    1) Before and after shots, e.g. someone had certain wishes and then the author shows what he/she did to accommodate those. Love those because as a lay person I often don’t recognize what is “wrong” with a setup. Some books show different solutions to the same problem which I also love. It could be styled in different tastes or for a family with children or a single person etc.

    2) Plain daydreaming – if I had unlimited resources how would I live and what would my home look like?

    3) Sensible and realistic advice from the author – that are the books I buy. Whereas the daydreaming books are more for loaning at the local library. My income is middle class so I can’t afford very expensive items. Of course, it can be inspiring to look at very posh homes but I neither can afford nor want to live like that.

    4) Ideas and questions from the author can facilitate my own thinking. Also, explanations on how to go about a certain thing can be enlightening.

    5) Inspiration to do things differently. We can all get stuck in a rut. Some pictures of just rearranging the furniture or putting in a few different items, e.g. a round coffee table instead of a square can sometimes make the whole room much nicer.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Kit October 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! I love interiors books for the following reasons:
    They are an immediate mood changer. Within minutes of browsing the pages, I get lost in the world of design, similar to watching a great movie that transports you to a different place and time.

    All my senses are satisfied, the smell of the ink, the feel of the heft and smoothness of the pages, the visual cornucopia on every page, the quietness that prevails as I get lost in the experience and the exquisite taste of coffee from my favorite mug as I sip my way through the book.

    They help me to hone in on what works and what doesn’t in a room and what styles I am attracted to.

    A stack of design books adds class to any space.

    I am in awe of those who are masters at their craft.

    Kit Dombrowski

  • Benedetta October 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Firstly, beautiful book and I would love to win one copy! Then, 5 things I love decorating books
    1. I always find many inspirations and ideas
    2. They make me think with a new perspective
    3. I love beautiful pictures and different color combinations
    4 I prefer reading and touching a book instead of reading on the screen
    5.They look so nice on my shelves ; )

    Thanks for the opportunity Holly

  • Tony Hutchinson October 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Re: Hans Blomquist’s new book

    ( in no particular order)

    1 Seeing spaces and decoration through someone else’s eyes

    2 Enjoying an appreciation of the ordinary and the mundane – it all becomes beautiful

    3 Catching a glimpse of interiors that ,otherwise, we might never see

    4 Gaining inspiration for achievable ideas, but also being able to dream and fantasise

    5 Admiring the incredible teamwork and combined skills in putting the book together

  • Vidya October 14, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Hi Holly

    5 things I love about interior books-

    1. I love the smell of a new book..Interior is even better as its my passion! Its like.. double shot of passion :)
    2. It adds to my inspiration & ideas library as i am always looking for more
    3. The best company during my alone-time!
    4 For Eureka moment! Lot of times while reading interior books I stumble onto something as simple as a furniture piece which gives me a eureka thought to use the idea as something else totally! Love that feeling :)
    5. I love to own good books as in like possessing a piece of art…I am a collector of all things pretty & stylish !

  • Natalie October 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Decor books are like a stairway to heaven; a path leading to inspiration and instant gratification. True, much the same can be said for decor internet sites and blogs but how often do you want to go back to a particular image and you can no longer find it. With a book, you know exactly which one to pick up and what page to turn to. Sometimes just by embracing the book itself and feeling its contents, it is as if they are being absorbed into your soul. They fulfill the senses of sight, touch, smell (nothing like a new book smell) and sometimes even audio and taste too if the images are so good as to be able to hear the birds twittering / waves crashing outside or taste the peach cobbler on the kitchen table. And at the end of the day there is nothing better than rediscovering a book you haven’t looked at in a long while – it is like meeting up with a dear old friend, you simply pick up from where you left off. Thank you for a amazing blog and the opportunity to win such a fabulous book.

  • Criola (Katharina) October 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Dear Holly

    I’m Katharina and love interiors books for those reasons..

    1. They show me different worlds of inspiring people and this variety of life styles enrich my life to the better.

    2. Most interior design books are beautifully styled; I love displaying them in my home, and showing them to my guests if they are curious.

    3. They are such a great gift to everyone close to my heart loving decorating and storytelling.

    4. They are perfect for my weekends in autumn and winter – I don’t need more than a beautifully crafted decorating book, milk coffee and a piece of crumble cake.

    5. I have them all for myself – my boyfriend is not interested at all ;)

    Would be so thrilled to be one of the lucky winners! Thanks for the opportunity to win and have a lovely day! xxo

  • Alice October 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

    1. A book like this, will make my coffeemoment in morning, an extra relaxing experience
    2. It gives me a moment in a totally different world
    3. IT gives me inspiration to make my own house more beautiful
    4. It will give nice moments to talk about houses/looks with my sisters and friends
    5. It will look great in my big table in my livingroom!

  • KayHbee October 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Five things that I love about interior books are :-

    1. They are eternal regardless of period they are always fascinating, they have curl up unexpected places in my house and pop up unexpected to give joy.

    2. I love atmosphere – this is what interiors design is – the creation of an atmosphere. This is best when it compliments the personality of the inhabitant.

    3. Surprise, I turn to the wild assortment of books that I have to alter my perspective. I am constantly inspired by the relationship of colour and space.

    4. Education – Most people are stuck in a groove and books open doors to a new way of tackling the gritty problem of – how should I decorate this space.

    5. Pure pleasure

    Thank you for asking me to do this it has given me butterflies in my stomach at the thought of changing something.
    Best wishes
    Karen Beauchamp

  • Melissa October 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    five things i love about interior books are:
    1- the gorgeous images
    2- i can dream at open eyes about the house i’d like to live in
    3- they give me insipiration
    4- a moment out of routine to focus only about beautiful things
    5-they give me the possibility to see ordinary things in a total different way : for example a piece of forniture or a decoration used out of his context.

    Hoping you’re having a good day,
    thank you for the beauty you bring into my life with your work!

    Melissa Ghisi

  • Sigal Kimchi Gal October 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the book ! I Thank U in advance
    five things I love about interior design books:
    1. The time traveling time while reading the book!
    2. Inspiration for Great Ideas!
    3. Excitement while reading a new book, the paper,the photos.
    4. Happiness while imagining how to put those idees to use in my life!
    5. Time out for myself, like watching a great movie!

  • Brigette Lomax October 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    5 things I love about interior books..
    1. I can day dream about the way I’d love my house to look.
    2. I can escape from reality for a while
    3. You can never have to many books in your book shelf…they look so pretty.
    4. It’s like getting a present every time one arrives in the post.
    5. I love sharing them with like minded friends.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It looks fabulous .

  • Barbara Ioannidou October 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I love design books because:
    1.They allow me to dream my perfect home
    2.The inspiration that comes from design,colour,textile,photos
    3.The quality of paper
    4.The smell when you open a book for the very first time(i smell my books,i know it’s weird).
    5.The combos i never thought of.

  • Deb. October 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    This looks like a truly amazing book and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

    1. I can lose myself in an interior book for hours on end, absorbing all of the atmosphere and details.
    2. Inspire me on ways to put things together.
    3. Colour colour colour
    4. A good interior book is like my Breakfast at Tiffany’s, always a good pick me up when things are gloomy.
    5. Photography. Always good photography.

  • Nessa October 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I have a love /hate relationship with interiors books.

    Sometimes hate them because i spend too much time admiring other peoples beautiful homes instead of tapping into my own creative pool which i know to be vast!

    Love them because i escape into a world of beauty with my coffee.

    Love them because i find inspiration for my own home

    Love them because they are usually very beautiful objects in their own right.

    Love them because the colours feed into my textile art projects.

    Thank you


  • Sandra Karls October 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I can’t wait to be (more) inspired by this book. Thanks to your review I went and preordered the book from amazon, but of course it would be great to be able to gift it for christmas or to have an extra copy at my studio.

    5 things I love about interior books:

    – beautiful pictures on beautiful paper, what’s not to love
    – being inspired to make changes, at home or at the studio
    – using the book itself as decoration
    – getting a glimpse into spaces and imagining myself there
    – knowing that no matter where i open the book, there’s something there to inspire me

  • dita October 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    what i love from reading interior books :
    1. a source that inspired me to make my small home beautiful
    2. I’m in love with vintage and cute things, so i can learn vignetting from there
    3. I love arranged things since my childhood and easily bored with everything that i already arranged
    4. I prefer read than seeing in screen
    5. i love books, especially that enrich my knowledge

  • Roseanna October 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Love Hans…
    1. Inspiration for my own home.
    2. Unique, different ideas, whimsy, surprise.
    3. For clients to peruse…thinking about interiors in new ways.
    4. Pure joy of visual stimulation.
    5. Studio decor…I can get away with some wild things there!

    Thank you, Holly, for the chance to win one of these fab books!

  • Anna October 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Holly,
    thanks for such a lovely giveaway and an endlessly inspiring blog!

    I love interiors books because they

    1) are usually born of the vision and style of one person/one designer, and carefully curated, thus take you on a journey – so they are much more inspiring and nourishing than magazines
    2) are hefty and comforting, like a holiday on your lap
    3) never get old (I love interiors books from the 70s…)
    4) are fantastic value; you get lots of amazing photographs for your money
    5) can be used to build a really good-looking fort in the living room if you have enough of them…

    Best fellow-expat wishes from elsewhere in Niedersachsen,

  • Eva Michiara October 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I love them because…

    1- reading them is like observing another universe

    2 – They give me new ideas ( even small details are crucial)

    3 – They are forever

    4 – They often describe spaces and not only objects

    5 – They’re a nice presence … to read and keep for a long time

    Thank You!!!


  • Kathrine October 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    “These are a few of my favorite things…”

    1. Flipping through interiors magazines and books always inspires me to paint something pretty that might fit the mood or style of the space.

    2. It helps me visualize new ways to define space, especially living vs creative workspace.

    3. I enjoy picking out cultural elements included that are important to the “spacemaker” as I like to say. This might include certain textures, color pallets, artwork etc.

    4. Even though one might decide on a particular “style” that fits their lifestyle for their own spaces, one can still get excited and find beauty in other styles. My Pinterest boards are testaments to everything from warehouse studio living to the tiny, off the grid type housing and the comfort of each type of space.

    5. I believe a persons space says something about what they value and their priorities.. Viewing spaces in interior magazines provide insight on how to showcase what is important to you and your family.

    Thanks Holly for a chance at this giveaway! I’m a big fan!
    Blessings, Kathrine Houston, TX
    Pinterest: Gingerlove

  • Laura McDaniel October 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    My five things I love about interior design books:
    1. It’s a BOOK. As much as I love perusing websites/blogs/posts, the feel of curling up on a comfy spot with a good book on your lap is always blissful. But interior books just take you into new worlds and new locations.

    2. Interior books are like visiting friends (new and some similar). It allows you to pretend your there.

    3. They give you ideas for you to use, to share and to evoke.

    4. It’s ART – interior designers can set moods, give us reality, give you fantasy and give us history.

    5. Lastly, I love interior design books because of the ‘history’ – I enjoy going to old book stores and seeing old interior design books that tell me about how my family might have lived, and so a new book is OUR history.

    Thank you for the chance to THINK and SEE something enjoyable… as always! I have to admit, I enjoy your blog as well. (Not meant as a plug, just a mere fact).

  • Abbi October 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    1. It will be my first one

  • Brenda October 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    inspiration, motivation, confirmation (that the simple style which i have always loved truly is “valid”), relaxation, (a break from the everyday stresses), and finally, a reminder that life is beautiful!

  • Connie October 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    5 things I like about Interior Decor Books
    1. Get to see rooms and houses from around the world.
    2. Get styling ideas.
    3. Get to see vintage and modern mixes.
    4. Get to see people and their pets at home.
    5 Can’t get enough of the beautiful interiors photography.

  • Linde October 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Hello !

    The five things i love about interior books are:

    1. for new ideas
    2. interior books wants to make me redecorate everytime
    3. for those moments i need inspiration
    4. interior books let me know the new trends
    5. it never gets boring !

    Thank you for the opportunity, and ofcourse i hope i am one of the lucky 5!


  • Laura Leal October 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Holly!

    What do I love about decorating books?

    1. The GORGEOUS pictures!
    2. The tips and tricks of the decorator.
    3. The chance to really look at every tiny surprising detail, time and again.
    4. If the house belongs to a celebrity: the opportunity to “judge” our idols’ taste.
    5. How good they look on my coffee table or my living room shelves.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • IZABELA October 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Five things that I love about interior books …

    1-Having a book is always good to win a book is like getting a treasure.

    2-I appreciate art, especially fine.

    3-A decorating book is even more important to me because it motivates me to follow a dream and invest more time in this art and act as a professional.

    4-Meet new artists, decorators, cultures, see the world through the eyes of another, learn, learn and learn.

    5-They can DEFINITLY be a beautiful piece of my decoration.

    Thank you, always.

  • Jessica October 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    HHAAAAA book of decoration what can I say about that! IT’S AMAZING, CRAZY BEAUTIFUL! :)

    But more seriously…. :)

    1- Since i’m a graphic designer and photographer, the decorating book are always good looking and the design are always beautiful to look at!

    2- I always put this king of book on a table because it’s always gorgeous like a decoration

    3- I learn so much with this king of book! Every idea I see I want to make it! I always want to redecorate my place because of these books! :)

    4- I kind of look very good at decorating because of all the tricks in these books! :)

    5- I juste love to read them! It’s a pure pleasure for the eyes and there is so much to know in decoration!

    Thanks for this beautiful giveaway! I really hop I can win but if not, congrats to the winners! ;)

    … sorry about my english….
    Love you all!

  • Moraima Caceres October 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hello there,
    Thanks for this opportunity:
    1. Love any book; because it is for me like having an open window to other world, and if the book is about Interior Decor even better, my imagination is trigger and my actions explode
    2. Great place to see other people styles to choose from
    3. Have a reference source for personal/business project
    4. Have a great display of books in my shelves, in special my Inspiration Corner
    5. Interior Decor Books definitively is one of my major source of inspiration to arrange my space in such a way that make me and my family feels like living in a Palace

    Looking forward to meet you sometime,

  • Jennifer October 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I love this blog <3

  • Traci October 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I actually don’t have ANY interior books yet, but have a wishlist. Here are my top 5 reasons why!

    1. I rent right now but am looking forward to having my own home in the future (near or far), and am gathering inspiration along the way.
    2. To learn.
    3. New ideas.
    4. To share ideas with friends and family members who are decorating/designing their homes.
    5. Simply the beautiful photography.

  • Sylvie von Lueder October 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I am thrilled to participate, thanks for the opportunity!
    My reasons:
    1. Looking at the pictures and then reading in details
    2. Looking for small and big ideas for my home
    3. Using the book as a decorative item
    4. Finding similar vintage items in thrift shops or flea market
    5. “Annoying” my husband with this and that great deco inspiration!

  • Catalina October 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    1. Makes me dream. I would love to change living room, workplace, etc. Concrete ideas are great.
    2. Shows how different unexpected colours or designs styles go well together, so stimulates my creativity
    3. Love beautiful pictures of lovely places!
    4. Interior Design is a way to “tell stories” and I love tales!
    5. I imagine myself in a sofa reading it on winter time with a cup of tea and feel happy already

    Thanks for the opportunity! The book looks beautiful!

  • Wiebke October 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    1….Books are my big passion
    2…. Interior design for me is not only a passion but also part of my profession
    3…. together both are even better
    4…. Theres nothing better in autumn than sitting on the sofa regarding inspirational pictures
    5… my coffetable needs a book

  • Lucy October 14, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    5 things I love about interior books:

    1. rooms that tell stories (mood, atmosphere)
    2. inspiration with color and pattern
    3. mixing up styles for a fresh perspective
    4. admiring other people’s labor of love
    5. details that make a space unique

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  • Erika October 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    1. I love them as inspiration for my own home.
    2. I love observing styles that are not used in my own home but that broaden my perspective.
    3. I love textiles, textiles, textiles in all settings.
    4. You never know where life will take you and maybe some of those inspirational photos will come in handy!
    5. They give me hope that the last 5% that never seems to get down will finally get done and my house will finally be finished.

  • Maggie @Maggie Overby Studios October 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    1. I just love books, tried a Kindle but I just can’t do it, I need a real honest to goodness book in my hand.
    2. I love interior design and just about any book that is about it.
    3. love the inspiration, I can pick up a design book a hundred times and find something new and inspiring every time.
    4. Who doesn’t love a beautiful book on their coffee table?
    5. When I need to relax there is nothing better than a good book!

  • Lisa October 14, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Inspires me
    Reminds of all the beauty out there
    Keeps me passionate and excited about interiors
    Tells me to take a chance
    Makes change seem like a great idea

  • petallica October 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    how they can take an everyday object somewhere new
    the reflection of today’s society in the environment we live or want to
    how they help to put your home in a new light
    the conversations they create
    the beauty of a good book

  • uli October 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Interior books are wonderful because:
    1. the pictures are always dreamy
    2. they speak with you (mostly they tell me to grab a cup of tea and spend a cozy moment on the sofa with them)
    3. they help with your posture (just balance one or two of them on your head once in a while)
    4. they make excellent toy car ramps for my boys
    5. perfect to press leafs and flowers (just don’t forget newspapers to protect the dreamy pictures.)

  • Emma October 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hello, a great competition, The Natural Home is one of my favourite interiors books!

    Five things I love about interiors books:

    1 Using them as a constant source of inspiration for styling ideas.
    2 As a reference for colour palettes.
    3 They are often a great way to find where to source products.
    4 I’m a visual person, so I quite often go back to my favourite interiors books, just to glance over the imagery as a treat with a cup of tea.
    5 They look a great deal better on our shelves than my husbands books about football

  • Melissa October 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    1. They let you look inside other people’s homes.
    2. They’re full of great decorating ideas.
    3. They inspire me to try new / different things that I might not have thought of before.
    4. They teach me what to look for at the flea market.
    5. They keep guests entertained while they wait for me to get ready.

  • Bia Castro October 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    here is my list:
    1. Give me more Ideas
    2. It has a lot of beautiful pictures.
    3. Finding colour combinations I haven’t thought about before
    4. Fresh ways to look at old objects
    5. DIY ideas

    that is it!

  • Cori Magee October 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Design books provide:
    Beautiful photography
    Design inspiration for my own home
    Color inspiration
    Great gifts
    and last but not least, Coffee table decor

  • Cathie October 15, 2014 at 1:33 am

    5 Things I love about interior design books
    -transports me to beautiful rooms
    -beautiful & unusual colour combinations
    -relaxation & escape
    -a window into other people’s lives

  • leasa mensing October 15, 2014 at 2:35 am

    What is there NOT to love about disappearing into the inspirational pages of an interior styling book.
    The weight of them in your hand and the smell of freshly printed crisp pages?
    The feeling of escaping into a world where everything is beautifully coloured and presented?
    The immediate reflex to jump up and start hanging your pictures differently or moving around your furniture?

    These books have always been my biggest inspiration and have led me into a job in interior styling which brings me endless joy.

    Thankyou Holly.

  • Bettina October 15, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this gorgeous book!
    My blog is

    What I love about design books:
    1. Inspirational cover images
    2. The touch and feel: quality of the paper
    3. Finding ideas by flicking through them
    4. Curating my book shelf with them
    5. Collecting them

  • Christeen October 15, 2014 at 4:14 am

    1- Inspiration for my own spaces
    2- Love seeing new color and style combinations I would not have thought of
    3- Enjoy inspecting every single detail of a well-styled space
    4- Can never have too many books
    5- Interior design is an art and I love the beauty of it

  • Kelly October 15, 2014 at 5:03 am

    1. The gorgeous inspiring images.
    2. It’s fun to see if I keep finding similar things interesting/appealing. I am still divided exactly in half for stark white and dark moody spaces.
    3. It’s the perfect thing to look at consecutively night after night in bed, until I’ve finished.
    4. I would use the rooms and objects as subjects for watercolor paintings. Chairs with personality are great muses.
    5. A book like this helps fill my need for beauty in this world; a rusted candleholder, a printed textile, a worn wood finish, etc…….

  • michelle hansen October 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    3-sharing with my friends
    4-ink and paper, nothing beats the smell and feel of a book
    5-last but not least books are decorative elements in their own right

  • Elena October 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

    1) I love their smell
    2) I love the fact that the more you look at the photos the more you are able to spot solutions and details that make the difference
    3) I love the fact that they look great on the library and on a table
    4) I love them because they give me the chance to learn from other people’s work
    5) I love them because they are going to be with me forever

  • Marie October 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I love interior books in general because…

    …everytime you open it you get inspiracion
    …everytime you open it you switch into another world, you never imagined before
    … such books give you the chance to get a close look to the possiblities how to mix different materials and cultural influences for your own interior style
    …if you use it as a table book it´s like a statement that shows which designs you like
    …you can learn much more about interior photographie and photographie itself because the photographers of interior books are professionels and have a good view, so we can learn much more about

  • Jacqueline October 15, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Why I love interior books?

    1… they inspire me

    2… expand my creative muscles

    3… awe me

    4… makes me want to make/do something and change my day

    5… just love to collect them

  • elena c. October 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love interior design books and from the pictures this one seems very inspirational!Such a great giveaway!

  • elena c. October 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I love interior design books and from the pictures this one seems very inspirational!Such a great giveaway!

    5 reasons why i would be thrilled to be one of the lucky winners:

    1. I love interior books but I also love all books in general!
    2. Books can be such an inspiration to make small, inexpensive and affortable changes in your space.
    3. I have recently moved in to my own house and I am looking for new ideas to decorate it.
    4. A good interior decoration book can be a great companion when you feel blue…
    5. and later on it can be part of the decoration itself!

  • Kristy October 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    5 things I love about interiors books are;
    1. The inspiration they provide
    2. The fact that they are decorative pieces in their own right
    3. Being able to explore specific designers aesthetic in detail
    4. Learning lots to be able to improve my home for my family and friends
    5. The way they enable me show my husband the look I am trying to achieve in a space… somehow once he sees it in print he doesn’t think I’m nuts!

  • Laura Martin Rancel October 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    1. Unexpected tips and tricks.
    2. Vibrant colours combinations
    3. New patterns combinations
    4. Ideas for my house
    5. Learn new concepts about decoration and space from proffesionals.

  • Friederike October 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I love interior books because…
    1. …I’m so curious to look behind closed doors and see how other people live
    2. …the text often gives real helpful advice of what to do or not to do which you might not get if the story’s only about the people living there as often in interior magazines
    3. …it makes me dream about how would I feel living in these rooms and in which way would that change my life
    4. …because if I own the book I might always come back to it’s ideas whenever needed
    5. … because to look at a beautiful book always makes me happy

  • Joanne October 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I just finished one floor of decorating on my new house…that I bought three years ago!! I love decor books because:
    1) I can seek inspiration for my vision for a room from some of my favorite designers
    2) I learn about fantastic new design products that make so much sense!!
    3) sometimes it’s just so nice to dream…:)
    4) I love going to the county flea market to hunt and recreate a look
    5) These books are art. As 3D artists, designers help to organize our personal world and help to make our house so visually pleasing that it becomes our home.

  • Alice October 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    The photos you shared from this book look amazing!

    1. There is nothing better than snuggling up in a comfy chair with a cup of tea, a blanket, and a new book!
    2. Interior design books are super inspiring- I always feel like I can DO IT TOO
    3. They let my imagination run wild
    4. On a more practical note, I can see how different colors and textures work in spaces and translate that to my on house
    5. They give me specific photos I can show my husband as things that I like– he doesn’t ever understand what I’m going for unless I show him an inspiration photo!

  • Andrew October 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    1. REAL books are a wonderful tactile experience in this digital world.
    2. I adore good design, and feed off of it for my own works.
    3. Nothing beats a weekend day in with a good book.
    4. I love being inspired. This book looks inspiring.
    5. Who doesn’t love a free book?

  • Jana October 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I love..

    > the great pictures (of course)
    > the feeling that decorating-ideas will never run out
    > the compressed creativity in interior books
    > that while looking and reading time fly by
    > that they’re nice to look in and nice to look at


  • Nicola October 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    1. The smell of the print in the books
    2. The amazing photography – it sets off so many ideas in my head
    3. The design and layout – choice of fonts etc
    4. The amount of new ideas – each one has something so different!
    5. The flow of an interiors book – whether it’s room by room or season by season there’s a constant flow that makes me keep turning the pages – they’re like picture books for adults!

  • Sarah October 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    What I love about design books:
    1. Seeing design you don’t get to see in your normal day.
    2. Being awed by what people think of design-wise
    3. Living vicariously through elegant design
    4. Inspiration of course
    5. And this last one is a bit silly… but I use interior design books when building rooms in a certain video game.. *cough*Sims*cough*

  • Ivana October 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm


    Thanks for this gorgeous giveaway!

    1. Design, and interior design especially, is my great passion.
    2. I can find great ideas and inspiration in design books.
    3. Design books can be a sort of journey to far away places and cultures.
    4. They bring a lot of joy in discovering new interesting people.
    5. And last but not least, I can learn not only about interior design, but about good photography too.

    Kind regards,

  • Traci McCool October 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    1 – Books themselves are great to design with!
    2 – New books have new ideas and tips for decor.
    3 – Often books are more intimate than online decor advice. You hear about how interactions with decor go, not just how it looks
    4 – I’m moving so I need all the ideas I can get.
    5 – You have something to reference when talking to friends about decor ideas.

  • Sheer Raeb October 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    This book looks amazing! I would love to have it on my coffee table which is really missing a great book!

    What I love about interior design books is:
    1. They are ar, and I love using them as decor
    2. They are so inspiring.
    3. Since I didn’t learn interior design they teach me a lot about the subject.
    4. They are great to browse through while drinking coffee
    5. They teach me how to use what I have in the best way.

  • Heather October 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    1. Inspiration in times of “designer’s block”.
    2. Motivation to one day publish my own.
    3. Eye candy.
    4. Helps add more of that good ol’ “book smell” to my house.
    5. To add to my ever growing reference library.

  • April October 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Found your blog via a search for Hans Blomquist’s older book, and I’m so excited to see that a new one is out, too!

    5 things I love about interior design books:
    1. They tell a full story, as opposed to the one-off images on Pinterest. (I still love you, Pinterest.)
    2. You get to learn why the designer made the choices they made. That’s super helpful as I renovate my own home, because my space is different but I can apply the same principles.
    3. You get to know the designer as a person. If they’re cheeky and fun and don’t take it all so seriously, it makes design fun for me too. (As opposed to my normal, stressed-over-tile-color self.)
    4. They look ah-mazing on a coffee table (decor book AS decor!)
    5. The sensory experience of it–the weight and smell of a nice, thick book. The feel of the pages, the beautiful photographs to look at.

    Thanks for the contest–excited to have found your blog!


  • Irene October 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    First, Thank You, Holly, for the giveaway.
    *I’d say that interiors books are inspiring in the best possible way: for the Spaces that House our every day life.
    ~To me they are tools of the Trade, since I’ve been an Interiors Designer for 15 years.
    >I’d say that they are a form of visualisation and deep Connection with my likes in mood, style and color.
    <Now, I'm glad to let you know that my youngest just got into College to study Architecture! And yes, I'd love to offer this book to her!
    @What better way to say that good taste can be learned and taught!
    P.S. I loved The Natural Home! An inspiring book that put a seal on my eco-design beliefs.

    Here is to Hans and Holly!

  • Barbara Elisabeth October 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    5 reasons why I love ID books:

    1) browsing through them/reading them are the best way to relax
    2) they satisfy my cravings for beautiful things
    3) they trigger my own creativity
    4) they provide wonderful escapes from the daily hassle
    5) they never ever fail to brighten my mood

  • Victoria Corbett October 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I love love love the look of this book!

    * Thanks inspiring me and all the other creative readers out there….

    1 – I definitely need this book:)
    2 – Old and New are the best mix of all….
    3 – The colors are beautiful
    4 – there is soooo much to say!
    5 – Please … pretty!!

  • Jacqui October 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I love interiors books because they show me:
    1. Inspiring and unusual colour combinations to try.
    2. Unexpected items that can be arranged together and be the final element in creating a unique room or area.
    3. How accessories can be the finishing touch to creating a certain look and feel.
    4. How to put mismatched pieces together but in a way that makes a coherent whole (I love this way of decorating!).
    5. The awesomely and delightfully creative and unique imagination and eye that some people have!

  • Tam October 16, 2014 at 1:32 am

    wow! it´s great!

  • Kim Morris October 16, 2014 at 2:06 am

    What a fantastic giveaway! How exciting; thank you for the opportunity!

    1. Interior design books are my escape. There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, if I’m honest) and a good design book.

    2. Design books are often beautiful pieces of decor themselves! I love that you can decorate with books on decorating. Functional and aesthetically pleasing.

    3. No two design books are the same, and no second read of any one book is the same. You can find new beauty in every book you read and you can see new beauty every time you re-read one of your favorites. There aren’t many books that can provide that experience!

    4. Design books give me ideas! I love seeing new combinations of colors or patterns that I wouldn’t have put together on my own. There are so many talented interior designers out there.

    5. You can get lost in another world when you look at a design book. The gorgeous pictures transport you from reality to dreams, and there’s nothing better :)

  • Joanne October 16, 2014 at 6:34 am

    1. Beautiful rooms make me happy (even when I’m only seeing a picture of one).
    2. I love to see how other people have built their personality into their spaces.
    3. Design books don’t require a lot of commitment – they’re perfect for picking up and putting down at any time.
    4. They make wonderful gifts.
    5. They’re just so beautiful

  • Juicebox's mother October 16, 2014 at 6:45 am

    1. Reading them is like going on a vacation in your mind and staying in a drool worthy hotel.

    2. A way to challenge your own creativity.

    3. Looking at aesthetically pleasing things makes my heart skip a beat.

    4. Brings me to my happy place :)

    5. You can never ever have enough . Bottom line. Please and thank you!

  • Eva October 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This looks like a lovely book! Here are 5 things I love about decorating books in general:

    1. Visual inspiration, beautiful pictures, eye candy.
    2. Inspiration for my own home and day-to-day life.
    3. Getting a glimpse into real homes in different styles.
    4. The writing. If it’s a good decorating book the text is usually really helpful and inspiring, much more as in decorating magazines. Probably because books are often dedicated to a theme and the author takes time to explore a theme in an enlighting and inspiring way.
    5. Being able to explore and enjoy the colours/ideas/humour etc. of a decorating style even though it might not be a style I might want to live with myself.

  • Aga | Passion shake October 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    1) I love the fact that when I have one in my hands, everyone at home leaves me in peace (for at least couple of hours!) ;D
    2) I love how my imagination gets stimulated by the interior images
    3) I love learning new things and reading tips about decor / design
    4) I love it as a source of great ideas and referrals
    5) I love to decorate with books! It just makes me happy to look at them ;)

    Thanks so much for this great giveaway Holly, the book looks really great!


  • Francine from Callaloo Soup October 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    What an fantastic book! I love interiors books because

    1, I love making a big stack with them on the floor
    2. They look like art on my coffee table
    3, I can always find just one thing I can use in my home
    4. They inspire my photography
    5. I can read them again and again and always find something new to love.

  • Martha October 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    1. I like seeing how other people live.
    2. I love eye candy for the home.
    3. I like imagining myself living in the rooms of these books.
    4. Decorating books broaden my view of design and the world.
    5. Inspiration. Inspiration. Inspiration. Inspiration. Inspiration.

  • Maryna Cavanaugh October 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    1. It inspires
    2. brings change
    3.keeps busy ideas to give to others
    5. makes me smile

  • Virginie October 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    1- I can’t live without books
    2- interior design books boost my creativity and make me feel like I can do it too
    3- I like to learn everyday something new
    4- see things from someone else’s perspective is inspiring
    5- Christmas is coming ;o)

  • Kerstin October 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    1. As an artist I love interior books as an inspiration!
    2. Books are also one of the few things that make me stop my routine and relax for a few moments.
    3. I don’t have a coffeetable but my bookcase is screaming at me lately to get a new member of the family.
    4. I really like his way of playing with different walltextures and am curious to find something similar to my kitchenwall or to find one I can try to imitate.

  • Kerstin October 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you Holly, for this opportunity!
    My five reasons are the following:
    1. As an artist I love interior design books as an inspiration and sometimes part of my payntings.
    2. Books like this one by Blomquist help me to stop my routine and let me relax for a few moments.
    3. I don’t have a coffeetable but my bookcase is screaming at me, lately to get a new member of the family.
    4. I think his work with different wall textures ( some unusual, some rather normal) is incredible because he makes them look very sophisticated or interesting to look at.
    5. it would just make me happy !
    x Kerstin

  • lawyer in sandy ut October 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    1…. Books are always increase our knowledge
    2…. I am really impregnated for this.
    3….This books decorating are very natural
    4….I think it’s dream like a heaven
    5….I am very proud and impressive at all.
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  • Kristin at Interior Nature October 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    1….Only through books do I find that meaningful connection to how designers think and approach their worlds!
    2….To Play is the essence of life!
    3….Endless details to spot, devour, and identify with!
    4….Expert photography that aligns with the designers vision gives us a much better chance of experiencing it.
    5….Great way to share with friends and family that essence of personal expression one has to invest in to reach!

  • Lauren R October 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    1. I love coffee table books but don’t have one on my own coffeetable yet! So, to display them in this place of honor.
    2. It’s great to curl up with a design book and a [stylish] mug of hot chocolate and simultaneously look around your space as you get inspiration.
    3. Learning little tips and tricks to incorporate into my own home.
    4. Seeing different color and texture combinations I would never have thought to try (sounds like this book is especially great for this purpose)
    5. The simple pleasure of flipping through beautifully photographed spaces.

  • Ibabe October 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    1.- I am in love with books in general.
    2.- Love opening a book and entering a world of dreaming places
    3.- Love to discover some dreams are easly real to become
    4.- Love discovering how much work is after a great picture and not feeling bad for my out of control bedroom.
    5.- Love being able to learn little things that can use at home

  • Sheryl Remy October 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to own this wonderful book.
    1: Books open the world of thought, creation and other views to the reader.
    2: Each time you open the book another detail catches the eye.
    3: The book allows us to recognize that others see the beauty in some of the same things as we do.
    4: The book reminds us that simple is sometimes the best way to decorate.
    5: The book itself is a thing of beauty.

  • Danette Mitchell October 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    1) beautiful photographs
    2) quirky little details that I would not have thought of
    3) being inspired by the author having put their vision into motion and creating a finished product
    4) finding interesting color combinations
    5) the art of sitting and quieting my mind and soaking up all of the beauty and inspiration that a good, hefty book can provide.

  • Tanja October 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Dear Holly,
    hm, what do I love about interior books?
    I love
    1) their smell… If I open a book the smell and the paper gives me the impression of something new and special – even if they are a few years old
    2) the great pictures of course. It’s nice to put some of the ideas in my own home
    3) to decorate them on my kitchen shelf where they give me changing pictures to look at.
    4) the different styles of presented homes
    5) to rummage in interior books before I go to sleep

  • Peggy October 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    1 – Color/pattern
    2 – Inspiration
    3 – Different points of view/different lifestyles
    4 – Design books are my guilty pleasure
    5 – Autumn (fill in any season here…) is the perfect time to snuggle up with a great read!
    Thx Holly!

  • Alessia October 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I love Interior Design books because..
    1) their aesthetics is always well curated and well put together
    2) they look great on my coffee table
    3) they look great …..everywhere around the house!!!
    4) they make me dream about how my dream house would look like
    5) everytime you flick through them that’s always a corner or a detail you haven’t seen before!
    Love Blomquist book Natural Home – really stunning looks

  • Jenni Kupelian October 16, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    ^^ 1 ^^
    I love gaining insight to color, texture and composition.

    ^^ 2 ^^
    I feel luxurious when I’m reading a beautifully crafted book.

    ^^ 3 ^^
    Interiors are a universal way anyone can express themselves, from the most fanciful mansions to the coziest one room dwellings world-over.

    ^^ 4 ^^
    I’m a sucker for beautiful floral arrangements and letter forms. I have a feeling this book will have both.

    ^^ 5 ^^
    Hi my name is Jenni. I buy pretty books on the corner like a crack head. I hope I win.

  • Victoria October 17, 2014 at 3:50 am

    1. Makes my coffee table look that much prettier /slash/ more sophisticated
    2. Endless inspiration
    3. The weight, the feel, the smell of a physical book (as opposed to the internet, which is more convenient! but sincerely lacking in that overall fuzzy feel a physical book has to offer)
    4. Gives bored guests something of interest to peruse -OR-
    5. Can help you find your next soulmate (not necessarily of the romantic sort, though also welcome) as you gush over the same colors/designs/images within and wonder how you’ve gone so long without knowing another with such excellent taste

  • Audrey October 17, 2014 at 6:44 am

    5 things I love about interior design books:

    1. Different interior books inspire me to try new decor ideas I never normally would.
    2. Looking through various interior books for inspiration for my very first home.
    3. Getting ideas from interior design books and giving it my own spin.
    4. When I’m feeling uncreative, browsing through someone else’s creative work helps get me out of the rut.
    5. I love a great book to add in my little own library!

  • Isabell October 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

    What I love about interior books:

    1. the free spirits that created them
    2. new ideas for cool & cozy rooms
    3. the feeling that “everything’s alright as long as people care about interiors”
    4. to show others that everything’s possible
    5. style doesn’t have to cost much

    Thanks for the opportunity, Holly!

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  • Claudia October 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    1. Time to relax with beautiful pictures

    2. Ideas for styling

    3. Inspiration for my work

    4. Ideas for photography

    5. Just love books :)

  • Dominique McCombe October 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    1. I scrutinise each page first, and look for that perfect room or image
    2. This may sound critical, but I also look for images that don’t appeal to me, and work through the reasons why. I love this little game – finding ways I would put my stamp on an otherwise perfect room, and improve it (if only in my mind).
    3. It’s like purchasing an indulgent cosmetic, but for the home
    4. I read all the text – always – I love to read the way authors translate their passion and enthusiasm into words.
    5. I learn. I become inspired. Some people read 50 Shades of Grey as fantasy fodder – I read design books and magazines. It’s my happy place

  • Christina October 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    1. Gorgeous photography
    2. A slew of new tricks
    3. Inspiration for reinvention
    4. Reading life stories of designers
    5. Applying design ideas and trends to my own work.

  • Juju October 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    1. The Pictures
    2. The Pictures
    3. The Pictures
    4. The Pictures
    5. Oh I almost fogot: The Pictures :)

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