Book-filled Rooms

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(Canadian House and Home via Full House)

Books aren’t trendy, they are classic. Decorating with them never goes out of style though the way they are styled changes with the years.  I love this image from Canadian House and Home’s Trends Issue for 2011. The collection of books is just as yummy as the rich teal paint that covers the room.

Here are more of my favorite book-filled interiors.

(Patricia Gray Blog)

(Lonny)

(Habitually Chic)

(Habitually Chic)

(Elle Decor)

(Elle Decor)

(Domino)

(Domino)

(Domino)

(Domino)

(Domino)

(Domino)

(Habitually Chic)

(Cym Lowell Blog)

(Brown Button)

(Kelly Wearstler)

(Domino)

(unknown)

(Design Sponge)

(Domino)

(Domino)

(Patricia Gray Blog)

(Tobi Fairley)

I’d love to hear which rooms are your favorites and why. I especially love dining rooms filled with books. Maybe because it’s unexpected. Or maybe because I love a great book as much as I love a great meal! 

Looking for a few new books to read and fill your shelves this year? Check out my 2011 reading list and my all-time favorite books in my January Travel and Leisure feature.

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

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9 Responses to Book-filled Rooms

  1. Rosemary says:

    That domino room with the green curtain has been one of my all-time favorite rooms since they published it. I think because it’s a great mix of chic, comfy, classic and bohemian.

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  3. Roberta says:

    I love books and have always incorporated them in decorating my home…just can’t imagine a room without them. My studio/home was featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors STUDIOS, Winter 2010 with all my bookcases and it was a dream come true ;)
    http://www.interweavestore.com/Mixed-Media/Magazines/Studios-Winter-2010.html

  4. sarah says:

    Love your room! that use of green, especially in the lamp shade, the books (of course the intaglios and that comfy chair!

  5. CC Chic says:

    I love your blog and this is a great post! Would love to have you stop by mine too! I did a related post a month or so ago… you might be interested!
    Keep up the great posts!
    CC
    http://currentlychic.com

    For the specific book post, see
    http://currentlychic.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66:book-deal&catid=34:design-chic&Itemid=53

  6. Every time I see “Domino” referenced photos, I grieve. Same holds true for “House and Garden.” Great Post, thank you.

  7. Tobi, I completely agree with you! Books are such a fabulous design component! I incorporate them into so many of my designs. They each have their own character, and they seem to fulfill so many decorating needs. They can be used nicely on bookshelves and grouped together in smaller quantities on chests. However, another of my favorite ways to use them is as risers underneath other accessories. Books are often the perfect solution for equaling out the height and volume in tablescapes, while also adding texture. I truly love them. Thanks for your post!

  8. Carla Aston says:

    I love books and bookcases filled to the brim in a home. I had a client once that only had one Bible, the only book in her home. This was before the Kindle! I was doing a restyling in her home and I was totally at a loss with how to decorate! I didn’t realize how I loved to use books in decorating!

    I’d love to have you check out my latest post on my blog, Design in the Woods. It’s about how we can help keep our local carpenters and craftsmen supported during this difficult economic time. I’m desperate not to lose my great cabinetmakers!

  9. With the changing technology it is so nice to still see books displayed, especially if people actually read them. A room full of books always makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

    Cheers,

    Claudia

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