An undecorated home is like a blank canvas. There's so much potential for personality, and so much space for expression. This collection of books highlight what it means to bring an artistic vision to life within four walls. Whether it's filling your space with patterns and crafts, or taking inspiration from some of the world's most collectible fine art, or even bringing a minimalist aesthetic to life, the message is clear. Fill your home with what you love, and love where you live.
David Gill: Designing Art
Throughout his career, London-based gallerist David Gill has not only curated and nurtured the interior and decorative design talents of artists such as Zaha Hadid and the Campana brothers, but also redefined the way the world sees design-art. Written by Gill, with a foreword by the artistic director of his gallery, Francis Sultana, and an introduction by author and curator Meredith Etherington-Smith, "David Gill: Designing Art" (Vendome, $60) explores the meeting point of art and interior design. With more than 200 full-color illustrations across 240 pages, the book features a career-spanning look at Gill's influence, including a peek inside Gill's own homes.
LESS: A Visual Guide to Minimalism
Money, time, space and clarity. Who doesn't want more of each? According to Rachel Aust, the 25-year-old Australian lifestyle YouTuber, minimalism is the path. In "LESS: A Visual Guide to Minimalism" (DK, $15.99), she outlines simple rules for paring down your home, your closet and your life. Aust has dozens of suggestions for paring down, from a list of 25 things you can throw away right now — we're looking at you, broken pens! — to calm and inspiring photographs of restful décor, complete with color palette suggestions. Even non-minimalists will find her suggestions motivational, and a great jumping-off point to get a head start on all that spring cleaning.
Crafting a Patterned Home: Painting, Printing, and Stitching Projects to Enliven Every Room
Crafter and color expert Kristin Nicholas won't let white walls get in the way of her vision. In "Crafting a Patterned Home: Painting, Printing, and Stitching Projects to Enliven Every Room" (Roost Books, $24.95), she showcases 35 completely doable projects to help any colorful person splash their inner palettes around their homes. Separated into Indoor Spaces and Outdoor Spaces, this 208-page guide is both inspirational and a step-by-step how-to, with color photos by Rikki Snyder throughout illustrating tips on painting, printing, sewing and generally crafting projects large and small. Multipatterned and multihued chairs, pillows, walls and floors are featured, and the back of the book offers project templates and a helpful guide to some of the author's favorite books on the topic.
Modern Macramé: 33 Projects for Your Handmade Home
Macramé — the craft of knots and fiber — is seeing a huge resurgence in the design world. Leading the effort to bring a fresh perspective to the field is Instagram celebrity, interior designer and macramé instructor Emily Katz. Her book, "Modern Macramé: 33 Projects for Your Handmade Home" (Ten Speed Press, $25), written with Johanna Kunin, features 248 pages and 350 full-color photographs. Projects within range from simple trivets and patterned rugs to an indoor tent, a daybed and, of course, plenty of plant hangers. With an entire chapter devoted to teaching the basics, this is both a great starting point for anyone looking to learn the craft and an excellent resource for experienced macramé enthusiasts looking for new inspiration.
Richard Filipowski: Art and Design Beyond the Bauhaus
The works of Richard Filipowski were once largely held in private collections, lending their modernist beauty to only a select few. But through this book, edited by design journalist Maria Bartolucci and with a foreword by Hattula Moholy-Nagy, his paintings, sculptures, jewelry and furniture have the chance to inspire a new generation of admirers. With 264 pages and 300 color photographs, "Richard Filipowski: Art and Design Beyond the Bauhaus" (Monacelli Press, $60) explores the artist's work, including close looks at his midcentury modern furniture, most of which was designed between the mid-1940s and the mid-1950s; his minimalist chess set; and the intricate detailing of his interior project for Temple B'rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York. Filled with essays by prominent scholars in the field and rounded out with a comprehensive visual look at his paintings, this book is the first of its kind.