Sunday, November 4, 2012

Coffee Table Books

I don't know about you, but I truly enjoy hardback coffee table books! I don't own many coffee table books, but the ones I do have are true treasures to me. 

I pretty much like the following subjects when it comes to coffee table books: 

Architecture, Cityscapes, Gardens, Art, Fashion, Jewelry, Optical Illusions, and so on.

How about you? Do you like coffee table books? Share with me a few of your favorite coffee books from personal collection!

I own perhaps 10 to 12 coffee table books. I'd say my top three favorites at the moment are as follows:

Iconic Audrey Hepburn
The Audrey Heburn Treasures: Pictures & Mementos from a Life & Style with Purpose by Ellen Erwin and Jessica Z. Diamond.

I wouldn't say that I'm a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, but I've always admired her personal sense of style. 

The Audrey Hepburn Treasures is a large hardback book that I received as a gift from my mother a few years ago for Christmas. This book is set up to look like a scrapbook in many ways. It is filled with pictures of Ms. Hepburn and little mementos, giving this book a more intimate feeling when viewed by the reader. It almost feels like I'm looking at something that Ms. Hepburn may have put together herself.

Beautiful 37 acre estate!
Lotusland: A Photographic Odyssey by Theodore Roosevelt Gardner and William B Dewey is another favorite coffee table book of mine that I've had for years! I love botanical gardens and estates. I've had the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G opportunity to visit Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California multiply times over the years. Lotusland is an unbelievably gorgeous place to visit and unlike any other botanical garden in the world. Words alone cannot describe the beauty of this 37 acre estate created by the late Ganna Walska, a socialite & opera singer, originally from Poland. She devoted some 40 odd years creating several beautiful gardens on her estate. When Ganna Walska passed away in 1984, Lotusland "became a nonprofit botanical garden and opened to the public in 1993." Lotusland: A Photographic Odyssey is a wonderful, visual keepsake of my visit to Lotusland.

National Historic Landmark
Casa Del Herrero: The Romance of Spanish Colonial by Robert Sweeney & Matt Walla is another fabulous coffee table book! Casa Del Herrero is also a phenomenal place to visit and I have been there several times over the years as well. 

Casa Del Herrero was the home of George Fox Steedman and his family. The following quote comes the Casa Del Herrero website:
Few of Montecito’s legendary estates remain essentially unchanged. The Casa del Herrero, designed by architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925, is noted as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America, is included on the National Register of Historic Places, and in January 2009, was designated a National Historic Landmark by then Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. I look forward to reading which coffee table books you enjoy! Until my next post, happy reading!!

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