I love books, I’ve always been a big reader and I used to have a huge bookshelf full of novels, autobiographies and travel books, but when we moved 3 years ago they all got put in boxes and most have never been unpacked!
My kindle account is partly to blame because it’s so much more convenient to have everything on the iPad, especially as I travel quite a lot – but recently I’ve been missing having a nice display of books around the house. So I’ve collected a few hardback, coffee table books which are brilliant because not only do I now have something to flick through when I want to chill for a while, but they also double up as decor!
(When I went to take these pictures, I realised how much your choice of books says about you – mine appear to be mainly fashion, dogs and design….so just need one more about wine?!)
A few of my favourite books are:
Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand.
Sophie is a French photographer living in New York who noticed one day whilst washing her dog how cute he looked so was inspired to create a collection of ‘wet dog’ photos which then became a bestselling book.
Yes I love Sophie’s images, but also I greatly admire her work and everything she stands for because she created the hashtag #PitBullFlowerPower on Instagram and goes round US shelters taking pictures of the dogs who are struggling to find a home, adorning them with pretty flower crowns to make them look irresistible!
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup By Lisa Eldridge.
I’m inspired by many makeup artists and Lisa is one who is very down to earth. Although she creates stunning, editorial looks on numerous celebrities, often being flown out to events such as the Cannes Film Festival and movie premiers galore, she also is great at giving advice to real women who want more natural day-to-day looks. She is also currently the Creative Director for Lancome.
Lisa has a very successful YouTube channel but has never made any profit from it by accepting advertising on her videos, although she has recently decided she may start doing so and give the profits to charity which I think is wonderful!
Lisa has always been interested in the history of make up, collecting all sorts of original, vintage cosmetics and her book documents the story behind cosmetics, the different materials used throughout the years, icons whose style people still emulate today and the impact of makeup on women’s lives.
Urban Jungle-Living and Styling with Plants by Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff
Igor is a social media whizz with over 400k followers on Instagram. He has a love of interior design and all things green, a very successful blog and a loyal community of #UrbanJungleBloggers online posting pictures of their homes and plant babies!
I love this book because I have been gradually adding more and more ‘plant people’ to our home and I’m obsessed with interiors in general which I think they add so much life, texture and vibrancy to.
His book is full of beautiful and inspiring interiors pictures as well as practical advice on how to keep and care for plants (something I’m still learning about, there have been several casualties along the way that I have over or under watered!).
20th-Century Design, The Definitive Illustrated Sourcebook by Judith Miller
If you’re a fan of design in general, this book will definitely inspire you.
It explains the history of furniture and interior accessories along with who the iconic designers and most influential pieces are. When you flick through this book you realise just how many styles of furniture that are around right now are heavily influenced by the shapes and styles of the past!
So those are a few of my coffee table picks, if you fancy having some statement books around the house, here are a few suggestions:
Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty – An award-winning book showcasing the great McQueen incredible costume dresses.
Manolo Blahnik – Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions – Showcasing 40 years of show-stopping shoes!
Ansel Adams – Yosemite – 75 black and white landscape pictures from this iconic photographer.
Tyler Shields -The Dirty Side of Glamour – Daring, colourful shots from this modern-day, sometimes controversial, Artist.
Kate Moss by Mario Testino – A tribute to his famous muse – unfortunately you’ll have to buy a paperback unless you’ve got £2500 for a rare hardcover!
Street Art – A great collection of photographs compiled by an adventure loving British Art Curator.
Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist – The 500 best places on the planet, ranked.
National Geographic Stunning Photographs – A compilation of images from some of National Geographic’s most renowned photographers.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass: How to Achieve the Home of Your Dreams
House of Plants: Living with Succulents, Air Plants and Cacti
New Releases I Fancy:
The World Atlas of Street Fashion – Filled with eye-catching images of 100 styles from around the globe, The World Atlas of Street Fashion is a celebration of those who dare to think differently. From the Chinese skinheads of Beijing to the feminist funkeiras of São Paolo, the raggare of Stockholm to the Junglists of Whistler, this is world street style as you’ve never seen it before.
The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits – Over three years ago, Mihaela Noroc left her life in Romania and set off around the world with her camera. She has been travelling ever since and her photo blog now attracts over one million followers
The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes – This ‘Handbook’ from modern boho interiors guru Justina Blakeney shows simple ways to add good vibes, and style to your living spaces.