Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life, by Rita Konig
This is an entertaining, inspiring, and delightfully bossy book. Reading it will make you want to throw a dinner party, honest. Only thing is, Ms. Konig is Brittish so occasionally one has No Idea what she is talking about. It's not a compendium on home making, decorating, or entertaining, but it is a lot of fun.
What Goes with What: Home Decorating Made Easy, by Lauren Smith
This is a helpful little book. It is short and no-frills (no photos, just a few black & white drawings) but is a basic guide to home decorating. The author reviews the basic furniture styles, fabrics, color schemes, window dressings, and so forth, in a succinct and straightforward manner.