I wanted to share two of my favorite design books.
Decorative Hardware was the first book written about designing with antique hardware. From Victorian to mid-Century, Liz Gordon the author and owner of Liz's Antique Hardware, describes what can be done to visually change the overall look of a room or a piece of furniture with the addition of decorative hardware.
A side note: as this is one of my favorites, I had it on my coffee table the first time I met Donna Pizzi and Philip Clayton Thompson when they came to scout our previous home for a photo shoot. Donna said, "Oh, you have our book." I had no idea what she was talking about. Philip photographed this book, and Donna did the styling. Serendipity.
The next book, The Not So Big House, was written by architect Sarah Susanka, who believes in designing homes “that favor the quality of its space over the quantity” not "the notion that houses should be designed to impress rather than nurture.” www.notsobighouse.com
This belief resonates with me as I can't see the need for excessively large homes.
Both books can be found at Powell's Books