8 Books for Home and Garden Enthusiasts

In search of a special gift for the book lovers on your list? Look no further than these thoughtfully written, beautifully photographed books that are sure to delight those who want to delve deeper into the design of home and garden.

(For more gift suggestions, see Holiday Gift Guide and 10 Gifts for Kids and Their Grownups and 11 Gifts for Pets and Their People.)

  • For the furnishings fashionista: Ralph Lauren A Way of Living: Home, Design, Inspiration by Ralph Lauren (Rizzoli): In this 544-page volume filled with personal photographs, Lauren shares the inspiration for and design of his own homes — from his sprawling Colorado ranch to his Fifth Avenue Manhattan penthouse to his retreat in Jamaica. The book is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the designer’s first home collection.


  • For those who know it’s the little things that count: Call It Home: The Details That Matter by Amber Lewis (Penguin Random House): California-based designer Amber Lewis takes readers through the often-overlooked elements of design — a countertop edge or a certain wood grain — that can make or break an interior aesthetic. It features over 200 images of eight homes she designed, including her own.


  • For the romantic at heart: The Cottage Garden by Claus Dalby (Quarto): Dalby, who has been called “The Scandinavian Martha Stewart,” is a designer, florist and gardener with a large fan base in Scandinavia, the United States and around the world. This 336-page captures the beauty of the landscapes of famous cottage gardeners, including Gertrude Jekyll, William Robinson and Tasha Tudor.


  • For fans of the glitterati: Star Style: Interiors of Martyn Lawrence Bullard by Martyn Lawrence Bullard (Vendome): Bullard, the noted “designer to the stars,” showcases his eclectic style in the homes of his celebrity clients, including Cher, Tommy Hilfiger and Gwen Stefani.


  • For the admirer of refined design: Suzanne Rheinstein: A Welcoming Elegance by Suzanne Rheinstein with Michael Boodro (Rizzoli): Rheinstein, who passed away in March at the age of 77, was a celebrated interior designer, gardener and philanthropist. This 256-page volume presents projects that reflect her ideas on how to live in a relaxed way surrounded by artworks and personal collections.


  • For the gardener with a varied design aesthetic: Garden Style: A Book of Ideas by Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus (Rizzoli): Landscape designer Howcraft and award-winning garden photographer Majerus offer a plethora of ideas for every type of garden, from contemporary to traditional, from formal to minimalist.


  • For the sophisticated traveler: Evoke by Nina Magon (Monacelli): Renowned as an international designer, Magon is inspired by years of visiting the world’s cultural capitals. In this, her first book, she offers a closer look at the cosmopolitan glamour that infuses her designs.


  • For the night owl: Moon Garden: A Guide to Creating an Evening Oasis by Jarema Osofsky (Chronicle Books): This handbook shows gardeners of every level how to create a moon garden: a green space cultivated with plants that reflect moonlight, attract nocturnal creatures and release scents after sundown. In addition to advice on planting, this guide includes soothing rituals and calming meditations to practice in the garden. Osofsky, a Brooklyn, New York-based landscape and interior plant designer, is the owner of Dirt Queen NYC.