I recently bought my first non IKEA coffee table and it is now the focal point of my living room. My love of books is pretty evident but prior to this new coffee table, I never had coffee table books on display. Why you ask? Because they always looked like shit on my IKEA table. So while I had coffee table books ready to go, I never actually had them on display.
This finally changed with my new beautiful flea market coffee table. COFFEE TABLE BOOKS BE FREE MY BABIES. There are a few different directions to take with coffee table books and today I would like to talk about three different types: the paperweight direction, the artistic direction and the reading direction.
- Paperweight direction: Focuses mostly on books of different sizes for stacking purposes, are usually never meant to be opened or read and are purely decorative.
- Artistic direction: Can take the form of fashion, design or beauty books, are meant to be read at your leisure, can vary in size.
- Reading direction: Main purpose is to actually be read, not a huge focus on size or stackability, can be swapped out semi easily.
Knowing how much I love books, it should come as a shock to no one that I took the reading direction. I chose to go with four books – one interior design book, one profile book, one illustrated story book and one poetry book.
- She Walks In Beauty by Caroline Kennedy – One of my all time favorite poetry compilations. I find myself going back to this collections over and over again as it contains poems about love, friendship, growing up and everything in between.
- Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen – This book just came out a few weeks ago and I was so excited to finally get my hands on a copy. Shen chose 100 bad ass women throughout history, illustrated them, and then wrote a one page summary on their life and in turn, how they impacted ours.
- In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney – Grace Bonney of Design Sponge curated this amazing book by interviewing tons of women in the creative field and compiling their advice, accomplishments and inspirations all in one place.
- The New Bohemians by Justina Blakely – Justina of The Jungalow is one of my favorite bloggers and home decor inspirations so it is no surprise this was one of my coffee table choices. The New Bohemians goes through a few houses and lists inspirations, color schemes, furniture and everything else home decor related.
For now, these are the four coffee table books I will keep in rotation but one of the flexibilities of taking the reading direction is that I can switch them out whenever I please. All four of these could pass as coffee table books but also regular bookshelf books so who knows what will be added in later on. BOOKS BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS PLEASE.