Top 5 book buys for interior lovers

Our pick of 5 beautiful books for your coffee table
Chris Warnes

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for an interior design and decorating buff or for some inspiration for your own home, these display-worthy books are just the trick!

(Credit: Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney, Allen & Unwin)

Perfect Imperfect, Karen McCartney, Murdoch

The newest tome from former interiors magazine editor Karen McCartney is an object lesson in imperfection. Across its pages – styled by Glen Proebstel, with wonderfully moody photography by Sharyn Cairns – salvaged furniture, time-worn timbers and pieces with a strong sense of authenticity and story feature in the gorgeous homes and studios of Australian and international creatives. Simply luscious.

(Credit: Flower Addict by Saskia Haveks, Lantern)

Flower Addict by Saskia Haveks, Lantern

From cover to cover, the third book from Grandiflora owner Saskia Havekes is a visual masterpiece. Showcasing vibrant, large-scale floral arrangements and sculptures, Flower Addict is perfect coffee-table fodder or a beautiful gift for those passionate about petals.

(Credit: Shelter by Kara Rosenlund, Lantern)

Shelter by Kara Rosenlund, Lantern

In Shelter, Australian photographer and stylist Kara Rosenlund documents the way we live in a series of awe-inspiring photos. Travelling across the country, Kara visits the unique and beautiful places – beach shacks, weathered homesteads, sheep stations and shipping containers – Australians call home.

(Credit: The Maker by Tamara Maynes, Murdoch Books)

The Maker by Tamara Maynes, Murdoch Books

Looking to spark your creative side? The second book by Melbourne-based designer, DIY-er and stylist Tamara Maynes might be the catalyst that gets you crafting sophisticated projects. Follow steps to make a metalwork wall hanging or a “no-fire” clay vessel, or just enjoy the large serve of inspiration and Q&As with talented craftspeople.

(Credit: Shades of Grey by Kate Watson-Smyth, Hardie Grant Books)

Shades of Grey by Kate Watson-Smyth, Hardie Grant Books

In Shades of Grey, British interiors journalist, writer and blogger Kate Watson-Smyth celebrates her love of the neutral colour of the moment. Watson-Smyth
helps decode the minefield that is choosing exactly the right shade of grey for your home. Crammed with handsome photography to inspire your own schemes, it also features plenty of advice and tips.

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