More than 1 million books end up in landfills each year, while hundreds of millions of people who want books don’t have them. By collecting discarded used books and selling them online, Better World Books has converted more than 30 million books into over $8 million in funding for education and literacy programs worldwide.
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.
Spools of sisal rope inspired the design of these end tables and can add a clever touch to living rooms or family rooms. While many manufacturers sell these, a do-it-yourself version can be made by picking up discarded spools from salvage yards, then purchasing rope by the foot from a local home improvement store.
One of the ways interior designers add sophistication and timelessness to rooms is by accessorizing with books. Since coffee table books can be pricey, an excellent way to use books as decoration without breaking the bank is to pair high-end books with vintage books found at flea markets, like is done on this table. To maximize an old book’s charm, remove its book jacket to expose the canvas, cloth or paper surface.
This traditional table holds various decorations to add color and art to the neutral walls and brown leather sofa. A blue bird figurine, blue goblet and blue coffee table books are complemented by forsythia branches and gold leaf picture frames.
A stack of books serves as a creative pedestal for a lamp in this contemporary living room. Since a table at the opposite end of the sofa is taller, the designer chose to elevate the lamp to make up the difference in the table's height.
"I love the look of high-end materials like marble and polished brass, but if you can't afford, say, an all-marble kitchen countertop, why not bring those materials into your space by using them on smaller pieces and home accessories? I have a table lamp with a marble base that adds a very posh touch to my home office." -Camille Styles, lifestyle blogger & Creative Director at CamilleStyles.com