Many great architects have huge lists of building they've designed for other clients — but it's the houses they create for themselves that really illustrate who they are. The Architect's Home ($26) is a 480-page exploration of this phenomena, with each home listed in an A-Z manner by architect, and including large, full-bleed photography, and text relating to the architect and the home, many times from the designer him/herself. Perfect coffee table fodder for the artsy/designer crowd.
Looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city? You can certainly find some ideas in Rock the Shack ($40). This 240-page celebration of the shanty takes a look at all sorts of away-from-it-all retreats, from cabins and cottages to simple shelters and farms. Like the structures themselves, the interiors of the various homes featured inside run the gamut from the most basic essentials to modern luxury, but all of them offer a look at what someone considered the perfect hideaway.