June 27, 2011

The Beauty of Books

No one loves books more than I do….I’m always reading one.    But books are more than for reading enjoyment, they are a staple in my decorating arsenal.    For years I’ve used them to elevate objects or just display them for their beauty.     Recently I’ve been using them in vignettes around the house by tearing off the covers and binding them with twine and/or ribbons.     I know many of you have too!      Guess we’re in good company because even Pottery Barn uses them in mass in their catalogs…


…and theirs are $39.99 per bundle!

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You can find them in the den….

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And since that picture I’ve moved those books and replaced them with this one…


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…an old medical book I got at auction…


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I love the texture and color of the spine (and yes, I know the other book is upside down but the cover is torn and it’s the only way it will stand upWinking smile)

Here are more in the kitchen on the 3 corner cabinet…

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And on my baker’s rack….

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On Sunday I made a set for our bedroom.     I’m still working on pulling our room together and slowing but surely it is finally getting there!    Lots of whites & creams with accents of robins egg blue.    I’m recovering our headboard and I’ve made drop cloth drapes.    I want to add something special to our swing arm lamps, just have to find the time.      Okay, enough blabbing about that, here’s my dresser vignette..


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I printed off our initial and cut it to fit in this Dollar Tree frame


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There are so many options when using books to decorate.        What is your favorite way to use books in YOUR home?


I’ll be back later this week for a quick but delicious recipe I recently found that is big in taste and low in calories.   


Rhonda said...

Love your shabby book bundles. I have lots but none of my are bundled - I think I have a bundled set at my booth. Can't wait to see your bedroom.

Simply LKJ said...

Love the look of the book bundles!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looking good Judy...I so need to do some for my home. Would love to have you join us at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY!


Jan@southernjunkin' said...

The shabby books are so popular and yours are just perfect!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

All of your books look great in their settings!! Look forward to seeing your bedroom redo. blessings ~ tanna

Babs said...

Judy, Book bundles as so much texture and interest to vignettes. You showed them on your baker's rack and I'm wondering where I missed a post showing your baker's rack. I'm headed back to see if I can find it. Duh.. I must have had a senior moment. :)
Happy Tuesday,

Carolyn said...

Love your ideas, they add heaps of character.

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