One of my favorite ways to put more of my personality to a space is in the books I choose to display. Coffee table books can provide a lot of character to a space, lend new topics for conversations, entertain guests or simply provide some fresh inspiration on a slow afternoon. Books are magical in their own way and having them around always makes me feel supported; to me, the books I keep are a representation of all the knowledge and wisdom that exists around us at all times.
Having a coffee table book out can serve as a powerful visual reminder of the places we want to visit, a person we find inspiring, or a story that brings us comfort. Here are a few books that are as inspiring as they are beautiful, ready to whisk you away to new places or make you feel comfier at home.
Color is such a crucial dimension in our lives, weaving different energy and meanings through all of our environments. This Pantone history of color can give us a new way to think about the role color has played in our collective history, and encourage us to think about the colors we want to incorporate in our own spaces.
This peaceful read from Sophie Walker pairs breathtaking photography with thoughtful essays about Japanese gardens, and the philosophy behind them, ranging from ancient Shinto shrines to contemporary Zen designs. This book is a great way to feel more connected to nature and learn some important lessons from Eastern traditions.
The Astrology of You and Me: How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life by Gary Goldschneider
Whether you’re a casual fan of astrology or an expert on the theory, The Astrology of You and Me can help us to be more thoughtful about our dynamics with others, and the strength in recognizing the differences in each others’ perspectives.
The most readily available cure for feelings of stagnancy is our own imaginations. Even if we’re not able to fly away to a destination this weekend, familiarizing ourselves with the wonders the world has to offer, and fantasizing about the day well get to visit them, is a great gift to give ourselves on a rainy day.
This book serves as an easy reminder that we can daily make choices that advocate for our joy, happiness and comfort. The Year Of Cozy has welcoming activities and recipes that are simple and easy to follow, making comfort at home more achievable than ever.
Written in a quiet, introspective tone, the stories in this book are all centered around the artifacts left behind after breakups and serve as a compelling reminder of how similar our experiences are, and how much love means to all of us.
Jeff Andrews, designer to stars like Kourtney Kardashian and Kaley Cuoco, shares the philosophies behind the incredible spaces he creates in this gorgeous book. This book is an invitation to consider what glamour means to each of us, and a chance to gain a new perspective on the ways we curate our own homes.
Having plants around can boost our moods and the quality of our air, but the intentionality that goes into tending plants can have its own benefits. This thoughtful book allows us to consider the art of caring for live plants and explains planting secrets you might never have heard, all while treating us to gorgeous images of healthy green life.
I’ve always been fascinated by puppets, and Julie Taymor’s work is nothing short of magical to me. This book contains examples of her amazing visual style, from her film Titus to her iconic work on the Broadway production of Lion King.