Interiors Coffee Table Books We Love | sheerluxe.com
When it comes to interiors, the list of inspiring designers is long. And nothing beats curling up with a weighty coffee table book packed with glossy photographs of jaw-dropping spaces to get us day-dreaming of future projects. Here are the top recommendations from industry insiders – plus, a few of our own.
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IRENE GUNTER, GUNTER & CO:

Perpectives by Steven Gambrel

“The colours, as well as the original use of antiques and modern pieces, are unparalleled, and his talent is just awe-inspiring.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

Simply Serene by Thomas Pheasant

“The architectural detailing, proportions and use of neutral shades in these pages are some of the best in the industry.”
 
Available at Blackwells.co.uk

The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick

“Full of super-helpful insights, I actually learned a lot from this book. Learning new things after having done the job for a while really reinvigorates a passion for design and drive for making the best design for each client.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

SARAH PEAKE, STUDIO PEAKE

The Curtain Design Source Book by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

“This book goes through everything from headings and linings, to poles and pelmets, to tiebacks and privacy. It gives you all the lingo if you don’t know it already, so you can be super specific with what you want, down to the finest detail.”

Available at WorldOfBooks.co.uk

A Frame for Life by Ilse Crawford

“I love Ilse Crawford’s aesthetic, and her projects span interior design, architecture and much of the furniture and lighting design, too. She has a great philosophy, too – that design is about bringing people together.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

The Timeless Home by Alidad

“I may be biased because Alidad was the man that offered me my first job in the design world but his rooms are so beautifully layered that you can while away many a moment looking at each photo and digesting all the details.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

KATHARINE PARAVICINI

Near & Far by Lisa Pine

"Near & Far is my favourite interiors book recently released. I really admire the style of Lisa Fine, who put this book together, and it includes fabulous and inspiring photos of more unusual interiors around the world. Right now especially, this book offers a little bit of escapism - and is full of colour and pattern."
 

Available at Blackwells.co.uk

Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People

“This handsome book looks great on a coffee table and is a fascinating insight into some of the glamorous houses and gardens featured in Vogue & Vogue Living over the past couple of decades – whose owners range from Madonna to Karl Lagerfeld.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

John Fowler Prince of Decorators by Martin Wood

“I trained at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler – one of the oldest and most established interior design firms in Britain – and I love the nostalgic look of traditional English Decoration. I definitely had to include this coffee table book about one of the greats – John Fowler."

Available at Amazon.co.uk

MIRANDA MACFARLANE, BLITHFIELD

 

More Decorating by Tom Scheerer

“Tom is a marvel. He creates subtle, elegant yet unpretentious interiors. Effortlessly chic. This is his second book.”

Available at Blackwells.co.uk

Design Thread by Kit Kemp 

“Kit’s unique design style inspires us all at Blithfield.”

Available at Blackwells.co.uk

Mark Hampton on Decorating by Mark Hampton 

“Mark was the top interior designer in the 80s and 90s and a true Renaissance man. His book is full of his own watercolour illustrations of rooms he designed. It’s magical.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

TIFFANY DUGGAN, STUDIO DUGGAN

Timeless Interiors by Axel Vervoordt

“Axel Vervoordt has the most amazing knack for creating interiors that are both restrained yet breath-taking in equal measure. A masterclass in creating interiors which stand the test of time, alongside access to some of the most beautiful homes in the world.”  

Available at Amazon.co.uk

Grand Tour, The Worldly Projects of Studio Peregalli, Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli

“I never fail to be inspired by the work of Studio Peregalli and Grand Tour provides rare insight into their impressive back catalogue of work. Masters of nostalgia, each project is infused with a unique sense of history and impressive attention to detail. The photography is beautiful, romantic and evocative.”

Available at Rizzoli.com

Rice’s Architectural Primer By Matthew Rice

“An unusual and perhaps slightly small choice for a coffee table, this was one of the first books I bought when studying interior design. Packed full of watercolour illustrations of British architectural details and styles, it is both an education into the more architectural elements of a project, as well as a good place to turn for inspiration for motifs, patterns and shapes.” 

Available at Blackwells.co.uk

GEORGINA BLASKEY, INTERIORS EDITOR

Interior Design Masterclass edited by Carl Dellatore

“Featuring 100 essays from America’s finest interior designers, this book provides access to some of the most-admired legends from across the pond. From Kelly Wearstler to Bunny Williams, you’ll pour over the pictures.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

Architectural Digest: A Century of Style

“It’s like a night at the Oscars – only you’re inside the homes of some of the world’s most famous faces. Full of amazing houses from around the world, enjoy a sneaky peak in to the Obamas’ residence before flicking on to the homes of Jennifer Aniston and Elton John – all beautifully designed, of course.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

For the Love of White by Chrissie Rucker

“In a world of pattern and colour, The White Company has truly found its niche. Far from one-dimensional or bland, Chrissie Rucker’s edit of plain and interesting homes will have you hankering after serene and calm interiors.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk

LAURA BLACK, DEPUTY EDITOR

English Decoration by Ben Penreath 

"Exploring 18 different homes, many of which have never been photographed, this book includes images of Ben’s homes in London and West Dorset, alongside those belonging to aristocracy and artists, writers and architects. Consider it the ultimate inspiration for creating the ideal English home."

Available at Blackwells.co.uk

How to Decorate by Farrow and Ball

"This is a bible when it comes to home decorating. A highly practical guide to using colour, paint and paper, the advice applies to any space - large or small, urban or country."

Available at Blackwells.co.uk

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