July 21 2017, updated 7:00am

Six classic home and design books you'll want on your coffee table

ANABELA REA
Last updated 12:45 18/05/2017
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Looking for a bit of decor inspiration? You'll find plenty of it in these classic design books.

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We all need a little inspiration sometimes, and a highly-visual book is a great place to find it.

The hard-cover design books listed below are jam-packed with useful and beautiful ways to make your home a more enjoyable place to live.

Maybe they'll inspire your next design choice. They'll certainly make guests believe you know what you're doing.

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1. THE HOUSE BOOK BY TERENCE CONRAN

 

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He's the father of fashion designer Jasper Conran, so it seems creativity runs in the family.

Described as an oldie but a goodie, this 1974 classic is all about gorgeous, elegant rooms.

With the current return to styles of the 70s, open this book and you'll find spaces that would be the height of style even now.

And if you need further testament to Conran's contribution to the world of interior design, just know that he was knighted for his work in 1983.

Have you got a fantastic or interesting house and you'd like to show others? Let us know about it. Send your story, photos or video homed@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

2. THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING BY MARIE KONDO

Written by organising consultant to the elite, Marie Kondo, her first book on the topic she excels in will forever be a classic.

A New York Times best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up aims to drive home a few central messages that frankly, we could do with in our modern consumerist world.

One - that too many things complicate your life. Two - that you should only keep objects around that are truly special to you.

If this book doesn't set you on a home de-cluttering rampage, nothing will.

3. ANDREW MARTIN INTERIOR DESIGN REVIEW BY ANDREW MARTIN

 

My sexy date for tonight. Doing homework has never been that much fun:). #andrewmartindesignreview

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Founded in 1978, the Andrew Martin design house is considered an authority on interior design.

"It comes out every year and it's a fabulous, beautiful, big coffee table book with all the latest interior designers from around the world," said interior designer Kate O'Connor of The Look.

"Lots of interior inspiration in there."

Now in its 20th edition, we'll take O'Connor's word for it.

4. THE BIG BOOK OF CHIC BY MILES REDD

Boasting a suite of opulent, quirky interiors, this is a great book for daydreaming.

Curated by interior designer Miles Redd, in the words of the author himself: "This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me."

A classic for the well-appointed home, hard-copy editions of this book are highly collectible.

5. HOW THEY DECORATED: INSPIRATION FROM GREAT WOMEN OF THE 20TH CENTURY BY P. GAYE TAPP

In this book, P. Gaye Tapp offers up for your stylish stimulation a plethora of high-culture women who created their own unique aesthetics in the residences they decorated and occupied.

As smartly put by New York fashionista Gloria Vanderbilt in her piece in the book: "Decorating is autobiography."

Absorb this title to learn all you can from the style muses of the last century.

6. COLOUR DECONSTRUCTED BY TRICIA GUILD

 

So this arrived today #colourdeconstructed #interiordesign #interiors #inspiration #designguild

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According to interior designer Gaynor Rogers of Melanie Craig Design, your must-have design edition could be "any Tricia Guild book".

"But she's got a great one called Colour Deconstructed," she said.

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