Gift cards have become a popular holiday gift option, especially for those on your list who are difficult to shop for. Instead of purchasing a gift-card case, tuck them into a small, vintage book. It's even better if the book relates to something the recipient enjoys. Books also make a great holder for cash gifts.
Atlanta designer Virginia Cheek created a unique "resting space" on the Serenbe showhouse's second floor: an office/loft at the top of the stairs that is ideal for cozying up with a good book or catching up on some work without feeling cut off from the life of the house.
Want a clever idea to create cohesion in a room? Turn books (without dust jackets) with pages facing out and spines in on a bookcase for a chic designer look. The stunning marbled wallpaper on the ceiling mimics the end papers in hardbound books and lends drama without making the room too busy.
Young or old, who doesn't love a butterfly? This fun sticker book will get kids excited about their garden friend pollinators, while kids-at-heart will find themselves adorning packages, letters and anything they can with these beautiful, colorful stickers. Butterflies of the World.
Finding space for more books is a big issue for collectors and one reason we have significantly pared back our library. We DIY'd these bookcases in the guest room giving the space a library/study feel.
To add height to the space and add visual interest to the corner, a wooden book tower was added. This is an excellent way to allow your favorite hardbacks to serve double duty as accessories. The best way to showcase books in a timeless manner is to remove the book jackets, keep them stored away and let the true colors of the books shine.
"I read a lot and am always hitting up used book stores to expand my collection," says Shirock. "Growing up my family had a rule that there was always enough money for music lessons and any book we wanted. I still don't really limit myself when it comes to buying books."
To create a space where learning is encouraged, a small library of baby books was installed next to a comfortable rocking chair. The book ledges keep reading materials right at the fingertips, providing easy access for even the smallest of readers.
Art and pattern define this hallway while keeping with the largely black and white color palette of the living room. A stunning photograph by Gregory Prescott adorns the wall while geometric shelving designed by Jeanine and Bryan turns an originally empty alcove into a display area for books and small works of art.
It’s hard to remember everyone who attended your wedding. Turn a plain book into a photo book where guests can snap a picture with a Polaroid and write a personal message to the newlyweds. Down the road, you’ll enjoy flipping through the snapshots of your family and friends.
On the other side of the fireplace, more colorful sketches accompany a selection of images of one of Nana Yaa’s grandmothers, whom she cites as one of her favorite people and a constant source of inspiration. On the floor, stacks of books piled high become another design moment, celebrating Nana Yaa’s love of the written word. This designer shows that books don’t have to be messy. They can become unique style moments in an interior.
This may look like an elegant library in a private club or grand Newport mansion, but it’s actually an addition to a one-story, Mediterranean-style home in a small California town, added on where other people might have built a garage or game room. Patterned after a library in an Austrian monastery, the room was built to hold the homeowner’s thousands of volumes, as well as emphasize family commitment to literature and education, creating a reading respite and escape from a high-tech, digital world.