SPARK INSPIRATION: COFFEE TABLE BOOKS FROM TOP CREATIVES

While the ubiquitous coffee table book has become an interior design staple in many stylish homes, these substantive home accessories can also serve as the perfect element for encouraging creativity. Here, seven Scouted creatives share the titles gracing their coffee tables—from an assemblage of arresting portraits to a collection of swoon-worthy tablescapes—that are sure to inspire and ignite conversations.


Sarah Lagrotteria, founder and head educator of Just Bloom School, a creativity training school for organizations and educators in Worthington, Ohio

A Book of Days by Patti Smith. “In our business, we train people to spot exceptional information—the unusual, anomalous details our brains notice and our logical minds dismiss—because it’s a gateway to creativity. No one spots or loves exceptional information quite like Patti. This collection of daily moments reads like original prayers. I love that the book is physically thick with images and words, squat, and composed in the sepia tones of her old Leica. It’s a little jewel box from an observant, adoring soul.”

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern by Wanda M. Corn. “Flipping through, I stop at the shirts she made—all exquisite with delicate pleats—then at photos of her making silly faces. I love the tension between the serious artist’s self-fashioning and the joyful human at play. This book offers us a glimpse into the daily devotions, discipline, and domesticity of an extraordinary mind. It’s inspiring to be reminded of how little steps make up the whole.”

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney. “This book made a buzz when it came out in 2016 and it holds up. Back then, the photos mesmerized my four year old daughter. I can still hear her little finger hitting the page and her saying, ‘Mom, look at this woman. Is that HER office?’ Nowadays when it’s missing from the coffee table, I know she’s reading it in bed. The diversity of faces, bodies, dreams, and lives here frees you up to be you, by reminding you how many ways there are to be a beautiful woman, human, and creative.”