From the perfect hostess gift to a beautiful piece to add to your living room, the coffee table book is a timeless purchase that not only looks lovely but also tells stories. We popped into a few of our favorite Nashville stores in hopes of discovering some unique books to adorn any home. With gorgeous imagery and intriguing narratives to match, these seven coffee table book FINDS stood out among the rest.
About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham by Richard Keith Langham and Sara Ruffin Costello
About Decorating takes you on a journey through Alabama native Richard Keith Langham’s stunning portfolio of work. Known for his timeless Southern charm that shines through his designs, each spread is a true masterpiece. From hand-painted murals to dramatic couture fabrics, you’ll find yourself itching to redecorate after examining the book’s pages. Find it for $60 at Harpeth Gallery.
Kiss the Past Hello: 100 Years of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle by Stephen Bayley
Kiss the Past Hello pays homage to the iconic Coca-Cola brand and its unmistakable design that was established in 1915. Filled with pieces from various artists, the book not only serves as a compilation of artwork, but also celebrates the brand’s symbolic nature of happiness and tradition. This book is one that is sure to never go out of style, just like an ice-cold Coke. Find it for $65 at White’s Mercantile.
Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine by Bobby McAlpine and Susan Sully
McAlpine is one of the country’s most highly respected architecture and interior firms, and Poetry of Place displays some of their best work. Each of their homes is inspired by traditional English, American and European styles. From showcasing a Tuscan-style horse farm to a European-style manor home, this book makes a great gift for anyone interested in travel or interior design. Purchase this beauty for $55 at Epergne.
Patina Farm by Brooke and Steve Giannetti
This coffee table book left us speechless as we flipped through each page adorned with imagery of an Ojai, CA, farmhouse designed and built by owners Brooke and Steve Giannetti. The couple decided to leave Santa Monica behind to build the home of their dreams and then traveled to Belgium and France for the ultimate design inspiration. Their efforts resulted in the most idyllic, enchanting living experience that will have you dreaming of escaping to California. Find this beautiful piece of work for $40 at Merridian Home Furnishings.
Interior Wisdom: Designing Your Home and Heart for the Lord by Leah Richardson
Interior Wisdom is a book of Christian inspiration with the goal of teaching readers how to transform their home into a peaceful space rooted in faith. Every step of the design process is highlighted alongside stunning images of interiors. The book also includes a Bible verse and prayer within each chapter. Find it for $24.95 at Vignette.
Works and Days by Miranda Herrick
Works and Days is a compilation of drawings by local Nashville artist Miranda Herrick. Miranda spent each day of 2007 drawing a small pen-and-ink design to commemorate her 30th birthday, resulting in 365 intriguing miniature works of art. When asked about the process, Miranda details that it is extremely meditative and usually takes around two hours each evening. With her 40th birthday on the horizon, she is once again taking up the year-long challenge. Purchase this unique book of artwork for $50 at Bennett Galleries (also available in paperback), and allow yourself to get lost in the beauty of Miranda’s designs.
An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses by Beth Webb
Beth Webb, author of An Eye for Beauty, believes in the importance of designing with all five senses in mind. She details the benefits of elements such as texture, pattern and color palettes, proving that well-thought-out interiors can allow us to live more fully. Not only does Beth’s design philosophy speak volumes, the photography in this book will leave you wanting more. Find it for $50 at Providence Interiors.
Happy shopping (and reading)!
To discover more FINDS at local shops near you, check out our SB Guide!