Inspired Design

The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years
By: Jennifer Boles
400 pages
with acetate jacket and edge stain
9¼ x 
12 in. 
color, b+w illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-86565-356-6
Hardcover with jacket
US $75 / 
CAN $94 / 
GBP £60
PUBLISHED: Sep, 2018

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Most decorating books focus on one designer; the rest focus on one period, one trend, one room. This book, for the first time, has the big picture: ALL the names everybody must know from the entire 100-year history of interior design. Each designer is profiled and illustrated with three to four photographs of their best work; what we can learn from them—and how they changed decorating forever—is clearly highlighted to catch the eye.

Jennifer Boles was one of the first bloggers on the design scene, in 2008, with The Peak of Chic. She has won the “Best Writing on a Design Blog” award at the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, and been profiled in the New York Times, Elle Décor, and Town & Country, among other publications. Boles frequently lectures at design centers, museums, and show houses around the country. In a 2013 article about Ms. Boles in the New York Times, Stephen Drucker observed, “Jennifer isn’t the usual facile love-love-love decorating blogger.” Mr. Drucker then added, “She’s a serious student of decorating history. Her head is filled with photos of rooms, and she sees patterns among them that no one else sees. She’s like Claire Danes in ‘Homeland,’ but for living rooms.”

Stephen Drucker was the editor in chief of House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living as well as the editor of the New York Times Home and Styles sections. During his forty-year career he also wrote extensively for Architectural Digest, House & Garden, and the New York Times. Mr. Drucker was the editor of Sunnylands: America’s Mid-Century Masterpiece, also from Vendome Press.

Inspired Design should get a younger generation of designers to take deep dives into the careers of people whom ‘we have benefitted from.’ So set aside Instagram and open a book, Inspired Design among them.

Cleverly organized and with engaging portraits of each designer as well as sumptuous photographs of their major projects, this is a book to savor, learn from, and yes, argue about.

Michael Boodro

Let blogger Jennifer Boles introduce you to the must-know names from a 100-year history of interior design, along with pictures of their finest rooms.

Homes & Antiques

Jennifer Boles was one to follow with her design history knowledge and know-how on The Peak of Chic. As the title suggests, this book will give readers all the names you should know in the last 100 years of interior design.

This might be the most coveted list of all in the world of interior design. Here, at last, are the on hundred designers everyone who loves design needs to know—and who continue to inspire. The book is a fascinating time line of the evolution of interior design and decoration.


Unlike most decorating books, which focus on one designer, one style, or even one kind of house, Inspired Design takes in the full scope of design over the last century and starts naming names. . . . Armchair observers of the decorating world will be interested in the list.


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