When trying to figure out a good gift that everyone enjoys, I always go back to beautiful coffee table books. So many of my friends are always asking for great recommendations.
True story- Philip Mitchell was one of my very first followers on instagram. I launched The Potted Boxwood in 2014 and like attracted like. A Canadian, Philip would post pictures of his chic Toronto apartment and charming country home. In fact, his small but beautifully designed kitchen became one of my most favorite pictures and most popular repost. So when I heard Philip was launching a coffee table book, I knew it would be equally tasteful and inspiring.
Occasionally a new coffee table book hits the market and it is beautiful to look at for a day…and then you never open it again. When you have a true stand-out and staple book, you find yourself referring to it over and over again. The new book Patina Homes by Steve and Brooke Giannetti most certainly belongs in the stand-out category. While their beautiful California home is noteworthy for it’s light-filled architecture, effortlessly inviting decor, and lushly sophisticated gardens, the Gianetti’s also focus on architecture and interiors for clients as well.
Have you ever noticed how when a child is given a choice between reading a chapter book and a picture book, the picture book is usually the more appealing option. Who doesn’t like glossy pages of pictures on a subject you love?! I think adults are the same way. The only difference between children and adults is that we call our picture books coffee table books. It is the chic adult way to admire beautiful pictures of beautiful things.
This fall there are a plethora of fabulous designers releasing coffee table books on their style and design aesthetic. I have listed just some of the wonderful new titles that you can purchase the end of this month or next month. Click the pictures for links to purchase! Have a great weekend. Enjoy a “picture book” or two!
Elle Decor: The Height of Style by Michael Boodro. Available Now!
Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People. Available September 23rd.