September 6, 2010

Subject: books

Just piles and piles of books… and sometimes, massive amounts of them. How do you tackle them all? Or do you really want to? For me, it's part organizational, part visual challenge. It can become a huge mess so very quickly. I usually group my books by subject and content, hence, the organizational theory. But they don't always look good together to be honest. And I have to admit, I often wonder if I could (or would) go the color coded route. It sure looks pretty great when they all sorted out, but will I be able to find the one book that I need desperately when the time comes?

Making a wall of books look good is quite a task, but not impossible I suppose. But what I do love is "accessorizing" with books. A pile of them stacked up on a bench is a favorite of mine, what about yours? Whether it's displaying hundreds of books at one time or just a few favorites by your bedside, it tells a pretty great literary story of our everyday lives. And as I am writing this, an image came to my head: vintage library carts lined up against a long narrow hallway. Wouldn't that be a great alternative to decorating with bookshelves?

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One Response to “Subject: books”

  1. Adam Lowe Martin Says:
    September 6th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Great ideas!  I have a ton of books, and my girlfriend is a book junkie.  Not a week goes by when we are not getting a delivery from Amazon.com.  We will have to implement one of these design strategies before one of us gets crushed under an ever-growing pile of books.