It is here. Time to start thinking about Holiday gifts for the people in your life. Last year, I shared that every year I choose a coffee table book to give to my husband’s employees for Christmas, and how it has simplified and reduced my overall gift giving stress (you can read it here).
So, I have a confession. I am always under the influence. Of books that is. I am always adding books to my reading stack. In fact, since we’re confessing, I dream about a “book getaway”. Where I go to a hotel and spend the entire week reading-hour after hour, day after day. #goals. So, if you’re anything like me, you are always looking for suggestions and scouring different resources for new inspiring reads. Well, here are 10 coffee table books that will inflame and exhilarate the imagination. Could there be a better gift to give? And no one will mind if you buy a few for yourself!
Drawn from the best travel blogs and Instagram images, this book brings together the most beautiful locations on the shore and beyond.
This book is a how-to for bringing design ideas back home, Travel Home shows how to create interiors that reflect your favorite places and experiences in ways that are beautiful and authentic.
Martijn Doolaard was tired of the distractions of daily life, so he set off on a cross-continental cycling journey that would take him from Amsterdam to Singapore. One of the most interesting travel diaries of our time.
The editors have culled years of rich material covering a range of subjects, past and present. The book features the personal spaces of dozens of private celebrities.
“Over ninety sumptuous color plates, photographed by Eric Boman, show off a selection of Apfel’s extraordinary outfits on wittily posed mannequins, some sporting her trademark outsized spectacles. The originality of her style is typically revealed in her mixing of Dior haute couture with flea-market finds, Dolce & Gabbana lizard trousers with nineteenth-century ecclesiastical vestments, pink Lanvin worn with ropes of Navajo turquoise. Apfel’s eclectic pieces might come from a Parisian couture house, an American thrift shop, or a North African souk, or they may have been made to her own design in a tiny studio.” Harold Koda
A collection of photographs by the icon of street style with favorites published in The New York Times alongside never-before-seen work across five decades.
Travel to hundreds of the most breathtaking locales—both natural and man-made—illustrated with vivid images. Also included: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do.
Gray Malin is one of my favorite photographers. He shoots most of his photography from a doorless helicopter which creates photos with light and perspective that few have ever captured. If you love the intersection of land and sea, you will not be disappointed with this book. “Beaches features more than twenty cities across six continents: Australia: Sydney; North America: Santa Monica, Miami, San Francisco, Kaua’i, Chicago, The Hamptons, and Cancun; South America: Rio de Janeiro; Europe: Capri, Rimini, Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Amalfi Coast, Barcelona, Lisbon and Saint-Tropez; Africa: Cape Town; Asia: Dubai.”
A collection of incredible moments from around the world, including the aurora borealis, cities made of neon lights, a great wildebeest migration, a contortionist on display–and more.
“Through stunning black-and-white images, award-winning photographer Christian Vizl uses a masterful control of light and shadow to portray the creatures of the sea as they are rarely seen, at home in the ethereal world beneath the waves. “
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Photo by Megan Weaver