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We've featured so many ideabooks about Eames furniture over here at Houzz that it seems only fitting to throw in a beautiful book about Charles and Ray and their furniture!
I love this book. The photos and stories are very inspiring. It brings instant brightness onto a coffee table and into your guest's conversations as well.
The Story of King Arthur, the boy who went from a lowly page to the King of England, is one that clings to our memories the moment we first hear it. This volume only adds to the loveliness of the whole leather-bound collection.
I love to see art displayed in fun and unusual ways, and this book is a great source of inspiration for thinking outside the box.
Cuba is a land of mystery for many Americans, so you can guarantee that your guests will be quick to pick up this book. With vibrant pictures and stories, it will keep them entertained while you put the final touches on dinner.
Gretchen Rubin's first book, The Happiness Project, was a runaway success, and her new volume promises to be just as inspiring. Give one to your friend and keep one for yourself, and then hold your own mini book club as you work your way through the book.
Happier at Home
Vintage books are fabulous for decorating bookshelves, desks and tables. This set on Etsy has some wonderful colors that will work with many color palettes.
Steve Hawk has collected an amazingly diverse set of waves from all over the world in one coffee table book. You could drive yourself crazy with plans to visit the ends of the earth for any of these beautiful waves.
Waves by Steve Hawk
A stack of neutral books makes for an instant book collection. The bird isn't included, but I love this idea.
I adore the look of vintage anything in a small space. This style actually can mix with any other style in a small dose here and there. These stacked and tied books would make a very cool display surface for a small detail, like a vase.
Stack of Vintage Books
By Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline. SLIPCASE SET / 6.5 X 9.5". EACH BOOK IS 80 PAGES, 60 IMAGES
Chanel Three Book Set
Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter is just the book for the mom that has always wished she'd learned to sew.
The Flower Recipe is written by the dynamic duo behind the San Francisco floral shop Studio Choo. If mom has ever mentioned wanting to learn the art of floral arranging, this is the book for her.
The Flower Recipe Book
If your mother is inspired by artists, she'll love Brooklyn Makers. It features photographs by Jennifer Causey and stories from 30 of Brooklyn's most celebrated craftspeople.
I recently checked this out from the library for my kids. It's such an inspiring story and is beautifully illustrated as well.
I can easily get in a drink rut, so fun books with delicious summertime beverage recipes are awesome to use and to gift.
The latest copy of Kinfolk makes a fantastic gift. It's beautiful enough to be treated like a coffee table book.
Kinfolk Vol. 7
When the conversation lags at a party, or if someone finds themselves sitting alone, I find it helps to have a few great new coffee table books within reach. This adorable book is currently on my wish list.
The French Dog
Designer Darryl Carter gives sage advice on how to keep a curated and well-edited home in his second book. A perfect gift for someone who enjoys the New Traditionalist aesthetic.
Diana Vreeland loved red and black, so this book cover would be right up her alley. It's a nice touch for a library or dressing room.
With a blending of the decorative arts and social history, this book is an important visual resource of luxurious period table settings. It would be a major resource for someone who would want to re-create the Downton table setting.
A fun update to ordinary (a.k.a. boring) bookends, this gentle giraffe adds playful personality to the nursery or big-kid room. It's covered in faux leather that's super-soft and smooth. Weighted to keep most heavy books in place, it also makes a great doorstop. Menagerie Bookend, Giraffe, Faux...
Barclay Butera's unique seaside style is worth emulating, and this gorgeous book is full of inspiration and ideas you can swipe from a master.
Need a how-to book for growing fresh herbs and produce in a small space? Check out The Edible Balcony by Alex Mitchell.
My kids are not quite ready for coloring books like this, but I hope that in a few years we can all sit down together and work on these geometric designs. I loved coloring designs like this when I was a kid.
I have a thing for tile and pattern, and this book caught my eye along with another one from Portugal. Books are objets d'art as well as research material and a way to travel to exotic places without ever leaving home.
Barcelona Tile Designs
Books always make for wonderful gifts. I just bought myself this little beauty, and I fell in love with everything about it: the images, the paper, the subject matter. It's simply gorgeous.
Books like Allegra Hicks' add instant pattern to your coffee table and can also serve as inspiration for using more patterns — can't go wrong with that!
Photographer Anne Deniau received unprecedented access to the fashion mogul Alexander McQueen in his final 13 years. This photo-filled book is a beautiful compilation of a true fashion visionary.
I don't even need to know what this book is about, I just know it would look really cool on any coffee table.