American Interiors Books

Add to your library with these highly recommended books on American Interior Design. I love the freshness of American interiors, these books are my favourites and those on my wish list.

This collection has been carefully curated by interior decorator Vanya Wilkinson of Wilkinson Interiors.


One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood

One of my all time favourite interiors books. When it comes to antiques & Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is an absolute master.

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Summer to Summer: Houses by the Sea

Settle back, kick off your shoes and enjoy this varied mix of relaxed American summer houses.

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Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

Acclaimed for his sumptuous rooms that layer fine antiques, confectionary curtains & sublime colourations, creating an atmosphere of lived-in opulence.

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Soul of the Home: Designing with Antiques

Designer and antiques dealer Tara Shaw is a respected supplier of French and European antiques. In her first book, she helps readers understand how to select the best antiques and how to use them in a variety of decor schemes.

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The Gentleman’s Farm: Elegant Country House Living

This sumptuous volume features gracious country homes that blend the very best of vernacular tradition, classical architecture, and high-style elegance.  Each one a model of taste & beauty, these houses are an expression of domestic happiness.

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Nora Murphy’s: Country House Style

Nora Murphy has distilled the essence of her knowledge about country house style and how to achieve it in this irresistible volume. Part primer, part wish book, Country House Style is all inspiration.

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Susanna Salk: The Power of Pattern

Textiles have long been a passion of mine, so anything that celebrates pattern gets a big tick from me!

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Cathy Kincaid: The Well Adorned Home

One of my all time favourite designers, Cathy is a genius! Whenever I find an image of a room that I am completely swooning over, chances are Cathy designed it; her eye is impeccable.

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Bunny Williams: An Affair with a House

One of my all time favourite design books! Bunny is not only a master decorator and prolific gardener but also a consummate host. She generously shares her wisdom in this wonderful book showcasing her Connecticut home and garden.

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Michael S. Smith: Designing History

Not since Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic work on the White House has a designer of Michael Smith’s stature been commissioned to bring a new design spirit to the mansion. 

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James T. Farmer III: Arriving Home

From a grand Connecticut country home to a stately St. Louis house or a columned antebellum Alabama home, Farmer’s style travels the country to set the tone for the lives of his clients.

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Michael S. Smith: Elements of Style

Michael Smith has earned a reputation as the thinking celebrity’s decorator. This book beautifully captures the essential building blocks of good interior design.

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Behind the Privets: Classic Hamptons Houses

A fascinating glimpse inside these classic homes captures the illustrious architecture & design of Hamptons historic houses.

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Mark D. Sikes: Beautiful

Mark’s interiors are classic takes on California indoor/outdoor living, with natural fibres and crisp colouration, informed and influenced by the fashion world where he began his career.

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The Welcoming House

Owners of acclaimed stores & decorating firm Circa Interiors present 8 stylish, beautiful homes blending comfort, beauty & function with Southern hospitality. A house with an open door is like a friend with an open heart: inviting & generous of spirit.

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Gill Schafer II: A Place to Call Home – Tradition, Style and Memory in the New American House

Gill Shafer II shares his process (complete with accessible ideas readers can work into their own projects) & a detailed tour of seven beautifully realized houses.

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Gill Schafer II: The Great American House

Acclaimed architect Gil Schafer illustrates how he blends classical architecture, interior decoration, and landscape to create homes with a feeling of history. Schafer specialises in building new ‘old’ houses, as well as renovating historic homes.

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Michael S. Smith: The Curated House

Smith is one of America’s most sort after interior designers, the A list flock to him. He is a master of classic interiors.

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James T. Farmer III: A Place to Call Home

Tour eleven diverse homes in the deep South, James Farmer has created this beautiful book to inspire Southern style at home―infusing the new with antique, vintage, and heirloom pieces.

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Bunny Williams: A House by the Sea

Williams’s Caribbean retreat is tucked into lush, tropical gardens by the sea. Enjoy every facet of the property – from outdoor rooms & garden plantings & design to the delightful, island-living luxury of the villa’s interiors, furnishings, & collections. 

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Mark D. Sikes: More Beautiful

More Beautiful picks up where the first left off, in a celebration of classic, all-American decorating. This book will inspire with rooms that are chic yet comfortable.

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Stamps & Stamps: Style & Sensibility

Design company Stamps & Stamps have built their style on an aesthetic foundation rooted in the past, but with a lightness and wit that’s very much of the present.

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