Spring Decorating | Wyatt’s World

Forget the drudgery of spring cleaning and focus on what readers really want to do—live in rooms they love. Here are five books to inspire and create those kinds of spaces.

  • New York School of Interior Design: Home: The Foundations of Enduring Spaces by Ellen S. Fisher (Clarkson Potter: Crown).
    For readers seeking the skills of decorating and shaping an indoor space, this work follows the New York School of Interior Design’s home study course—with photos to illustrate the lessons.
  • India Hicks: A Slice of England by India Hicks (Rizzoli).
    Hicks has grown from being one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids to running a lifestyle brand that includes works on home decor. This volume moves from the author’s typical island settings to her deep roots in England, where she captures traditional design and shares her family history.
  • Veranda Decorating by Mario López-Cordero (Hearst).
    From luxury shelter magazine Veranda comes this lavish design book that teaches the A–Z of curating interior spaces. The images are aspirational, but the advice applies to everything from thrift store finds to auction house buys.
  • Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today’s Top Designers by Susanna Salk (Rizzoli).
    Salk had the smart idea of featuring rooms by some of the world’s best designers, including Jonathan Adler, Nate Berkus, and Amanda Nisbet, to offer lessons in home decor, from color considerations to furniture placement and accessories.
  • Mad About the House: A Decorating Handbook by Kate Watson-Smyth (Pavilion).
    Based on the author’s blog of the same name (madaboutthehouse.com), this inviting text combines elegant narrative with design advice, drawings, and photos. UK journalist Watson-Smyth has written about interior spaces for newspapers for more than a decade, and here her experience shines.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

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