Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One of the best home decor books I've read in a while: "Books Make A Home"

There are lots of pretty decorating books out there, but it's only every now and then that I get one where I want to scan and show you every single page. This book, "Books Make A Home," is one of those few gems.

"Books Make A Home," by Damian Thompson, is filled to the brim with ideas and imagery of how to store and display the books in your space - large or small...

like in alcoves..

...even bathrooms! (I do love reading in the tub!)

This white bedroom, where color is solely brought in be books and the three potted plants, is one of my new favorite spaces.


Don't store books above your bed if you live in an earthquake prone area.



I'm against covering books so they fit into your decor or color palette.  Books themselves are beautiful to me, and I like people who come into my home to be able to learn a little more about me, where I've been, and what I'm passionate about, by the spines on my shelf.

A cleverly placed book shelf is a classic great idea for breaking up a studio or large space into separate rooms.


So, are the books in your home there haphazardly? Or have you stored and displayed them in a thoughtful way? If so, do you arrange them based on where you need to access them, there importance to you, the beauty of their spines, etc. ? Can't wait to hear how you integrate books into your home!

 The book can be purchased on Amazon.

 all images from "Books Make a Home," I received "Books Make a Home" as a sample.

10 comments:

Sarah Roads said...

Looks like a great find!

Razmataz said...

I just bought this book and absolutely love it.

Fleur @ Interior Design in Surrey said...

Isn't it amazing that even in this digital age with e-books and Kindles, books take pride of place in our homes? I love books in the home, they give such a homely and relaxed ambience. I have books everywhere, especially in hovering shelves like the one shown in the bathroom photo. I will certainly be buying this book as it gives some amazing ideas and inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

Heather said...

This librarian shudders at storing books in the bathroom--humidity is terrible for them. But it looks very charming!

I love when bookshelves run above doorways, it's so cozy.

Carol said...

I may have to add this book to my collection. I have books in just about every room -- in book shelves, on coffee tables, in deep set window sills. I agree that I like them as they are and don't change the covers, but I did pick ones for my living room coffee table that have colors that complement the room.

Jen said...

It just made my day that you said that about not covering books!

Brooke said...

Such beautiful images! And I couldn't agree more that "Books Make A Home."

Chic & Decó said...

Todas las imágenes son muy bellas. A mí personalmente me gustan los libros ordenados y en mi caso por colores.Un abrazo.

KJ said...

I have, literally, a ton of books. Books are my main decoration. I need new bookshelves. Thanks for sharing this book.

The Vintique Object said...

It is the one thing that my husband is adamant about in our house: that the bookshelves be only for books. And they're arranged by subject and author. I kind of like it that way, actually, as much as I itch to add accessories.
Camille

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