Wednesday, May 6, 2009

How do you display your goods?

I love books. I can never have too many of them. I not only fill my house with them, but I normally have a spare or two in my purse and car in case I ever get the urge to read. Going to the library thrills more than you will ever know. I get to “shop” for books and then leave without paying for them! Amazing. Plus my hubby likes it, because my bills from Barnes and Noble can get pretty high.

Due to my love of books I always dreamed of having a library in my own home. I wanted a room dedicated to only my books and a comfy chair to read them all in. Our current house doesn’t have space for this unless I turn my empty shell of a dining room into it. (Hmmmm)

So for now I just have to deal with placing my books in nooks and crannies throughout the different rooms in my house.

Here are some of my favorite ways to display books:

The most recent piece of obsession comes from Living Etc. I love how it not only hold your books, but also displays your covers as little works of art.

livingetc bookcase

Another favorite that makes me totally jealous is this amazing library nook from Making It Lovely. Warm chocolate walls: check, comfy chair and ottoman: check, amazing bookcases with glass doors from IKEA: check. Love this room!


This library setup below also makes my heart pitter patter. First off love the built in’s to hold all the books on the top and you can fill the bottom with games! I’ve always wanted a ladder in my library so that is a major plus. Lastly how amazing is the idea to put up that amazing green curtain so you can make all the mess disappear?


Not certain if you like all the color your book spines bring into the room? Then the solution is easy just wrap them all up in white or kraft paper. I’ve been thinking of doing this in my living room and I’m really loving the way it looks in this room.


Below is the look currently going on in my house. I try to find little empty spaces that would seem like wasted space and fill them up with my books. Now if only I could get my hands on that lucite console table we would be in business!


So my loves I’m throwing the question back at you. How do you display your books or favorite possessions? Do you have any tricks of the trade for great storage solutions?

Share! Please.

Images are from Living Etc, Making It Lovely, AT, and Domino (a tear)



Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

I don't have any tricks! I just put mine here and there... like under the lucite console (except I don't have one of those!!)

I LOVE books. Books from the library... and also coffee table books. I am trying to add to my collection- I feel like I don't have very many. I love opening a magazine and seeing the collection of books in a room- it just makes it!

May 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Limestone said...

Mine never looks just right. I'd love to hear tricks of the trade though. Ive read other peoples tips but I can never seem to apply them correctly.

May 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger ms. less is always more said...

I love the idea of covering them with craft paper... how cool would that be and then to handwrite the titles with a thick black pen on the spine... ohhh ahhhh!

May 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger down and out chic said...

i really like that acrylic entry way table in the last photo. (i have soooo many book, i don't know what to do with all of them!)

May 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

ugh I love that last pic from Domino..I ahve a few places, the coffee table ovbi and my bookcase in my office that has different shelves dedicated to dif books, and i have vintage oneson my nightstand in my bedroom

May 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger The Southern Lady said...

I love displaying our books-especially the ones that are antiques. We have some gorgeous kelley green linen covered biooks with gorgeous camel colored binding (I'll place a picture up this week) and undoubtedly they're my favorites. The color is so unexpected!

Currently their atop my upright piano.

As for tricks, I grew up loving Jackie O's method of stacking them around her rooms. There was no rhyme or reason, it just was. Interestingly enough, my daughter has grown up adopting that same mthod of keeping track of her own books in her bedroom.

Maybe it's just easy!

May 6, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Maddio said...

I am exploding at the seams with books. Both my boyfriend and I are big book lovers, so we're constantly buying books, people give them to us as gifts, etc. We have bookshelves in practically every room. In the living room, we have the Ikea cube bookshelf- Expedit I think? It's nice because you can put photos or art in one cube and books in others, kind of break up the eye. I've also seen books used as a side table next to the couch, it's surprisingly cool looking- we do that for a nightstand in our bedroom. I'd LOVE to have floor to ceiling built-ins though. Maybe one day.

May 6, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

I also love the library. So convenient and budget friendly. I have a small bookcase (boring) but one day hope and dream to have a library like in Beauty and the Beast.

May 6, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Vana said...

I don't know how I got so lucky, but I found my rental online and was totally sold because of the built in bookshelves in my bedroom. See January 28th on my blog for a pic. (100 year old home downtown Colorado Springs)

Thank you for loving books without shame.

Once those were full, we moved onto some IKEA shelves and accented them with vases or other decoartives.

May 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Pigtown-Design said...

I have tons of books (via our freeeeee book store) and have book shelves, but I also have stacks of them. I am not wild about this, but it's the only way it works.

May 6, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Berenice said...

I love the library nook with glass doors! I must convince my husband to let me do this!!!!

May 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Um, well, all our books (and we have a lot) are stacked ever-so-neatly (thanks to hubby) ON THE FLOOR of our office, because I, too am having a library crisis!

P.S. - Great pics - don'tcha just love art hanging on the front of bookcases?

May 6, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

My books are all in barrister bookcases-so I change, edit and give away a few times during the year. My-I do love books though-a real weakness for me!

May 6, 2009 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger The Beauty File said...

I love #2 & #3...I will have to take a pic of my "library" because I am kind of obsessed with it...books make the best decorations {in my opinion}!

The other question do you organize your books??

May 6, 2009 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Lauren Jade said...

haha I just did a Barnes and Noble post!! excellent! I could spend hours and hours in there! :D

May 6, 2009 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah! Those libraries make me so jealous!! One of my favorite movies as a child was Beauty & The Beast mostly because of the adorable bookstore Belle visited in town and the incredible library in the Beast's house. It's since been my dream to have a huge library in my house complete with a rolley ladder.

May 6, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Blair said...

I love the second to last image from domino--make me miss it so much!

I love books and I have them displayed in little sections throughout the house..all my cookbooks are in an open shelve in the living room and in the bedroom I have design books somewhat neatly stacked. I have the real problem with magazines!

May 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all of these library pictures, wish I had the room for one of my own!

In the meantime, I'm a book-stacker, I keep them in piles on tables, on my radiator, in my kitchen! And I color code them; which I think makes them look less cluttered.

May 6, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Urban Flea said...

I like to color coordinate my books ROYGBIV style. It becomes its own piece of art and really adds some nifty visual interest to the space. Congrats on a beautiful blog!
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :)

May 6, 2009 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

I agree with the Southern Lady!! Just stacks here and there - usually piled up on the floor next to the bed or fireplace - we have no real method to our madness, LOL.

May 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Rachel Follett said...

Great inspiration! I love the one with the green curtain!

May 7, 2009 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

Great post - I think book shelves can be tucked in small spaces, either down low or up high. I love books and when they call my name. I start to shake when I go near Barnes and Noble or the Library....I never walk out empty handed.

May 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

oh, my sister has a lovely book rack right in the powder room. Each time I go - I think that is great, cause I never sit long
Her bath is all black and'd love it! (full of books!) books, bath and beyond....

May 7, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger No.35style said...

i try to just borrow books from the library...saves money! but my magazines...they are just stacked here and there. i want a lucite coffee table.

June 2, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

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