Reading & Other Authors

Books Make a Home

If you love reading (duh!) and you love your home (double duh!), here’s a book you shouldn’t miss. Jammed from cover to cover with photos and ideas on displaying, storing and enjoying your books, it’s compiled by Damian Thompson, books editor at The World of Interiors.


It made me want to search out a few other examples of books in decor.

CA Home & Design

CA Home & Design, Photo: Philip Harvey

Above: The strong lines of the shelves and desk keep the multitude of books from looking messy.

John Barman

John Barman, via Desire to Inspire

Clearly a stunning room and custom shelving, but the prolific use of white and single accent color (blue) keep things calm and inviting.

Carlson Crew Home

Carlson Crew Home via Classic Casual Home

This book display is a great example of mixing in other accessories, and the importance of leaving gaps.


Without the books on the top shelf, this kitchen would be bland. With them, it’s inviting and characterful.

One Fine Stay

Rent this home, via One Fine Stay

No doubt about it, books are the star of the show here. If you’re going for a look like this, keep the other elements super-simple.

…For further beautiful pictures of amazing ways to store books, visit Bookshelf Porn. (Fear not: perfectly suitable for all ages.)

I confess, I’m a library-addict and don’t own all that many books. But Books Make a Home has made me reconsider that strategy.  Where do your books live?

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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    July 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I Love that none of the options in your pictures are wood finishes, they are all painted (or metal for the last one). That allows the books to be the star of the show and looks more modern.

    Confession time, I thought that the Kindle would cure me of my book fetish. Having, I just checked, over 4,000 ebooks still hasn’t cured my dead tree book issues. There are still 3 book storage things in this house and don’t look under the bed, there are boxes of books under there!

    Digging the picture of the Kitchen shelf, just hoping that they aren’t so high as to make them inaccessible.

  2. Reply
    Pauline Wiles
    July 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Gwen, I bet your book collection is fabulous. I hadn’t noticed the choice of finishes for the book storage pictures – you’re right, there is something more contemporary about them than wood.

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    July 23, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I am so in love with the custom shelving in the second picture. They look so homey and inviting!


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