I truly, deeply believed that a refined lifestyle is filled with books. I am known to read four books at a time (Currently: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl, and Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella). A few months ago, I moved from a comfortable, 60’s townhouse to a modern flat. I sacrificed a huge fireplace mantel, built-in shelving, and floorspace for an open-living plan, office and beautiful lake views.
It wasn’t a real sacrifice for me as much as it was for my books – the 12 book boxes sat in my office for four months, untouched – save for the few I dug through fruitlessly looking for an old favourite. It was too sad to keep my beautiful books boxed up, but there simply wasn’t space for a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. I had to get really, really creative with my binded babies.
Since I couldn’t install shelving, I had to find a place for it that looked cute and uncluttered. My sofa-turned-TV-table was the perfect place! I added a neutral-colored shelf under the table and stacked on the books! This knocked out 3 whole boxes of books and added a splash of color to the room. Because this was on high display, I picked my favorites (Jackie, Ethel, Joan, A Little Princess, Elegance) along with my more dignified copies (Into the Wild, The Kite Runner, Othello).
My bedroom furniture is a beautiful walnut with antique accents, burled inlays and a crotch veneer. My bedding is white. My walls are white. My carpet is beige. So, when I had to tackle this book project, I used it to add a pop of color. I wanted a small, accent stack of books next to my bedroom television (because, so far, we have brown, beige, white and black). I tended to choose my favorites bound in bright colors, and this particular stack is one I go to for reading, recipes or advice. I topped the stack with a photograph of my parents’ wedding day in 1979.
My Favorite Things
Everyone has different ways to decorate abedside table, and I wanted mine to create sweet dreams. Isn’t that darling? I surround myself with my dreams – a sort-of bedtime only vision board. Next to my bed, I added a stack of very specific books. These are books about falling in love with a prince, moving to England, taking a French lover (ahem…those are different kinds of dreams). I added a pink castle alarm clock, which I have had since it was less-embarrassing, and a favorite “London Calling” candle. I fall asleep with visions of princes, baguettes and happily-ever-afters.
How do you cope with copious books? Tell us in the comments!
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