Typically, books are valued for what's written inside them. But as a collection, they also tell us a lot about their owner, which is why Hueston, an author and contributing editor at Country Living magazine, believes they are so effective as decoration. Here, she demonstrates how a display or library of books can enhance the look of almost every room in your home. Using copious photographs to illustrate her sparse text, she captures the aesthetic appeal of books and how they add color and texture to a space. With a broad sensibility that expands far beyond traditional configurations, Hueston encourages readers to keep books "stacked on an ottoman, piled on the floor, lined up on a bench, or ... draped over a ladder," in addition to keeping books "confined to shelves and tabletops." Judging books by their covers, as it were-as objet d'art, without regard to content-Hueston includes tips for displaying, organizing and caring for book collections of any size, which should give any book owner more than one new way to enjoy their favorite titles.
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For those who adore books and all forms of the printed word, the very idea of decorating with them might seem to akin to sacrilege. Yet, after a few paragraphs, House Beautiful magazine contributor Hueston persuades with a few chosen quotes--like Jorge Luis Borges' "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." The ways in which books can become a vibrant design theme are multiple--stacked on ottomans, piled on floors, lined up on benches, and draped over ladders. Each chapter delves into specific ideas: libraries, throughout the house, as focal points, as architecture, and practical matters like shelving, lighting, and caring for books. And each features a few pages called "a closer look," a few-page pictorial examination of specific design details in a room or two, pointing out, for instance, a London antique armoire-credenza perched on a black plinth. Remember that in the most physical of senses books are three-dimensional objects possessing a variety of colors, sizes, and textures. Barbara Jacobs
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Good ideas...but a small condo and lack of wall space makes most of them impractical. Love the photos, thoughPublished 13 months ago by pickyeditor
Have over 4000 books-haven't taken inventory lately- but there's a lot of them in almost every room in the house! Great ideas to store & show off!Published 14 months ago by maryellen
Oddly enough, I thought that this book was going to show me how I could turn old books into more useful, but decorative, items. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Sue Dutton
This book is kinda unique as it showcases books in all its decorating possibilities. There are enough photos to give the right ideas. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by bookworm2011
Ignore the text in this book, its just decorator patter. The photography however is magnificent as is the selection of libraries on display. Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by L. King
This book has some great pictures and is useful for looking at how other people have decorated with books. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by James D. Crabtree
I loved reading and looking at the pictures in this book! I have a lot of books (and dust-catchers) so needed some ideas on placement. Read morePublished on June 16, 2008 by D. S. Jones
I am completely satisfied with my purchase. It's the first time and I'll do it again.Published on April 5, 2008 by Carolyn M. Gold