Published on February 16, 2016

by Robin Reetz

Not to read into it too much, but your coffee table says a lot about you. Think about it this way – it’s a mini-look into your home, space, and most importantly – your personal style. Minimalist? Travel buff? Secret slob? Your coffee table will give you away.

The good news is there are ways to cheat your way to a nice looking coffee table, and a beautiful, design-centric book is one of them. Luckily, we found a whole heap of coffee table books that will keep your table (and you) looking super smart and super stylish.

Here are a few of our favorites:

If you’re not a fan of Monocle, then we suggest you make a late resolution to pick up a new magazine habit. And even if you’ve never read (or heard of) this London-published mag, fear not – you’ll still walk away from this book with loads of information and design inspiration. 

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More

Erin Boyle of simple living blog Reading My Tea Leaves waxes poetic on simplifying your home (and life) in this beautiful, helpful, practical read.

Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home walks us through the world of interior design and covers topics from bringing nature into your home to room-specific challenges.

Dennis Stock: James Dean

Do we really need to tell you why this is book of original James Dean photos by photographer Dennis Stock is a must-have on this most visible table in your home? Thought not.

Color-obsessed? Consider this your field guide to all things chroma. In this case, you can definitely judge a book by its cover – the aesthetically pleasing look well represents the inside, and will look great on a coffee table, or any table in your home

Set this illustrated Rizzoli book on the life of Diana Vreeland on your nightstand or coffee table and grab that oft-needed shot of girl power and inspiration on your way out the door.