Coffee table styling by Studio McGee

Coffee Table Books for Interior Designers

There have been countless tutorials written on the art of coffee table styling. From the layering to the textures to the overall look, styling a beautiful setup can be admittedly trickier than it seems. But one non-negotiable of every coffee table? Books. Over the years, our team has curated a running list of favorite books for interior designers, and today we’re sharing them right here on the blog. Note: these picks earn brownie points for both style AND content as a two-for-one win.

 

Round wood coffee table with styling books and beads by Moore House Design.

Design: Moore House Design | Photography: Erin McGinn

 

20 Books for Interior Designers

 

 

Pacific Natural

Jenni Kayne is the epitome of an effortless aesthetic, so naturally, her book follows suit. The book is organized by season for entertaining tips any time of year. Remember to use code IDCO15 for 15% off this book, plus your entire purchase.

 

Abode

With the tagline of “Thoughtful Living With Less,” you know this is going to be a worthwhile read. You’ll learn how to ace the pared-down lifestyle, straight from the co-owners of California’s famed General Store.

 

Down to Earth

If your style falls somewhere between laid-back and modern, this is the book for you. Some might already know Lauren Liess from her first book, Habitat (included below), and this follow-up read doesn’t disappoint. 

 

Made for Living

Amber Lewis has become somewhat of an icon in the interior design world, and not without good reason. Her signature style has gained her a whopping 1.2 M followers, and this book feels like a natural extension of her brand.

 

Habitat

This is the book we spy in nearly every interior designer’s portfolio images. It’s not only a complete field guide to decorating, but it also features a beautiful book spine that’s practically made for styling.

 

 

 

Live Beautiful

In Live Beautiful, you’ll have the opportunity to step inside the interiors of fashion designers, home decorators, and tastemakers across the world. It’s inspiration overload, and we couldn’t love it more.

 

Eat Drink Nap

If you’ve ever had a chance to visit one of the Soho House locations, you know this private club has mastered the art of entertaining. Their book is all about achieving the signature Soho House style, broken down with recipes, curation tips, design advice and more.

 

Elemental Living

 

Tour 60 incredible works of architecture, all photographed to perfection. Each house blends with its natural landscape in ways we never imagined possible.

 

Surf Shack

 

If you live near the water, this book deserves a spot in your collection. It features surfers’ homes from around the world, with the term ‘surf shack’ completely redefined.

 

More Beautiful

 

If you’re not yet familiar with the work of designer Mark D. Sikes, add this book to your list. His style is decidedly All-American, with color and pattern play galore.

 

Modern bookshelf styling by Lindsay Brooke Design

Design: Lindsay Brooke Design | Photography: Amy Bartlam

 

Perfect Imperfect

Built around the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, Perfect Imperfect is all about “the beauty of accident, age, and patina.” For designers looking to source more vintage, this is an amazing resource to have on hand.

 

Golden Light

 

My favorite book of 2020, every page seems to envelope me in emotion. The photography is truly stunning – focused entirely on the way an interior makes you feel when you’re in the physical space, not just the way it looks.

 

Architectural Digest at 100

The iconic publication takes to book form in this 100th-anniversary masterpiece. You’ll walk through the full history of AD, bringing you fresh inspiration for any project.

 

Travel Home

Itching to travel while stuck at home? Us too. Luckily Caitlin Flemming (one of our beloved clients) wrote a book that marries travel and design in perfect harmony alongside her inspirational mom.

 

Feeling Home

Meet Nathalie and Virginie Droulers, two Italian designers (and sisters!), defined by their timeless style. You’ll peek inside their own homes, and we’re telling you, it’s an inspiration goldmine.

 

In Comfort and Style

If the idea of ‘laid back luxury’ falls into your style wheelhouse, add this book to your collection. Author Estee Stanley is a celebrity designer with an impressive client list, including Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake.

 

Coffee table styling by Studio McGee

Design: Studio McGee | Photography: Lucy Call

 

 

Make Life Beautiful

We all know and love the husband-and-wife duo behind Studio McGee. No surprise, their new book lives up to their iconic lifestyle brand, sharing their story of much-deserved success.

 

This is Home

True to its tagline, this book is a crash-course in the art of simple living. You’ll flip through eight different case studies that focus on authentic, minimally “renovated” interiors. 

 

A Tree in the House

For anyone interested in better understanding the art of floral arrangement, we can’t recommend this book enough. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, this guide is a must-have for designers.

 

Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits

With a style defined as “new American classic,” Victoria Hagan’s designs are practically works of art. Peek through some of her most noteworthy projects, taking you from urban abodes to vacation retreats.

 

Tom Ford

As one of the world’s greatest fashion designers, Tom Ford is a legend. Not only is his book rich in beautiful content, but the black-and-white book spine makes an incredible styling moment.

 

 

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IDCO Studio is a full-service creative studio for interior designers and boutique lifestyle brands. Offering bespoke branding, web design and social media content creation, we help brands built around beautiful living elevate their digital presence to represent the physical spaces they design. Our recently launched limited-release website templates are the perfect way for interior designers to get a luxury website on a budget. These templates allow designers to maintain control of their content. Want to work together? Shoot us an inquiry here.

 

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