Hey you design devotees, check this out: Salt Lake City not only has some great independent bookstores, but also a number of non-bookstore shops offering special selections of must-have hardbacks ranging in topics from interior design and gardening to cuisine and art. Here are three of my favorites. Not only are the selections and books must-sees, but so are these shops offering them.
Sure Tabula Rasa boasts an exquisite and broad selection of stunning stationary, writing tools and other finery, but table after table of beautifully displayed, brilliantly selected books also dazzles those who visit this elegant Trolley Square store. Make certain your coffee table is ready for the stack of lux page-turners you'll be lugging home.
If you dig gardening, chances are you frequently visit Ward & Child—The Garden Store. This shop and its adjoining garden are heaven for green thumbs and outdoor-living lovers alike. For interior design enthusiasts, the south wing of the store filled with chic furnishings and accessories is equally enchanting. Here's the tip: Don't miss the large book table loaded with titles on gardening, landscaping and architecture. It's nearly impossible to leave this store without bringing something special home and the books make it even more so. 678 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, 801-595-6622
Details. There's nothing hard-edged about this charming Sugarhouse home furnishings and custom bedding shop—that is except the interior design books that cover a trestle table spanning the entire width of the front room. Surrounded by lovely vignettes of accessories, furniture, pillows and bedding (as well as gifts and bath items), this table of books is equally alluring.