A room without books is like a body without a soul.
True book lovers scatter books all over their home. Not only are the bookshelves stuffed with words contained between book covers, but you may find a pile near the bed, a few in a basket in the powder room, or a random stack by their favorite chair.
I go beyond the obvious and decorate with my books. Here are five ways I use my books in home decor.
1. Between Bookends
Bookends are a great way to hold a series or books written by a favorite author. I've used them for writing instruction books on my desk, marriage books in my bedroom, and on my mantle with a monochromatic color scheme. Bookends give character to a room.
2. As Art
I saw someone on Pinterest who arranged their red, white and blue books to make an American flag. Others group their entire book collection according to color (which messes with my mind -- mine are grouped according to subject). You can also pick out five or six books with the same color spine for a mantle color scheme.
3. For Seasonal Decor
Each October I take Thoreau's Walden off the shelf. Its cover of fall leaves fits perfectly with my fall decorating. Emily's season of life is in preparation for her wedding and marriage. It makes me smile to see the books she's reading.
4. In a Vignette
I use my tea-themed books in the kitchen with my teapots and teacups. My old "My Wonderful Writing Machine" from 1954 is propped near my typewriter. Wrap a piece of old lace around a group of them for a vintage look.
5. Take Them Apart
Book page crafts are all the rage right now. If you have a book that's falling apart, use it to make a banner, roses or wreath. You can even print on them. These are guaranteed to make a book lover smile.
I love how my family and guests pull the books off my shelves, from between bookends and off easels to thumb through them. When they ask, "May I borrow this?" my answer is always "Yes!" Books grow character when they are well-loved.
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