We love a good coffee table book. Reserved not just for the table, these works of art perfect for styling a bookshelf or jazzing up a vanity.

While we love these for decor purposes, we believe they should be a good read as well! These 10 books fit that bill. With advice on how to style your home, how to take control of your life, and how to start a small business, there’s a plethora of useful information in addition to the pretty pictures.

  1. The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams
    The Kinfolk Home welcomes readers into 35 homes around the world that reflect some of the key principles of slow living: cultivating community, simplifying our lives and reclaiming time for what matters most.”
  2. 100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman
    “This book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution.”
  3. STYLED by Emily Henderson
    “At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic”
  4. Elie Saab by Janie Samet
    “The designer magnifies femininity, building his fairy-tale creations with simple designs, the finest materials, delicate hand-embroidery, intricate detail, and a sophisticated fusion of cultural influences.”
  5. Nasty Galaxy by Sophia Amoruso
    “Warning: this is not a style book. It’s not about how to mix prints—it’s about how to leave yours on everything you touch.”
  6. The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme
    “From the author of the popular blog, A Cozy Kitchen, comes a beautifully photographed one-stop-shop book with all the recipes and projects you’ll need for some cozy inspiration this holiday season―and all year long. You’ll love Adrianna Adarme’s easy-to-follow instructions and will enjoy getting lost in her warm and comforting photographs.”
  7. Cabinet of Curiosities by Gordon Grice
    “Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home.Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector.”
  8. Vintage Remix by Kishani Perera
    “Interior designer Kishani Perera knows that good design is everywhere and at every price point. Mixing modern with vintage, and retail with custom, her eclectic interiors incorporate pieces from designer showrooms and Etsy alike to create spectacularly layered, vibrant homes.”
  9. Parisian Interiors by Barbara Stoeltie
    “Bursting with color and dramatic focal points, these exceptional interiors offer exclusive access into the homes of Paris’s finest art and antiques aficionados. The magic of Paris is distinctly captured in its interiors: windows are tall, and rooms have high ceilings with grand architectural details; but the real charm comes in the thoughtfully selected elements that bring those spaces to life.”
  10. In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney
    “Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries.”

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May 12, 2017