*Image from Design*Sponge
“I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”
In my dream house, I have a library with large comfy chairs and floor to ceiling bookshelves. Maybe even a ladder to reach the top. Little reading nooks for the kids. Maybe I'll never have that kind of library, but I still love looking at shelves and shelves of books. I love this tumblr, and I love the "bookcase of the day" posts on i suwannee. I know I should use my local library more, and I am starting to do so, but I also love having a house full of books. There's so much you can tell about a person by looking at the books they read, don't you think? Here are some favorites that I've stumbled across. Hope you enjoy...
― Anna Quindlen
*Images from Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
1) There's a good example of a fabulous ladder. 2) I like the tall but compartmentalized shelves, but mostly I like the space. Looks like a great bed to snuggle up with a good book. 3) Ditto. I'd love to go to bed surrounded by my books. (Other than the inevitable stack that accumulates on my nightstand.) 4) I don't think I could organize my books by color, but if I owned this many cookbooks, I think color would be the way to go.Here is my own office, with a display of a lot of our books. There is also a full shelf stuck in a storage room. Poor books without a home. I love this room, but it's not exactly where I want it to be yet. Those shelves still need a little something. And it's a small room, but there should be enough room for a small but comfy chair and little side table. Good for practicing my guitar....or reading a book.
*Image from Design*Sponge
I like this corner. I don't like the color of the chair, but with a little ottoman, something like this would fit my "small but comfy" requirement. I also think I must have a globe.
*Image from Ill Seen, Ill Said
I've seen lots of people organize by color, but I don't think I could ever do this. I do love how it looks, though. Mine are organized by general category (art/poetry, history/autobiographies, baseball, general fiction, etc.), which just feels right to me.
*Images from Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone (top left and right), Sweet Paul (middle left), and Martha Stewart (bottom left)
1) (top left) - In a small space, covering your books with pretty paper would be a nice way to reuse as well as a cute way to incorporate books into the design of the room. 2) (right) Too modern for my taste (those chairs!), but I love the shelves - combination of vertical and horizontal books, pictures, art, and other items. This is what my shelves need. 3) (bottom left) Yes, I know there are no books here, but I have struggled in the past to find a decent bookshelf. I love the idea of stacking a few benches together. 4) (middle left) I am not a crafty person, but even I could manage this one. If I was a design person and could figure out where it would fit in my house, that is. A set of brackets with an old book on top, making a cute little display shelf. Nice!