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Books Make a Home Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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The sub-title of this book is "Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books" and this is what it delivers. With the chapters focusing on different rooms in the house, it talks about the specific storage and display options that work best in those spaces. For example in living rooms you may choose to group books by colour for a more appealing aesthetic, in dining rooms it's best to match the thickness of bookshelves to the dining table and in bathrooms - which are exposed to humid air - books must be stored behind doors or glass. There are also plenty of ideas for "eccentric" shelving - bookshelves that work almost as a piece of art or a conversation starter. One thing I appreciated is that many unusual shelving units are credited with their manufacturer or designer's name, so that you can track them down for yourself.
The book includes useful tips on caring for and cleaning books, how to store old and valuable books, and different methods of organizing books. It's often amusing: for example the author discusses the dread that most bibliophiles feel when lending books to friends.
There are a few books around that cover similar territory, for example Books Do Furnish a Room and ...Read more ›
A more interesting text and approach, including interviews with the designers or residents of the showcased bookshelved rooms, can be found in 'Living with Books' (Thames and Hudson, 2009).
Even though you are not supposed to lean books I have set of Character Sketches by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer on a 10 foot high plant ledge that one of the cats tilted them and I left it that way as it looks more like an old ruin. Forgive me I guess I better straighten them up.
The back of the book contains a selected bibliography, Resources and supplies, organizations and literary festivals, and a section of "Whose work has been featured in this book.
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Fantastic book with pictures on every page of unique and inventive ways (i.e. 3-D tree on a wall) to display your favorite books from just a few in a child's bedroom to massive... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Military Intelligence
This is a gorgeous book that all book lovers will want to get their hands on. With a royal purple ribbon to use as a bookmark, Books Make a Home is divided into chapters showcasing... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cathy G. Cole
I suppose if I took the time to browse a hundred or so design blogs featuring books as decor, I could come up with comparable images. Read morePublished 17 months ago by booktrout
Another great reading choice for a book addict. Most of the design ideas are very user-friendly and practical.Published 18 months ago by pickyeditor
I just love books and shelves. Just the perfect book for me. Great ideas!Published 19 months ago by D. Schlegel
Books really do make a home. And this book shows you how to put books into all your rooms.With storage solutions and beautiful photographs,this book is a must have for any... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed dreaming my way through this book for ideas on how to display my books, and for my "dream" library.Published on January 7, 2014 by K Kirby
Great photos and very good reading - very light, but interesting to read too....I am going to keep it for me! :)Published on November 29, 2013 by Ava Garden