For a very long time, we’ve had a sectional sofa with a matching storage ottoman. When we moved I was ready for nice sofas, sofas that weren’t turd brown with an ottoman that was collecting several years worth of foot cooties and food particles. But beyond that, I had the dream. We were out walking Bella on a nice fall day last year when I told Chad about my recently conceived ideal Sunday. It would start with us running, then having brunch, then (after showering of course) relaxing in the salon (living room) for him to watch sports shouting and me to peruse magazines and coffee table books.
I realized that in order for this fantasy to have a chance at becoming reality, we needed a coffee table. I wanted to display my many many many coffee table books that had inexcusably been living anywhere else in the house because I’ve never owned a coffee table. I feel like people get their adult card taken away for not owning a coffee table. I mean, where else does one put their Super Bowl Sunday snacks, where else do you put your feet while watching TV… and the answer is NOT ON MY NEW COFFEE TABLE.
After almost 14 months of waiting for the right sales, playing with 3D room designers carefully placing different sized rugs, couches, and coffee tables, over and over and over again, we were finally able to pull together a somewhat adult looking living room. That I will share another day. But more importantly, I finally got my coffee table, a three tiered gold number from West Elm.
I’ve culled this collection over several years, all in the hopes that one day I would have a coffee table and I would get to sit in my living room when I had an hour here or there, and casually flip through the pages, maybe even with a glass of wine in hand. Wait, why am I not doing that right now? Oh yeah, blog bragging.
The very top of the coffee table has some gold & stone coasters from Target. The purple plate made me insanely happy when I found it at Crate & Barrel on clearance for pocket change. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it then, but right now it’s serving well as a place holder for the remote. The three books are The French Dog by Rachael Hale, The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation by John Canemaker, and our wedding album by me.
The second tier is dedicated to my love of mid-century modern homes and interior design. My dad grew up in the Westlake development of Daly City, CA. The entire community was conceived and overseen by Henry Doelger, and the way housing communities were built was forever influenced by his genius. The book Little Boxes: The Architecture Of A Classic Midcentury Suburb by Rob Keil is out of print so when I was able to find a copy I jumped on it. I love looking through the neighborhoods I visited growing up whenever I’m in a nostalgic mood.
The other books are Apartment Therapy: Complete and Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban, Making Midcentury Modern by Christopher Kennedy, Barclay Butera Getaways and Retreats by Barclay Butera, and New Garden Design by Zahid Sardar. The only thing the remaining books have in common (besides pages full of dream projects I’ll never get to) are that the cover spoke to me when I found them and they were probably on clearance.
The bottom has my most favorite books, some of my Disney coffee table book collection. Post Art of the Disney Parks by Danny Handke & Vanessa Hunt is one that I picked up and put down a bazillion and one times in many a Disneyland gift shop. When will I want to look at old Disney ride posters? All the time. Fortunately someone knew me well enough to gift it to us and so I’m glad I spent all that time wringing my hands over a simple purchase. The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to Magic Kingdom by Christopher Finch in it’s original print was another gift this time from my MIL. I haven’t gotten all the way through it but it’s such a fascinating read – to me – as are all things Disney related.
My favorite, however, probably for the stunning photography alone is Disneyland Through The Decades by Jeff Kurtti. When it’s been more than 5 days since I was last at Disneyland, I like to read a few pages and get my fix.
So that’s my current collection of coffee table books, I have plenty of room for more books, and I’m hoping even some pretty pottery or something useless that people decorate empty spaces with. What are your favorite coffee table books?