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.
Colorful candle holders and old books top a distressed credenza from One Kings Lane in the transformed apartment designed by HGTV Star contestants Boris Eckey and Abby Vasek. "There's definitely a global feel coming from the accessorizing, but the room as a whole feels overly traditional," Genevieve said.
Blue-and-white ceramic pieces can give a mantel a country chic yet glam look, like this mantel decorated by Yuni Min. She centered the mantel with a tidy collection of her hardback books. When the pages face front, you don't have to worry about purchasing new books with pretty spines. The bindings bring a bit of color that tie into the pottery. Add a wreath over the mantel (Min made this one) adds more dimension to the focal point.
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.
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.
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.
You don't need clutter to add warmth. This well-curated selection of objects offers just the right amount of texture and personality to this room. Baskets, including for plants, always add a sense of comfort; a selection of hardback books offers reading material for guests and candles and plants instantly create ambiance. Little things mean a lot in this nicely-balanced room.
Built-in bookcases often require a large amount of items to fill the shelves and could eat up a part of your budget. Instead, Atlanta designer Devon Garner collected the homeowner's existing hardback books and removed their covers. "We reuse those instead of going out and buying old books. I just repurpose a lot of stuff into bookcases," she says. She's also taken brass candlesticks and painted them gray.