Inspiration on the shelf

Books & Books in Camana Bay is expanding its range of interior design titles.

“We are starting to see a real upturn in sales,” says Terry Cleaver, store manager. “Plus, we sell quite a few household/interior collections – Orla Kiely, V&A, FolkLore – so it makes sense to have a more rounded offer.”

Terry has been working with Sophie Prior of Lustic Life and the team at the Design Studio to help curate the selection.

“We’ll certainly be looking at an increased range of books that complement the island and its rich architecture,” he says.

Here are a few titles for some design inspiration.

Elle Décor: The Height of Style: Inspiring Ideas from the World’s Chicest Rooms

Michael Boodro and the editors of Elle Décor Abrams

This hardcover book showcases more than 200 stunning rooms hand-picked by the editors of Elle Décor. Packed with striking images, the rooms range from extravagant living spaces to sleek, state-of-the-art kitchens, baths and dressing rooms. Along with a peek into the spaces of such celebrities as Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz, the book features rooms by such top design talents as Steven Gambrel, Kelly Wearstler, Bunny Williams and a host of others.

It is organized into four reader-friendly categories: “Classical,” “Fanciful,” “Functional,” and “Personal.” Also scattered throughout the pages is “What the Pros Know,” which offers insights, ideas and practical advice from top interior designers, architects and homeowners. Every chapter incorporates “Anatomy of a Room” in which the magazine’s editors explain how to turn these inspiring ideas into reality and achieve a home that is the height of style.

All in Good Taste

Kate Spade New York

In this New York Times bestseller, Kate Spade New York throws stuffy rules out the door and shares down-to-earth ideas for the modern-day host that are simple, stylish and fun (if it doesn’t go awry, then it isn’t a party, the book states).

The guide is divided into four sections: “Entertaining,” “Wining & Dining,” “Manners” and “Style.” Filled with how-tos, personal essays, anecdotes and recipes, “All in Good Taste” covers the lost arts – how to shuck an oyster, compile a lively guest list, guide a dinner-table discussion – alongside modern dilemmas such as Instagram etiquette at dinner.

New York Behind Closed Doors

Polly Devlin
Gibbs Smith

Writer Polly Devlin is a self-confessed “house addict.” The former features editor at Vogue is inspired by spaces expressing the homeowner’s personality. Together with photographer Annie Schlechter, Devlin explores 24 apartments, lofts, studios and houses of New York artists, designers, writers and social influencers. She writes of the spaces: “They are fired by imagination and created by people who refuse to live in a narrowly functional world; they know that creativity and imagination are essential to our lives.”

Featuring captivating photography and in-depth interviews, this coffee table book features everything from architectural grandeur to streamlined modern buildings that span the city, including Tribeca, Murray Hill, Union Square, Harlem, Midtown, Brooklyn, and more.

How to Set a Table

Chloe Lieske
Clarkson Potter

While the rules of entertaining have certainly relaxed, a thoughtful setting can make any meal feel special. This simple, easy-to-read handbook offers classic etiquette advice along with hacks for last-minute get-togethers. Featuring a mix of illustrations and photography, the guide includes creative ways to style a table for a variety of occasions and everyday celebrations – weekend breakfast, Sunday supper, a cocktail party, brunch, picnic in the park, and other fun happenings.

There is also advice on choosing dinnerware, glasses, flatware and linens, and tips on decorative finishing touches for the table.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

Meik Wiking

There must be something to the Danish lifestyle concept called hygge, given that Denmark is consistently named the happiest country in the world. Hygge, loosely translated, is a sense of coziness, togetherness and well-being. “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” explains Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”

Wiking offers a range of suggestions on how to hygge at home (and incorporate it into your everyday life). For example, proper lighting is essential, he says, noting there should be several light sources, casting pools of light throughout a room. When in doubt about how to achieve that, just add candles – lots of candles. “No recipe for hygge is complete without candles,” he says. Another home essential is a “hyggekrog” – a cozy nook to curl up with a book and cup of tea.