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It’s no secret that I love books.  I have an overflowing collection for which I do not have shelf space for. My books become part of the decoration of my home:  stacked on the two console tables below my front living room windows flanked by a pair of lamps and topped with a candle and a vase, the stack on the tray table next to my sofa stacked within other trays, another stack on a pair of coffee tables, and yet two neatly stacks on the floor creating a vignette.  Books make for great accessories to decorating any home.  Whether used as props in styling or truly used in the decoration of a home, books undoubtedly have a decorating presence.

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Books stacked on a console table, such as I have in my own living room.

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Low bookshelves don’t over empower a room, these have an interesting design at an angle.

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These bookshelves are concealed behind a drapery panel – a splash of color and an element of surprise!

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A few books scattered across a coffee table provide good entertaining and leisurely browsing.

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A Jonathan Adler designed room filled with built-ins and books.

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Bathing among books – this bathroom makes for a relaxing getaway.

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Including books in a bedroom looks more sophisticated when it’s neatly displayed in a built-in shelving unit tucked into a corner.

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Or just a few stacked on the bedside tables.

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These beautiful built-ins are ideal in any transitional space – a hallway, between adjoining rooms.

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These books add a colorful decorating element to this refined space.

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Stacks of books on a console in an entryway or hallway with various accessories and artwork.

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I think more dining rooms should be filled with books!  Here is a space that offers more than just the typical dining table, buffet, and artwork.

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In a more casual setting, these floating shelves make for a beachy inspired look in Kelly Klein’s home.

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As Lauren mentioned in her recent post on bar carts, the ever changing display can go from glassware to other decorative displays, in this case – books, of course.

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A beautiful room propped with decorative accessories and books.

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Karl Lagerfeld apparently has an addiction to books – the proof is in the picture.

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As in this picture, I add the same decorative touches to my books – placing a vase or other object on top of a stack of books.

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A delicate coffee table calls for just a few small books – ones that aren’t too bulky or heavy.

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Kelly Wearstler is quite the book collector – seen here among her custom built shelving and her children.  While I was at her office, I took a glimpse at some of the book titles she owns – including out of print and vintage design books.

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This office space would have made a great addition to my recent post, “The Un-Office Office Space.” What office space isn’t filled with books?

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And lastly, a house filled with books from room to room.

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5 Comments to 'Decorating With Books'

Maria Killam 25 May 09 at 9:20 pm

Love this post. I have stacks and stacks of design magazines that I will not give up, I only get rid of them if they are more than 10 years old (except Architectural Digest). I also need more room to store my books!

Heidi Alexander 25 May 09 at 9:50 pm

Hi Jill!
Great post-you must have been reading my mind yesterday! i was just looking at all our collection of books- I have one TALL bookshelf about 6ft. all wood- Is it ever ok to put a bookshelf on its side?
I have a space on a wall I’d like to fill but not with furniture… Like all the examples you gave above!! Backyard Blessings- Heidi

Alam 26 May 09 at 12:08 am

Hi, i also like this post. I think my house will soon become mini library!

Stylish Moola 26 May 09 at 10:55 am

Love this! Got so many books and just shelving them seems so boring…thanks for the tips!

Simply Luxurious 30 Mar 10 at 11:06 pm

Love this post! Thanks for sharing. Karl’s room is amazing. Books really can do so many different things style-wise. I guess that means we can keep collecting?
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Thanks as always for stopping by. Have a great rest of the week.

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