For architecture geeks, local design lovers, and history buffs:
Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Mid Century
By Larry Millet
Midcentury modernist aficionados will covet the photography and background that documents the Twin Cities’ midcentury landscape.
John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design
by Jane King Hession and Tim Quigley
The vivid tale of young Howe’s three decades working with Frank Lloyd Wright before establishing his own practice in Minnesota.
Wild About Architecture
by Bette Hammel
Architectural writer Hammel relates her personal tales interviewing Minnesota and international architects, including Cesar Pelli and Frank Gehry, for magazines through the decades.
More for the design blog obsessed, cool collectors, and DIY stylists:
Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home
By Maxwell Ryan & Janet Laban
A well-rounded manual on designing, cleaning and living well in your own space using the best from the uber popular Apartment Therapy site.
Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves
By Emily Henderson
You may not be a designer but with Henderson’s 1,000 ideas for styling, your home can look like it was just shot for a national magazine.
For the stylish gardeners, traditionalists, and entertainers:
At Home in the Garden
By Carolyne Roehm
A lush, gorgeous bestseller from lifestyle maven Roehm that shows how she lives in and loves her garden spaces. It is a huge tome, weighing in at around 10 lbs.
Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites
By Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Using photos from Country Living and the Beekman Boys’ manse, you’ll get an intriguing lesson on decorating with old and new and hundreds of ideas for simple, rustic yet elegant style.
To satisfy pet parents who also love their homes:
Having problems with your fave kitty in the home? This book will show you how simple DIY design projects and hacks can help bring harmony back into your home.
By Susie Eaton Hopper