Tabletops in a living room adorned and stacked with beautiful books always adds something unexpected and surprising to a space, while they can vary in so many different interests and themes. This fall I’ve chosen my six favorite tabletop books to gift the ones you love, and inspire you while you’re decorating and refreshing before the holidays.
Dream.Design.Live. by Paloma Contreras. It is so fun to watch Contreras’ work and everything she creates. This book is beautiful to look at, and also practical as she walks you through every step for decorating, showing people how to inhabit their homes in a way that’s comfortable and fulfilling.
Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millenium 1st Edition by Thomas T.K. Zung. An anthology compiled by friend of Bucky Fuller and architectural partner, Thomas Zung, consisting of chapters selected from twenty of Bucky’s many books, most of which are out of print today, this book is a sweet introduction to one of the best known Americans of the twentieth century.
The Gardens of Bunny Mellon by Linda Holden. Bunny Mellon had a gift for beautifying spaces, both exterior and interior and the gorgeous photographs by Roger Foley, covering the pages of this book show Bunny’s passion for life. “Too much should not be explained about a garden,” Mellon wrote in a 1965 issue of Vogue. “A garden, like a library, is a whole made up of separate interests and mysteries…”
Steven Gambrel: Perspective (Rizzoli). Interior designer Steven Gambrel highlights several of his studio’s most dazzling projects in Perspective—in New York and Chicago, and abroad in Zurich and London. His designs are striking to look at.
Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look by Maureen Footer. Design historian Maureen Footer chronicles how the Enlightenment, Belle Époque, and Empire periods inspired Dior’s spaces, creating a cool contrast by adding modern elements – like wearing a fancy dress with sneakers.
Island Hopping by Amanda Lindroth. The coastal theme in Amanda’s new design book takes you right into the pictures of island living, with her airy, relaxed aesthetic. Twenty-five of her projects are featured in the book.