Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

It’s funny how as you get older the things that you collect change. I used to really not get the whole coffee table book thing, and now I love it. I love being surrounded by these books that are so inspiring and full of beautiful images, and I find myself flipping through them again and again. I especially love books that we’ve collected on our travels or have a cool story. If your coffee table needs some friends, here are a few of my favorites to flip through.

Things Come Apart by Todd McLellan is so cool I can’t take my eyes off it. He takes everyday objects like vacuum cleaners or pianos, smashes them, and then organizes the pieces. If you like organized things, you will lose your mind for this one.

Things Come Apart

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

Humans of New York started as a blog and became crazy popular. Brandon Stanton has been wandering the streets of NYC for years, photographing and interviewing people he comes across. It’s a completely fascinating (if not somewhat romanticized) look at the city and the people in it. It really makes me remember how incredible New Yorkers are.

Humans of New York

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

Well-Read Women has got to be one of the most beautiful books ever. I started loving Samantha Hahn’s watercolor work when I got into the blog world, and I was so excited when she came out with a book. It’s filled with gorgeous watercolor portraits of fictional heroines, along with quotes from their stories. So lovely.

Well-Read Women

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

We came across¬†Paris versus New York¬†on our trip to Paris, and we literally stood in the store and looked at every page. It was that charming, we just couldn’t put it down. We decided to leave it in the store but then Mr. Lovely surprised me with it at Christmas. He wins. It’s got these awesome illustrations depicting the differences between two of my favorite cities.

Paris versus New York

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

I know I’ve said it before, but I still love our Artifact Uprising photo books. Some of my favorite books to have around are photos of our travels and adventures, and this one filled with photos from our Tahiti honeymoon is still on top of my list. If you haven’t tried Artifact Uprising, you should!

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

I’d love to know if you have any fave coffee table books! And if you’re not a book person, what do you have on your coffee table? Leave a comment and let me know! xoxo


12 comments

  1. My coffee table currently has all my library books, a magazine, and one coffee table book. 50 years of the Dallas Cowboys. A gift for my husband. We are a super stylish couple!

  2. Jamie on said:

    Ooo I love coffee table books! I’d say my favorites are Portraits by Steve McCurry (people from around the world) , FreshFruits by Shoichi Aoki (Japanese street fashion) and The Big Book of Legs by Dian Hanson (vintage pin-ups). Obviously we also have a homemade photobook of adventures.

    • chelsea on said:

      Just came across FreshFruits at a book store the other day — Loooooved it. When we were in Japan we were totally fascinated by the street fashion, and it’s like taking a walk down memory lane!

    • Starting to brainstorm on bday presents for my fashionable cousin. Thanks for the tip on “Fresh Fruits”!

    • chelsea on said:

      Oh my gosh, the Sammy Davis book is so cool. Love that kind of stuff!

      • Right?! I particularly dig his selfie-taking skills. There was no quick-delete-and-retake with that camera!

  3. Wow. Wonderful choices!
    Three are new to me and I want want want.
    Love WELL-READ WOMEN and everything Chronicle Books does.
    I’m loving CREATURE by Andrew Zuckerman and LITTLE BIG BOOKS in my living room right now.

    • chelsea on said:

      Oooh, I’ll have to check those out!

  4. Sarah on said:

    Humans of New York is a wonderful book; that was one of my Christmas presents. :) My mom and I are both fond of any books having to do with tea.

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