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Another Post About Books

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?

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About sugarshellandbutterknife

I am a work-at-home mother of two, daughter K who is 16 and son N who is 12. I live in a 1956 mid-mod ranch with my children and the love of my life, J. We're slowly renovating our house on a budget and love all things DIY. I hope to make this a place where frugal-minded folks like myself can exchange ideas, gain inspiration and find encouragement to tackle whatever life throws our way.

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  1. I do live with books—lots of em! They’re currently in our bedroom but I’ve been thinking about moving/storing them, I’m sick of the silverfish. Mega eeeew!

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  2. I love how that stack looks next to your sidetable! I have lots of books, some of which are still at my parents’ house. Our house is tiny, and I no shelves for them 😦 It’s sad, because I love how they look, but still haven’t figured it out for us. 😦

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    • I still like the stack of books next to my bedside and think I will keep it that way for now. Could you go vertical in your house with books? Maybe there’s a way to display them, even in a tiny house? Maybe you could add shelving toward the ceiling in your family room? Just thinking out loud 😉

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  3. Hey Jenny!!! how are you!!!
    I´m back from our wedding travel!!!! see you soon my friend!

    Lovely books and photos on this post, they look nice there!!!
    Have a wonderful week! 😉
    Laura

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  4. LOVE your organized book display. A room doesn’t feel complete without a couple of books in it…in my book. I’ll stop there 😉 I made a little corner library in my combo living room/dining room/office that makes me happy.

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