One of the simplest ways to add a punch of style in your space is coffee table books. A small stack on the coffee table with a few accessories is both simple and elegant. For larger spaces, strategically placed books on library tables, media consoles, or built-in shelves are a chic way to show off your style.
I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but you sort of get a pass when it comes to coffee table books. I look for books with compelling content beneath the covers too, but if you're using them for display purposes it's okay to buy a book you may never even open. My neutral-loving shy away from colorful covers, but every once in a while a pop of color makes its way in.

It's a good idea to mix sizes. A lot of coffee table books are similar sizes, especially if they're from the same publisher. It's not necessary, but if you plan on having stacks in several places around the house you'll want to mix in a few smaller and larger ones.
The World In Vogue: People, Parties, Places is probably one of the most well known or common coffee table books around. It's a collection of hundreds of photographs of actors, models, artists, and other public figures, some of which were never published in Vogue magazine. It has both black-and-white and color photography, and is a stunning look at portraits, parties, houses, and gardens of celebrated figures from the last four decades. You can find it just about anywhere books are sold. It's usually around $50 on Amazon.

If you're someone who appreciates interior design and architecture in any form, Ian Schrager's Works is worth a look. Schrager is a very well-known designer, known for pushing boundaries and changing the way people look at luxury and glamour. This book features photos of hotels, residential properties, and many more of Schrager's projects. You can get it on Amazon.
Another Vogue title, Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People is the design-focused sibling to the first book mentioned in this post. Another popular title, it's a staple in the homes of many interior/exterior design lovers. The pages include photographs from 36 homes and gardens whose owners range from fashion, music, and art industries. The book features work from a few of my favorite photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, and many more. You can get it here on Amazon.

If you feel like getting a book that will just make you want to take a vacation, this is the one. Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour is a collection of photos of some of the most exclusive resorts and grand estates in the country. Of course, they're all located in tropical climates. Get it here on Amazon.

The book Humans of New York was developed by the author of the hugely popular blog of the same name. It's a collection of photographs and stories that capture the spirit of New York City. It was an instant New York Times #1 Bestseller and is really a wonderful book to have around the house. It's an easy one to pick up when company is over - it's filled with lots of interesting images. Get it here on Amazon.
A Life Less Ordinary: Interiors and insights, love and life by Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre is just a really cool looking book. We admittedly picked this one up at Anthropologie based on the cover, but what's inside is great too! They focus on finding accessories and unique pieces for your home, all within an earthy color palette. The neutral colors and simple cover design will look great in any space. Get it here on Amazon.

Last up is Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen. This book, written by Anne Deniau, is an account of the life of the legendary fashion designer. It's a cool look at some of his most iconic projects and shows how he truly saw fashion as art. With a simple black and white cover, it's a great choice for all types of spaces. Get it here on Amazon.
My friends know I have a thing for coffee table books, so much so that I get them as gifts a lot too! Maybe some day I'll just use stacks of them as my furniture. Who knows.


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