In my last post, I showed several examples of books being used in interior displays at Arhaus, a furniture retailer. Today I'd like to show you what I look for in a book, or books.....
I'm always on the lookout for a nice set of books so I can pile them up on a table, like they did in this interior featured in Country Living magazine. Books don't have to be lined up on a bookshelf the traditional way. There are no rules!
I look for old books that are missing covers, and tie a few together with jute string. For a touch of sparkle, I spray them with gold Glimmer Mist, which is difficult to see in this picture, but it gives just a touch of sparkle:
Sometimes, I'll insert a picture of Granny or Gramps on top:
If color is your thing, books can lend a hand in that department too. Look at this gorgeous set of books I rescued from a thunderstorm at an auction last summer (all of the wares were on tables as the storm approached, and I slid this box full underneath the table so it wouldn't get wet until I could bid on it):
I used the set as a backdrop for a photo shoot, then it promptly sold at one of my antique mall booths:
Colorful books for children from the late 1800's:
I'm attracted to leather covers, like the smooth buttery leather of these old mechanic's encyclopedias:
They're as smooth as a baby's bottom! I also appreciate the marbled designs on the page edges:
I love the deeply colored marbling on the book below:
You've got to get the books off the shelves to appreciate this aspect of them:
The mottled cover of the book on the right really shows its age, and the book underneath it on the left has some nice texture:
I'm also partial to embossed covers, even if they're "pleather":
Even plain old textbooks can look fine in a vignette, as long as they complement the color scheme:
A nice set of books for a boy's room:
Once books have begun to fall apart, images can be "framed" in unique ways, like the cow images I framed in old bottles and sold on Etsy:
At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have fancy-schmancy poetry books such as the examples below. These are the most beautiful books I've ever owned. They have heavy gold embossing and a recessed area on the covers with a celluloid floral insert:
Even the spines are lovely:
I covered some of my uglier books with sheet music and tied dupioni silk ribbon around them. For a final feminine touch, I added a silk or velvet millinery blossom:
A little over a year ago, I posted a tutorial how to make paper wreaths like the example below:
Here's another version:
I suppose I'm getting a bit off track, because I'm not "decorating with books" anymore, but "crafting with paper" instead. I'll end this post here, and hope you have some renewed inspiration for decorating with books!