2018 LDV Gift Guide: For Bibliophiles

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We’ve got your shopping list covered for the guys and gals, and in this week gift guide installment, we’ve rounded-up our favorite page turners for the bibliophiles in your life. From fiction to fashion, they’ll be booked for the New Year with these new bestsellers.


Dream Design Live by Paloma Contreras 

We’d be remiss not to include Paloma’s breathtakingly beautiful tome, Dream Design Live, on our list. Chockful of gorgeous interiors and decorating tips, we can attest that this makes for a pretty great gift.


New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Rooms by Wendy Moonan

Does she love estate sales, open houses, and always graciously asks for a tour in any new home she enters? She’ll be in for a treat with design authority Wendy Moonan’s new book about New York’s finest residences, including Brooke Astor’s elegant library by Albert Hadley and Gloria Vanderbilt’s fabulous patchwork bedroom.


Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look by Maureen Footer

Highlighting the two interior designers most closely associated with legendary fashion designer Christian Dior, this exquisite collection spotlights the works of lauded decorators Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

LDV staffer Jeanne Lyons Davis can’t stop talking about this buzzy book. (We get it Jeanne; we get it.) Set in rural North Carolina in the ’50s and ’60s, Where the Crawdads Sing masterfully weaves the majestic beauty of the Low Country landscape with romance, nature, and a you-won’t-guess-who-did-it murder. It’s no wonder Reese Witherspoon picked Owens bestseller for her bookclub.


The Gardens of Bunny Mellon by Linda Holden

The green thumbs on your list will love this beautiful compilation of the 20th century’s most-highly regarded gardener, Bunny Mellon. (The White House Rose Garden? Yep, that was Mellon.)

Cecil Beaton Diaries (Vintage)

The legendary British fashion and portrait photographer who rubbed shoulders with the English elite and Royal family is equally known for being an avid diarist documenting his colorful escapades. This collector’s edition (signed by Beaton!) will put you on the nice list for years in any photography buff’s book.


Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

Perfect for your best friend with laser sharp wit who loves Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake spikes the punch bowl again in her new collection of essays brimming with humorous and heartwarming observations.


Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans Ina Garten (and Jeffrey!) here at LDV. Whether you’re shopping for a cooking pro or culinary dilettante, the Barefoot Contessa’s newest cookbook will whip up plenty of smiles on Christmas morning.


Encounters with Peggy Guggenheim by Stefan Moses

Art lovers will flip for the behind-the-scenes photos of the stylish, eccentric, and world-renowned art collector, Peggy Guggenheim.


The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

The pioneers of home organization #goals have garnered legions of social media fans, celebrity clients like Gwyneth Paltrow, and now, a new book spilling their secrets. (Really, how do we get our pantries to look like that?) If she loved The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this if the gift for her.

The French Exit by Patrick DeWitt

Fiction aficionados will love lauded New York Times bestselling author Patrick DeWitt’s new darkly comic ‘tragedy of manners’ novel.


Veere Grenney: A Point of View

One of the most distinctive voices in international interior design (not to mention a LDV Style Files alumni), Veere Grenney’s first book is a must-have for design savants and enthusiasts.


Bill Cunningham Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Hilton Als

The late and beloved New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham typed the story of his life and safety stored it away before his death in 2016. This colorful tale of one of New York’s greatest personalities, written in Cunningham’s infectious voice, will have your fashion-forward sister in tears.


Vintage Cookbook Set

This compilation of vintage cookbooks, including Joy of Cooking and tried-and-true recipes printed in the New York Times, will stir up some excitement for the cook in the family.


Inspired Design by Jennifer Boles

Highlighting the 100 most important designers of the past 100 years, Jennifer Boles all-encompassing encyclopedia of decorators is a must-have for any design enthusiast’s library.


Becoming by Michelle Obama

 You can’t go wrong with this inspiring (and chart topping!) memoir by the iconic and influential former First Lady.


Island Hopping by Amanda Lindroth

The Florida born and Nassau dwelling decorator has become the go-to designer of island dwellers from Antigua to Palm Beach. As stated in the book, “It’s the visual equivalent of an island getaway.” You’re welcome, mom.


The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Look for the helpers on your holiday list and gift the first full-length biography of American’s cherished father figure, Mister Rogers.


Cabana Anthology by Martina Mondadori Sartogo

From the pages of the beloved biannual Cabana magazine comes this compilation of the best photography, interviews, profiles, and features from the publications breathtaking pages.


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