Books are more than great reads in design. When we are designing a room, books are one of the key elements and staging tools to our designs. When ever I have an opportunity to shop for books I’m in and when I travel I always have book stores, especially museum bookstores as they have some of the most fabulous and unique books, at the top of my to do list. I have been known to skip the museum when short on time, and opt to shop the museum store instead. Some of my favorite haunts and sources for unique books also include book fairs, estate sales, vintage shops and independent book sellers.
How do we use books when we decorate? Other than the obvious uses, such as filling your bookshelves which we love to arrange creatively with many a great read but also fabulous decorative object as well, we use books in manymcreative ways- thinking outside the box or in this case the jacket cover.
I love to stack a bunch of books coffee table height next to a favorite reading chair and then top with a great lamp.
We use a stack of two or three books to elevate a vase or decorative item when arranging a horizontal surface such as a tabletop or fireplace mantel.
In my kitchen, I use a stack of all silver and chrome cookbooks to hold the ipad, which is command central for the house.
To refurbish an old table or desk decoupage with the pages of old books, have a glass top cut and you have a one of a kind very cool piece.
Wallpaper a wall or the ceiling of a study with pages torn from a book, use wallpaper glue and roll flat, the perfect rainy day project.
Use books under a tablecloth to create height variance in your buffet table (height variance is the secret to great designer serving tables).
Turn an ottoman in to a coffee table simply by laying an oversized book on top.
Every living room needs some fabulous coffee table books; they help to share your personality with all who visit the space. Select carefully not only by their cover but also by subject matter: travel, art, fashion, photography, and religion are some of my favorites.
Create a serving tray with an oversized book by drilling through the pages and securing a handle to both ends. Add rubber feet on the bottom and enjoy.
Books are a fabulous source of style and inspiration, not only for the information and photos contained with in their covers but also as design aids. If you don’t already have a collection of great titles started, then start today and display them brilliantly. Books a staple of fabulous design and living.