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10 Coffee Table Books That Are Stylish & Good Reads

10 Coffee Table Books

  1. The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams
    The Kinfolk Home welcomes readers into 35 homes around the world that reflect some of the key principles of slow living: cultivating community, simplifying our lives and reclaiming time for what matters most.”
  2. 100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman
    “This book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution.”
  3. Style by City by Ida Magntorn
    “Explore the world’s most stylish and eclectic residences in this inspired armchair décor guide. Home Style by City captures the essense of five design-forward cities, featuring gorgeously decorated homes from each that reflect local style and inspire internationally.”
  4. Elie Saab by Janie Samet
    “The designer magnifies femininity, building his fairy-tale creations with simple designs, the finest materials, delicate hand-embroidery, intricate detail, and a sophisticated fusion of cultural influences.”
  5. Spell & The Gypsy by Lizzy and Isabella
    “This 230 page hard cover coffee table book is a collectors piece perfect for the styled home or vintage book shelf and a perfect gift for anyone who loves beautiful things.”
  6. The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme
    “From the author of the popular blog, A Cozy Kitchen, comes a beautifully photographed one-stop-shop book with all the recipes and projects you’ll need for some cozy inspiration this holiday season―and all year long. You’ll love Adrianna Adarme’s easy-to-follow instructions and will enjoy getting lost in her warm and comforting photographs.”
  7. Cabinet of Curiosities by Gordon Grice
    “Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home.Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector.”
  8. Vintage Remix by Kishani Perera
    “Interior designer Kishani Perera knows that good design is everywhere and at every price point. Mixing modern with vintage, and retail with custom, her eclectic interiors incorporate pieces from designer showrooms and Etsy alike to create spectacularly layered, vibrant homes.”
  9. Parisian Interiors by Barbara Stoeltie
    “Bursting with color and dramatic focal points, these exceptional interiors offer exclusive access into the homes of Paris’s finest art and antiques aficionados. The magic of Paris is distinctly captured in its interiors: windows are tall, and rooms have high ceilings with grand architectural details; but the real charm comes in the thoughtfully selected elements that bring those spaces to life.”
  10. In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney
    “Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries.”

10 Inspiring Colorful Living Rooms

 

 

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A deep blue feature wall anchors this bright living room. The southwest print rug and tiered bookshelves bring in pops of color.

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The focal point of this living room is a large vintage school map in pretty pastel hues.

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This living room doesn’t have a neutral in sight! A beautiful watercolor rug and unique floral couch are grounded by deep teal walls.

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All eyes are on the sofa in this space. The lime green couch is adorned with trendy pillows with inspirational quotes. A grid style gallery wall with simple prints gives the room a sophisticated finish.

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White walls don’t have to mean a colorless space! This living room from Casa Haus uses near neon shades of pink, turquoise, and yellow to create a quirky and stylish abode.

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This living room mixes contemporary and antique elements for a fresh style. Pretty pops of pink and blue contrast beautifully with the deep neutrals of the armchair and sofa.

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This bohemian meets preppy in this living room. Shag poufs and pink shades combine with gold accents and a chic chandelier.

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Color abounds in this modern living room. From the rug to the patchwork chair to the stack of books, bright hues of pink, orange, and turquoise elevate the space.

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With white walls and a dark stained wood floor, this living room gets its color from furniture and accessories. The feature wall of books is stylish yet functional and the modern rug makes a splash.

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Grounded by a mustard chair and turquoise rug, the color in this living room runs up the wall in the form of a gallery wall.

Video: White Wood Bookshelf Makeover

Turn an old bookshelf into a modern decor piece!

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If you have an old bookshelf in your home that is simply taking up space, why not make it into something you enjoy! You can redo your bookshelf in minutes with Fablon White Structure sticky back plastic.

Supplies:
1 Roll of Fablon White Structure Stick Back Plastic
Meter Stick
Scissors
Smoothing Tool

This video shows how easy it is to apply the White Structure Sticky Back Plastic. Simply peel back a few inches of the backing and begin to apply it to whatever surface you’re working on, smoothing as you go. The white wood style is on trend and perfect for getting a new look without spending a ton of money on a new bookshelf.

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Tips for styling your bookshelf:

  • If you can, leave spaces for larger pieces like frames, vases, and baskets that balance the look of the shelves.
  • If you have a lot of books, try sorting them by color, making it a focal point of your decor rather than an afterthought.
  • If you don’t like the high contrast look of this project, you can try covering the entire shelf in the white paper for a sleek, modern look.

Beautiful Tiled Surfaces

Inspired Designs to Spark Your Creativity! 

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A gorgeous tiled entryway via Pinterest

Definitely not new to the home decor market, tile has been around for as long as we can remember. Always adorning bathroom and kitchen floors to showers, mudrooms and other high traffic areas, tile in the past was usually just seen as a smart solution rather than a decorative accent. However, with design trends constantly changing and evolving the different types of tile now at our fingertips is absolutely enormous! From patterns that mimic real wood to bright and colorful geometrics, the broad looks and finishes that tile can bring to any surface has expanded abundantly.

Find our most coveted tile interiors below, from backsplashes to floors, fireplaces and even sinks!

Tile Backsplash:

A tile backsplash can define your room. Whether you choose to go neutral or bright, tile adds stylish dimension giving your space character that you can’t get from ordinary paint.

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A modern and classy kitchen backsplash via Laurel Home Interior Design

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Images via Design Milk, The Kitchn & Apartment Therapy

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Easily create a tiled backsplash with Fablon’s White Tiles Peel and Stick Liner

Tile Fireplace:

Tile around a fireplace can bring beauty to even the most rustic and unrefined spaces transforming that once bland and unnoticed area in your room into a stylish focal point.

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Image via Glitter Guide

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Fireplaces turned into beautiful accessories via Room Decor Ideas, Lia Griffith & Fablon

Tile Floor:

We’ve all seen tiling on the floor, however with so may new options the possibilities are endless! So whether you decide to go classic or global chic, there is a fascinating design out there waiting for you.

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Images via Apartment Therapy & Pinterest

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A lovely mix of both tile and wood via Decor 8

Unexpected Uses of Tile:

We discovered some unexpected uses of tile that we absolutely loved! From sinks to tables to a tile mural, these fabulous ideas got us thinking, what can we tile next?

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Image via Fablon

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Image via Apartment Therapy

Inspired by Exposed Brick

Contemporary & Chic Decorating

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Whether you have exposed brick in your home or are just dreaming of the day when you will have it, this contemporary decorating style can instantly transform your space from dull to fabulous. Seen in both restaurants and coffee shops to office buildings, chic loft apartments and homes everywhere, to have a space that is already donned in brick is definitely a plus! Clean, contemporary and beautiful, there is not much more you have to do to decorate for it’s pretty much done for you!

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A chic loft apartment with exposed brick via Tumblr

One of our favorite peel and stick liners happens to be our Brick Wall self-adhesive, which for those of you without exposed brick already in your home can easily enhance any surface quickly and easily!  From walls to pops of brick in your kitchen, entryway or to adorn your fireplace, find inspiration below to help you create your own stylish and contemporary haven.

Brick Walls: Exposed brick is wonderful as a feature wall, creating a space that’s fresh and modern with a little rustic appeal.

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Images via Trendland, Brit + Co & Pinterest

Pops of Brick: Perfect as a backsplash in your kitchen, bring rustic charm to the back of shelves and more with a pop of exposed brick.

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Images via Lushhome, DigsDigs & Fablon Sticky Back Plastic

Brick Fireplace: Give your fireplace a contemporary makeover by outlining it with a touch of exposed brick.

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Images via Indulgy & Skies of Parchment Blog

Makes sure to check out our full collection of sticky back plastic to find your own perfect design!

Rustic Inspired Stools

Weathered, Natural, Timeless…

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A trend we’ve loved lately is the rustic décor trend, where distressed wood and vintage details are mixed elegantly throughout your home for an area that’s not only natural but both warm and inviting. Looking for a way to incorporate this into our own space, we decided to refresh some wooden stools to give them a worn finish that had a fresh, beachy chic vibe.

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One of our favorite Fablon designs; we were excited to finally use the Scrapwood Peel and Stick Liner! A beautifully weathered print, this sticky back plastic was able to give the stools an antique look that was both rustic and timeless.

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We first covered the tops of the stools, removing any excess film with a craft knife as we went. After the tops, we continued to install the sticky back plastic on each of the four sides, making eight sides total between the two stools.

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So easy, this simple décor upgrade changed the look of the adjoining bar top, bringing a cottage inspired look to our kitchen with a beautiful organic air.

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Redesigning with Fablon: A Beautiful Bookshelf Interior

A Simple Way to Refurbish Your Furniture!

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Create a lovely room statement with this vintage inspired décor project that uses a variety of Fablon products. By mixing and matching prints, we made over a simple wooden bookcase and transformed it into a stylish new accessory.

Project Tools:

Heritage Silver Liner

Classic Ornament Black Liner

Cirrus Liner

Oriental Blossom Liner

Craft Knife

Ruler

Pencil/Marker

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Step 1: Measure the height and width of each individual shelf

Step 2: Cut out each liner to your shelf’s dimensions (adding ½” or so to your overall dimensions in case of any mistakes)

Step 3: Install each liner while paying special attention to air bubbles (a credit card or smoothing tool will help to erase any that occur!)

Step 4: Remove any excess material with a craft knife

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Not just for bookshelves, sticky back plastic can be used to refresh the look of an array of different surfaces such as coffee tables, dressers, cabinets, night stands and more. Take a more modern approach with a contemporary design or stay basic with a solid color, either way you have a beautiful new piece of furniture to enjoy.

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A Vintage Laptop Cover

Give Your Computer a Designer Upgrade!

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Use your laptop as an accessory by covering it in your favorite Fablon print! This easy craft idea helps you transform the plain exterior of your computer by giving it a beautiful designer upgrade. Choose between animal prints and patchworks, pretty stencil designs and lovely damasks.

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The only tools you need are your laptop, the sticky back plastic of your choice and a craft knife! We suggest first positioning the liner the way you would like it to appear on your computer. Some designs like the Scrapbook liner we used for this project have varying patterns throughout, so we placed it to display certain details we liked such as the quote “Look on the Bright Side of Life”.

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Once you’ve properly applied your sticky back plastic, the next step is to carefully trace the outline of your laptop with a craft knife. Pay special attention to the round corners, as it is easy to slip and make a mistake. Once you’ve finished the front of your computer, flip it around to install the back.

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We chose two different designs because we liked the vintage look of pairing two complimentary patterns together; however one roll of sticky back plastic can easily cover both the front and back!

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A Coffee Table Refresh

Easily Recreate the Look of Your Room

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Feeling like your coffee table might need a makeover? We sure did and so we put Fablon’s sticky back plastic to the test to design our perfect tabletop with a little bit of sass and a whole lot of style! Without spending a fortune, we were able to refresh this drab black table into a fashionable room statement, all within an hours’ time. For tables both big and small, create your own sleek interior with this brilliant decorating project.

Note: This project will differ slightly depending on the size of your table and if you decide to do just the tabletop or include the sides as well.

Project Tools:

2 Rolls of Ariel Brown Peel & Stick Liner

Craft Knife

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Step 1: Position your sticky back plastic the way you would like it to appear on your table, once you’ve finalized the positioning, remove the backing and smooth into place. Watch for air bubbles and either eliminate them with a smoothing tool or credit card.

Step 2: Once your liner has been applied, take your craft knife and run it along the edges of your table to get rid of any excess material.

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Step 3:  For this project, we had 6 different sides we needed to cover. We applied the sticky back plastic over each section and smoothed into place. Once the liner had been applied, we simply ran our craft knife along the edges of each square to make sure the sticky back plastic was identical in shape.

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Easy Decorating: Chic and Stylish Vases

Make a Glistening Statement with these Refurbished Vases!

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Today’s project is all about reusing what you already have in your home, for nothings quite more satisfying then taking something old and making it new again! Take a look around and ask yourself, is there anything in my home that I haven’t used in a while? Once you’ve identified those key items, determine which items are completely useless and which, with some work, may actually make a beautiful décor statement.

We decided on some old vases that were lacking any color and design. Using three of Fablon’s Premium Special Effects Liners, we were able to give them not only a new look but also bring a stylish touch to our existing décor.

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The soft iridescent glow of the sticky back plastic added a touch of luxury that brought high-fashion detail to these once plain vases. Whether for flowers, greens, kitchen storage, or just for decoration, this simple decorating project was not only easy but helped us re-purpose those once forgotten items in our home.

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