Living Well by Design

Melissa Penfold

By Melissa Penfold

Principal photography by Abbie Melle

208 pages

9¼ x 12 in. (235 x 304.8 mm.), portrait

225 color illustrations


ISBN 978-0-86565-395-5

US $40 / CAN $50 / GBP £35

PUBLISHED: Oct, 2021

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From an international authority on design, how to create a home that engages your senses and reflects your personality.

Melissa Penfold, Australia’s foremost authority on style and design, regularly attracts a worldwide audience of more than 1.8 million to her website, newsletter, and Instagram account. Now she has distilled her three decades of expertise into a single volume, identifying the basic decorating principles—including light and space, composition and balance, and pattern and texture—and offering hundreds of invaluable tips on how to apply them to turn your house into a home that is comfortable, intimate, beautiful, and the most authentic expression of your personal aesthetic. Illustrated with images of her own home and inspirational homes around the world, Living Well by Design is an indispensable resource for everyone eager to create interiors in which decorating fundamentals are integrally interwoven with individual style.

A longtime design columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and contributor to all of Australia’s major publications, including Vogue Living, Belle, House & Garden, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar, Melissa Penfold has been crowned “Queen of Style” by the country’s media. Her main focus now is her digital platform: her website and blog (, newsletter, and Instagram. She lives in Australia.