Displaying Books No.1

• 17 February 2010

I miss the built-in bookcases of our old 1930's apartments and long for some of my own again...someday. It would be so nice to unpack all those boxes of books sitting in our basement. It's a cryin' shame to keep them all cooped up. In the meantime I will make do with what I have and look to these images for inspiration.

Next week I'll posts "no.2" and share more pretty pictures...

Grouping books by color...and love the idea of hanging art on a bookcase.

Can't find an end table you love in your budget? Use a stack of books! Also love the idea of displaying a large book with particularly lovely pages on a console table or sideboard.

ReadyMade suggests turning a vintage suitcase into a bookcase...but I really like the idea of tall bookshelves complete with a ladder. Maybe when the kids are older :)

The perfect solution for not-so-pretty books (including paperbacks that have seen better days)--display them turned around, spine showing. If they were books you didn't care to reference, but couldn't bear parting with, it's a good solution! And this apartment featured in Living a handful of years ago has never left my mind. It's gorgeous in every way and I love the way the books are displayed on simple, white shelves and below the coffee tables as well.

images 1, 3, 4, 6 - Pottery Barn; image 2 - Elle Decor; image 5 - ReadyMade; image 7 - Apartment Therapy; image 8 - Martha Stewart


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