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Obsessions: Book Edition

Nov 15, 2011

I thought this week for my obsessions list I would do it a little differently and just pick one category to focus on. This week it is Books!! I will be honest I am a bit of a book worm at heart. I love collecting gorgeous coffee table books and cookbooks. I own more than I like to admit, but I am always wanting new ones to add to my growing collection! Here are a few I am lusting after.

I have wanted this book forever! I mean who doesn’t love Tom Ford? I am obsessed with the simple black cover of this book. The perfect eye candy for my coffee table! The fashion images in here are gorgeous and Tom Ford is also pretty easy on the eyes!


If you aren’t familiar with Allegra Hicks, she is a well known interior designer out of London. Her work is really innovative with pops of color and pattern which really draws me in. I love the cover of this book as much as the pictures inside in it. Jen at Made by Girl gave it a raving review here. Which makes me want it even more!

I would love to add this set to my book collection! The quilted Chanel bag is the next purse I want to add to my collection and I would devour these pretties! The set comes with 3 books : Chanel, Chanel Vintage Jewelry and Chanel Perfume. You know Rachel Zoe owns this set!

It is no secret I am huge Mary McDonald fan. My love grew for her even more after Million Dollar Decoraters. I feel like if I had to choose one decorator to come re-do my house I would pick Mary because our styles are similar and she’s just fabulous! I am dying to get this book for Christmas!

I read a raving review about this cookbook in House Beautiful and have wanted to get my hands on it ever since. Greek food is one of my favorite types of food. I mean hello, I ate a Greek Salad for lunch everyday for months! This book is filled with amazing recipes and I have not read one bad thing about it! And bonus the cover is gorgeous. A cookbook I would be proud to display.

This book is on my Christmas wishlist because I am in the process of starting to plan Sterling’s big boy room. It is filled with fabulous ideas for children’s rooms. An area I always seem to have a hard time envisioning. Best part Kelly Wearstler contributed to this book so you know it has some crazy good ideas in it!

As much as I enjoy cooking healthy meals I love me some Southern food. I am a Southerner born and raised so fried okra, biscuits, and pimento cheese are some of my favorite foods. I own so many cookbooks, but the funny thing is I don’t own one Paula Deen cookbook. Every single recipe of hers I have ever made has always been delicious (ie. her French Onion Soup and Oyster Stuffing which we will be making again next week for Thanksgiving). I heard this is her best cookbook to date so count me in. A little butter never hurt anyone, right?

Those are my top picks for books I want to add to my expanding collection!



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  1. I adore Paula Deen too! She did a book signing at our Costco here not to recently (is it bad that it was the same day as Henry's bday party and I actually considered going? Maybe I shouldn't have typed that :)! ) I hope you post some ideas for Sterling's room on here! Have a good one.

  2. Jill says:

    I would so pick Mary too!!

    I need that children's room book too, I am doing a total overhaul of the kids bedrooms after the holidays

  3. I need that Tom Ford book ASAP seriously. I have the Allegra Hicks book, its great!

  4. Ahh- that Tom Ford book is so classic & chic!

  5. Val says:

    These books are going to be high on my book list. Good stuff.

  6. Chic Coles says:

    Nice line up of books. Stacked black books look amazing on a fireplace mantel.

  7. Even though I don't like to read these books have some pretty covers! But I would like to read Tom Ford and Chanel!

  8. Love all of these book ideas! Need to pick some up for both decor and ideas! šŸ™‚

  9. Heather says:

    I like Mary MacDonald too. I wonder if Million Dollar Decorators is going to return for a 2nd season?

  10. Michaela says:

    Mary is amazing! Met her and got a signed copy of her book this summer. Her book really is awesome (:
    I want that other book that Jen review, too! Looks great.

  11. Taylor says:

    Oh my gosh I would LOVE to get my hands on Paula's Southern Cooking Bible! Must have!

  12. these are all great and should fit nicely in santa's sleigh!

  13. Such good book choices!! That children's room book looks amazeballs. šŸ™‚

  14. Gorgeous roundup! I'd love to look through that children's decor book. And who doesn't love them some Paula Deen?!

  15. Loooove some Mary McDonald! She's so mean and sassy, my kinda girl. I'm definitely stealing some of these for my Christmas list šŸ™‚

  16. I love getting fun books for Christmas! I may have to put some of these on my list!

  17. Bud and Leo says:

    I need them all! thanks for the roundup šŸ™‚ Lis