Sometimes the easiest way to have a book capture your attention is the one that you will see on someone’s coffee table. Growing up, my mother always had fascinating books of all kinds on our coffee table – from books about pop culture icons (John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe etc.) to books about Monet, Impressionism, Degas, Matisse (art in general!), to ancient mythology and the ancient world. Coffee table books can be an important part of displaying the interests that you have for your home.
I have included a starter kit here of coffee table books (controversial or not) of books that should capture anyone’s interest, but in this case are geared towards the rosy lifestyle. With the disappearance of bookstores more generally, it’s so important to cultivate a book-friendly culture around you and to foster this with your communities more broadly. Reading unlocks the world for us.
My Story by Marilyn Monroe with Ben Hecht
Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez
William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books by William Blake
Matisse by Taschen
Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour by Dita Von Teese
Morning Noon Night: A Way of Living by Soho House
Eat Drink Nap: Bringing the House Home by Soho House
The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts
Barbie: 60 Years of Inspiration by Assouline
The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power
Vogue: The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian