Design: 12 Must-Have Coffee Table Books

Hello, hello. It's Katie from H2 Design. Today I wanted to gather up a handful of my favorite coffee table books to share with you. (And I am hoping you will share your favorites too!)

A handsome book can do so much for a space; add a necessary pop of color, expand on a room's theme, illustrate your interests, or simply preoccupy your imagination. This room (via the beautiful soup) wouldn't be half as interesting without the perfect placement of those colorful hardcover books.

So, without further adieu, let's take a look at some of my favorites...
1 - Inspiration Dior / 2 - The Selby is in Your Place / 3 - Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Paintings / 4 - Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time
5 - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty / 6 - Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper / 7 - A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Volume I / 8 - A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Volume II
9 - Tom Ford / 10 - Harper's Bazaar: Greatest Hits / 11 - Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People / 12 - Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
As a tip, I have come to find that you are most likely to get the best deal through But if you'd like to support your local book stores, I'm quite certain they would be very grateful!
What are some of your favorites? I'm always eager to add to my coffee table book library!

-post by katie hackworth



  1. Katie! This is so awesome! Definitely going to have to check these out. The first time I saw The Selby, I couldn't stop smiling..because of its quirkiness, but mostly because Selby is my last name.

  2. I'm liking the looks of number 2! I already have #5 and #7. I always think anything Jonathan Adler or Kelly Wearstler are gorgeous looking!

    Holly Foxen Wells

  3. Love the reading list Jen! What a perfect post to take us into the weekend.

  4. Awesome and helpful post. Definitely need to get the Tom Ford book for my coffee table.

  5. yes yes yes! Love this selection, coffee table books are a must have at my place!

  6. Woo! I love this post! I've been looking for some new ones :) Thank you!

    go for the glam

  7. Coffee table books would have to be my favourite I get most of mine through amazon sooooooo cheap!!

    My favourite are:
    -the little veggie patch co
    -design sponge
    -Bobbi brown makeup manual
    -apartment therapy big book of cool small places

    Thanks for your list I'm always looking for new ones to add to my collection!

    Steph :)

  8. This is a great coffee table book - "Mario Testino Portraits"

  9. Fabulous picks! I am a sucker for coffee table books!

  10. the Selby is one of my FAVORITES! I also have a collection of vintage Edward Weston books and Pattern by Tricia Guild which is beautiful, bright and colorful. I definitely recommend those!

  11. Yes! "Design Sponge", "Decorate", and of course anything Kelly Wearstler are all must have's too! And "Mario Testino Portraits" looks very intriguing!! hmmm... Thanks everyone!

  12. Coffee table books are always a treat to look at. I don't own any of the above, but my favorite one is Influence by The Olsen Twins!

  13. yes! great ones on here! This list is going straight to my xmas wish list!

  14. I'm always intrigued by what books people have on their coffee tables. I've been looking to add to my collection, these are great picks!

    The Glossy Life


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