In honor of National Book Lovers Day, our editors are sharing their all-time favorite design books. Add these lovely tomes to your collection, and we guarantee you'll get inspired — and learn a thing or two!
Hamish Bowles Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People ($49)
"A modern classic written by Hamish Bowles (read: totally chic), this monster book profiles the interiors and exteriors of fascinating and fashionable people's homes. With 36 subjects, theres always fresh inspiration to be found." — Liz Lynch, home décor editor
"From lion man figurines from 28,000 B.C. to Caribeean folk paintings, everything you never knew you wanted to know about art is right here in this monumental book — and all in chronological order. I learn every time I open this book, and it always sparks in interest in something I want to study further." — Julia Millay Walsh, managing editor
Slim Aarons Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time ($57)
"Escapist eye candy. Plain and simple." — Liz Lynch, home décor editor
Julia Reed The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story ($11)
"Celebrated journalist Julia Reed's beautiful book about renovating her house in New Orleans pre- and post-Katrina is as much a tale about her love for the city as it is about the essence of design. Good design always come from a place of love and care — and sometimes, resilience." — Julia Millay Walsh, managing editor
Edith Wharton The Decoration of Houses ($25)
"A studio teacher of mine once told me you can't break the rules of art and design until you master the classics. Required reading right here." — Liz Lynch, home décor editor
Robert Murphy The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge ($63)
"A rare look at the homes of legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his friend and lifelong business partner Pierre Bergé, this book has given me a true appreciation for the art of detail, at a time when everything is minimal and spare. Never shall I ever see a more exquisite surrounding." — Julia Millay Walsh, managing editor
What design books do you love? Share your favorites in the comments below.