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Home design books to gift

The queen and king of home blogging — that would be Sherry and John Petersik, of course — share real-life ideas for each room and DIY projects in “Lovable, Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You (Artisan). If your loved one enjoys the familiar banter and family-friendly style of the “Young House Love” blog, this is a must. $27.50 at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-1515,

In Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, From Tabletops to Bookshelves(Potter Style), stylist extraordinaire Emily Henderson helps you determine your own style. The book then gives you 10 steps to get your home closer to how you want it to look. Still stumped? She offers 1,000 design ideas for livable spaces. $32.50 at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660,

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating (Abrams) by Lauren Liess melds her love of the outdoors with her love of interior design. Natural woods, woven textures, and botanical-inspired art come together in a calming way. $21.03 on


Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home (Potter Style) by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban, the duo behind the “Apartment Therapy” blog, begins with a section on setting up your place — a bonus for new homeowners — and ends with one on maintaining it — a bonus for longtime homeowners. In short, there’s something for everyone. $35 at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-1515,

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Ellen DeGeneres — a secret (until now) interior-design lover — has a new book, Home (Grand Central Publishing), that begins with a walk-through of properties she owns or has recently owned and ends at her friends’ places. This isn’t really a teaching book (though DeGeneres does provide a “What I’ve Learned” end cap for each of the homes), but more of a tour of exquisite high-end properties. $35 at Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton, 617-244-6619,

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang) by Justina Blakeney showcases 20 of the most colorful and eclectically beautiful homes the LA-based designer could find. This book shows readers how others have mastered the art of mixing colors and patterns and gives inspiration, tips, and guides for DIY projects along the way. $35 at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660,

At Home: Sarah Style (Simon & Schuster) by HGTV host Sarah Richardson jumps around among styles — country, cottage, modern, etc. — which will satisfy those looking for a variety of inspiration. The photos are big and beautiful, and the tips number in the hundreds. The book ends with 45 food recipes. $18.55 on

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