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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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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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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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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. Five homes, each of which expresses a unique take on the style, are featured. Part primer, part wish book, Country House Style is all inspiration.

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Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

Affectionately named the Prince of Chintz, Mario Buatta was 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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Make Life Beautiful: Studio McGee

A behind-the-scenes look into how the couple transformed Shea’s small room of fabric samples and big dream of becoming a designer into one of the most successful and fastest-growing interior design businesses in the USA.

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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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Mark D. Sikes: More Beautiful

Mark has done it again, in this celebration of classic, all-American decorating. This book will inspire with rooms that are chic yet comfortable, and just the way people want to live today.

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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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Michael S. Smith: The Curated House

Smith is one of America’s most sort after interior designers, A listers flock to him. The Curated House his most personal book, tracing the origins & influences of his design philosophy in depth & presenting his latest projects; a master of classic interiors.

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Behind the Privets: Classic Hamptons Houses

A fascinating glimpse inside these classic homes of historical significance and impeccable style. Capturing the illustrious architecture & design of Hamptons historic houses.

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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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The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously 

The owners of acclaimed Circa Interiors present eight beautiful homes with their trademark style: subtle colour palettes, graceful furniture, an emphasis on comfort and entertaining. A house with an open door is like a friend with an open heart: inviting, generous of spirit and constant at the core.

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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 realised 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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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. James also shares his personal stories about living in the South.

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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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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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