Coffee Table Books to Complete Your Space

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Coffee table books come in all colors, styles and subjects and help to tell the story about your home and your aesthetic. Books can complete the look of a room by adding that finishing touch you’ve been missing. We’ve curated a collection of 12 books in a variety of looks that are worth the read!

  1. Dreamscapes: Inspiration and Beauty in Gardens Near and FarDreamscapes is a stunning collection of over sixty of the world”s most beautiful gardens from across the globe, photographed by internationally renowned and awarded photographer Claire Takacs. This book will astound and delight you with the diversity and creativity of the gardens featured, all portrayed at that rare moment when they are at their most stunning.
  2. Travel Home: Design with a Global Spirit– A road map for bringing far-flung design ideas back home, Travel Home shows us how to curate interiors that reflect our favorite places and experiences in ways that are beautiful and authentic. Touring the homes of leaders in global design who share a deep affection for travel, the book explores interiors with influences as widespread as Marrakesh, Paris, Cuba, Tokyo, Portugal, and beyond.
  3. Eat Drink Nap: Bringing the House Home– In the 17 years since the first Soho House opened its doors, they’ve perfected the art of entertaining: how to make people feel at home, how to cook food they love, how to make a room stylish but welcoming, how to throw a party, get the lighting right, mix a cocktail, design a bedroom, build an art collection. This sumptuous book with a foreword from founder Nick Jones and newly commissioned photography from leading food and interiors photographers Mark Seelen and Jean Cazals, will share with readers the secrets of the Soho House way of doing things.
  4. HomeBody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines– Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you’re drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours.
  5. Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls– In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books memorializing the fast-disappearing natural grandeur of East Africa. Focusing on some of the world’s last great populations of large mammals–elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas and their kin.
  6. The Healing Power of Plants: The Hero House Plants That Love You Back– Plants make people happy. This gorgeous, modern guide features over 80 indoor plants that will turn your house into a happy, healthy, healing home.Discover plants that will clean the air you breathe, help you get a good night’s sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, help you get well soon, boost your brain power and bring greater joy and wellbeing into your life. 
  7. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small by Kath Stathers– We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, The Bucket List is the perfect gift for the passionate traveler—an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more.
  8. Live Beautiful– Beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her international network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together. She also opens the doors to two of her own residences.
  9. Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space– Ferns are back in the bathroom, cacti are sitting on plant stands and hoyas are cascading from hangers. Indoor plants are the ultimate indoor accessory. Softening interiors and readily available, they are a stylist’s best friend. However, it’s their power to transform a sterile space into an urban sanctuary that makes them more than just an inanimate prop –all you need to know is how to use them. From the founders of coveted plant-wares studio, Ivy Muse, comes this charming guide on how to turn your home into a jungle- like retreat. With design- savvy tips and expert advice, you’ll learn all there is to know about decorating with plants and botanical styling plus the necessities like light requirements and when to water and feed. From bathroom to boudoir to every room in between, create your very own green oasis with Plant Style.
  10. Nancy Braithwaite: Simplicity– Interior designer Nancy Braithwaite’s long-awaited first book is a striking tutorial in the power of simplicity in design. In the world of interior design, Nancy Braithwaite is known for her single-minded devotion to the principle that has guided her work for more than forty years: simplicity. Braithwaite’s work is luxuriously minimalist, its beauty inextricably tied to its Shaker-like purity. While her work varies from art deco to country, the underlying rules remain the same: every element should strive to be simple and powerful without compromise, and every room must have a level of power that comes from commanding scale, repetition of elements, subtleties of color, or the sheer beauty of forms. 
  11. SUNDAY SUPPERS: Recipes + Gatherings– With her dinner series Sunday Suppers, Karen Mordechai celebrates the magic of gathering, bringing together friends and strangers to connect over the acts of cooking and sharing meals. For those who yearn to connect around the table, Karen’s simple, seasonally driven recipes, evocative photography, and understated styling form a road map to creating community in their own kitchens and in offbeat locations. This collection of gatherings will inspire a sense of adventure and community for both the novice and experienced cook alike.
  12. Surf Shack– Peek inside the homes of longtime enthusiasts and dedicated newcomers that reflect not just a sport or passion, but also a way of life. Blake and Heather Mycoskie of TOMS, hotelier Sean MacPherson, Gypset author Julia Chaplin, and others have set up their spaces to embrace a casual ease and be the break between the waves. 

Home Design Trends in 2021

2020 had many of us spending more time at home than ever before. Along with this unexpected time at home came a sudden desire to redecorate our spaces. A home is meant to provide comfort, warmth and peace- something that we all came to truly believe this last year. With that said, each new year brings along with it new trends. Will the 2021 home design trends reflect what we have come to believe is most important after a year like 2020? Let’s take a look…

  • Organic Materials– This idea has evolved from just wicker and rattan to natural silk upholsteries and hemp curtains. Rich textural expression will be big and raw, untreated woods will make an appearance too.
  • Blush Paint– Blush is now considered a neutral by some and can be found in spaces that used to reserved for white paint only.
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  • Multi-purpose spaces– This year people will be finding ways to reimagine their homes and incorporate pieces that will help restore balance to our multi-functional spaces. This closet turned office serves as an organized and functional work space.
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  • Earthy Palettes and Textures– Earth tones like beige, brown, burnt umber, and terracotta, will continue their popularity streak in 2021. “In conversations with designers and builders on Houzz, a trend that came up again and again was a renewed interest in shades of brown. Warm taupes, beiges, sands—basically any earth tone is surging in popularity,” explain the design experts at Houzz. 
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  • Grandmillenial– This style incorporates many elements that you would associate with your Grandmother’s house: lace, floral, wicker, bamboo- just to name a few. Add a modern twist by keeping things tidy and simple.
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Quarantine House Projects

All this time at home probably has you looking around and considering what you can do to spruce up your home. Besides the obvious of organizing drawers, photos or even cleaning up your emails or computer files, we put together a list of some house projects to tackle while stuck at home.

Create a gallery wall:

If you have an open wall that you are unsure what to do with- this is a great option! Whether you do a bunch of matching frames or change it up with a mix of frames, art, mirrors or greenery, it makes a statement.

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Style your shelves:

Shop your own home and rearrange your shelves! Use conventional pieces in unconventional ways to spruce up your bookshelves.

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Create an accent wall:

Accent walls really add new life to a space! This sponge wall is an inexpensive way to bring in color and a fun element of design. Consider doing board and batten or shiplap if you’re up for a bigger project that is less trendy.

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Paint your front door:

If you’re looking to gain more curb appeal, painting the outside of your front door can help give new life to your home. But painting the inside of your front door can also add an unexpected pop of color inside the home. Choosing a bright, unexpected color can be a simple fix that brings instant happiness daily.

Young House Love