Beautiful Coffee Table Books …

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:

 

Fashion:

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty   – An award-winning book showcasing the great McQueen incredible costume dresses.

Harpers Bazaar Greatest Hits – More than 300 photos from America’s longest-running fashion magazine.

Manolo Blahnik – Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions – Showcasing 40 years of show-stopping shoes!

 

Photography:

 

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!

 

Travel:

 

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.

 

Interior design:

 

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.

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12 Comments

  1. July 30, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I really love the books selection! Wet dog is my favorite! x

  2. July 30, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I’m going to have to check out Urban Jungle – I really like interiors and design, but have no idea what I’m doing. Looks so beautiful and cool!

  3. July 31, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Oh my goodness, I NEED wet dog! I’m the biggest dog lover so this is going straight on my wishlist! Also, Lisa Eldridge is my all time fave makeup artist. I literally watch her videos when I feel stressed because her voice is just so soothing and calming haha! Great picks, Tiffany – thanks for sharing! x

  4. July 31, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    What a great range of books. I love being able to flick through great imagery when I’m having a lazy day. I’d love that urban jungle one.

  5. August 1, 2017 / 3:27 am

    This is an amazing post, I love books and I do have a big collection of them which I prefer to have them on display. You have a great collection.

  6. August 4, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I love a good post on books, especially one on coffee table books! The Urban Jungle one is on my wishlist and I rather like the sound of the Street Art book.

  7. August 5, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Urban jungle, seems like I haven’t seen that. Plan to check it out.

  8. August 5, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    This is perfect timing! We just got a new coffee table and I am placing books on there. We are big dog books peeps since our dogs are our fur-babies. Great post and the graphics are STUNNING!

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Ah great timing! Glad you like the pics…. I’m obsessed with that Wet Dog book! 😂

  9. August 8, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    This is such a cool idea! PK has been trying to get me to ditch my books for years and with every move I find a way to sneak them with us. Now I have even more excuse to keep them!

  10. August 9, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Urban Jungle looks like a book I’d like to add to my collection! Thanks for sharing this blog. You always provide helpful, simple tips – thanks so much!

  11. August 10, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I need you in my life, Tiffany, I need to de-clutter right now!

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