I’ve always had a penchant for beautiful, glossy coffee table books. Each page is full of colorful inspiration, and I often find myself flipping through a few of my favorites before diving into a new design project. It provides a glimpse into the world through the eyes of other creative thinkers whether they're fashion designers, photographers, artists, or interior designers. Here are 4 of the books that are at the top of my list when it coms to inspiration.
1) Tory Burch : In Color - Tory has always been a style icon of mine, and I am completely smitten with her use of color and bold, playful patterns. I recently picked up her newest design book and absolutely fell in love with her incredible behind-the-scenes photos of her life and adventures around the world. From her personal photos of life growing up in Pennsylvania, to the incredible trips that have transformed her style, this book is a must have for anyone who finds creativity in the world around them and loves a little boho-chic living and the occasional preppy pattern. As an avid traveler myself, I can relate to Tory's love of adventure and obsession with living a colorful life.
2) Romantic Irish Homes - Designer Robert O'Byrne is one of my all-time favorite interior designers, and I love this book featuring impeccable romantic, lived in homes. His gorgeous designs and photos depict well lived in spaces, with the perfect mix of color, texture, and rustic elegance. Every home in it has petina and character - they're perfectly imperfect, you might say. I love rooms filled with old, beautiful books, and Robert showcases a few libraries and living rooms worth lusting over. If you're a fan of lived-in elegance, this book will be a new go-to.
3) ABC DSC - British designer David Collins is great at creating luxurious modern interiors. I love how they transform me to another time and place - for example - turning an everyday bar into a grandiose ballroom. A simple dining room becomes a glamorous Russian train-esque space - with rich woods and deep cobalt blue velvet details.
4) Ann Getty Interior Style: Ann Getty is a Go Big or Go Home designer, and I love that about her. Her over the top glamour combines great textures and materials to create inspiring public spaces. I love her "more is more" aesthetic. It reminds me of this incredible project I worked on recently in Lincoln Park. I adore her fresh, bright and simplified color palettes that she adds to so many of her design projects, as well as her attention to detail.
What are your favorite coffee table books to draw inspiration from?