I just got chills. Just look at these wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture. I wouldn’t even know where to start if these were mine. I know my books would barely take up a quarter of this unit. It would, however, give me an excuse to buy all those beautiful ceramic pieces I always bypass.
Design by Malcolm Davis Architecture
You know whose book collection might take up this entire wall? My girl Marilyn’s. She had a personal library of more than 400 books and was an avid reader.
Marilyn Monroe via Booktryst
OMG, the *books*. Piles of nonfiction, stacks of mysteries and romances, dusty autobiographies and Norton Anthologies (Norton Anthologies? really?!)…. I’ve carried books with me since I was in college — in the last century.
But as I found out during my home office reorg, in my gypsy lifestyle, books were important. The people behind them, the writers and the characters, were extended family. The Nortons represented happy college days in the library. Even though I didn’t have a house, they were my physical roots.
During my first coaching with Julie Morgenstern, author of SHED Your Stuff Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck, I marked the books as being the things to which I had the highest emotional attachment. In this organizing process, you first get rid of the things that are 100% obsolete, to which you have no attachment, building momentum to the obsolete items you’re most attached to. (As a quick reminder: SHED = Separate the Treasures, Heave the Trash, Embrace Your Identity and Drive Yourself Forward.)
Dude! I can find my cookbooks!
I own vertical “book tower” shelves, and while they’re great for conserving space in my small apartment, it does make me sad that there’s no room on them for decorative flourishes like these Sereno Coyote Bookends by Wolfum.
I love how Southwestern chic these are without feeling tired or too theme-y. I could definitely imagine them being an accent in The Saguaro Hotel in Arizona or The Ace Hotel in Southern California. While I may have to pass on the bookends because of my current setup, Wolfum also carries other home products like pillows and coasters, so I can at least get a splash of their flair. It reminds me of a line from one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs: “No regrets, Coyote. We just come from such different sets of circumstance.”
Ken and I have been tripping over piles of books for a few weeks now, and instead of leaning toward the obvious solution (purge those books!), we took the fun road: build more shelving! Ken will take any opportunity he can to play with his table saw, so after a day of blueprints, planning and precise measurements, we arrived at the following design:
The finished product.
Our original hunch was to paint the cubes white and leave a woodgrain backdrop for visual interest, but after Ken finished the first cube with such precision, we wanted his handiwork to shine. I mean, really — look at how beautiful those corners are!
Exhibit A: I married a perfectionist.
Now, try just for a minute not to think about what a pain it would be to dust these shelves:
Think, instead, about what a thrill it would be to try to find the book that you were looking for from a bosun chair in a library built into an inaccessible shaft. Designed by Trout Studios, it’s such a clever use of a space that could otherwise go to waste. I just hope the owner doesn’t have to haul herself back up when the book is found.
I recently moved into a new apartment, and I’ve been working on a design project – creating a comfortable home office. Frequently, these work zones are plain, with beige walls, brown furniture and drab decor that doesn’t fuel inspiration. Who wants to work under those conditions? I believe a home office should be an extension of the rest of your home. Here are some of my favorites sure to help you be super productive.
Small home offices can pack a decorative punch. Vibrant details like a floral rug make this a beautiful space to work in from 9-5.
What a Way to Make a Livin’
This month’s feature in the newly launched online magazine Covet Garden is a tour of an art historian’s loft that elegantly blends his two passions: plants and books.
Laddered library shelves are one feature I’d want to have in my dream home. What’s yours?
This week’s Style Jolt is brought to you by the letter G.
Chunky letters and numbers are making their way onto walls, mantels and bookshelves. From old store sign letters to metal house numbers, the pairings are unique and add a twist to typical decor. Relearn your ABC’s and count to three with these quirky creations.