Coffee table treasures

Sure, some people say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but no one ever said you can’t judge a person by their coffee-table books. Maybe “judge” isn’t really the best word, but I certainly think you can learn a lot about a person just based on the literature sitting on the centerpiece of their living space. And to me, the idea of not having a great book (or 10) on a coffee table is just unnatural. These books are more than just an easy design accent, they’re a conversation piece and a form of entertainment. And, if you pick books that really speak to you, their pages will forever supply a pleasurable escape any time you choose to flip through them.

Below are a few of my favorites. All different, but equally true  in their reflections of life’s beauties that I find must enchanting and endearing.

“Once Upon A Time,” by Slim Aarons. The photographs in this book provide a spectacular glimpse into the glamorous lifestyles of the elite and famous during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Absolutely magical in every way.

“Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry,” by Elizabeth Taylor. Known and celebrated for having love affairs with many things throughout her life””particularly her seven husbands and her stunning jewels””in this book, Taylor showcases her unmatched jewelry collection with beautiful photography and her own rich anecdotes.

“Gone: A Photographic Plea for Preservation,” by Nell Dickerson. Anyone who knows me, knows my deep passion for old homes, a passion I clearly share with the author of this book. Dickerson captures some of the greatest forgotten buildings and antebellum homesteads throughout the Southern landscape in an artistic and moving plea for preservation.

“Key West: A Tropical Lifestyle,” by Leslie Linsley. I took a trip to Key West a few years ago and fell in love with the beauty found in this Southernmost  point of the U.S. This book reflects the colorful and unique character of this little island, and brings alive all its hidden charm through breathtaking photography of 22 Key West homes.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy,” by Deborah Davis. Available starting November 15,  this will be the next addition to my collection. From when I can first remember, I’ve sat alongside my mother and watched the Oprah Winfrey Show. She’s certainly an inspiration to me and a celebrated icon in almost every American household. Absolutely deserving of a place on my coffee table!

What are your favorite coffee-table books?