Tuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books

Tuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The things you keep on your coffee table say a lot abut who you are and where you’ve been. For anyone who truly loves interior décor, a coffee table is not just another countertop that holds your miscellaneous items after you walk in the door. Instead, it should be viewed as the centerpiece of your living area. In the past, I’ve blogged about the items I like to keep on my own coffee table. Candles, trays and coffee table books make the cut. And today I’m going to share with you the coffee table books that are at the top of my list so that you can adorn your table with them too.

I have collected a mix of fashion, interior design, and lifestyle coffee table books in the past. I think it’s important that your decorative literature reflects your taste and personality, especially since it is on display in your home. Without further ado, start the slideshow below to see 10 coffee table books I am loving at the moment:

Tuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books

  1. American Beauty 
    Besides having a fabulously patriotic cover, this book is great because it features over 100 portraits of quintessentially American women. Think Lilly Aldridge, Jenna Lyons and Solange Knowles, to name a few.Buy this if…you love girl power, America and drop-dead gorgeous celebs.Shop: Shopbop

Tuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books

  1. Domino: The Book of Decorating
    This book of decorating goes beyond just a collection of inspiration…it includes how-to advice and insider’s secrets that together crack the code to creating a beautiful home.Buy this if…you find yourself at flea markets on the weekends, love ikat prints, and your home is described as “eclectic.”Shop: Anthropologie

    Tuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  2. Christian Louboutin
    My classic favorite designer book has to be Yves Saint Laurent Style, but this Christian Louboutin tome has recently climbed to the top of my list. Take a peek into the life of this iconic shoe designer with these 300+ pages of photography, inspiration and even pop-up art.Buy this if…you find most of your paycheck going towards exquisite shoes each month.Shop: ShopbopTuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  3. Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home
    Decorate contains over 1,000 tips from décor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, and Jonathon Adler. Within the pages you will find a décor solution for every room in your house and for every kind of budget. I’d call that a win-win.Buy this if…you’re decorating your home from scratch and have no idea where to begin.Shop: AmazonTuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  4. Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits
    A collection of dazzling photographs and famous moments from America’s longest running fashion magazine, this book comes with over 300 photographs and inspiration to last a lifetime.Buy this if…you’ve saved every issue of Harper’s Bazaar for as long as you can remember (then de-clutter your life and throw them out!).Shop: ShopbopTuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  5. The Big Book of Chic
    The publishing company Assouline makes some of my favorite coffee table books I’ve ever bought. The Big Book of Chic is no different. It’s filled with interior designer Miles Redd’s diverse selection of unique interiors and eclectic décor.Buy this if…you constantly catch yourself daydreaming of moving into a Park Avenue palace.Shop: AnthropologieTuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  6. Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People
    I recently picked up this book at a friend’s house and I found myself lost within the pages for nearly an hour. As you can probably guess from the title, within the pages of this book are homes of some of the most influential figures from the worlds of fashion, music, art and society. This is a must buy.Buy this if…you’re looking to take your monthly subscriptions of Vogue and Elle Décor to the next level.Shop: AmazonTuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  7. The Handwritten Letter Project
    This one is hard to find, but if you can get your hands on a copy you should consider yourself lucky. The Handwritten Letter Project started as a conversation about how personal a letter can be and ended up as an invitation to designers and creative thinkers alike to write their thoughts in handwritten form on their own stationery. The overall effect offers a glimpse into some of the most creative minds of our time.Buy this if…you want a guaranteed conversation starter the next time you host a happy hour.Shop: The Handwritten Letter Project
    Tuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  8. Vintage Cocktails
    Speaking of happy hour…this coffee table treasure will make your basic vodka gimlet look like child’s play. Leaf through the pages of Vintage Cocktails and feast your eyes upon alcohol in its most artistic form. The photography is beautiful and the buzz you get just from looking at these recipes is even better.Buy this book if…you’ve just finished decorating your bar cart and you need a literary accouterment to go with it.Shop: AnthropologieTuesday Ten: Best Coffee Table Books
  9. The Trench Book
    While I do love coffee table books that show pictures from just one magazine or designer, I love the refreshing feel of this book that focuses solely on an American style staple: the trench coat. Take a journey though the evolution of the trench coat in this inspired collection of photography and portraits.Buy this book if….you cite Sophie Loren and Audrey Hepburn as your personal style icons.Shop: Net-A-Porter


Do you have a favorite coffee table book? Which one do you have your eye on from this list?

XO Lauren

P.S. If you liked this post, be sure to check out my summer reading list by clicking below:
Good Reads: Summer Reading List

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Categories: Grow, Lauren Conrad, Read, Tuesday Ten
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  • Monica_in_Heels
  • lauren

    “”The City’s Book”” by Lonely Planet is another amazing coffee table must have!

  • Rachel Sanders

    This is such a great post! I am always looking for new books to inspire me and my artwork! xx


  • Rachel Sanders

    Also I just wrote a post on my blog on how to arrange flowers! I think this would be such a great idea to pair a bunch if flowers along side some books to brighten up your coffee table! xx

    FLOWER ARRANGING POST: http://rachelsfashionpatch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/summer-pickings.html

    MY BLOG: http://www.rachelsfashionpatch.blogspot.com

  • Sarah Heckle

    My favorite coffee table books are full of nature photography or art — perfect for easy browsing!

  • OfficalDaniella

    Some of my favorite coffee table books include: Lauren Conrad Style, Lauren Conrad Beauty and Fashion History by Akiko Fuka

  • Elizabeth Mayce

    I recieved the Christian Louboutin book this past Christmas, and the Harper’s book before that! I’m slowly growing my collection. Another small coffee table book I love is “”Cocktails of the Ritz Paris”” & McQueen’s “”Savage Beauty”” is a classic too! xo


  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I just started my coffee table book collection. So far I just have 100 Years of Fashion which I picked up at Urban Outfitters. I wouldn’t mind taking a look at The Trench Book and Vogue Living. Thanks for the suggestions!


  • Katelin Absher

    I love the harpers bazaar!! I actually love them all!! Great choices I def will be picking some of these up for my coffee table!!


  • Mac

    I love coffee table decor! I just started off in my own NYC apartment (although it’s too small for a real coffee table…I’ve made do with a side table) so I could definitely use “”Decorate”” – will have to keep an eye out for it! Currently I have MK&A Olsen’s “”Influence””, my college yearbook, and Time’s Audrey Hepburn special on my living room table and your “”Beauty”” and “”Style”” on a table in my bedroom. Anthro always has great and unique coffee table books!

  • Ashley

    This is a very unique post! I love how you describe each book and the type of person who should buy it. “”The Handwritten Letter Project”” is calling my name! http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Meghan Silva

    I really want to start collecting Coffee books , these are a great selection.


  • Kimberly Michel

    I just bought Kate Spade’s Things We Love. It is such a gorgeous book. And reasonably priced!

  • Sara

    I have the Olsen twins “”Inspiration”” and of course, “”The Complete History of College Football”” (for my husband). I’m surprised you didn’t include Lauren Conrad “”Style”” & “”Beauty”” in hardcover–beautiful books!

  • Sarah

    I recently bought my first coffee table book for our apartment after my husband and I got married: Grace Kelly – our living room will never be the same without it! If I ever need style inspiration or a pick-me-up I flip through and instantly feel better!

  • Kelly Lynne

    Awesome, I may have to try to get my hands on The Handwritten Letter project, it sounds spectacular!
    The Trench Book, American Beauty and Domino may have to become a part of my collection as well!
    Personally I love displaying my various Audrey Hepburn books and poetry, (Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings, Robert Frost etc…)

  • Melia Williams

    The Louboutin Book is amazing!! He even shows/tells you the process of how he makes a shoe! Runs about $120 I believe and was released for his 20th anniversary.

    The Little Black Book for Shopaholics:

  • jgunter0411

    I like the look of the Hand Written Letter Project. Mine is a book called The South, which I can’t find on Amazon right now. The other is vavra’s horses.

  • Harmony

    I like the decorating books! I do not keep books on my coffee table, I have a round marble top antique coffee table and only keep a antique marble statue and a tiffany lamp with a beautiful coaster on it to make it a showpiece of my living room.

  • Deanne Castro

    I am really digging the Vogue book! I must have that!

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  • stephaniesstyle

    LOL i want all of these books!
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

  • brlewis11

    I am dying to know where I can get the coffee table in the first photo! Please help!!

  • Donna Hale

    LOVE this list, so many I wasn’t familiar with. Must get the the vintage cocktail book, the beau loves making drinks.


  • Raven Locks

    I love all of your coffee table books. They all look so interesting. The Louboutin one needs to be in my collection! And the handwritten letter book…wow! I’d love to have that one too :)

    xo Azu


  • Jade Wright

    I have a massive book on Audrey Hepburn and that dominates my little coffee table.. she’s amazing. But I enjoy changing the feature of my coffee table at least once every three months, just for a bit of variety. I’d like to buy the Rolling Stones book as my next coffee table book I think… :)
    its either that or a Jimmy Choo book!


  • Larissa
  • Julie Horbinski

    Very nice list but I have to share my favorite…My Last Supper-50 Great Chefs and Their Last Meals. Some of the greatest chefs in the world (Batali, Bastianich, Oliver, Bourdain, etc…) describe what their last meal would be in detail, some simple, others elaborate. Also, where it would be, the music playing, with whom they would dine. I never get sick of paging through it!! :)

  • Dana Ivy

    I love me some coffee table books! Another good one is Post Secret, which is sure to get the conversation started :)

    Dana Ivy
    http://www.iadorewhatilove.com – Check out my blog!!

  • Tanisha

    Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home is the perfect coffee table book definitely on my list of must haves.

  • Katie Elisabeth

    I really like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s book ‘Influence’, and think it’s a great coffee table book! ‘The Handwritten Letter Project’ book sounds really interesting, going to have to try and find it,

    Katie xo

  • Veronica

    My wedding photo book is our coffee table book, but my husband doesn’t really understand the meaning of a coffee table book so it often ends up on a shelf!

    I have my eye on the American Beauty! Definitely gonna get that!

  • EffortlessCool

    TOTALLY great pics! I’m definitely adding some of these to my amazon wishlist now! My favorite coffee table books are “”The Fashion Book”” “” christian Dior”” and “”Fashion through the Centuries””! Oh, and “”Dressing the Man”” and a nice Monet picture book, ofcourse!

    Don’t forget the fresh flowers!

    XO Sahra

  • EffortlessCool

    TOTALLY great pics! I’m definitely adding some of these to my amazon wishlist now! My favorite coffee table books are “”The Fashion Book”” “” christian Dior”” and “”Fashion through the Centuries””! Oh, and “”Dressing the Man”” and a nice Monet picture book, ofcourse!

    Don’t forget the fresh flowers!

  • Miss City Chic
  • Miss City Chic

    Great choices! my favorite is my chanel book!


  • Lisa Marie

    Need bazaar’s greatest hits! Cannot believe I didn’t know about this book as I save all my bazaar mags! Thank you!

  • Quia

    Vouge: The Covers is amazing and beautiful and a perfect addition to any Vouge lovers home.

  • Melissa mould

    I have the testino fashion shoot book on my coffee table, it’s so vibrant it gives the room a pop of colour :)

    Mel x
    UK Style Blogger

  • Erin Hughes

    I recently posted about my favorite fashion reads on my site, they’ve all inspired me in some way, and anyone looking to get into the fashion business should check them out!
    x erin


  • Maria Ayala

    I’m definitely going to try and get the Decorate and Vogue books. I know, that when I get my own place next year I’m going to need books for my own personal coffee table! :)

  • Happygirl

    Brilliant post – but expensive. Have just added 4 of the books to my shopping basket :) Thank you for inspiring me with both ideas for my new home and books to help me!



  • Caraigh

    The “Kate Spade Things We Love” coffee table book. The cover is just fabulous!

  • Konstantina Bourtzou

    Oh, great! Now i wanna read them all! hehe 😉


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  • D R Reed

    I cannot stand books on my coffee table. To me its so very tacky. I have a antique round marble top coffee table from the 1800’s and it is pristine. I only keep a small marble sculpture from France on it with a tasteful piece of crystal. It looks so much more elegant and when people walk in they know right away you have class.

    • Snape


      • MB

        I beg to differ……look at many if the most fashionable homes throughout the world….from socialites, lifestyles experts ( you know who they are) fashion and interior designers..almost anyone who possesses fabulous style…..this is seen in there personal homes…:))) No further comments needed….ANd…btw…you NEVER should have to use the word “class”….just referencing it in that way….proves the opposite…:)

        • MB

          “their”…both there…needs an edit option..:)

  • clara

    haha did anyone else notice they listed number 1 twice? Love all the books by the way too!

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