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12 Coffee Table books sure to please this Christmas

If one thing is true it’s that you can probably find a coffee table book that covers any subject on the planet.  With exquisite covers for displaying and even more beautiful and interesting content, coffee table books are more than just picture books for adults.  And, if you’re wondering… coffee table books are still a thing (and you don’t need to own a coffee table to display them).  In these modern times, these gorgeous books are a perfect complement to any well-put-together room in your house and a great way to show off your personal style while also making for a great gift presentation.  Get ready to ooh and ahh over some of the season’s most gorgeous volumes…

Plantopedia:  The Definitive Guide to Houseplants

This 416-page, 4lb book really is the definitive guide for your houseplants.  Beautiful photography throughout and filled with detailed care and tips and tricks for keeping your plant babies looking their best.  Green thumb is not necessary!  BUY Photo: 

Women:  The National Geographic image Collection

A 130-year collection of National Geographic’s photography showcasing the past, present, and future of women. Filled with more than 400 images from more than 50 countries each page is a testament to what it is like to be female.  BUY  Photo:  National Geographic

Beautifully Organized:  A Guide to Function and style in Your Home

Gorgeous on the outside and inside, this coffee table book will feel right at home in the perfectly organized room.  And if the room isn’t so tidy?  Then the contents of this beautiful book will inspire the clutter right OUT!  BUY  Photo Penguin Randomhouse

Pet-tecture:  Design for Pets

A fun and creative look at 200 architectural pieces designed just for pets.  BUY  Photo:

Menu Design is a whopper of a collection of the best examples of this form of graphic art.  Not only is the book filled with fascinating paper ephemera, but it also serves as a history of restaurants and offers insight into more than a hundred years of dining out in America.  BUY  Photo: Barnes and Noble

The Life and Love of the Sea

A breathtaking visual tour of the ocean’s great diversity. Gorgeous underwater photography and pictures of dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, and island chains, as well as a stunning collection of wave photographs, will make this a treasured book for years to come.    BUY  Photo: Abrams Books

Bill Cunningham:  On the Street:  Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Street style photographer Bill Cunningham photographed the evolution of style, trends and the everyday both in New York City and in Paris.  The book is enriched with essays and Cunningham’s photography reveals that street style is not just about fashion but also about the people wearing it.  BUY  Photo:  Amazon

Annie Leibovitz:  Wonderland

An iconic collection of 350 photographs from Annie Leibovitz, many unpublished, featuring public personalities and celebrities like Nicole Kidman, RuPaul, Lady Gaga, Nancy Pelosi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Karl Lagerfeld.  A foreword is written by Anna Wintour.   BUY  Photo:  Phaidon

The Art of the National Parks

The Art of the National Parks displays the beauty of each U.S. National Parks through the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series.  Besides the gorgeous artwork, the book details the comprehensive history and overview of the flora, fauna, and best sights in each park.  A great book for nature lovers and adventurers.  BUY  Photo:  Simon and Schuster

David Hockney:  The Arrival of Spring in Normandy

This sweet art book based on David Hockney’s iPad drawings is an uplifting celebration of spring and the power of art against pandemic lockdown.  The book is presented in sketchbook format perfect for art lovers!  BUY  Photo:

Salad for President:  A Cookbook Inspired by Artists

Salad for President offers a window into how artists approach preparing their favorite dishes. The author visits sculptors, painters, photographers, and musicians in their homes and gardens, interviewing and photographing them as they cook. Utterly unique in its look into the worlds of food, art, and everyday practices, Salad for President is at once a practical resource for healthy, satisfying recipes and an inspiring look at creativity.  BUY  Photo:

Nevertheless, She Wore It:  50 Iconic Fashion Moments

An insightful look at the intersection of fashion statements and historical female power represented in the authors’ signature artistic style.  Looks include the flapper dress, the afro, the cone bra and the dissent collar.  BUY  Photo:  Chronicle Books

We hope you enjoyed this collection of novel and unique coffee table books for gift ideas or maybe for your own coffee table.  While you’re shopping, keep in mind that Julianna Rae is still shipping lovely silk and cotton items for the holidays.  There really is still time (but not much… as long as you order by Wednesday, December 22 by 5 PM EST!) so be sure to check our website for shipping upgrades and discounts on luxurious select styles!  And finally, if you don’t know her size or have any other questions give our concierge a call we are always ready to help fill an order over the phone or guide you on the perfect selection!  Stay sane, the holidays are right around the corner… see you in the next blog!

Deb Fries works for Julianna Rae in Customer Service and writes for the blog at