Thursday, September 27, 2012

About My Coffee Table Books

While I work on styling the coffee table over the new rug in the living room, I thought I would share some of the books I am incorporating. Besides the various colors and titles and fonts that make such a vignette interesting, a collection of books says so much about the occupants of a home.

I love a collection of good books. I buy a book with the intent to read it. I also think about what my kids would be interested in and there are a couple that have been gifted to us.
Yes, my collection includes a few books relating to interior decorating and design (like below).
A History of Art was gifted to me by my Godmother when I was a teenager.

A favorite book to browse is always the Ethan Allen series.

And Susanna Salk's Be Your Own Decorator is a must for inspiration and in my opinion is for anybody who does not decorate by following "rules".

Another fascinating, inspirational and really spectacular book featuring global perspectives on design - I would love to share some of the pages with you in a different post - is The Way We Live by Stafford Cliff. It has been described as 'an ultimate treasury....' and that it truly is. My kind of book.

This next book was picked up by my husband on a business trip to China many years ago. It has stunning photographs of serene Guilin, one of the most picturesque regions in the area. I like to incorporate this book because of the turquoise and teal colors in it. The colors lend a tranquility to the coffee table vignette.

To mix up the subjects, I have incorporated a hardcover book on wine; Windows on The World Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly.

I tend to play around with these books to see what works height-wise and also color-wise. I have removed the cover of A History of Art for now, as well as the one belonging to The Biblical World - An Illustrated Atlas. I love a good National Geographic book - it is always educational and has great pictures.
There are more books. I will probably switch them around every so often.
I have thought about covering them up in similar colored paper to achieve a more uniform look but perhaps another time.
Do you use a selection of books to decorate your rooms and enjoy them as much for their colors and titles?

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  1. What a beautiful collection, Lisa! The other day I was at Goodwill collecting some books and a gentleman said, "Wow you're going to be doing a lot of reading," talk about feeling guilty for using them for styling!

  2. I've mentioned before that I'm in the process of developing a collection of books, some primarily for display / styling, but I definitely prefer to add titles that are meaningful and reflective of our tastes and interests ... thanks for recommending Be Your Own Decorator and The Way We Live, they sound like books I'd thoroughly enjoy. I should have a wine book too cause I do enjoy a glass with dinner ;)

  3. Oh I do, I do!!! So love books! I actually wrote about some of mine here..

    I love the fact that the books you used for your decor are also books you truly love!

  4. I think books make the best decorative items so I use them a lot around my home. My husband has a few chunky books on graffiti which are so bright and vibrant that it would be a shame to stuff them away in a dark bookcase!

  5. I need to buy some more coffee table books. They make a great source for displays.

  6. I love decorating with books in stacks around the house. I typically look for those that are leather or have pretty jackets or fonts. Right now, I have a lot of books on French decorating displayed. I'll have to try a couple of the books you mentioned.

  7. Lisa, I will have to check out some of these books…..the Be Your Own Decorator sounds interesting. I am learning to follow my own heart rather than trends when it comes to decorating our home. Your books look so pretty displayed on your table.

  8. I found a used bookstore near me that has an incredible selection of coffee table books. I plan to just get a few at a time and slowly build a collection.

  9. If I had those books, I would have done nothing but to flip through them!