Every time I visit a new home, I naturally notice the smallest details. Coffee table books usually catch my attention within the first few minutes. Just like that, I’m flipping through the pages, my fingers gracing the printed pages filled with stunning imagery. Coffee table books are so revealing of the style and personality of their owners. That’s precisely what a coffee table book is for: to gain precious insight to who your host is!
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So, Fabulistas, next time you’re in search of the perfect new addition to your coffee table dressing, I suggest you ask yourselves… “What is my idea of a beautiful and fulfilling life?” Is it extensive travel? Great food? Beautiful clothes?
Books on traveling, with gorgeous photographs, of course, can pull your guests out of whatever state they came in. Whether images of vibrant colors of Peruvian clothing or vast plains of Mongolia, all can make you feel the importance of the big picture.
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High fashion is another source of inspiration and stimulates conversation. A McQueen dress made out of feathers? “Armadillo” pumps? His book “Savage Beauty” tops the lists of editors worldwide.
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I find portraits and photographs that capture human history also provide a perfect ice-breaker. One of my favorites, “Photo: Box” / Abrams New York, is filled with breathtaking moments of truth and beauty.
Have fun with your selections! Keep your guests entertained while you’re preparing their drink or plating dinner. The right coffee table book provides the right kind of ice-breaker and conversation starter. Offer new friends a glimpse into your aesthetic, into your taste, maybe even into your psyche.The strongest bonds are created when we open up and let others see who we really are. Confidence begins at home, after all!