Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Decor Inspiration: Bookshelves

When I start talking about home decor with friends or in general, the one thing that I always seem to bring up is my need for a home library. I usually get an odd stare, like there is something more important I should be doing with my square footage. But I don't explain or apologize, I love books and that's really what it's all about for me.

There is something so beautiful and homely to me about being surrounded by a ton of old books and magazines (I'm a bit of a hoarder of those as well).  So until I get a little corner all to myself, I can enjoy inspirations from other beautifully designed and decorated bookshelves. Here are a few of my favorites:

The legendary DVF library (via Instyle

Big and Bold Via Flickr

Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere
Rachel Roy's Bookshelf (complete with her collection of bright yellow national geographic)

Chic Shelves via Maison Decor
Light and Airy (via apartment therapy)


  1. that is something i want so badly in our makes TOTAL sense to me! i go back and forth with how to arrange the books. For a good two years I had them arranged by subject...then another two years, they were arranged by color (which made sense to me, but probably nobody else). Sometimes I wonder if I should re-cover them all...but then I think it would make it more confusing?

  2. If I had the room for this I would love to re-create the Apartment Therapy photo..beautiful!

  3. @fantastic - this is why I heart you! I'm glad to see I am not the only one who feels this way. I have mine stored by subject at the moment (the other half is in boxes I'm afraid) but I would love to do it by color at some point too

    @Tracy - That is one of my favorites, I actually saw those bookshelves (or similar) in Ikea. It's on my must have list!

  4. I love all of these! Book shelves are one of my favorite things about a room. And I love the different patters on the pillows in Rachel Roy's room!



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