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15 coffee table books for design lovers

15 coffee table books for design lovers

Lots of people feel confused when working out how to style their homes. They want their space to look like homes they see in magazines but aren't quite sure how to achieve that look - in fact it's one of the most common questions I am asked.  If you're not sure where to start when styling your home, or if you are looking for a great gift for a design loving friend, then you can't go past the humble coffee table book. A great book is one of the most used items in an interior stylist's kit and can be used in lots of ways to create interest or to display personality in a home.

You might place a few on your coffee table with a vase of flowers next to it, or put a few on your side board and place a candle on top. They even look good on bedside tables or simply piled up on the floor next to an occasional chair. Here are the top 15 coffee table books I use when styling people's homes and in my own styling projects. These books are modern, graphic and full of personality and design impact. They also happen to be great to read as well, if you are looking for some design inspiration. 


Most of the books below are pretty inexpensive but will make a big statement in your home. They also make great Xmas, birthday or house warming gifts for design lovers or those tricky people to buy for. Click the links or book images for prices and where to buy.

1. Tom Ford (by Tom Ford)

This book is not only a wonderful round up of the work of designer Tom Ford, but it has great black and white graphic impact. It's used regularly by the top stylists and a quick search on Pinterest will show that this book appears on the coffee tables of the top design creatives, online influencersand bloggers. This is most certainly my number one go-to coffee table book. 

2. The Kinfolk Home and The Kinfolk Table (by Nathan Williams)

If you haven't heard of the Kinfolk brand you've really been missing out.  Kinfolk are known for aesthetic simplicity and beautiful entertaining. This is a lovely set of books for lovers of food, entertaining and beautiful design. They also publish a magazine that is well worth subscribing to - or you can purchase back issues here

3. Chanel: Set of 3 books (by Francois Baudot)

An overview of the work of Coco Chanel and a collection of simply beautiful books. The striking black and white branding makes a big statement in almost any decor. 

4. Alexa Chung: It (by Alexa Chung)

This pretty pink book looks beautiful in rooms with softer palettes. It's used widely by design and fashion bloggers who layer it with other books in their styling vignettes. 

5. Kelly Hoppen Interiors (by Kelly Hoppen)

Kelly Hoppen is arguably one of the world's most well known interior designers. This book not only looks beautiful but is full of design inspiration and practical design tips for those who are looking to improve their styling or to do a complete renovation of their home. A must have in my opinion. 

6. Downtown Chic: Designing your dream home from wreck to ravishing (by Robert Novogratz)

Robert and Kourtney Novogratz have a hit TV show (9 by Design) and are incredibly well known New York based interior designers and renovators. Known for their ability to mix high end pieces with bargain buys, their hip design style is infectious and this book is full of great practical tips for how to design and renovate. They are also parents to seven children, including two sets of twins! 

7. Vanity Fair: 100 years (by Graydon Carter)

A beautiful book to flip through highlighting the history of the Vanity Fair brand. A great graphic cover as well. 

8. Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005 (by Annie Leibovitz)

I'm a photography lover from way back and when I saw Annie Leibovitz interviewed on Oprah many years ago as she was launching this book I put an order in with my husband to get this for my Xmas present that year. It continues to be used in the styling of my home and I love to still look through her stunning photography and read about her inspirational life. 

9. Rethink: the way you live (by Amanda Talbot)

I had heard quite a lot about this book before I bought it and one day saw it in the window of a book shop as I was walking by and decided to buy it. It's a book about challenging the way we live and thinking about different ways of living in a more sustainable way. The book has a great message but is also full of beautiful images of homes from around the world. With a bold green spine it also brings some colour to your styling. 

10. The Fashion Book (by Editors of Phaidon)

All about the fashion world and the people who have inspired it, The Fashion Book spans 200 years of fashion with profiles of designers, models, retailers and photographers. It's another beauty to have on your coffee table and has a couple of covers and editions to choose from, choose your preferred one below. 

11. Design Brooklyn: Renovation, Restoration, Innovation, Industry (by Anne Hellman)

A book all about the public and private spaces in Brooklyn today. It features restorations, renovations, innovations and industry profiles such as mechanic shops that have become hip new restaurants, new museums, townhouse renovations and Brooklyn trends. 

12. American Fashion Designers at Home (by Rima Duqi)

If you want to take a look inside the homes of your favourite fashion designers, then this is the book for you. It looks stunning on your coffee table and is one that is often picked up by clients to flip through as they sit waiting to meet me. The different homes inside always spark lots of design ideas and questions.  

13. Black and White (and a bit in between) (by Celerie Kemble)

This is one of my own go-to interiors books. As black and white is one of my preferred palettes I love to flip through the pages of this book to get new ideas for how to rework this classic combination. This book is simply divine.

14. Vougue: the covers (by Dodie Kazanjian)

This one needs little explanation. If you love Vogue (and who doesn't!) then you need this book. 

15. The Big Book of Chic (by Miles Redd)

This book features a range of projects from interior designer and author, Miles Redd. It's another bold and graphic cover that I love to style in big piles of books as it really stands out and creates huge impact. 

I hope you've enjoyed this round up of some of my favourite coffee table books to style with. This, of course is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to updating your styling. If you would like to get more ideas and inspriation then sign up for our newsletter below. And if you've found this post helpful then please share the graphic below on pinterest. 


Enjoy the rest of your day!

Clare x

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