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12 Coffee Table Books That Your Guests Will Actually Pick Up and Peruse

These tomes are beautiful, and interesting, too.
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The right coffee table book looks beautiful and speaks to the room, reveals the passions and interests of whoever lives inside the home, and can be a great conversation starter. Whether its pages are filled with photographs of interior design, collections of artwork, or depictions of nature, these oeuvres add depth and personality to your space. Ahead, we've rounded up fascinating coffee table books that will surely generate conversations among your guests—from options dedicated to our founder's expert flower arrangements to a lauded painter's printed collection of bunny illustrations, you'll find the perfect coffee table book for your home, ahead.

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Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey
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Martha's Flowers

Martha's guide to gardening and flower arranging is packed with beautiful photographs of thriving blossoms, shots of Martha's home, and tidbits of her plant wisdom—it's the next best thing to bringing your garden indoors.

Shop Now: Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey, $23.49, amazon.com.

Black Is Beautiful by Kwame Brathwaite
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Black Is Beautiful

The work of Kwame Brathwaite—a prominent photographer who worked during the second Harlem Renaissance to capture images of Black models, iconic artists, and thinkers—is documented in this book, along with details about his life.

Shop Now: Black Is Beautiful by Kwame Brathwaite, $32.75, amazon.com.

Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity by Frances Palmer
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Life in the Studio

In this tome, celebrated potter Frances Palmer shares the philosophy behind her ceramics work and passes down lessons to fellow artists. Photographs of Palmer's creations are a bonus.

Shop Now: Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity by Frances Palmer, $16.89, amazon.com.

Upstate: Living Spaces with Space to Live by Lisa Przystup and Sarah Elliott
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Upstate

If you need help turning your house or apartment into a home, this collection is the perfect guide to personalizing your space. Author Lisa Przystup and photographer Sarah Elliott document the unique interiors of twelve different homes along New York's Hudson River.

Shop Now: Upstate: Living Spaces with Space to Live by Lisa Przystup and Sarah Elliott, $30.49,
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Provence Glory by Assouline
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Provence Glory

Take a tour of the South of France by way of the photographs and illustrations collected here, detailing Provence's historic landmarks, Mediterranean culture, and striking nature.

Shop Now: Provence Glory by Assouline, $95, assouline.com.

Bunnies by Hunt Slonem
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Bunnies

Painter Hunt Slonem is celebrated for his impressionistic depictions of bunnies, and you can flip through these pages to appreciate years of his playful works.

Shop Now: Bunnies by Hunt Slonem, $70.99, target.com.

Zuber: Two Centuries of Panoramic Wallpaper by by Brian Coleman and John Neitzel
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Zuber

When you imagine wallpaper, you might envision a simple floral pattern dotting a bedroom—but wallpaper's history is far more elegant. This book compiles photographs of luxurious homes featuring woodblock printed panoramic wallpapers designed by French company Zuber & Cie (which was founded in 1797).

Shop Now: Zuber: Two Centuries of Panoramic Wallpaper by by Brian Coleman and John Neitzel, $75, barnesandnoble.com.

Inside Marrakesh: Enchanting Homes and Gardens by Meryanne Loum-Martin and Jean Cazals
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Inside Marrakesh

Bring the colorful aesthetics of Marrakesh into your home with these stories and photographs of the region by designer Meryanne Loum-Martin and photographer Jean Cazals. In these pages, you'll find images of lush gardens and contemporary interpretations of traditional Moroccan design.

Shop Now: Inside Marrakesh: Enchanting Homes and Gardens by Meryanne Loum-Martin and Jean Cazals, $35.87, amazon.com.

1000 Chairs (First Edition) by Charlotte & Peter Fiell
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1000 Chairs

An ode to chair design throughout history, you'll learn just how much artistry and craftsmanship has gone into this everyday piece of evolving furniture that we often take for granted.

Shop Now: 1000 Chairs (First Edition) by Charlotte & Peter Fiell, $16.99, amazon.com.

Wild Interiors: Beautiful plants in beautiful spaces by Hilton Carter
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Wild Interiors

Bestselling author and plant stylist Hilton Carter shares his own plant journey, information about his favorite plants, photographs of stunning green spaces in different residences, and tips for creating your own lush indoor space.

Shop Now: Wild Interiors: Beautiful plants in beautiful spaces by Hilton Carter, $20.49, amazon.com.

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses by Dominic Bradbury
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Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

If you appreciate glamorous design or need some home décor inspiration, this is the right book to have on your coffee table. Find photographs of more than 400 homes designed by famed and lesser known architects in the mid-century modern style. 

Shop Now: Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses by Dominic Bradbury, $150, phaidon.com.

Still: The Slow Home by Natalie Walton
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Still: The Slow Home

The SLOW Movement refers to living sustainably, local, organic, and whole. This book documents the lovely interiors of houses that match this philosophy in their design and in the lifestyles of the people living inside them.

Shop Now: Still: The Slow Home by Natalie Walton, $28.41, amazon.com.