One of my favorite gifts to both give and receive is a book. It may seem pass in this world of digital media, but I think the fact that our lives are lived increasingly online makes books especially luxurious and gift-worthy. Here are a few examples of real estate topics writ large that would be welcome at any holiday gathering this year.
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere, by Zach Klein and Steven Leckart, with photography from Noah Kalina.
Along with many of you, I’ve loved the Cabin Porn Tumblr for years now. But being able to page through these beautiful, unique hideaways in print is a pleasure all its own. A cozy gift for the hermit in all of us.
Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs: A Brief History of Real Estate Development, by Herb Auerbach with Ira Nadel.
If you want to know how I really feel about this one, you can read my full review from earlier in the year here. It’s perfect for history buffs and aspiring developers alike, offering a long view of the very human need to put our stamp on the land by building.
The Garden Bible: Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Space, by Barbara Ballinger.
It’s never too early to begin planning next year’s garden, and this book from our very own Barbara Ballinger has inspiration to spare in the form of beautiful imagery and practical tips. Or, if your intended gift recipient is more of a cook than a gardener, check out my review of her Kitchen Bible here.
100 Interiors Around the World, by TASCHEN.
Honestly, pretty much any compilation from the German publishing company TASCHEN makes a great gift. I chose this one because the wide variety of designs and spaces featured in this collection appear to offer a good entry point into their offerings. But their books concentrating specifically on innovative brick, concrete, and wooden buildings are all fun choices if you’re looking to do some more targeted shopping for the building enthusiasts in your life.