Books are my favorite and I have them strewn around my home. A wonderful way to style them is on coffee and end tables. Sometimes topped with a vase or small object, or sometimes just stacked one on top of the other. Um, how perfect is that? You get a beautiful decor and a way to gain insight. It's such a simple and useful way to add a little design to your home and a great way to adorn your empty tables.
And another tip for inexpensive art? Cut out one of your favorite pages and frame it. Boom. Simple, easy, cheap.
Anyway, these are my top 5 favorite coffee table books.
Influence by Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
One of my favorite style icons are the Olsen twins. I've been watching their style evolve and emerge since 2005. I've seen them go from hobo chic to classy glam. They've seriously settled into their skin of business and fashion and this book welcomes you into the world of everything that brought them to where they are now. This book chronicles all the people that have inspired the Olsen twins and involves interviews with people like Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Von Furstenberg, and countless other photographers, fashion designers, and so forth. The book is eccentric and eclectic which seems to mirror exactly how the Olsen's life is.
Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton
These stories are so telling. It's so easy to get engrossed in the stories. The way Brandon captures their stories, in both pictures and words, is extremely relatable. It reminds you to think about others, what they might be going through. It reminds you that we're all human. It's a truly moving book that almost everyone can enjoy. It's a staple in my home now and I recommend everyone who comes over reads at least one story in it.
Simple Matters: Living With Less and Ending Up With More by Erin Boyle
This is a practical guide on living simply. It reminds people not to buy things just to buy things but to buy things because you love them. It's a great book to look at all your stuff in your house and ask yourself: do I need this? Do I want this? Do I love this? It helps you to declutter and make your home more comfortable. It teaches you that less is more and enriches you throughout the entire book.
People by Stefan Ruiz
Part of the description of this book goes like this: "With photographs of his own family, Mexican soap opera stars, Cuban mental asylum patients, Texan cowgirls and Rwandan refugees, as well as portraits of celebrities such as Liza Minelli and James Brown, this photo essay establishes Ruiz as a key contemporary image maker." Portraits are captivating. A story can be told just by the eyes in a persons face, the way their body flows, whether the corner of their mouth is pointed up or down. This book evokes a variety of feelings with the way the subjects are portrayed making it so easy to fall in love with this book.
Heritage by Sean Brock
Sean Brock is a chef who specializes in cooking Southern comfort food and high-end restaurant food. A delicious combination. He was born and raised a Southern and is proud of his heritage (see what he did there?). He uses that pride to make outstanding and refreshing dishes while reminiscing in his roots. Not only are the recipes amazing, but the photography is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.
Bonus: For my fellow nerds out there, I highly recommend picking up the Harry Potter Creature Vault (or even the Film Wizardry). Both are jam-packed information, many of which you may not know! Plus it comes with fun removable reproductions like the Marauder's Map