My Design Book (and beyond!) Wish List

If you follow any of the big time design blogs, you’ve probably heard the buzz on the new Mary McDonald Interiors book over the last few days.

This is not a post about that book.

Instead, I’m here to warn you about the dangers of book browsing on Amazon. You see, interested to learn more about the Mary McDonald book, I hopped on over to Amazon yesterday to see what all the fuss was about. Fast forward  half an hour, and out of nowhere, at least ten new books had been added to my Wish List! And then, unable to stop myself, I also looked through old Past + Present posts on Design*Sponge for more design books to add to the list (the author of those posts, Amy Azzarito, is wonderful about listing literature resources to go along with whatever historical design subject she’s discussing).

Here are some of the new discoveries on my Amazon Wish List. Many of these will probably languish on my list forever, until some kind soul gifts me one or two for a birthday or for Christmas some year. I love these types of books, but it can be hard coughing up your hard earned dough for a book that’ll live on a coffee table. Do you have any books you’re craving but can’t justify spending your own money on?

1.) Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People

2.) Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities

3.) Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights

4.) Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary

5.) The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life

6.) Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style

7.) The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume

8.) Tartan: Romancing the Plaid

9.) Jane Austen: In Style

10.) Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See

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  1. 12.16.10

    Love your picks! I also got a little click-happy on Amazon while making my holiday wish list! Hoping Santa brings me the Jonathan Adler, Vera Neumann, and Taschen’s New York/Paris/London books…

  2. 12.16.10
    Morgan said:

    LOVE your selection of books. The same thing happens to me when I go into anthro, their book selection is to die for! I’ve been getting books at used book stores or thrift stores lately though. They are between $2-$20 and in great shape. I always go right to the art and design section and usually happen upon goodies!

  3. 12.16.10

    @TastyFare/Jessie: I want the new JA book too! It looks so fun… I also hadn’t seen the Taschen books before. Add three more to my Wish List!

    @Morgan: SUCH a good idea! Hadn’t even thought of that!!! I might have to hit up Green Apple Books soon. :) There’s also a Half Price Books in Berkeley…might be worth the trek over!