You must all know by now that I am, first and foremost and forever, a reader. Raised on a diet of Nancy Drew and Anne Shirley, tremulously stepping into adulthood with the help of Jane Eyre and Bertie Wooster (disparate, I know), and flowering (hopefully) under the watchful eye of dear Hemingway, Chandler, and Fitzgerald (where to stop?), there is good reason that I own seven pairs of glasses.
It’s not only the words inside of books I love, though. It’s also a book’s appearance. There are few sights more aesthetically pleasing than a beautifully designed book cover. Unless, of course, it’s a stack of many such books on a table, shelf, or windowsill. Indeed, I think books are the ultimate decorating tool: no room should be without them, and every room looks better with them.
I have three Pinterest boards devoted to books: Books, Books & More Books, A Place to Read, and Interiors: The Library. Out of my 61 Pinterest boards, I think they are probably the ones I pin to most of all. So if you too love book visuals, I would heartily suggest following me there! And if you come across new books, shelves, or libraries that I need to see, please share your pictures with me!
Here’s a little sampling of what you’ll find on said boards. It was sure hard to choose only a few!
You see what I was saying about books as decor – always a delightful decorating choice! This image is from Tumblr’s “A Creative Mess.” I’m now quite keen to find some old tins and set a table like this.
In winter, it’s very appropriate to find a mahogany-lined library to sequester yourself in, but summer seems to call for something different. We need more natural light, some fresh air, and a heap of airy linens. I imagine that this hanging shelf from Urban Outfitters looks out on a Mediterranean vista, and holds Daniel Deronda and Death in Venice.