Let’s get real: when it comes to design coffee table books, you kind of have to judge a book by its cover. These things sit out in the open, center stage in your living room, so it’s important to know if a book is: Hot! Not! A must buy! Or a must skip! Who needs Tinder when you’ve got me?
I’ve “swiped right” on all the best design books, and picked out six that are so darn pretty and chock-full of designery goodness, I would slap anyone who put an actual cup of coffee on them.
1. Black and White (and a Bit In Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections by Celerie Kemble
If Pinterest made a book of their most pinned interiors, I’m pretty sure designer Celerie Kemble’s book would be it. While focusing on the most classic of color combos, black and white, Kemble collected gorgeous images from the best of the best in the world of interior design: Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Delphine Krakoff, Brad Ford and many others. This book makes you feel like: eh, who needs color?
2. Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color For Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor
I know I just told you to forget about color, but blogging superstar Will Taylor’s book made me ditch that plan, stomp on it, and then set it on fire. Taylor’s blog Bright Bazaar is like a candy store on the internet: he serves up delicious, bite-size bits of colorful design inspiration every day on his site. His book features a ton of beautiful interior design projects with color and decor ideas bursting at the seams.
3. ABCDCS: David Collins Studio by David Collins
ABCDCS is a new book featuring the work of the late architect David Collins, and it’s filled with a collection of showstopping images of beautiful hotel, restaurant, and residential interiors that his firm designed all over the world. Each photo represents a different letter of the alphabet, which is used to highlight various design concepts (from “architecture” to “zzzzz”). While Collins’s interiors might be a bit too va va voom for some, I think there are a ton of inspiring images here with loads of great ideas…especially if you’re decorating a ballroom or a helipad. K-I-D-D-I-N-G.
4. The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd
I nominated myself as President, Vice President and Under Secretary of the official Miles Redd fan club years ago, so this book has been center stage on my coffee table for a while now. Redd’s projects are all hardcore glamorous, bright, bold and engaging. The book features photographs from his design projects all over the world, and I may or may not have used an entire post it note pad marking ideas that I’d love to copy one day.
5. Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life by Erin Gates
Released just this week, Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates’s new book is jam packed with loads of fab photos as well as practical advice, lessons learned and insight from Gates’s own home renovation, as well as her work with her other design clients. She delves into nitty gritty type stuff (like choosing countertops for your kitchen, or decorating a nursery without cartoon characters), and best of all, she also includes an extensive resource and shopping guide with all the scoop on where to go to buy all of the fab stuff you see featured in the book.
6. The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives by Kim Ficaro, Todd Nickey, Mayer Rus, Sarah Sophie Flicker
Did that invite from musician Moby to have cocktails up at his Hollywood Hills “micro castle” get lost in the mail? MINE TOO. Luckily, The Inspired Home captured pics of Moby’s joint, as well as countless other creative musicians, stylists, writers and tastemakers to give you an inside look into each of their homes. There’s so much amazingness going on in these pages it’s hard to know where to look…but Moby’s “micro castle’ is a good place to start.