March 31, 2010
Bookshelf display and inspiration
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
Most recently, I had some shelves put in to my library at home. They are the most gorgeous lacquered shelves and I adore them. However, they are sitting empty and I am thinking about how to display and organize my books and accessories.
1 Karl Lagerfeld among his enormous - and enviable - collection of books.
2 Books displayed like artwork.
I have been perusing books, old tear sheets and back issues of Martha Stewart Living magazines for some inspiration and am thinking about how I want to present my things. Of course, Karl Lagerfeld’s quote, “Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books...” rings in my ears. While many of my books are in my office (displayed by color), there are quite a few more at home that I like to have around to help spark ideas.
Here is what I have found so far. Enjoy.
1 Hanging boxes filled with books, magazines or catalogs of like-colored spines makes for such a chic and serene display.
2 Take a day off and sort through your stuff - with a focused color palette of boxes and magazine holders it's easy to identify what you're looking for. I practice a similar approach to organizing around the Decorating and Home departments at MSL.
3 This media cabinet executes its job perfectly by camouflaging the wires of the TV, keep DVDs, home movies and photos accessible (via a chic row of drawers below), and flanking itself with a library of home-keeping reference books.
4 I find inspiration in the robin's egg blue backdrop and the whimsical accessories surrounding this children's bookcase. The angled top-shelf is also a subtle but brilliant idea for displaying picture books on shorter units.
5 It was incredibly easy to update an old bookshelf by replacing the dusty, drab shelves with new pieces of dark wood. The result was clean, classic lines and a bookcase that nearly dissolves into the wall. This study beautifully demonstrates the hidden possibilities of a small space.
6 I love these three stand-alone cabinets with crown molding. A warm shade of gray paint helps them blend into the space, giving them a built-in look that allows a collection of antique urns and photos stand out among the books.
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