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Is your home in need of a little TLC? With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to spruce up your living space. If you’re looking for a kick of interior design inspiration, these books have made our must-have list!

1. Decorate

by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick

Learn from the pros with Decorate and gain over 1,000 inside tips to create a space you love. From featured designers like Jonathan Adler and Amy Butler, there’s something for every style. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on this, stop by Holly Becker’s blog for more tricks that’re sure to wow you.

2. Furniture Makeovers

by Barb Blair

We’re in design heaven with Barb Blair’s Furniture Makeovers. Choose from one of 26 refinishing techniques, including dip-dyeing, painting, and distressing, to turn your tired, old furniture into works of art.

3. Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life

by Mary Randolph Carter

At Readers.com, we’re excited about Mary Randolph Carter’s hit for more reasons than one. As a longtime creative director of Ralph Lauren, Mary shares her passion for embracing chaos. With her, it’s all about featuring realistic, lived-in homes with decor that can easily withstand a bit of tough love.

4. 501 Decorating Ideas Under $100

by Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens makes DIY-ing an enjoyable experience for all skill levels and design aesthetics. Their promise for each project — one day and under 100 bucks. They’ll have you wondering why you didn’t think of it first.

5. Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design

by Amanda Brown

If you’re a fabric fanatic, Amanda Brown’s guide was made for you. Plus, if you’ve spent anytime updating your home lately, you know a beginner’s guide like this is a staple for your bookshelf.

6. Design*Sponge at Home

by Grace Bonney

Grace Bonney, the craft enthusiast behind Design*Sponge (for her blog, click here), has written one of the most inclusive home decor guides yet. From 50 before and afters to extensive flower arranging tips, Grace is our go-to for interior design inspiration.

7. Found, Free, and Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures

by Tereasa Surratt

Do you live by the motto “the older the better”? If so, Tereasa Surratt is right there with you. Let her help you find a diamond in the rough on your next antique hunt. If you’re new to antique shopping, try adding a character to your current furnishings one piece at a time.

8. Real-Life Decor: 100 Easy DIY Projects to Brighten Your Home on a Budget

by Jean Nayar

Repurpose, reuse, and replace with Jean Nayar. You’ll be surprised how much you can change the feel and flair of your home by giving a current piece a simple makeover. Dedicate a few hours this season to freshen up your accents!

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