5 Inspirational and Beautiful Coffee Table Books

I recently ordered one of my best friends a beautiful coffee table book called Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic (scroll down to read more about this book!) as her gift for Christmas. I knew this was the perfect choice for someone like her that admires different cultures, has been to every continent and countless of countries - yet still is chasing to fulfill her bucket travel list!

I then got lost scouring through many many pages of other coffee table book recommendations that came up, ordered Elements of Style (see more below!) for myself and decided to put together my personal top five as an inspirational list on my blog!

I tried to keep it pretty versatile, so that you are able to maybe find a new gift idea for someone on your list OR discover a new decorative book to your own collection!

Which one interests you the most? Are there any other recommendations I should be checking out?

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life 
This coffee table book by the author of the blog Elements of style just screams taste, inspiration and so much to discover! It is not only about practical tips, but about her personal life as well, which is amazing and so interesting to me!

Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog.

Destinations of a Lifetime
This one sounds like something a travel enthusiast would adore! Destinations of a Lifetime is a collection of 225 amazing places around the world - definitly some inspo for your travel bucket list!

A photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Travel to hundreds of the most breathtaking locales—both natural and man-made—illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization's world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature a plethora of visual wonders: ancient monoliths, scenic islands, stunning artwork, electric cityscapes, white-sand seashores, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets, and both classic and innovative architecture. Loaded with hard service information for each location, Destinations of a Lifetime has it all: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do to ensure the most enriching and authentic experience.

IN VOGUE: An Illustrated History of the Worlds Most Famous Fashion Magazine
I think we can all agree that THE Vogue is iconic and definitely set a massive stone in fashion history. This coffee table book is not only perfect for the fashion victim, but also for someone that adores phantastic photography and classic images. So chic!

In Vogue is a fascinating look at the history of the world's most influential magazine. The complete compendium is illustrated with hundreds of covers and archival interiors of past Vogue editions, featuring the work of some of the twentieth century's most respected artists, cover illustrators, and photographers. In Vogue traces the history, development and influence of this media colossus—from its beginning as a social gazette in the late nineteenth century, to the exploration of modern fashion photography and new visuals in the mid-twentieth century, to its status as the top style magazine today.

Cold Brew Coffee: Techniques, Recipes & Cocktails for Coffee's Hottest Trend
As an avid coffee lover, I can appreciate a book full of gorgeous images AND amazing recipes surrounding my favorite beverage on this planet! This book is not only pretty to look at, but you learn so much as well!

This handy guide will give you all the knowledge you need to get on top of the trend, with illustrated step-by-step techniques for making your own cold brew at home, plus expert advice to help you get the best results from your drink. Also featuring 35 delicious recipes for creating cocktails and desserts with your cold brew coffee, from Espresso Martini and Cold Brew Negroni to Coffee Chocolate Tart, this is a must-have for brewing beginners and small-batch artisans alike.

A book full of unbelievably cute photos of mankinds most loyal companion - do I even need to say more? I have this on my own personal Christmas wishlist this year, I can not wait to flick through these pages!

From specimens on show at Crufts and Westminster to shelter dogs lovingly rescued by volunteers; from the grace and agility of racing greyhounds to adored domestic companions; from Afghan hounds to Hungarian komondors to Chinese crested, the images featured in Dogs promise to deliver one of the most appealing, popular, and exciting photographic tributes to dogs ever published.