Chic Reads

Eight coffee table books to display and dive into

Coffee table books are often a home decor staple, with glossy photographs and chic covers that appeal to both first-time guests and repeat visitors. For homeowners interested in interior design, we rounded up eight stylish, but also informative coffee table books that can be displayed after they’ve been read, cover to cover.

Past Present by Susan Sully

$45, The Coveted Home

If you collect antiques or heirlooms (or enjoy looking at them), Susan Sully’s book offers plenty of ideas and advice for mixing the past with the present in home decor. Sully also explains how to display your collections, set tables, and mix and match styles throughout your home.

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The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd

$60, The Coveted Home

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Known for his chic and quirky spaces, interior designer Miles Redd has been featured in Vogue, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and W, to name a few. His bold designs are featured throughout his book, along with the artists and places that most inspire him. The book is worth buying for the pictures alone.

At Home by William Yeoward

$35, George Lifestyle

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Get a glimpse of designer William Yeoward’s country home, as well as his London apartment, in At Home: Living in Town and Country. From his warm, cozy retreat in the Cotswold countryside to his more fast-paced life at his contemporary city space, Yeoward’s interiors are both inspiring and intriguing.

Interiors by Marcel Wanders

$60, George Lifestyle

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Amsterdam, Mallorca, Jakarta: See the faraway spaces Marcel Wanders has designed in Interiors, his large-format coffee table book. Wanders has left his theatrical imprint on a number of high-profile interiors, from hotels in New York to London’s Mandarina Duck flagship, all of which are displayed inside.

Styled by Emily Henderson

$32.50, Golden and Pine

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The winner of HGTV’s Design Star in 2009, Emily Henderson’s career in design quickly transformed from working at Jonathan Adler to becoming a prop stylist and eventually producing her own show for HGTV. Styled, her first book, helps readers identify their personal taste, then translate what they like into an intentional design.

Beautifully Small by Sara Emslie

$29.95, Golden and Pine

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If your living quarters are limited, make room for this one book, which illustrates how to make the most out of compact spaces. In Beautifully Small, Emslie offers design solutions for those who still want to make their tiny interiors stylish. The author takes readers inside studios, cottages and even a boat to show how to make a tiny space functional.

Decorating in Detail by Alexa Hampton

$50, Webster House

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Take a tour inside eight of Alexa Hampton’s projects, where she explains her process in selecting the details of each. The interior designer takes readers through room by room, describing the reasoning behind her use of color, contrast and proportion to suit the homeowners’ needs.

Heirloom Modern by Hollister Hovey

$50, Webster House

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Kansas City native Hollister Hovey sheds light on some of the finest heirlooms, antiques and flea market finds in homes across the country in Heirloom Modern. The book not only dives into the history behind the objects, but also shows how the homeowners incorporate their vintage pieces to give their space a sense of history.

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