Design may not be the one true love of your friends and family. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve their lives and look of their homes via a subtle infusion of style. So, what would be the snazziest Christmas present ever?
A coffee table made by you complete with coffee table design book. Here are instructions for the DIY coffee table pictured above. Below are our Top 20 design book picks sure to be a hit with someone on your holiday gift list.
- The Fashionista – Allegra Hicks: An Eye for Design by Allegra Hicks & American Fashion Designers at Home by Rima Suqi
- The Classic Movie Buff – Syrie Maugham by Pauline Metcalf and Cecil Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook by James Danziger
- The Politico – Dream House: The White House as an American Home by Ulysses Grant Dietz and Sam Watters
- The American History Buff – The Finest Rooms in America by Thomas Jayne
- The Picker – Antiquaries: Paris Flea Markets by Laure Verchere
- The Collector (verging on Hoarder) – Living With What You Love by Monica Rich Kosann
- The Beachcomber – Maurice Fatio: Palm Beach Architect by Kim Mockler
- The Hunter – Bird Decoys of North America by Robert Shaw
- The Golfer – Golf Style by Vicky Moon
- The Constant Gardener – Venetian Gardens by Mariagrazia Dammicco
- The Sports Enthusiast – Cowboys Stadium by David Dillon and David Pagel
- The Homemaker – Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life: How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc… by Mary Randolph Carter
- The Hostess with the Mostest – David Stark Design by David Stark
- The Early Adopter – Phaidon Design Classics for the iPad
- The Design-Inquisitive Child – MoMA Modern Play House & Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham
- The Futurist – Born Modern: The Life and Designs of Alvin Lustig by Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen & The Century of Modern Design by David Hanks & Casa Modernista by Alan Hess
- The Family Guy (or Gal) – Crafting a Meaningful Home: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage by Meg Mateo Ilasco
- The Do Gooder with Artistic Tendencies – Craft Hope by Jade Sims
- The Property Virgin – DIY Art at Home by Lola Gavarry
- The Studio Apartment or Dorm Dweller – Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
Oh, and perhaps most importantly, you. You want the limited edition of HUE by the queen of interior design, iconoclast Kelly Wearstler. Unique is one of those overused-to-the-point-of-meaningless words, but it is absolutely on point when describing Ms. Wearstler’s work. (You deserve the hand signed, fabric wrapped and slipcased volume, especially after cranking out that coffee table.)
Happy holidays and merry reading.