Coffee table books are cherished centerpieces that beautifully dress up any table and practically beg to be picked up and admired. Whether it’s a light read, conversation starter, or a decorative focal point to a beloved living area, coffee table books are simply inspiring. We’ve collected an armful of our colorful favorites to give you pages of brand new possibilities to explore.
Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors — This lighthearted, fun read is a spirited invitation to let your true colors shine through any living space. Adler believes colors can’t clash and we couldn’t agree more. The pretty pages are filled with color-drenched rooms in blissful bold prints, paints and fabrics. Because as he says, “bold colors make you happy.”
The U.S. Virgin Islands — Wander far from civilization in seconds and admire the colorful shores along St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas. Do judge this hardbound beauty by its lush, dreamy cover. Inside, enjoy a sensory seaside journey as you island hop through sunny shades of tropical bliss.
Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining — This playful guide to casual, outdoor entertaining is packed with porch party ideas, including fifty refreshing recipes. The author stirs her summery spin on southern drink classics, while we get a visual tour of famed photographer Bobby Peacock’s favorite porches.
Andy Warhol 365 Takes: The Andy Warhol Museum Collection — An easy read on the icon who repainted the direction of the 20th century art world, Andy Warhol 365 Takes houses an eye-catching collection of work. Warhol never shied away from color, as seen in page after page of fresh illustrations, drawings, and photographs — even lively commentary from museum staff.
5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices – We love the brilliant simplicity of a page-turner that opens with just five common spices and easily shopped ingredients to create fifty mouthwatering dishes. It began as a passion that turned into a profession for the author. She serves up simple recipes for simply wonderful dishes. Each one has a refreshingly unique flavor.
Color Chart – We could talk about color all day long, so a coffee table book exploring a mid 20th century color-shift philosophy is pure inspiration. A total of forty-two artists look at ready-made color bought off the shelf, rather than mixed on a palette, and how the process of standardizing color has influenced art for the last 60 years.
What are your favorite coffee table books? How do they inspire you?