Posts Tagged ‘decorating with books’

books in fireplace

I don’t read as much as I should (or that I think I should) and I am more inclined to curl up with a magazine or cookery book on a Sunday afternoon, but I still can’t imagine my life without books.

To see a book is to imagine something other than ourselves at that very moment, and to open one up invites us to stop whatever we are doing, and wonder about what may or may not be inside.

books in living room Scott-Newkirk-Brooklyn-home

Books add an inexplicable warmth to every room, and are one of the most hard-working accessories you will ever have.

Whether you artfully stack your used books in a fireplace, or proudly display a rare edition of something old and precious, the only rule is that you shouldn’t pretend.
Please don’t decorate with books that you have no interest in, because we will know. We will know that they are different from you, and we will see that they are not well-loved. (We might even quietly nudge you into the land of pretentiousness, where no-one truly wants to be).

Show us your books because they have meaning, were your favorite read last year, or simply because you enjoy looking at them.

Even if you don’t like to read, take another look, and let the promise of pictures and words gently fill the gaps in your home with life, style and curiosity.

Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/
Photographs from (top) Graham and Green and (bottom) Improvised Life.

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Novogratz - Suzanne Vega1

I love to watch a show called “Home By Novogratz”. With seven children, and a busy Interior Design company, it piqued my interest from the moment it began. Then, when I learned their children’s names were Breaker, Wolfgang, Tallulah, Five, Holleder, Bellamy and Major, I was hooked; creativity is definitely not limited in this New York City based family.

One thing I love, is that even though their clients usually have generous budgets, their design dilemmas are just as ordinary as yours and mine. Sometimes, even more so; space is at a premium in NYC, and it takes careful planning to marry unique (and beautiful) ideas with a practical floor plan.

Recently, I watched two episodes where the owner’s had hundreds and thousands of books. Fortunately, the apartments had built-in bookshelves, but they weren’t fancy, and they still had to make the higgledy piggledy collection fit into the overall design of the rooms.
Their books were a reflection of who they were; not artfully chosen by a decorator, and they weren’t all pretty, sitting on a coffee table; they had been collected for all sorts of reasons throughout the years, and they were not being discarded to fit into someone else’s preconceived design plan. They needed to fit into the home, regardless of the space they were given.

Book shelves are one of my favorite accessories in a home, and, like the Novogratz’s, I don’t think it matters what is on them, or what the books are about; every shelf can look good with a little tweaking. I know it may seem like a silly notion to spend time fussing over your books, but in reality, it actually makes you appreciate (and remember) what you have, as well as free up space for lots of other things.

After watching the latest episode, I liked how they simplified their approach to this massive amount of books. From what I can remember, they suggested three different ways to organize a collection:

Color, Subject and Size. Simple.

Novogratz David Perler


Thank you to Cortney and Bob Novogratz for your inspiration, and practical creativity!
Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/
Main Photograph from Suzanne Vega’s home (by Novogratz), Middle Photograph from Dave Perler’s home (by Novogratz) and Bottom Photograph from Canadian Home.

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