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.), 
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.

Australian interior designer Melissa Penfold uses her 30 years of expertise to walk readers through the elements of a successful interior, which you can use to upgrade your own space.

If you’re seeking timeless design wisdom to apply to your own home, no matter the style or size, there’s a wealth of it as [Melissa Penfold] unpacks plenty of secrets.

Style authority Melissa Penfold makes a strong case for embracing a sense of place in her new book, Living Well By Design.

Home Beautiful

Melissa Penfold is a woman with impeccable design pedigree who knows her way around a well-designed room. She started her career at House & Garden straight out of university, then went to work at Belle magazine. She was the pioneer behind the excellent style pages in the Sydney Morning Herald back in the 90s. We are long-time followers of Melissa’s work, and excited that the Australia’s original style and design influencer has launched a new book, Living Well By Design.

House & Garden

In her new book, interior design journalist Melissa Penfold devised a formula for a beautiful home – and it doesn’t involve big spending.

Country Style

Melissa Penfold has an enviable decorating pedigree, growing up in homes that were adorned by excellent Australian designers set her on an exceedingly elegant path. Melissa has just published Living Well By Design, a gorgeous book full of inspiration.


Great design creates great moods according to Melissa Penfold, who has been urging Australians and now an international audience to decorate their homes to boost happiness for more than 30 years… Her new book Living Well By Design pairs tips and tricks with photographs of inviting homes from around the world.


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