The member-led Dwelling Dreamers group meets monthly to discuss topics relevant to improving the appearance and functionality of the living environment. This resource includes several books in our collection on the topic of home design, as well as a list of online resources to use as a jumping off point. To browse the shelves, check the following areas of the library.
600 – Applied Sciences
Home Economics 640
Home Buying 643
Home Repair 643.7
Home Cleaning 648
Woodworking, Furniture Making, Upholstering 684
Home Building, Carpentry, Plumbing 690
Home Painting 698
700 – The Arts
House Plans 728.37
Home Decoration 747
If you have trouble finding these areas, library staff will be happy to help you!
Mechanics' Institute's collection includes the following design books.
747 G4815 Apartment Therapy presents real homes, real people, hundreds of real design solutions by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
747.94 C754 Conran on color by Terence Conran
747 D536 Details : a stylist's secrets to creating inspired interiors by Lili Diallo
747.1 B262 Do it yourself : 50 projects by designers and artists by Thomas Bärnthaler
747.98 D12 Gardenhome--city : creating an urban haven by Bonnie Trust
747 D317 Home by Ellen DeGeneres
747 G16 House thinking : a room-by-room look at how we live by Winifred Gallagher
747 C75 How to live in small spaces : design, furnishing, decoration, detail for the smaller home by Terence Conran
747 W725 The Kinfolk home : interiors for slow living by Nathan Williams
747 P277 Living in style : without losing your mind by Marco Pasanella
747.9 P88 Living with books by Alan Powers
747.73 B374 Living with books by Roland Beaufre, Dominique Dupuich
747 S48 Nest for two : creating a harmonious home by by Allison Serrell
747 A823 The right color by Eve Ashcraft
747.1 G883 Simply styling : fresh & easy ways to personalize your home by Kirsten Grove
747.88 F889 Surf shack : laid-back living by the water by Nina Freudenberger
747 Y519 Vern Yip's design wise : your smart guide to a beautiful home by Vern Yip
747.0952 L42 The Wabi-Sabi house : the Japanese art of imperfect beauty by Robyn Griggs Lawrence
747 C637 The way we live : in the city by Stafford Cliff
The below links will direct you to the online presence of each referenced print-based home design magazine.
The design blogs listed below were found on multiple "best design blogs" lists in a variety of home decoration magazines.