6 Holiday Gifts For Bibliophiles

Got a book lover on your list? These books will delight design enthusiasts, avid or occasional gardeners and fans of inspiring stories. They’ll resonate way past the holiday season, providing a thought-provoking way to spend the cozy winter evenings ahead.

1. The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin (Timber Press)

Every page of this book radiates with Martin’s love of gardening in general, and of her own Connecticut garden in particular. She takes readers through a year in the garden describing what she has planted in each season, providing practical tips for upkeep in all weather, and offering philosophical meditations on how thoughtful stewardship of the ground beneath our feet enriches our lives.

2. The Curated Home by Grant K. Gibson (Gibbs Smith)

In his first book, Gibson, a designer and world traveler, explains his decorating influences and inspirations, honed over almost two decades in the interior design business. Using examples from his own projects, Gibson explains his approach to the design of each room in the house, describing the best ways to incorporate individual tastes and experiences into stylish interiors.

3. Make Something Good Today: A Memoir by Erin Napier and Ben Napier (Simon & Schuster)

The stars of HGTV’s show, Home Town, offer much more than tips on renovation and décor. This book is the story of how the two met, started their careers and found purpose in revitalizing their small town of Laurel, Mississippi. This is a memoir about more than one couple; it’s an homage to small-town America and the people who live there.

4. Buckingham Palace: The Interiors by Ashley Hicks (Rizzoli New York)

Royal watchers, history buffs and interior design aficionados alike will enjoy this look at the iconic home of Britain’s royal family. Interior designer Ashley Hicks (a grandson of Lord Mountbatten and brother of  lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana) presents his own photographs of the castle’s staterooms, hallways and galleries, and describes the décor and the esteemed history of each. This lavish volume underscores the magnificence of these spaces and provides a strong measure of majesty for readers (especially those who, like me, are anxiously waiting for Season 3 of The Crown to air).

5. Terrain by Greg Lehmkuhl (Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Company)

In this 400-page book filled with stunning photos, Lehmkuhl, creative director of the garden, home and lifestyle brand, Terrain, offers inspiration for living and decorating with nature. Featuring topics such as flower arranging, container gardening and wreath making, this book will be valuable to veteran planters, beginner gardeners and those who simply want to enjoy the wonders of nature every day.

6. Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years by Jennifer Boles (Vendome Press)

This book offers a “Who’s Who” for the field of interior design. It covers the pioneering designers who gave the profession its start, as well as the latest stars in the interior design galaxy.  It describes the contribution each made to the field, and each designer’s influence on the way we furnish our homes today.