Book Decor.










It started with the new bookshelves in our living room.  We didn't have nearly enough books to fill them, so I started gathering good finds at the dump.  (For those of you who are new- we take our garbage to the local dump, and they have a swap shack there where you can leave items in good condition and pick up new finds, kind of like a free tag sale.  I'm not dumpster diving.)  I started picking up things we might read, but I also picked up popular titles and books with neat looking spines.  We planned to remove all the dust jackets, so a neat spine was important.

So we filled the bookcases, but it's hard to stop once you know you can get cool free books anytime you want.  So I've started using them as decor in different rooms.  A pile on the living room side table, a pile on the dining room banquet, one on either end of the mantel, a pile in the mudroom, one on the bedroom dresser.  And I love how they look, especially with other little finds surrounding them, and now they've become a theme in the house.  If I could get away with it, I'd probably make a pile that comes halfway up the wall.

How do you store your books?  Do you have any decor themes in your house?

10 comments

  1. Love it. I like that you removed the dust jackets. I use books as decor, too, though I tend to swap them out seasonally. When we eventually turn the formerly-blue bedroom into a nursery our books will have to go elsewhere, so I think we'll use even more as decor then.

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  2. I love this. Books are by far one of my favorite ways to decorate. I just wish we had more shelves in our new home. Love what you've done though. And, that's awesome that you can get free books and stuff. So cool.

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  3. Wow, those are all in your house! They do make fun decor.
    You're going to laugh...but I own a total of about 5 books!

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  4. Right now all of our books are crammed into two book cases, been wanting to get a third although I might have a couple of spots to use as decor now that I've seen this. :)

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  5. i just had a bookgasm... (;

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  6. Ah! I have so many of these same books too. We have huge bookshelves in our living room, and I have WAY too many books. We're running out of room!

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  7. Even if you *were* dumpster diving, no judgment here. ;) I love your assortment of books!

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  8. Lets just call it what is...which is dumpster diving.. I actually store our books on our fireplace or on a bookshelf near the fireplace. It actually looks kind of nice.

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  9. Our family LOVES books! Our kids have learned that if we are going to cave on buying something it will probably be a book! We have bookshelves everywhere. In fact the house we are in now, that was a feature we loved about it,it already had built in bookcases. We especially, or I should say my oldest son, prefers books without their jackets. I have to admit, they look, well, more book like that way! Ooo and we've found some real treasures at our recycling place!

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  10. Wow, they all look great! I love the items you've paired them with, too! Nice job.

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