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6 Home Design Books That You Can Read This Weekend

Learn how you can style your space with the help of these must-reads

Photography: Paolo Feliciano

Your mini-library won't be complete without copies of some interior design titles. This weekend, drop by your favorite bookstore and check out these informative books that may just help you create your dream home.

Photos by Paolo Feliciano and Patrick Cline via

Read the original article ("Book-ish") in the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colorful Life by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

Just leafing through the pages of this book is enough to make you smile; what more if you actually put the author's practical tips to heart? Happy Home shows you how to inject a little (or a lot, if that's your cup of tea) color into your nest to make going home every day more interesting and a much happier experience.

Philippine Style: Design & Architecture

In Reyes’s latest tome, she gives us a history of Philippine architecture from the bahay-kubo and the bahay-na-bato, to modern day homes that include elements and influences from these traditional structures. It features homes, interiors, and furniture throughout our history as well as introduces us to a group of people who have contributed to what we know as Philippine style today. 

Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-friendly Home Design by Richard Olsen

Learn the roots of green design and architecture with Handmade Houses. It features houses around the world that were built using environment-friendly practices like using salvaged materials and tailoring them to their surrounding natural elements. Some houses where not even built or designed by architects! Indeed, green design did not come about recently but is traced back to the days when craftsmanship was the norm. 

New Paris Style by Danielle Miller

Parisians can create a Surrealist’s dream in a tiny apartment, an Arabian Nights hideaway in an old building, and a modernist home in a small canal boat. If you want to get the look locally, pay attention to the vignettes—the homeowners layer each found object and piece of art with such je ne sais quoi. With delightful photographs and atmospheric chapter openers, this gem of a book shows that true Parisian style is in the unexpected pairing of things. 

Good Bones, Great Pieces by Suzanne and Lauren McGrath

This book guides you through seven essential furniture pieces that you will live with in every home you make, shows you where to place it, upgrade its look, and more. Fall in love with beautifully rendered watercolor illustrations and its equally inspiring photographs in every chapter.

Beyond the Bahay Kubo by Eric Caruncho

This features 16 Philippine houses where the unmistakable inspiration is derived from the bahay kubo, the native house that is ubiquitous to Pinoy culture, as well as from the designs of noted architect Francisco Mañosa. This visual treat shows the works of Mañosa and his son Angelo, whose design philosophies embrace all things organic, natural, climate-conscious, and Filipino.

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