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Best Interior design and gardening books to buy in 2023

Too often we get our design inspiration from endlessly scrolling a screen, but nothing can beat the immersive experience you get when you pick up a design book and delve into the pages. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of amazing garden or interior design books on the market that can help you hone your skills and take your interior, garden, and crafting game to the next level. 

In this blog our National Design Academy experts have picked their favourite garden and interior design books to buy this year. Whether you’re looking for practical tips or just want some beautiful coffee table books to inspire you, we’ve got you covered. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to discover your next favourite read!

Inside: At Home with Great Designers

by William Norwich at Phaidon Press 

Inside: At Home with Great Designers written by William Norwich

This interior design book is a personal and private tour into the un-seen world of designer homes. Inside: At Home with Great Designers takes you on an immersive journey through the homes of aspirational creative minds. It gives you a unique insight into how the best designers curate and decorate their homes to their fullest expression.

Homes included range from apartments, to coastal retreats, and feature homes from top contemporary interior designers such as Brigette Romanek, Roman and Williams, Sheila Bridges, Darryl Carter, Sig Bergamin, and Joseph Dirand.

Women Made: Great Women Designers

written by Jane Hall 

Women Made: Great Women Designers written by Jane Hall

Women Made: Great Women Designers, is a visual celebration of the most impactful designs ever produced by female designers. It promotes a refreshing design perspective on what historically has been considered a man’s world. Jane Hall shines a light and illuminates the often-overlooked history of women and their extraordinary work. If you appreciate design history, this is a must read for you.

Women Made: Great Women Designers features work from Ray Eames, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll, Ilse Crawford, Faye Toogood and Nathalie du Pasquier. 

The Encyclopaedia of Curtains: All you'll ever need to know about making curtains

by Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day 

The Encyclopaedia of Curtains: All you'll ever need to know about making curtains written by Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day

Written collaboratively by sisters, Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day, The Encyclopaedia of Curtains: All you’ll ever need to know about making curtains, is a revised second edition of their original publication. Packed with invaluable information, this book is an essential guide for the experienced curtain making enthusiast. It instructs you through every step of curtain making, from measuring, making, and fitting using hundreds of beautiful technical diagrams and photographs.

The Garden: Before & After

The Garden: Before & After by Randle Siddeley

The Garden: Before & After is a visual showcase of some of Randle’s most magnificent gardens from across the globe. The book offers detailed accounts on select projects for high-profile clients, complete with photographs. Siddeley’s passion for landscape design shines throughout this book as he explains the importance of creating outdoor spaces that reflect the needs of their owners. Whether you’re a professional gardener or enthusiast, this book will leave you with a deeper appreciation for landscape design. 

The Joy of Home

The Joy of Home by Ashley Gilbreath

Ashleigh Gilbreath generously guides you through her design process that effortlessly balances thoughtful design that is both elegant and liveable. The Joy Of Home is a journey into Gilbreath’s fresh approach to Southern decorating that artfully mixes new with old. Her considerate design signature style shines through on every page.



We hope you like our top garden and interior design book picks. We’d love to know what your favourite design books are. Please share them in the comments.

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