Coffee table books are apparently named because they are books that are kept on the living room coffee table and can help to inspire and promote conversation with/among guests. The theme for today’s (Day 8) book photography challenge is guilty pleasures. While these books may not necessarily qualify for the exact meaning of that phrase, nevertheless coffee table books are my guilty pleasure: I can never pass them by without wanting to bring them home with me. Of course, that’s true for many books that I see at a bookstore or a library book sale but I have a special weakness for coffee table books that focus on art, interiors, and textiles. One could argue that they are picture books for adults and serve as inspiration for colors, prints, and patterns, visual learning at its best, and not just as books to promote small talk with others! Cookbook/food-related books are another category that I love browsing, even though I’m not likely to try out any recipe (more on that here). Guilty (aspirational) pleasures indeed! In fact, one of the simple things I miss doing in 2020 is the ability to go into my local library (still closed except for curbside pick up), wander the aisles, and pick out a stash of coffee table books that I can browse on Saturday mornings with my tea and toast or any afternoon with tea and cake.
Here’s my list of 5 much-loved interior design books:
1. Lisa Fine’s Near and Far, Interiors I love with photography by Miguel Flores Vianna
2. Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores Vianna
3. and 4. Kathryn Ireland’s Timeless Interiors and Creating A Home
5. The Maverick Soul by Miv Watts and Hugh Stewart
For more interior design books, you may want to read this post.
My plan is to keep updating this post with my favorite picks for books in the cooking/baking/food genre (here’s a link to one that’s interesting), art, textiles and more. Thanks for reading!