Ever since I found a book at the library about living with books and posted about it, I’ve been obsessing about displaying our books in some manner. I always have some stack of books sitting around in a haphazard fashion but ever since drooling over some of these gorgeous pictures, I can’t get the idea of having books in our home out of my head.
For the longest time I’ve tried to convince myself that I don’t need them and they are just ‘clutter’ but I love them and think they really bring something positive to my overall well-being. I found another book at the library about living with books from House Beautiful called Decorating with Books.
Honestly, I like Books Make a Home more but I did find some captivating images in Decorating with Books that made me realize that I really need to display some books in our home. Just looking at these images gives me a serene feeling. That’s something I would like to manifest in my own surroundings because I really feel that anything that relieves stress is a good thing. Not to get all Freudian, but I’ve loved the library ever since I was a little kid and going there has always invoked these feelings in me. It would make sense that surrounding myself with books would give me that feeling in my own space.
Each of these images are of entirely different architectural and decorating styles, yet I love them all. They all give me that same deep contented feeling that I want to replicate. Inspiration struck me over the weekend and I decided to use a closet component that was gathering dust in the basement as a bookshelf next to my nightstand. It’s not the most beautiful bookshelf but I figured I could live with it for a while to see if living with books is what I really want. So far, I love walking into our bedroom to be greeted by this cheerful stack. Not only that, but it gives me a place to display all of my collected Dwell magazines.
It’s only been a few days but this stack has convinced me that I want to display the rest of our books in the basement TV room. Right now they are stuck in a shelf that’s overrun with dvd’s and entertainment equipment. I want to display them and let them shine in their own right. That room has been slow going but progress is being made. I hope to work on it before winter so we have a place to escape in the evening.
Do you live with books? How do you manage them?