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Great books about interior design, living and how to start a design business for knock-out prices!

Do you want tips on interior design? tips on decorating? Tips on how to start an interior design company? Looking for a great gift?

Have a look in the Homevoyeurs Webshop It’s worth it! Sure, it can do with a bit of a revamp, but that would mean an investment and then I would not be able to offer you guys these insane discounts! Below just a few examples of great gifts, treats, spoilers and must reads.

Frank Fontana’s Dirty Little Secrets of Design

The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors. By Anna Starmer $13.57

The Interior Design Sourcebook / Thomas L. Williams / $14.56

How to Start a Home-Based Interior Design Business / By Nita B. Phillips / $12.62

Nate Berkus Chicago abode not selling well…

A little over a year after it was featured right here on Homevoyeurs.com, Mr Berkus further reduced the price of his Chicago apartment to $1,890,000. Still hefty, but considering its original asking price of $2,650,000, a pretty decent discount! I absolutely love the style of Nate Berkus, which was obvious from my post last year. For a high-profile designer, he changed very little since, as I do believe these are newer pictures. But when it’s right, it’s right, and boy is it ever.

Nate Berkus’ Chicago Condo

Inspired? You might like these books by Mr Berkus, for sale in the Homevoyeurs.com webshop!

The Things that Matter, by Nate Berkus

The Things that Matter, by Nate Berkus



Home Rules, by Nate Berkus

Home Rules, by Nate Berkus

Design classic; Dorothee Becker organiser

Designed in 1969, but still in production by Vitra. This very clever organiser Utensilo. I fit well into any of the era’s that passed after it was designed. Plastic fantastic 70’s, bare 80’s and all the revivals of these since. But it’s timeless and simple design make it fit for any trend or style anyway. And it’s very practical!

Utensilo by Dorothee Becker

Created by Dorothee Becker it comes in three different colours: white, black and red. Try finding one on sites like eBay, but if you fail, there are lots of online shops selling new ones staring at around $250.

Inspired? The Homevoyeurs webshop sells many books about design classics and Vitra. For instance Project Vitra: Sites, Products, Authors, Museum, Collection, Signs from Birkhauser Architecture. The book costs $32.25 and is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25!

Project Vitra began in 1957 in Birsfelden near Basel with the production of the furniture of Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson. Today Vitra is active and known throughout the world for its products and cultural initiatives, which are evidenced by the Vitra Design Museum, its collections, and the architecture of the firm s own corporate campus. Vitra sees itself first and foremost as a project driven by the desire and determination to design the world.

This ambition is also the driving force behind Project Vitra, which offers an inside look at the firm s collaboration with architects and designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard, Tibor Kalman, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, SANAA, Jasper Morrison, Zaha Hadid, Hella Jongerius, Maarten Van Severen, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Jean Prouvé, Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Alberto Meda, Verner Panton, Herzog and de Meuron, and many others. The copiously illustrated chapters with contributions by Alex Coles, Rolf Fehlbaum, Luis Fernandez-Galiano, Deyan Sudjic, and Alexander von Vegesack tell stories about the places, people, and products connected with Vitra. This overview is rounded off by a history of the firm and a comprehensive glossary.


These quaint little bookmarks will make sure you know what page you were on in your book.

´The Gardners´ bookmarks

$25 at pigeonhole.com.au

Wonderful loft in ‘Amsterdamse School’ building

On the Dutch real-estate-buffs’ online bible Funda I found this wonderful loft type apartment in a typical Amsterdam School style building.  This architectural movement (Dutch: Amsterdamse School) arose in Amsterdam around 1910. The movement is part of international Expressionist architecture.  Many houses in the Amsterdam burroughs just outside the historic center were built in that style. This building is located in the Bohemian area called De Pijp and has views of a canal. It used to be the office of a Housing Estate association. Currently it houses apartments. The one on offer is located on the fourth and fifth floor and was completely remodelled in 2007.

amsterdamse school loft

Building, living room, kitchen detail

 The current owners created a light and very well proportioned three bedroom apartment with a sunny roof terrace. They did so in keep with the original character of the building. The first thing you notice when you enter (after a four flights of stairs climb!) is a cast iron spiral staircase. luckily, this leads only to the master bedroom. The other rooms are all on the fourth floor. 

Amsterdamse school loft

Dining area, spiral staircase to master bed, kitchen

There is a large and very light living room which stretches from the front to the rear part of the house. It features many skylights and windows allowing a lot of light to stream in. The open kitchen in the back of the room gives access to the spacious and sunny terrace. A further two bedrooms and full bathroom further complement this floor.  

amsterdam canal house

Small bedroom, terrace, living room

The apartment is for sale for €410.000,- which seems fair for what you get. 

The Homevoyeurs webshop sells many books about Dutch architecture. For instance Contemporary Dutch School Architecture, By Dolf Broekhuizen, Ton Verstegen, Paul Groenendijk, Like Bijlsma.