When it comes to coffee table books… you can pick them by content, style, or even SIZE to create your unique tablescape. You can also arrange your surfaces (shelves, consoles, mantels) by color… which is of course beautiful, calming to the eye… and good for the “gram”.
Do you want a black and white aesthetic?
Do you want a rainbow colored bookcase?
I cover a bit of this in my Deesign Tips on Shelfies…
It sounds easy… but it can actually get complicated… filling in empty spaces when you just need ONE MORE PINK BOOK!
So following up on a request from a friend of mine… here is a collection of some of my favorite books by COLOR… in five groupings.
You’ll never need to aimlessly wander the aisles of Barnes & Noble again (unless you like to do that sort of thing… which I sometimes do 😉 ).
Think of this as your starter kit… if you like this post… I’ll give you a round two!
Note: With some of these books, I take the jacket OFF for the desired effect.
1. Gray Malin Beaches
Vacation FOMO? Just leave this on the table and open to escape (even if only for a few minutes a day!).
2. Mykonos Muse
3. Chic Stays
Can you tell I love to travel? It seems that these gorgeous books inspire everything BUT the “blues”!
4. Los Angeles
5. Allegra Hicks
As a 25 year Angeleno, this is one book I just HAD to have… and the pattern on Allegra Hicks’ beautiful cover speaks to the designer in me!
Even if you aren’t a surfer (which I am)… you will still love the imagery in this book, which chronicles the history of surfing cities, styles and culture! It is ALWAYS open on my dining room console (pictured below).
1. Vanity Fair 100 Years
2. The House That Pinterest Built
Vanity Fair… a classic coffee table book. And Dine Keaton… can she do anything wrong?
3. Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
This one’s for my fashion girls… and anyone who loves the quirky Grace as much as I do!
4. Black Architecture In Monochrome
This is one of my new favorite design books… and it will make you want to paint the exterior of your home black… STAT.
5. New York
6. Tom Ford
If you have a coffee table… you must have one about New York. Period. And the Tom Ford Book? It’s ubiquitous for a reason. Just get it.
1. Mexico The Cookbook
For the foodie… and SO pretty to look at too!
2. Giselle Bundchen
3. Christian Louboutin
Giselle… The top is pink, the spine is orange, and it is ALL WERK-ing for me! And just like his shoes… Christian Louboutin’s book is perfectly girly.
5. All In Good Taste
Well it seems the fashion crowd likes PINK after all…
6. Josef Albers In Mexico
Mexico, art, architecture… these are a few of my favorite things…
1. The Big Book Of Chic
Miles Redd is one of my design idols… and Lee Radziwill has led a life worth learning about. Grab them both for some coffee table eye candy!
3. The Dunk Book
Any sneaker heads in the family… hook them up with The Dunk Book.
4. The History Of Surfing
5. The Kinfolk Home: Interiors For Slow Living
Two of my favorites… both are better with their jackets removed!
Also better with it’s “clothes” removed… Donald is all of the cheeky fun you would expect from this Insta-famous artist!
1. Neutra: Complete Works
Neutra. Enough said.
3. The Finer Things
So many tasty design morsels in both of these books. Take a bite and display!
Another dreamy Gray Malin book… because, who doesn’t like to dream?
4. Francoise Gilot
5. Island Hopping
If you enjoy art, travel, and gorgeous sketches… Francoise is a stunning addition to anyone’s home! And if you’d like to design your home like you’re living in a “getaway”… Amanda is your gal!
And there you go! All of the links are below each book!
As mentioned earlier… I can do another round of these… I have yellow, green and orange on my mind… and I can also add to any category that could ALWAYS use more (white and black, for instance).
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