The simple way glamorous celebrities make their homes look rich


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If you’ve taken to watching celebrity and influencer house tours during social distancing, you may have noticed a strange trend. The glamorous trend to have a standard piece of home decor that signals their wealthy status: coffee table books. Specifically, these are coffee table books decorated with the names of luxury designer brands like Chanel and Dior.

Like designer bags, these books are chic, timeless and prominently feature brand names and logos for an instant impression. The books often decorate vanities or are placed prominently on shelves for maximum impact. Sometimes, they even decorate actual coffee tables. Chilling, I know.

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Jokes aside, these books are actually a great way to add a relatively inexpensive touch of luxury to your home decor. For the fashion lover, they even can be something worthy of cracking open to peruse, often detailing the history of iconic brands through photos and interviews. If you love to watch a brand’s runway show, you’ll love their coffee table book.

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Yet even if these coffee table books are a fraction of the cost of a designer handbag, they can still cost upwards of $100. If you want to get discounts on luxury coffee table books, try reselling websites like Abe Books and Biblio. But even without relying on second-hand books, you can likely afford one or more of these titles.

Shop: Chanel Three-Book Slipcase, $75

Shop: Dior by Roger Vivier, $63.75 (Orig. $85)

Shop: Yves Saint Laurent Accessories, $38.08 (Orig. $54.33)

Shop: Balenciaga in Black, $48.75 (Orig. $65)

Shop: Prabal Gurung: Style and Beauty with a Bite, $75

Shop: Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk, $65.28

Shop: Cartier Panthère, $195

Shop: Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs Coffee Table Book, $89

Shop: Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury by Louis Vuitton, $125

Shop: The Making Of: Gucci, $100

Shop: Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions by Manolo Blahnik, $119.99 (Orig. $150)

Shop: Tom Ford Book, $140

Shop: Christian Louboutin Book, $150

Shop: Oscar de la Renta Book, $56.25 (Orig. $75)

If you want to go all out, there is this iconic Chanel book influencers love. I mean, it is on sale.

Shop: Chanel: The Impossible Collection, $671.25 (Orig. $895)

Dior also has a book series that spells out “Dior” with the spines of the seven books. Though the final three have not been released, the first four are for sale at a steep cost.

Shop: Dior Series Books, $195 each

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