I have had this little gem in my collection of books for many years now. It was first published in 1856 by architect and designer Owen Jones, and is full of delectable patterns and decorative elements. Jones traveled widely to assemble this collection, which covers many cultures and time frames. While some of the descriptions may be a little quaint (remember, he was living in Victorian England), his sound understanding of design principles still make it a great and relevant book today. I use it; I love it.
I looked in my cupboard the other day, and this is what I saw.