Call me crazy but I like picking my coffee table books based on looks AND smarts. Yeah, I know it’s usually just one or the other but when a book is going to be in my living room for the foreseeable future, I’d like to be able to pick it up on a winter night and enjoy reading it or flipping through the beautiful photos. It also has to be pretty because that’s the entire point of a coffee table book, am I right?
And since our studio is also where we frequently shoot photos for social media (hello, Instagram) and the shop (let’s be real here), it’s a bonus if it can act as props. See? I’m not picking a book by its cover - well, not ONLY for its cover.
Since I’m sure I’m not the only one, I decided to post some of my favorites - and also a few that are going right to my wish list <insert hint>. Feel free to re-pin them to your wish list too and have them sent mysteriously to your loved ones...
Paris in Color- Because it’s just so pretty, and colorful and Parisian - and I’m always dreaming of just hopping on a plane to Paris (that was a hint as well).
Good Bones, Great pieces- This book, by mother-daughter decorators (and bloggers!) Lauren and Susan McGrath is really friendly to those of us starting out and constantly moving between rentals.
I Love Your Style - for someone who’s worked as a muse (“what do you do?” “I’m a muse” - imagine having that conversation) for fashion brands like Tuleh, Amanda Brooks is amazingly down to earth - I love how she’s inspired by pop culture, and it’s just a fun book to read.
#Girlboss - Okay, this isn’t a coffee table book per se, but the cover is gorgeous (right?) and I’m so inspired by Sophia Amrouso’s journey and her general #girlbossnes. It’s a great book to anyone starting a career in fashion.
On my wish list:
The Hand Written Letter Project - this is so charming, how can you not?!
William Helburn: Seventh and Madison- because midcentury fashion is amazing and I’d like to add more photography to my coffee table "library"
Humans of New York - because I’m obsessed with his amazing Facebook page
Elsa Schiaparelli: the biography- because it’s interesting. And pink.
Did I mis anything? What should I add to my wishlist? And do you have any favorite coffee table books I might like? Please share!