Decorative books are the perfect home decor accessory, whether you're just moving in or giving your place a refresh. They are aesthetically pleasing on their own, or you can use them as a jumping-off point for styling other items, such as vases or knick-knacks. Use these books as a way to show off your personality or to inspire conversation at your next dinner party.
If you're looking for a book that exudes elegance and style, we have the perfect option to elevate your living space — a riff on the classic Tom Ford coffee table book, but at a fraction of the price.
Who Is Tom Ford?
Tom Ford is regarded as one of fashion's great icons. He transformed Gucci from a declining accessories label into what is now considered one of the sexiest and most desirable fashion brands in the world. His designs increased sales at Gucci tenfold and helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today.
After his tenure as Gucci's creative director from 1994 to 2004, Tom Ford started an eponymous line in 2005 that has become synonymous with luxury and wealth. His designs have been worn by some of the world's most recognizable celebrities, including, but certainly not limited to, Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Reynolds.
The Tom Ford Coffee Table Book
Arguably one of the top-searched and top-purchased fashion coffee table books, the Tom Ford book contains over 200 photographs of Ford's designs. But these photos don't come cheap, as the book retails on average for about $140 brand new. It's a steep price for a book that is more likely to be judged by its cover than cracked open and paged through.
At American Retail, we offer an equally stylish but more affordable alternative. Our Tom Ford coffee table book comes in the same size with the same beautiful black and white cover, ready to glam up your decor. But instead of charging top-dollar for hundreds of photos that you'll rarely look at, our decorative display books are filled with blank pages waiting to be filled. So not only is our Tom Ford book a fashionable decoration on your shelf or mantle, but it's also functional and ready to be personalized as a journal or notebook.
Coffee Table Books Aren't Just for Coffee Tables
It's true that a coffee table book's primary purpose is looking good on display. That being said, coffee table books aren't just for coffee tables. They can work in every corner of your home, from the entryway console table to a guest room nightstand, lined up on a home office desk and the bookshelves in your living room, or even stacked on the floor.
A selection of visually exciting coffee table books can be as essential in decorating as a throw pillow or framed print. Books add color, texture, height, and symmetry while offering a unique chance to show off your personality. Are you displaying a book about Tom Ford or World War II? Are you into nature photos or fabrics of the world? Coffee table books grace your space with a window into your interests, taste, and personality.
Using Coffee Table Books as Display Pieces
As you use your new coffee table books as display pieces, here are a few helpful styling hints to get you started:
- For stability, start with the largest book on the bottom, then add more books on top. Something to keep in mind is that the eye tends to find odd numbers visually appealing, so keep your stack to three or five books total. (Unless you are stacking them on the floor — then the height is more important than the number of books.)
- If your table is large enough, you can use your coffee table book stacks to separate your bigger accessories, such as trays or vases.
- Use your book stack as a pedestal for displaying additional items such as small sculptures or candles. Used on a mantle, dresser, or desk, stacked books become a perfect riser for a family heirloom, a sleek terrarium, or a jewelry box.
- Stacking your books vertically instead of horizontally can give a whole new feel to your decorating scheme. The books themselves become a piece of art. Just make sure to mix in other shapes and colors to keep it visually interesting.
- Another pro decorating tip is to group books by color. You can stick to one color (black or white works best for minimalistic style), arrange your books to give them an ombre effect, or arrange a stack in various shades of the same hue.
The Benefits of Decorating with Coffee Table Books
We particularly love coffee table books as a design staple because they are pretty much kid-proof. Unlike glass paperweights or jagged sculptures, with decorative books, little ones can't do much damage to themselves, your other decor, or even the books themselves. That means you don't have to display your new decorative books out of reach. Feel free to arrange coffee table books on lower shelves and tables. Just be aware of what you display on top of said stack if you have kiddos running around.
Coffee table books have the added benefit of being great conversation starters. Books give guests an insight into your interests, whether it's fashion, wildlife, cooking, or machinery.
Shopping with American Retail
At American Retail, we take great pride in our products, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do. Our collection of decorative books are individually sold, allowing you to pick and choose your favorite designers to display in your home. Our Tom Ford coffee table book is a hardcover with a soft matte finish, and at only $39.99, sells for less than half the price of the original. And don't forget, our books also double as journals or notebooks!
With such affordable prices, American Retail decorative books also make great gifts. Whether you're looking for a holiday, birthday, housewarming, or unique hostess gift, you can't go wrong with our selection of coffee table books. Why not keep some on hand for that last-minute gift you forgot to plan for or for that dinner party that unexpectedly popped up on your social calendar? With seven options to choose from, from Tom Ford to Chanel, there is sure to be a book for everyone on your list.
At American Retail, we have strict quality requirements for each book we ship. So you can rest assured that you're getting a piece that meets our supreme standards. Plus, we offer free standard shipping on the purchase of two or more books, so get to shopping! Your home and your friends will thank you.