Gather fabric squares in your favorite patterns and a few permanent markers for guests to write their message to the happy couple. After the wedding, have a family member or sewing shop put together the pieces to make a quilt that will be cherished for years to come.
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.
Simplify your life after the wedding and opt for an address guest book to help you when it comes time to send those thank-you notes. Plus, it’s a great keepsake for you to send Christmas cards and special announcements down the road.
Turn your guest book into a game of Jenga for your guests by having them sign a wooden block and putting it back without knocking down the other blocks. Even after the wedding, you will have a fun backyard game to play with your new spouse, family and friends.
David and Danielle Hulton opened a bookstore named for Ada Lovelace, a pioneering woman in the fields of math and science. They wanted to relocate and knew that having a unique approach to the project was going to be key to the bookstore’s success. Retail can be a tough nut to crack, and to build a sustaining community of customers would be important.
If you have a large collection of books, consider arranging them by color for instant bookshelf pizazz. The rainbow-hued display can be quite dramatic, although it can also make hunting down a specific tome a bit of a chore. "Library sales are a great way to pick up groups of colored books inexpensively," Megan suggests. Try removing the dust jackets on your hardbacks, too, especially for vintage books with interesting spines or luxe cover material.
Fabric isn't just for window treatments and upholstery. Give your hardback books a designer update by wrapping them with medium-thickness fabrics featuring a wintry palette and a mixture of different patterns. To keep the fabric stretched taut, secure it to the inside cover using double-sided tape.