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SAFARI STYLE AFRICA

What could be more evocative than the word safari, and when it’s combined with luxury it’s exquisitely alluring. Just so this book which magnificently captures some of the best game lodges that Africa has to offer. As an experience there can be none better than a safari and here is a taste of the delights on offer, from the quirkiness of Planet Baobab in Botswana to the sheer jawdropping beauty of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Dook with Annemarie Meintjes; Hardie Grant, $70

LITTLE BIG ROOMS

With a generous array of double-page spreads featuring real-life kids’ nurseries and rooms from Copenhagen to California, this book inspires at every turn. A thoughtful essay titled The First Four Walls, by Berlin interior designers Antonius Schimmelbusch, offers tips and perspectives to create practical, manageable yet imaginative spaces where little ones can sleep, play, create and retreat. Gestalten editors; Gestalten; $95

LIVING IN STYLE

One for the art deco aficionado, this book explores all the glittering elegance and glamour of the era and how it has been reinterpreted today in chic homes, restaurants and hotels. Design journalist Claire Bingham conducts a sweep of the most sumptuous exponents – all polished, ritzy and gorgeous – celebrating the enduring appeal of a halcyon design age. Claire Bingham; teNeues, $110

HOMES WITH SOUL

Avoiding cookie-cutter interior design can be tricky but here is a book that helps navigation through the sea of fabrics, lighting, colours and furniture on offer, placing the emphasis firmly on the importance of personality in decorating. With beautiful illustrations and practical advice – including sustainability and green solutions – this is an inspiration for anyone looking to create aesthetic spaces indoors and out. Orly Robinzon; Images Publishing, $70

CALIFORNIA CAPTURED

As much a historical documenting of the times as architectural record, Marvin Rand’s crisp, evocative mostly black-and-white images shot around southern California from the 1940s through to the 60s and 70s freeze the mystique of these iconic mid-century structures in striking contexts. The photographer’s archive of more than 50,000 images was discovered after his death by Sam Lubell and lovingly edited over five years into this precious snapshot of the era. Emily Bills, Sam Lubell, Pierluigi Serraino; Phaidon; $90

WONDER PLANTS 2

The more urban our environs, it seems the more we need to sprout a leafy oasis of our own. These authors aim to prompt stylish ideas on greening your interiors via pictorial tours of 20 homes in locations around the globe, including Melbourne and Sydney. Handy guides at the rear of the book are a bonus with topics such as plant characteristics, finding their best spot and helping them thrive. Irene Schampaert and Judith Baehner; Lanoo; $75

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