I’m slowly but surely working my way through your blog post suggestions from the reader survey I did this past winter and I was happy to see that several of you requested an update on my favorite coffee table books. While I tend to listen to audiobooks or use my library card (tell me I’m not the only one!) for everyday reading, there are few things I love more than flipping through a gorgeous coffee table book or seeing all my favorites displayed on our acrylic coffee table. It’s a collection I started back when I was living in a studio apartment in New York and it’s grown slowly but surely in the years since. Here are a few of my very favorites!

design darling favorite coffee table books

Once Upon A Time  //  Coastal Blues  //  Beautiful

The Perfectly Imperfect Home  //  Timeless  //  An Eye for Design

The Joy of Decorating  //  Dream Design Live  //  A Place in the Sun

Escape  //  Beaches

A Passion for Blue & White  //  Women  //  The Decorated Home

A House by the Sea  //  Alex Katz  //  Nantucket

36 Hours  //  Absolutely Beautiful Things  //  Classic Style

Dazzling Design  //  Poolside with Slim Aarons  //  In the Spirit of Capri

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of Dream Design Live by Paloma Contreras, the lovely lady (and fellow cockapoo mom!) behind the design blog La Dolce Vita, and it is filled with gorgeous images of her decorating projects as well as endless tips for designing your own space. And while we own all the above titles, this one is at the top of my wishlist once it comes out this fall! Would love to hear your favorite coffee table book(s) in the comments!

P.S. You can browse more of my favorite books (and accessories, beauty products, clothing, decor finds, and more) on the new shop page!

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  1. As a library employee and library grad school student I LOVE hearing you use your library card. It’s the only way I can get through the 60 odds books I read each year.

  2. Definitely adding a few of these to my Amazon cart now! I currently have Vogue Living: Country City Coast and Great Escapes North America on my coffee table 🙂

  3. I do the same! If I were to buy all the literary fiction/ non-fiction books I like to read, I would have ZERO space (or money!) left for anything else! As it is, I try to limit myself to coffee table books, professional books I use for work and research, and beautiful hardcover copies of books I know I’ll read again and again. As it is, I am still surrounded by books…

    Love this post, thank you for it! I love coffee table design books, and these are some great ones! I love seeing which ones other people with aesthetics I admire are drawn to. I’m so looking forward to the one that’s coming out this fall on Bunny Mellon’s gardens.