June 2, 2012

Coffee Table Books Worthy of a Coffee Table

I need a coffee table. My current coffee table was found outside of a dorm roughly six years ago and exemplifies a lack of basic engineering - swaying every time you bump into it or that the cat decides to use it as a launching pad - sending beverages sloshing all over and snuffing candles. However, the lack of structural integrity of my coffee table is not really why I want a new coffee table. Yes, the continuous presence of spills is aggravating, but the real reason I need a new coffee table is so that I can justify purchasing some of these fabulous coffee table books. They are purely for my own gratification, since we rarely have visitors (needless to say, no one really ever wants to come to Troy).

Domino, The Book of Decorating,
 by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro

Domino was my most favorite magazine ever, I still have a few years worth of issues in my old bedroom at my parents house that I need to go through for clippings of projects I want to try out. When it went out of business I mourned endlessly and forsook all other magazines. Although I have a growing pile of Martha Stewart magazines, it's just not the same! With this book I'll be able to relive those glory years over and over!

Marrakesh by Design
by Maryam Montague
It's no surprise that this book is on my wishlist since I have a lady crush on Maryam. Marrakesh by Design just came out this year and has fantastic reviews, again, no surprise. I was interested in the book but I wasn't convinced that I actually needed it until I saw the promotional video. Mostly because I was struck by Maryam's personal style (especially her jewelry!), so I can only imagine how fantastic a book on design curated by her would be. Here's the video, tell me if it convinces you, too.

by India Hicks, David Flint Wood
Another serious lady crush. I adore the India's Crabtree & Evelyn Island Living Collection as well as her Sugar Mill boutique, particularly her starfish jewelry collection (I know I get a greedy look in my eye whenever I look at this cuff). Everything she creates or endorses is A-OK in my book. Oh, and did you know that when you sign up for Crabtree & Evelyn's mailing list they send you a 20% off coupon for your next purchase in store or online? I just discovered this. Needless to say, goodbye tax return, hello Island Living! The reviews on amazon seems kind of...I don't know, annoying to me? Some criticize the writing, saying "...does anyone really care about 'my personal paradise' so much that they would read about it. I think not." and " It is nothing but a collection of useless pictures." I'm pretty confused as to what these people are expecting. I generally enjoy India's writing, and I certainly like looking at [beautiful] "useless pictures," so I'm looking forward to picking this book up as soon as I find a decent place to put it. India also wrote Island Beauty, another beautiful book full of [apparently obvious] tips for life - however, it supposedly contains some good recipes and I'd love to get my hands on them.

What other beautiful books (or magazines!) can you gals and guys recommend? Who are your inspirations?

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