Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bookshelves & Books-Tips & Ideas

I love to see books used in all kinds of places.  Obviously we all love them on shelves and bookcases, but I love them too as great tools to elevate any kind of item to display it better, just laying around on tables ready to be read, or any number of places.

Antique leather books are the most prized treasures, but finding books with great colored covers is always fun too and can be a real decorating bargain.  You can find these at Goodwill or Thrift stores for pennies, and they can make a big impact in your decor.

I wanted some red on the shelves in this bookcase, so having a couple of red bound books and a few with some red in their bindingss, helps to incorporate the color.

Laying a couple of books on their sides is a great way to elevate an item and make it appear more important.

See how grand the cow figurine looks standing on a couple of books. and the red really adds to the look of the whole bookcase.

My little farmer's vest is orange, so by adding some orange toned books to the shelf, it makes him stand out more.

Sometimes just one book is all that's neaded to add that one something special to a vignette.

Using two black ones on a small table really helps to bring this lamp up to the proper height.

These books just seem to add to the travel and far away places look of this vignette.

Books can work in just about any vignette you can create.

Perfect to add a little interest and color to a tray vignette.

So, the next time you need a spot of color somewhere, think about books.  The covers and colors are endless and they can be just what you are looking for.

Sorry I havn't made the rounds to everyone yet, I have a beastly cold and it just won't go away.  I will visit as soon as I can get my nose to stop running and quit coughing.  Yuk!!!!

I am joining the following parties:
Rooted In Thyme for Simple & Sweet Fridays
Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Cyndi @ The Creativity Exchange for Friday Favorites
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Jennifer at Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
Becca at Home Is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Aimee at It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity
Mallory & Savannah at Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for SNS
Lorie at Be Different Act Normal for Show and Tell Saturday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party
Remodelaholic for Home Sweet Home on a Budget

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  1. Looks great Marty! I love to use books as well. You have some wonderful ideas!!

  2. Great tips for decorating with books - hope you feel better soon!

  3. Beautiful vignettes, Marty. Love your bookshelves styling.

  4. You've done some lovely vignettes with books, Marty! I like to use books in my decorating, too. I do have to tackle our bookcase in the home office. After the library sale a few months ago, it got a bit messy again. That will be a snowy day project I think.

  5. Love this post Marty, books always talk to me. Your display is fabulous. hugs ~lynne ~

  6. Love the cow and the riding helmet. My daughter used to ride but her show helmet was not of the old style so it is not as charming. I would love to display her boots though.

  7. Thanks for the book tips, Marty. You have so many lovely vignettes!..Christine

  8. I love books too. For reading and for decorating! So sorry you've been sick. I hope you will be feeling better soon.

    Jocelyn @

  9. You can't go wrong with books! I am in love with your cow. If I just happen to stop by, and it just happens to come up missing, it wasn't me. :)

  10. I love books and have a lot of them. Using them all around the house like you've done is a great idea. I think I'll take some of your ideas and incorporate more into my decor. They really do make a difference. Thank you for all the lovely ideas today.

  11. Great vignettes, Marty. Love the riding hat on the bookshelf. I hope you feel better soon.


  12. Marty,
    Love, love, love all your vignettes with books!
    Great tips on using books in home decor!
    My favorite are still sets or series of books with uniform spines and numbered sequence!
    Take care of yourself, dear friend!!!

  13. I love books too and your book shelves are great looking and you have such lovely elements displayed as well. You know I adore your vignettes...again, such pretty things you have! Big hugs,

  14. I love books too! You have yours displayed so nicely. Feel better!

  15. Love the way you use your books... I love an old book...covers are so beautiful...You also have a great love for animals in your vignettes..Beautiful! Blessings!

  16. Your bookcase looks fabulous. So elegant!

  17. We have always had a house full of books, but I didn't really use them as part of my decor until I started blogging. Now, I have them all over with things near them, on them and sitting next to them! Your shelves look wonderful!

  18. Marty, I love how you decorate with books. All the vignettes are beautiful. xx, Sherry

  19. Marty, you have made good use of books in your shelves and your vignettes. I especially love the vignette with the open travel book. laurie

  20. Like the books! I also like the dog and the brown and white transferware plate. I also like the hunt cap - are you a horsewoman? I used to be, in my teen years.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  21. Loved the riding helmut on the books. Yeah books make things look better!!

  22. Marty, Sorry you're under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. Love your vignettes..especially the travel vignette, and tips for using books.

  23. Hi Marty,
    I'm so impress with your tips on how to a book turned to be a decor and used to elevate home accessories to stand out its beauty. You are a good "Home book Designer".

  24. Love this post! I too use books to tie in colors. I love the idea of raising items to give them greater importance. I've always loved that cow; do you remember where you found it? Take care of yourself. Don't let that cold turn into something worse.

    1. I think I found it at Home Goods. That was a while ago. I do see several that are similar on the internet. I just google cow figurines or statues and there are a lot.

  25. You've got that down to an art Marty. The way you have the items in the bookshelves back lit really makes things stand out. Love the way you tied the colors together too.

  26. Your shelves look lovely as well as your vignette. Hope you start feeling better very soon!

  27. Oh sorry about the cold Marty! It sure has been a tough year for illnesses. I really love your vignettes, I think you could run and around and do that all day and have folks pay you to do it!
    In other words, your really good!
    I really need to get to AZ. especially since I am nearly frozen here.
    Hugs friend,

  28. You just have the decorating touch, Marty! Everything you put together is so pretty! Love your use of books.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  29. Marty:

    Great job on your shelves!

    Love the spots of red!

    - The Tablescaper

  30. Marty, these are all great ideas. I have so many books and these tips are some great ways to use them to change things up from time to time. I just love your little cow picture! Thanks for the tips and inspiration.

  31. I share your love of books and find they make great props with other accessories. You did a great job using yours. I think every house needs a few books and plants. Otherwise, something is just missing!

  32. Love all the books - and dogs! it's a beautiful look.

  33. Marty, I love how you decorate with books. Thanks for sharing all your designing ideas at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Hope you're feeling better!


  34. I love to decorate with books too. They add a lot. Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!