InsideOut has selected a collection of design books which will not only look stylish on your bookshelf or coffee table but are a great source of inspiration for home décor.


The Tropical Cottage; At Home in Coconut Grove
Written by:
Beth Dunlop
Photography by: Claudia Uribe

you are looking for a cozy, Caribbean style of home, then you’re sure
to find great ideas in the compact coffee table book “The Tropical

Irregular roof lines, wooden buildings, porches,
shutters and louvers are prominent in the pretty collection of homes
featured. The properties are located in Coconut Grove – a seaside
hideaway in Miami filled with modest homes and quaint cottages – but the
architectural style has a decidedly tropical feel.

Published by Rizzoli
Available at Books & Books, Camana Bay 




Caribbean Style
Written by:
Suzanne Slesin & Stafford Cliff, Jack Berthelot. Martine Gaumé,
Daniel Rozensztroch
Photography by: Gilles de Chabaneix

paper-back book deserves to be in every West Indian home as it depicts
architectural and interior styles from across the Caribbean.

book illustrates plantation houses, town houses, popular houses and
contemporary homes and gardens in all their hotch potch of color and
charm. A vivid portrait of residences in the region, the book brings the
vast range of Caribbean styles to life.

Published by Clarkson Potter
Available at Books & Books, Camana Bay 



Caribbean Houses
By: Michael Connors

A heavy hardback, this book looks at the grandeur of many old West Indian properties, setting them in their historical context.

the earliest days of colonial settlement in the islands, a variety of
architectural styles has arrived from Britain, France, Spain, the
Netherlands and Denmark, The book has beautiful illustrations depicting
buildings dating back to the forts of early settlers, to the great
houses of the sugar plantations and urban mansions.

Published by Rizzoli
Available at Books & Books, Camana Bay 


Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean
By: Derek Galon & Margaret Gajek

the houses of the Eastern Caribbean, this book is an explosion of color
and vitality. The fabulous photographs illustrate the vivid hues of the
tropical flowers, fruit and lush vegetation of the islands.

a distinctly artistic eye, the authors have pinpointed architectural
attractions and unique design details. Written in both English and
French, the book is sure to create great ideas for those who want a home
with aesthetic appeal.

Published by Ozone Zone Books
Available at Books & Books, Camana Bay

Let’s Decorate
By: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

anyone who wants to give their home a makeover, this
easy-to-flick-through book is packed full of ideas that pack a punch. It
takes you from the “Call of the hall,” to “A secret lair with flair,”
with decorating suggestions that will be sure to have you planning a
new-look home.

There is also a do-it-yourself section at the
back of the book with helpful hints if you want to try your hand at
interior decorating.

Published by Creative Homeowner
Available at A. L. Thompson’s 

Landscaping for Your Home
By: Catriona Tudor Erler

Great design applies to the great outdoors as well as inside the home so why not have fun in the garden this spring and summer?
This book will take you through the whole process of designing, constructing and planting.

the technical stuff plus how to add outdoor flair with a gazebo, garden
sculptures, furniture, artwork and ways in which to attract birds It
also tells you how build paths and patios.

Published by Creative Homeowner
Available at A. L. Thomson’s