Styling with Books: Reads for Every Room

During the cover shoot for our January Interiors Issue, at an incredible Westlake remodel, we found ourselves drawn to every shelf and surface, craning our necks to read the spines of the beautiful coffee table books throughout the home.

Beyond adding warmth and entertainment to a home, “coffee table books are a great layering tool,” says Michele Lorenz of Mark Ashby Design, the woman who chose each and every coffee table book in the Westlake home. “They add something personal to the space, as I gear my selections to my clients interest, passions and hobbies,” she explains.

We tapped Lorenz for some pro tips.

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Big Bend Pictures by James Evans

The roughness and the beauty of the landscapes and the people of Big Bend, captured by inimitable photographer James Evans.



Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air by Philip Jodidio

A beautifully illustrated narrative of the biggest and best treehouses in the world.



“I would reserve the bedroom for more personal things. Smaller books, as they will usually go on a nightstand or side table in a seating area and books focusing on your personal hobbies or interests.”



“I like to place books in these spaces that pertain to travel and leisure. A beautiful book on National Parks in the United States or the state that you're from...an Atlas of a country you feel connected to.”

Best local haunts for coffee table book shopping

“I frequent Half Priced Books in both Austin locations often. There's also a great book store on South Congress next to New Bohemia, South Congress Books. Mercury Design Studio has good books, as does Wildflower Organics. I can recommend any coffee table book sold at the Stephen Clark Gallery, as the artists he primarily represents are Texan photographers and artists.”


Photographs by James Ruiz

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