Naked Coffee Table Got You Down? Here Are 18 Ways To Fix It

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It's the easiest decorating trick to master: Just put a book on it. A gorgeous coffee table book, to be exact. Fat tomes on divine design and epic interiors never fail to transform a dull table into perfectly tablescaped Insta-bait.

But there are so many good reads out there and only so much real estate on your coffee table. So, we rounded up the must-read classics and the recently published newcomers that you'll be reading on lazy Sundays for years to come. From pure eye candy to DIY tutorials, there's something for everyone. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, your weekend is beginning to look a lot more well read.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rizzoli.
A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign Of A Misspent Life
by Mary Randolph Carter

For anyone who isn't down with the Marie Kondo craze, this will reaffirm your conviction that a messy home can be a beautiful one.
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Photo: Courtesy of Taschen.
Design Of The 20th Century
by Charlotte & Peter Fiell

Next time someone references Harry Bertoia and De Stijl, you'll know exactly who they're talking about. Also, could the blue cover be more striking?
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Photo: Courtesy of Stewart, Tabori and Chang.
Design Brooklyn: Renovation, Restoration, Innovation, Industry
by Anne Hellman

This tome covers real landmark renovations and innovation in Brooklyn, from residences to parks. (Also, Mike D.'s house is in here!)
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Photo: Courtesy of Rizzoli.
Heirloom Modern: Homes Filled With Objects Bought, Bequeathed, Beloved, And Worth Handing Down
by Hollister & Porter L. Hovey

Two Brooklyn sisters explore the concept of the heirloom by photographing homes across the U.S.
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Photo: Courtesy of Simon & Schuster.
Elements Of Style: Designing A Home & A Life
by Erin Gates

With chapter topics organized by room, this book delivers aspirational imagery complemented by down-to-earth conversation about how hard it is to create a home.
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Photo: Courtesy of Flammarion.
A Home In Paris: Interiors, Inspiration
by Catherine Synave

Basically all we want to look at, ever.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chronicle Books
Home Style By City: Ideas And Inspiration From Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, And Copenhagen
by Ida Magntorn

Design books often just feature the same type of house over and over again. The ideas in these international homes are all wildly different.
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Photo: Courtesy of Simon & Schuster.
Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-By-Room Guide To Creating A Home That Makes You Happy
by Deborah Needleman

Needleman is basically a goddess and addresses every one of our pressing home issues once and for all in this manual.
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Photo: Courtesy of Assouline Publishing.
The Big Book Of Chic
by Miles Redd
This one will make a graphic statement on an all-black table. Redd would approve.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rizzoli.
A Frame For Life: The Designs Of StudioIlse
by Ilse Crawford

It's not just about pretty things. This commentary on holistic design explores the design elements that energize us and make us feel alive.
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Photo: Courtesy of Roost Books.
Make & Give: Simple And Modern Crafts To Brighten Every Day
by Steph Hung

For the novice crafter, these thoughtful gift ideas are ones you'll actually do throughout the year.
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Photo: Courtesy of Artisan.
by Julie Carlson

For those toying with the idea of even a slight renovation, this is a must-read. It also makes us want to buy everything in white.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chronicle Books.
A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes For Every Room
by Susan Hable

This new kid on the block book will push you into color if you've ever been afraid.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small.
Maker Spaces
by Emily Quinton

These ingenious spaces will get you off the sofa and have you rearranging like mad.
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Photo: Courtesy of Knopf.
Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People
by Hamish Bowles and Calvin Klein

The end all, be all of beautiful spaces.
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Photo: Courtesy of AMMO Books.
by Kelly Wearstler
If you're looking to make a bold decor move, just turn to the irreverent queen of glam.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rizzoli.
The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives
by Kim Ficaro, Todd Nickey, Mayer Rus, and Sarah Sophie Flicker

Finally, a look into how the geniuses we admire live at home.
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Photo: Courtesy of Stewart, Tabori and Chang.
The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes
by Justina Blakeney

Discover how people do boho, from the East Coast to the West — then try some of the 12 DIY projects.

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