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With nearly 800,000 YouTube subscribers, George Watsky is popular. This collection of essays talks about his life in his own comical style, from childhood rap battles to his experiences with epilepsy. Must read. How To Ruin Everything: Essays By George Watsky, $16, available at Urban Outfitters
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With nearly 800,000 YouTube subscribers, George Watsky is popular. This collection of essays talks about his life in his own comical style, from childhood rap battles to his experiences with epilepsy. Must read. 

How To Ruin Everything: Essays By George Watsky, $16, available at Urban Outfitters

This is the modern guide to entertaining guests. Ready to throw all the rules out the door, guide a dinner-table discussion, shuck an oyster and throw grown up parties that people actually want to attend? Plus this book is very pretty. All in Good Taste By Kate Spade, $28, available at Shopbop
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This is the modern guide to entertaining guests. Ready to throw all the rules out the door, guide a dinner-table discussion, shuck an oyster and throw grown up parties that people actually want to attend? Plus this book is very pretty. 

All in Good Taste By Kate Spade, $28, available at Shopbop

This is the book you need if you want to be inspired to show your identity through your choice of clothes, a truly modern style bible. Always Pack A Party Dress By Amanda Brooks, $15, available at Furbish
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This is the book you need if you want to be inspired to show your identity through your choice of clothes, a truly modern style bible. 

Always Pack A Party Dress By Amanda Brooks, $15, available at Furbish

Coco Chanel was a seriously interesting book. This illustrated biography is full of stories, letters, excerpts and other visual material related to her life. Perfect coffee table material. Library of Luminaries: Coco Channel - An Illustrated Biography By Chronicle Books, $17, available at Nordstrom
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Coco Chanel was a seriously interesting book. This illustrated biography is full of stories, letters, excerpts and other visual material related to her life. Perfect coffee table material. 

Library of Luminaries: Coco Channel - An Illustrated Biography By Chronicle Books, $17, available at Nordstrom

The insanely popular coffee table book by Garance Dore has captivated so many people. It chronicles French style, the difference between NY and Paris, and the etiquette rules we all need to know. Love, Style, Life By Garance Dore, $30, available at Anthropologie
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The insanely popular coffee table book by Garance Dore has captivated so many people. It chronicles French style, the difference between NY and Paris, and the etiquette rules we all need to know. 

Love, Style, Life By Garance Dore, $30, available at Anthropologie

This pretty book chronicles all the beautiful parks and sites in the US, and coincides with the 2016 anniversary of the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service. Travel goals! See America - A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites By Chronicle Books, $20, available at Nordstrom
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This pretty book chronicles all the beautiful parks and sites in the US, and coincides with the 2016 anniversary of the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service. Travel goals! 

See America - A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites By Chronicle Books, $20, available at Nordstrom

The ultimate pretty skin diet, this book will take you through what you need to get perfect skin and a perfect body. Eat Pretty By Jolene Hart, $17, available at Anthropologie
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The ultimate pretty skin diet, this book will take you through what you need to get perfect skin and a perfect body. 

Eat Pretty By Jolene Hart, $17, available at Anthropologie

This book, from the creator of The Cozy Kitchen, will help you create a cozy home through recipes and DIY. Golden milk tea anyone?. The Year Of Cozy By Adrianna Adarme, $25, available at Anthropologie
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This book, from the creator of The Cozy Kitchen, will help you create a cozy home through recipes and DIY. Golden milk tea anyone?. 

The Year Of Cozy By Adrianna Adarme, $25, available at Anthropologie

This book is a 21-day course that will transform you from the inside out, from building your best wardrobe, establishing your style and building self-confidence. Get Gorgeous: Twenty-One Days To A More Confident You By Christel Vatasso & Pascal Loperena, $25, available at Urban Outfitters
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This book is a 21-day course that will transform you from the inside out, from building your best wardrobe, establishing your style and building self-confidence. 

Get Gorgeous: Twenty-One Days To A More Confident You By Christel Vatasso & Pascal Loperena, $25, available at Urban Outfitters

Most of us struggle with a jam packed wardobe, but nothing to wear. This book is your guide to curating a perfect closet. The Curated Closet: A Simple System For Discovering Your Personal Style And Building Your Dream By Anuschka Rees, $25, available at Urban Outfitters
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Most of us struggle with a jam packed wardobe, but nothing to wear. This book is your guide to curating a perfect closet. 

The Curated Closet: A Simple System For Discovering Your Personal Style And Building Your Dream By Anuschka Rees, $25, available at Urban Outfitters

If you need a career boost on your coffee table, this book chronicles the lives of a hundred inspiring and empowering women. In The Company Of Women By Grace Bonney, $35, available at Anthropologie
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If you need a career boost on your coffee table, this book chronicles the lives of a hundred inspiring and empowering women. 

In The Company Of Women By Grace Bonney, $35, available at Anthropologie

We always say failure is totally not a big deal, this book definitely embraces that. Take some of the fear away and screw up successfully. Failed It!: How To Turn Mistakes Into Ideas And Other Advice For Successfully Screwing Up By Erik Kessels, $13, available at Urban Outfitters
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We always say failure is totally not a big deal, this book definitely embraces that. Take some of the fear away and screw up successfully. 

Failed It!: How To Turn Mistakes Into Ideas And Other Advice For Successfully Screwing Up By Erik Kessels, $13, available at Urban Outfitters

Love is a mystery, but not for writer Leo Bormans. He spent two years embroiled in scientific research about love, interviewed experts and the result is this beautiful book. The World Book Of Love By Leo Bormans, $25, available at Anthropologie
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Love is a mystery, but not for writer Leo Bormans. He spent two years embroiled in scientific research about love, interviewed experts and the result is this beautiful book. 

The World Book Of Love By Leo Bormans, $25, available at Anthropologie

This book is truly a work of art, divided into chapters, it showcases particular shades and the evolution of color through works of art to makeup campaigns and clothing. Dior: The Art Of Color By Serge Lutens, Tyen, Peter Philips, $115, available at Anthropologie
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This book is truly a work of art, divided into chapters, it showcases particular shades and the evolution of color through works of art to makeup campaigns and clothing. 

Dior: The Art Of Color By Serge Lutens, Tyen, Peter Philips, $115, available at Anthropologie

Are you still using Tinder? This is a hilarious and awkward compilation of some of the worst Tinder encounters you've ever heard of. Tinder Nightmares By Elan Gale, $15, available at Urban Outfitters
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Are you still using Tinder? This is a hilarious and awkward compilation of some of the worst Tinder encounters you've ever heard of. 

Tinder Nightmares By Elan Gale, $15, available at Urban Outfitters

Anyone else guilty of being a part-time vegetarian? This book is for you, it's full of easy to make veggie recipes and includes meat option meals too. Finally, a varied cookbook for all of us occassional meat eaters. The Part Time Vegetarian By Nicola Graines, $33, available at ASOS
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Anyone else guilty of being a part-time vegetarian? This book is for you, it's full of easy to make veggie recipes and includes meat option meals too. Finally, a varied cookbook for all of us occassional meat eaters. 

The Part Time Vegetarian By Nicola Graines, $33, available at ASOS

Thanks to the Danish art of Hygge, we all want to be cozy, especially as winter approaches. This book will teach you how. The Book of Hygge By Louisa Thomsen Brits, $21, available at ASOS
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Thanks to the Danish art of Hygge, we all want to be cozy, especially as winter approaches. This book will teach you how. 

The Book of Hygge By Louisa Thomsen Brits, $21, available at ASOS

Another great visual book, this is perfect for any makeup lover and is all about the eyes, how to shape, color and contour your eyes like a professional. Everything Eyes By Bobbi Brown, $15, available at Nordstrom
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Another great visual book, this is perfect for any makeup lover and is all about the eyes, how to shape, color and contour your eyes like a professional. 

Everything Eyes By Bobbi Brown, $15, available at Nordstrom

Should you drink red wine with beef? Are you weird for pairing dessert wine with chicken? This is a crash course in all things wine, and perfect for the coffee table. Wine: A No-Snob Guide By Lori Stevens, $13, available at Urban Outfitters
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Should you drink red wine with beef? Are you weird for pairing dessert wine with chicken? This is a crash course in all things wine, and perfect for the coffee table. 

Wine: A No-Snob Guide By Lori Stevens, $13, available at Urban Outfitters

This is the book if you're a Nars fan. It showcases the rise of François Nars in a photo biography, truly fascinating and inspiring. François Nars By NARS, $85, available at Nordstrom
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This is the book if you're a Nars fan. It showcases the rise of François Nars in a photo biography, truly fascinating and inspiring. 

François Nars By NARS, $85, available at Nordstrom

We all have a fascination with being scared. Ghost stories are not a new thing, this book explores our fascination with ghosts and might just give you a shiver or two. Ghosts From Our Past, Both Literally And Figuratively: The Study Of The Paranormal By Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates & Andrew Shaffer, $15, available at Urban Outfitters
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We all have a fascination with being scared. Ghost stories are not a new thing, this book explores our fascination with ghosts and might just give you a shiver or two. 

Ghosts From Our Past, Both Literally And Figuratively: The Study Of The Paranormal By Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates & Andrew Shaffer, $15, available at Urban Outfitters

We sometimes need a reminder to be happy. This book, written by a psychologist, will help you find your path to happiness. Get Happy!: Lessons in Lasting Happiness By Dr Anthony Gunn, $20, available at Anthropologie
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We sometimes need a reminder to be happy. This book, written by a psychologist, will help you find your path to happiness. 

Get Happy!: Lessons in Lasting Happiness By Dr Anthony Gunn, $20, available at Anthropologie

If you need a reminder to be mindful, reduce anxiety and start being in the moment, this book is for you. Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide By Tessa Watt, $10, available at Urban Outfitters
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If you need a reminder to be mindful, reduce anxiety and start being in the moment, this book is for you. 

Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide By Tessa Watt, $10, available at Urban Outfitters

 

 

Making your house a home is an important adult move. You want every little part of your space to represent ‘you’. And one space you want to reflect you as best as possible is your living room, where you’ll be entertaining friends and family!

The cornerstone of your living room is your coffee table. So we’ve devised the ultimate step-by-step guide to having the most glamorous coffee table around. Your friends will be completely jealous. So read below to see a step-by-step in creating a feature coffee table that everybody will want to take pics of, or click through to our gallery of the best coffee table books!

1. Brainstorm

Have an idea in your head before you start buying things. What do you want the aesthetic of your coffee table space to be? Do you want a color scheme, a theme? Be original and put your personal style on the items you buy. You want people to come over to your apartment and be like “Hey, this is really cool!” instead of “I’ve seen this somewhere before…”

2. Pinterest Is Your Best Friend

I use it for inspiration for just about anything. Type “coffee table styling” into the search bar. There you will find thousands of results to spark a creative streak within you. Create a board and save a few images to your phone, which you can take along with you when you go shopping.

3. Read The Books You Buy

Books are a coffee table staple. Instead of wasting money on books you won’t read, buy ones that you will. If you’re a fashionista, look at something like Alexa Chung’s “IT” or the latest issues of Vogue. They’re not just pretty to look at, they’re also good reads. You’ll read them one day and your friends will appreciate them while waiting for you to get ready for a night out!

We think the best thing about a coffee table is the great books you can store on it (or under it), most good coffee tables have a shelf underneath which you can store those amazing books on. The big, chunky interesting ones that your guests will want to flick through. We created a gallery of our favorites at the top of this article if you need some inspo.

4. Budget

So you’ve brainstormed and done your research – it’s time to go shopping. But don’t forget to set a budget! Don’t splurge on pointless products. Check out vintage/thrift stores in your local area and you are bound to find something just right. You can find cheap succulents for under $10 somewhere along the street which will really give your table a lift. Also, check out sites like Etsy where you can buy someone’s goods for half the price!

5. Get A Second Opinion

Now you’re ready to have guests over, and you can’t wait for everyone to see your creation. But first, get a second opinion. Maybe test your new space out on your mom or your best friend. They’ll tell you if it’s too much, too little, or just right. If your table looks overcrowded and like a jumble sale, they can let you know!


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Ellie McHugh

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Ellie is a freelance writer and has a passion for photography. She loves pop culture and the thought of living someday living in LA...

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