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RL Picks: More Home and Design Books

Build your dream home with the help of these must-reads


Whether you're looking for the perfect materials or just the right dose of inspiration, these books will surely come in handy.

Picks by Dagny Madamba, Paula de Guzman, and Tala Singson. Photographed by Dairy Darilag and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("45 Must-Read Books”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

For inspiration

Elements of Style by Michael S. Smith with Diane Dorrans Saeks

Swoon over beautifully photographed luxe interiors that are both aspirational and attainable. This book showcases the basics of good interior design and important topics such as selecting the right paint, window treatment, and colors, to name a few. Aside from the inspiring photos and in-depth advice, the book also has practical tips on how to achieve a home that works.

P1,980, Fully Booked

Choosing the right textiles.

Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance by Matilda Mcquaid

This book highlights the best of cutting-edge cloth. It serves as a guide to help you find state-of-the-art textiles for everyday use here. Extreme Textiles features samples of fully realized products from different classes of technical textiles such as: architectural, product design, apparel, and transportation, to name a few.

P2,625, Fully Booked

*Prices are subject to change. Visit the nearest bookstore to inquire.


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