10 Perfect Coffee Table Books

If you’ve been reading House of Hipsters, you know I love to style with a stack of books (usually topped with a small object or vase). As of late, I’ve been styling the house like a mad woman, and I’m running low on reading material. Good heavens, what’s a girl to do? Ummmmmm, ya, go shop for books, duh! And that is exactly what I’ve been doing. I have a few interior design books I’ve been yearning for, but I also like to shake things up. I like topics that reflect the house’s personality (and the people that live there).

10 perfect coffee table books

ONE — Vivian Maier: Street Photographer: A local historian purchased a box of Maier’s negatives from a Chicago auction house. She was a professional nanny who from the 1950s until the 1990’s took over 100,000 photos world wide. Her work amazes me. And to think it was almost lost. Thank you John Maloof for finding these photos and sharing it with the world.

TWO — HUE by Kelly Wearstler: Okay, let’s just start off by stating the obvious. This woman is a force to be reckoned with. A design goddess. Queen bee above all. If you are seeking inspiration, this lady is the one to watch.

THREE — Heritage: Sean Brock cooks comfort food. Southern comfort food to be exact. He also cooks high-end restaurant food. A winning combination in my book. Why a cookbook you ask? It started when I first met the boy. He loves to cook, and every Christmas I bought him a fancy cookbook in hopes that he’d fatten me up and make me his wife. This little gem has recipes for the Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake and Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder. Delicious! Gets released October 21 of this year.

FOUR — Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspiring Interiors: I spied this puppy on the shelves of Emily Henderson during an episode of Secrets From A Stylist. I’ve been wanting it ever since.

FIVE — California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties: OK, I’ll confess. I own this book already and I heart it so much. I’ve paged through it time and time again and it just doesn’t get old. It’s really exactly what it says it is. A picture book of people form the 50’s surfing and climbing. The clothes are classic. The hair is perfection. No one has a phone in their hand. It’s simple.

California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

Photo via California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

Photo via California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

SIX — Nate Berkus Things That Matter: He constantly reminds me to have things in my home that I love. Don’t care what other people think. If it makes you happy, if it makes you smile…it stays. For me, the most successful interiors are put together be people who surround themselves with things they love. They aren’t materialistic or created to gain status. They reflect the homeowners personality.

SEVEN — Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow: Pop Music Wisdom: I’m not a huge Frank Zappa fan, but this book is fun. I mean, what better advice is there than to not eat yellow snow? It’s a simple book of music trivia. You are given a song lyric (which is always words to live by) and get to guess the title and artist name. Great party book (and perfect housewarming gift!)

EIGHT — The Art of the American Snapshot 1888-1978: I love film. I love analog cameras. I love candid snapshots. Enough said.

NINE — The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful…Well, I think that subhead really sums up this book. Words to love by when decorating and styling your home. This book has everything to do with embracing imperfection and the chaos of daily living. Decorating for real people at its best. It also happens to be written by one of my favorite bloggers Myquillyn Smith from TheNester.com.

TEN — Fotofix: Jan Wenzel. I’ve been on a quest to find this book for under $300 without success. If the boy is reading this post…I WANT THIS BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS (preferably not in German, but will take in German…you can translate it for me). Jan Wenzel was a (not very famous but incredible) photobooth artist (there are not many famous photobooth artists out there…the art world didn’t really believe that you could make art in a booth). Wenzel created these intricate mind-boggling room scenes out of 4 photobooth strips. If you know anything about a photobooth, you have 3-4 seconds (if you are lucky) between shots. There’s no doubt in my mind he had these scened sketched out with assistants on hand to have these strips coincide with each other. The man was brilliant. Take a look at the photo below and you will notice that everything had to be gridded out to perfection. The background stayed the same, but the props and people had to be arranged just perfectly in order for it to work. If it didn’t line up just right, a new strip had to be made. Amazing. #photoboothnerdery at it’s finest.

Fotofix - Jan Wenzel

Photo Via Fotofix – Jan Wenzel


  1. Grace September 4, 2014

    I just got the Gypset Travel book and it makes me happy.

    • kyla October 3, 2014

      OOOH! I’m going to have to check that one out!

  2. […] he does utter those words, he just buys it. Sooooo frustrating. I’ve always bought him a cookbook for Christmas (that’s kind of our thing), and a good standby is a bottle of cologne (booooring). He’s […]

  3. Luxury Flats Lady September 22, 2015

    I love photography books on coffee tables, it means there is always something there to grab the eye’s attention!


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