Thursday, 16 February 2012

Coffee Table Books

Now, chances are, you will have heard about my love for books. 
Ever since I was little, books have consumed my whole life. Each weekend, I used to trundle along to the library, barely able to see over the tower of books I would check out every time.

One day, I dream of owning a second-hand bookshop. Now, this book shop will be full of teeny little nooks and crannies – places for you to escape and forget the world as you snuggle up with a good book.

Gorgeous, vintage prints will bedeck the walls, while mismatched velvet sofas, roaring log fires and homemade cakes will fill the rest of the shop.

A girl can dream, right?Anyway, this little fantasy can perhaps explain my obsession for coffee table books – beautiful, glossy hardbacks made for lusting over and showing off.

Here are some of my favourites…

Christian Louboutin
From £54, available here
The only thing in the world I love more than books (apart from hubby – goes without saying) are Louboutin heels. I adore them.

My Louboutins (including my wedding shoes) are stacked up in my bedroom so that I can see them every morning when I wake up. Sad, I know, but it makes me happy.

So I was delighted when, just before Christmas, I got the chance to meet the man himself at his new book signing…
I stood for hours and hours with my GBF (he got bored and kept wandering off for ‘coffee’) in Harvey Nics, desperate to meet Mr Louboutin. When I finally got to the front of the queue, I was not disappointed…such a sexy French accent, and a shoe genius to boot! Swoon.

Anyway, back to reality. This book is filled to the brim with vertiginous heels, glamorous shoes and, basically, porn. Shoe porn, of course. There are beautiful pop-ups, glossy pictures, and shoes to drool over.

It is full to the brim of Mr Louboutin's most fantastical shoes to date and the book is so beautiful that it's almost (almost!) too special for a coffee table.

Bound in pink leather with beautiful gold-edged pages, fellow Louboutin lovers can enjoy drooling over the shoes, including "Dita Cabaret", a diamond-tipped shoe designed especially for burlesque star Dita Von Teese.

If you're interested in learning more about the man himself, the book also features an interview by friend John Malkovich, as well as pictures from his stores across the world.

It is expensive, but it takes pride of place on my coffee table. A must for any shoe lover like me!
HOW do you walk in these?!

Design Sponge
£12.93 from here

The beautiful Teresa bought me this book for Christmas, and I am so glad she did! I spent the whole of Xmas Day and Boxing Day snuggled up with it on sofa – it’s that good, I even forgot to munch on the Quality Street!

For those of you who have never seen the Design Sponge blog (if not, why not?!), it a brilliant website for anyone who is looking for homes and interiors inspiration.

The book has huge sections on ‘real’ lustworthy homes (some of them are seriously, seriously beautiful), while there are further sections for DIY projects. I’m talking cat beds made from vintage trunks, coffee tables created from old electrical spools and gorgeous furniture renovation ideas.

DIY catbed suitcase

Domestic Sluttery

£9.50 from here

Like Design Sponge, Domestic Sluttery started out as a rather brilliant blog.

For anyone who hits a brick wall at around 4pm at work, this blog is for you. It will keep you endlessly entertained with pretty things, gorgeous recipes and ways to keep your home looking tip top (even if you’re as lazy as me).

The girls who write Domestic Sluttery bill it as a ‘home and lifestyle blog for women who have better things to do.’ Brilliant, right? And, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be known as a domestic slut?!

Anyway, as with the blog, the book features some mouth-watering recipes, gorgeous clothes, top tips (for a good life!) and some beautiful interiors inspiration.

It really is a gorgeous book and is the perfect gift for any wannabe domestic sluts out there.

Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years

Available from Amazon marketplace sellers here

I make no secret of the fact that I adore Audrey Hepburn. I love her films, I love her look and, boy, do I love her style!

This book is full to the brim of pictures of Audrey – and not just the obvious ones of her in her gorgeous Givenchy gown and Breakfast At Tiffany's jewels, either. There are lovely, fun prints of Audrey 'acting up' on set and stills from all her films.

I love looking at it for outfit inspiration, or perhaps to copy a make-up look. Really, there was no one more iconic than Audrey, and this is the perfect coffee table read for anyone who’s a fan!

If you have any books you would like to recommend then please leave a comment. I love a good book to read.

Sam x