We love books any time of year but we indulge in coffee table books in the winter. There’s something about a coffee table book that feels luxurious and indulgent. And when it’s dark and deary outside, their evocative words and glossy photographs encourage us to dream. Here are a few design-centric tomes that we feel deserve a place of honor in a living room, den or on a bookshelf whether you gift them to friends or colleagues or buy them for yourself.

Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp
by M. Brian Tichenor and Raun Thorp

Tichenor & Thorp design properties that integrate large-scale residences and luxurious gardens and landscapes with a singular, unified vision. Featured projects include a Spanish-inflected courtyard house and garden in Las Palmas; a Bel Air estate and grounds tinged with English and French influences; a Newport Beach hilltop hideaway that evokes a Portuguese quinta; a Provençal bastide and surrounding gardens transplanted to the côte sud that is Rancho Santa Fe; a Pasadena retreat inflected with John Soane–inspired details; a renovated Harwell Hamilton Harris house in Holmby Hills; two luxe contemporary Manhattan apartments; and a modern mountain getaway at the foot of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs by Roger Davies as well as Brian Tichenor’s own masterful watercolors, drawings, and plans, and with a foreword by Pilar Viladas, architecture and design editor, Outside In shares “Hollywood’s best-kept secret” with the world.