I don’t collect many things, but one of the things I do collect is books. I like to add a few hardcover books to my collection each year. They are a tremendous source of inspiration for me. Not to mention they make the best decor!
I’m highlighting some of my favorite interior design coffee table books, the ones with beautiful spines that will look amazing on your shelves and coffee tables. If you are looking for non-design coffee table books, check out some of my picks in this post here.
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Best Design Coffee Table Books
Grab yourself a cup of coffee and get snuggly. These books are listed in random order, not in order of popularity. I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that interior style is so subjective. But I do hope that you find one here you love!
If money was no object and I wanted to hire a designer, I would speed-dial Amber Lewis. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words what your individual decorating style is because it’s a mix of many things. But now I can just say I’m Amber Lewis Style. Her book is beautiful photography, impeccably styled interiors, and design tips rolled into one.
There is not much to say here because it speaks for itself. If you are looking for a beautiful, inspiring design coffee table book – this one is a good one.
A look into the homes and friends’ homes of Athena Calderone, the creator of EyeSwoon. She has a way of breaking down design choices that make them easy to digest. And the photography by Nicole Franzen is top-notch. This is a book that you’ll find yourself picking up again and again.
Natalie Walton has a fantastic collection of design books, but I’m highlighting my favorite one here. Beautifully written and photographed, Homes by the Sea will inspire you no matter where you live. I recommend you check out her other books too.
A design coffee table book about books? Well, yes, that’s entirely what this book is about. But it’s such a fantastic read! I love seeing how others decorate with books in their homes. You’ll be so inspired by the photography and stories. Also, check out Nina Freudenberger’s Surf Shacks.
Finally! Jean Stoffer came out with a book. This one is highly anticipated by me as she is a favorite of mine. If you love earthy English-inspired interiors, then she’ll be a favorite of yours as well.
Lauren Liess is another one of my favorite designers, and her design books do not disappoint. So much inspiration! And I love her style of writing. Her designs feel effortless, nothing is too staged or presented that way.
Ashley Whittaker’s designs are bold and beautiful, but surprisingly livable. And she shows you how to strike this balance in her book. It’s a must-have for the coffee table.
This book is Spectacular. You want to eat the pages it’s so good. It’s true Southern Style; layers and patterns and lots of traditional wood furniture, but even if that’s not your style you will find inspiration here.
Alyssa Rosenheck is one of my favorite interior photographers. We read these beautiful home magazines and never think about who is taking the photos that are inspiring us so much. Many times, it’s Alyssa Rosenheck. Her book is lovely to read and even more lovely to look at with the famous and nonfamous Southern home tours.
A book with gorgeous photography and inspiring interiors. Full page photos! I have this one on my bookshelf and pull it out for friends who come over. I just love all the little details and tips in here.
Did you ever see the series, The Lost Kitchen? Maine was never really on my radar until I started watching it. Now, I’m obsessed with everything Maine. I fell in love with the style and the beauty of that area. I have all the Remodelista Books (except for the Garden one!), and they do not disappoint. This one might be my favorite.
14. The Maine House
More Maine! Maura McEvoy is a talented photographer, and she has a way of capturing interiors that is captivating. None of the homes featured in this book are “designer” homes, but you won’t be able to tell. These are real homes, that feel lived in — not staged, and it’s a real feast for the eyes!
Mark D. Sikes is a famous interior designer, known for his All American, traditional style. This book takes you through many of his projects and is chock full of beautiful interiors and design stories. If you love decorating with blues, you will especially love this book. And the spine is pretty!
16. Travel Home
This book encompasses everything I want our home to be; a collection of things that reflect who we are and where we’ve been. The photography is inspiring and the writing is wonderful.
This book is another one that I find myself picking up off the shelf again and again. It’s loaded with design ideas and decorating advice for curating your spaces.
Ok, I may have cheated just a little bit. This book is not a decorating book persay, but it’s a dang good book of design and inspiration. I love love love that the author gives photography tips. And this book shows you that inspiration can come from anywhere; from the streets to the cafes.
One of my favorite books ever and I’m not just saying that. I read this cover to cover and then read it again. Chock full of tips, advice, and pep talks for living with only what you need and how to organize it.
This book is soulful. It surprised me! The stories of these spaces are so good, they pull you in. I love the interiors featured here and you’ll find this book very inspirational.
21. Eat Drink Nap
The eye-catching spine alone is enough to make you want this book, but it’s actually a really good book. Full of recipes, decorating advice, entertaining tips, and recipes. It’s one you’ll want to have and gift away.
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