What Book is Right for You Home?


We should face it, not all of us read as much as we should. We have 8-10 hours at work, a yard too keep up, a variety of social functions, sporting events we have to scream at and still be able to catch Mad Men on Sunday nights. Luckily, they do make books with pictures. Lots of pictures with just a few words added for seasoning. A lot of these fall in the genre of the “coffee table book”.

A coffee table book is simply a larger book that you never really put away. It stays out on the coffee table rather than disappearing on the bookshelf. The trick is what book fits in your space. So, with that said I compiled a bunch of room pictures and what coffee table book fits the motif of that room. I know, it does sound overly convoluted but it will make more sense as you read the article. I would suggest buying these in hardcovers if they are available, but it is your house.

Found on http://bijoukaleidoscope.blogspot.com/

This modern apartment design  may not be totally “masculine” by the letter of the MAN-LAIR law, but it could be if you changed out the flimsy looking end tables and got rid of the extra throw pillows. However, this post is not meant to be a critique of other people’s style, it is about what book works best with the room that already exists.

My Suggestions:

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

Found on http://www.hometrendesign.com/modern-chinese-living-rooms-design-inspiration

This is a room that I really like. I am not normally a huge fan of the ultra modern style, but I love the high ceilings and dark colors here. The straight lines and low-to-the-ground furniture give it a particularly heavy and masculine look. For this I would probably go with architecture or historic books shot in black and white photography.

My Suggestions:

TommyTurnerPhotgraphy.com: China Photography Forbidden City Architecture Black and White Beijing Photos

Peter Delius and Jacek Slaski: Best of Black and White: Erotic Photography

Found on http://www.hometrendesign.com/modern-chinese-living-rooms-design-inspiration

Sometime going purely by the definition of what a room is doesn’t help you out when looking for accessories, and you just have to go by your gut feeling. This room makes you want to have a drink, but not in a bad way. I can picture sitting int the brown leather chair and sipping a single malt and smoking a cigar. Why not indulge in that idea and push people for a drink with a coffee table book.

My Suggestions:

Various Contributors: Playboy The Book of Cigars

Al Kaltman: Cigars, Whiskey and Winning: Leadership Lessons From General Ulysses S. Grant

Daniel Lerner: Single Malt and Scotch Whiskey: A Guide to Hundreds of Brands and Varieties

Found on http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/cabin-decor-ideas13.htm

To those who do not know, this is a great example of craftsman architecture and design. This uses a lot of materials that occur in nature like stone and wood in order to create an outdoor-sy feel in the home. To match this style, look for books that are either how-to manuals or possibly photographs of landscapes.

My Suggestions:

Lark Books: The Penland Book of Woodworking: Master Classes in Woodworking Techniques

DK Publishing: Woodwork: A Step-by-Step Photographic Guide to Successful Woodworking

Thomas M. Bonnicksen: America’s Ancient Forests: From the Ice Age to the Age of Discovery

Found on http://www.archithings.com/ralph-haver-mid-century-modern-homes/2009/07/28

This is the area where you can really be as nostalgic as you want. This is what “the home of the future” looked like back in the1950s and 60s. This is characterized by non-traditionally shaped but simple furniture and usually drastic colors. Seeing as this could easily be an office from Sterling/ Cooper/ Draper/ Price, look for books of vintage ads, old comics and whatever other colorful art book you want.

My Suggestions:

Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups (Tashen 25th Anniversary Special Editions)

Various Authors and Illustrators: The Marvel Encyclopedia

Bunny Yeager: Bunny Yeager’s Bikini Girls of the 1950’s

Obviously these are just 15 quick suggestions and there are tens of thousands of books out there you might like more. Look around and find what you want, but it should only be a full time coffee table book if it matches the rest of your room’s decor.

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