Coffee Table Books: my favourites 


As those of in Sydney enter our tenth week of this latest state-wide lockdown I am spending much more time at home. I also think that when we open up again that our lifestyles will have changed and won’t go back to how our lives were before. Our priorities have changed. Certainly for me, after nearly two years of a ban on international travel, I am really missing my family in the UK. I cannot wait for the Australian border to open so I can go home and see them.

Even my fashion choices have changed. Any clothes, handbags or shoes I look at are investments and for the long term. My focus has also been on things for my home. Furniture, pictures, soft touches to create a modern family style that is comfortable and homely. That includes having a nice collection of books – on the bedside table through to the coffee table in the lounge.

Memories and dreams

A coffee table book can add so much to your room. They can remind you of some fabulous travel destinations and amazing food from home and abroad. They can showcase beautiful homes and furniture from France, as well as the world of fashion and art. A coffee table book can transport you to a place or time that you love. A coffee table book add accents of what you like no matter what theme or how you’ve decorated a room. I always loved receiving one as a gift, marking a special occasion. They are also a perfect gift to a friend when moving home. So while sat here at lockdown I have put together a list of some of my favourites. Some of these I have, and others that I have seen at friends’ homes.

My picks

The Big Book Of Chic

As the name says, this is an assortment of various chic elements collated in one book. Its is perfect to add a little style and luxury to room or space.

Naomi, Update Edition

The oversize tome gathers the best of the ’90s supermodel’s portfolio — like Naomi dancing as Josephine Baker for Italian Vogue and racing against a cheetah for Harper’s Bazaar.

Chanel Catwalk

This was the first book to gather every Chanel collection ever created by Karl Lagerfeld in a single volume. It is now fully updated to include Lagerfeld’s final collections for the house and those of his right-hand and successor, Virginie Viard. 

The Louis Vuitton and Dior Catwalk books are also essentials for me.

Her Majesty. A Photographic History 1926-Today

This book is the definitive photographic story of our Queen,  Elizabeth II, through photographers like David Bailey, Patrick Lichfield, and Annie Leibovitz. More than six decades of both her pubic and private life, along with never-before-seen photographs of royal weddings, jubilees, international tours, state functions, and more.

Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House

A look inside the White House during Barrack Obama’s presidency by Michael S. Smith, the interior designer who redecorated the White House during his tenure.

Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People

A look at thirty-six spectacular houses and gardens—whose owners come from the worlds of fashion, music, art, and society – including Madonna, Christian Louboutin and Oscar de la Renta. 

Blue Planet II

200 breath-taking photographs of underwater life across the world from the BBC1 series Blue Planet. I loved the television series and the photos are simply amazing.

The Ultimate Sneaker Book

This is an additional book I’ve added after my husband just shouted it out to me to tell me this is essential!!  It’s a book showcasing the trainer (sneaker) industry’s evolution, including my hubby’s favourites Air Max, Air Force, Converse and Michael Jordan.

2 Responses
  • Janice
    September 9, 2021

    Such a fab post. I love to see a good collection of coffee table books in people’s homes xx

  • Emmalisa
    September 9, 2021

    Such a sensational piece Abbey – We don’t have books on the coffee table in the home, but I have a section in my bedroom with “The New Fashion Rules” and a book on Diana, New York in Bloom by Georgianna Lane, a London book, How to be Parisian, Love, Style, Life – Althorpe and a book called “Too Beautiful”. These are a great collection that makes my room look pretty beside pinky purple flowers and a picnic basket! I love books that are “coffee table” type books!

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