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House Beautiful Decorating with Books: Use Your Library to Enhance Your Decor

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From House Beautiful comes a worthy addition to any decorator's library--a stylish guide on making books a part of your home

Opening the pages of a book can instantly carry you off to another world. But did you realize that, open or closed, books can also make your real world--your home--more fabulous? As legendary designer Billy Baldwin pointed out, they're “the best deco
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 28th 2006 by Hearst Books
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Rinn Ramli
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Buku yg tak bosan dibelek bila bila masa sambil berangan.

Ada idea yg kelihatan terlalu kaya dan terlalu WOW (memang confirm tak mampu lah aku) tapi ada juga yg simple dan boleh dipraktikkan di rumah masing2. :) saya suka! Saya suka!
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit of a letdown. I think it lost sight of its core audience. Most of the readers of this book are going to be book lovers and this book treated books solely from an aesthetic standpoint. Books were arranged by color, size, or positioned around the room in order to offer a scholarly air to a room. More than once, the author suggested using white covers on the books in order to make a more consistent bookshelf. Books were seen only as decorating tools. I just thought they took the ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
The title of this book should have probably been "Decorating with Books: For Smug Rich People".
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is fun to look through, even if most of the ideas aren't usable.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who has ever owned a book !
Shelves: non-fiction, own, design
This book has some good ideas how to decorate using books. One of my pastimes is buying books. I have so many interests that just walking into a bookstore can be very dangerous for me !! I guess one might call me a bibliophile. Some of the ideas in this book I actually had thought of myself - probably out of desperation of where to place all of my books. One of the first things I did when we moved to our new house was panel the library with oak paneling just as the favorite room in the house in ...more
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, acpl
I really enjoyed the pictures, and I got quite a few ideas from this book. A lot of the examples are not workable unless you have the funds to build custom shelving, though.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I gave this book 2 stars, because it did not tell me to get rid of my books, and because I found it unintentionally, but hysterically, funny. As someone who likes to re-read her books, or look up things in her books (you would be amazed at how often the Battle of Bull Run comes up in conversation), organizing my books by color, or covering them all with unlabeled white covers would be the quickest way to drive me insane. And what is with having books near open flames? Do the authors think I need ...more
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love the pictures in this book. While it's not a "how-to" book, it is inspiring. I have collected and displayed books as part of my decor ever since I moved into my first apartment at 18. Now I've decided to transform my formal living room into a library/music room, and will incorporate some of the ideas gleaned from this lovely volume.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
God please give me a house with at least one of these room, I'll be a good sheep. I promice!
May 16, 2007 rated it liked it
One question: who will come and dust all these books once you decorate with them??
L. King
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Sumptuous Pictures/The Associated Patter is Weak

Ignore the text in this book, it's just decorator patter. The photography however is magnificent as is the selection of libraries on display. I would love to own or visit with most of the shelving displayed and in fact the canoe structure on pp98 is close to something we almost bought (and should have) a year ago. Sigh. The A-frame structure on pp112 is quite intriguing as is the library ladder leading up to a sleeping loft on pp126. I'm not howeve
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Good photography but really not geared toward book lover. I'm keeping it for now because it shows lots of different bookcases styles.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lot of good ideas or jumping off places to brainstorm your own book situation in your own house. It's always wonderful to see a book that has photos of lots and lots of books:)
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was really good. Especially the descriptions and pictures of the different book shelves.
Jesse Richards
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too ritzy for my taste. For anyone who has a collection of books that have never been read.
Izetta Autumn
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: craftiness
A peek into how to decorate a home or library with books. The book was primarily focused on spacious homes and those with a designated space for a library. For the average book lover, struggling to find a place for all those books, there weren't very many new ideas: stacking, rows, using books as pedestals, or furniture. Most book lovers with limited space have figured out how to place their books in creative ways. There wasn't anything particularly new in the ideas offered; though I did like th ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Given to me by a friend who know of my passion for all things books! She picked it up at a used book sale, gave it to me to read, and then asked that I place it in one of the Little Free Libraries that I steward :) A quick and fun read fill with inspiring pictures. It did make me realize how much I actually do decorate with books (and never really purposefully thought about it)! After I finished it, I did place it in the LFL where it was promptly "checked out" :)
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: house-and-home
An interesting book with some lovely pictures of different ways to incorporate booksholving into your home. However some of the uses of "decorating" with books just make it look really cluttered, in my opinion, for example, stacking piles of books around a round table with an ornament on top of each one. Or stacking big piles on top of chairs. To me that would be annoying if I wanted to use either the books in the pile, or the chair. To me, book should have a home, on a bookshelf, and they shoul ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Do I rate it two stars for ideas and projects, or five stars for all the pretty books?
Eh. You can find pictures of bookshelves everywhere online, and most of them are more impressive than these. There was one idea I quite fancied (leaving a string of eye-level shelves empty and hanging artwork in them instead) and also one room I quite liked (it was a converted water tower - awesome - but it was interesting for that fact and not so much for its books). But other than that, this was solely pictu
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
This little tome gave me all sorts of lovely ideas about what to do with my book collection. I've moved without taking all my bookshelves along (my husband installed some lovely ones in the last place but we left them there when we moved) and was using the pantry in the basement ("built in shelves yay!" I thought, not realizing that it was much damper in this basement than in the others I've inhabited...)so I finally figured out some good ways to make the inanimate loves of my life be more encor ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lots of suggestions to go shopping for books with a certain look. How about more advice on what to do with book you already have? I want to decorate with books that fit MY tastes. Not buy books so I'll have a specific look to the books I own.

Many of these ideas are out of my budget. The pictures are lovely and the suggestions are amazing, but I don't have the money for this. Some suggestions like coordinating by color are interesting, but not practical if you want to read your books.

That's a lot
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I bought this book from the library booksale because, like the rest of my family, I own way too many books. Well, no, that would be impossible, but my little apartment has books everywhere. I hoped it would give me some good ideas to put some of those books to good use. And while there are some lovely rooms decorated with books, many of them feature a custom built bookcase or nook or shelf, which I can't do. Sad days. Still, it was fun to look at and dream.
Looked through this one at the opening of the new -- and VERY spiffy -- main library in the town next door and read one or two of the entries but NEED, yes, really, I mean need -- to peruse it at leisure and read the entries. It's a wonderful feast for eyes and a delight to read about others and their books and the relationships with the books themselves and the arrangements of lives and homes to accomodate same.

Really looking forward to this.
Cindy May
Lots of great photos, but not so sure about the advice. As much as like putting out my books so they can adorn my living space, I certainly don't buy books just because they look pretty. If only I had enough space that I could do that... Even then, I don't know.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
With my multitudinous books, I'd hoped for unique AND practical spaces for my favorite friends. Not so! The book is a collection of (mostly outdated from decor perspective) bookcase photos! It was a waste of hope, time & $!
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very nice book that talks about decorating with books, types of shelves and displays, interesting room arrangements, etc. The photos are wonderful and inspirational. The book also gives advice on the care and cleaning of books used for display.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Love books about books! :)
May 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read_2008, decorating
Beautiful photos, but not many practical ideas.
Mar 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with a ton of books
A pretty book---helpful ideas even if your home looks nothing like the beauties shown.
Some interesting ideas, but unfortunately mixed in with some truly awful images.
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The former Arts & Antiques Editor for Country Living magazine, Marie has written six decorating books, one book on country weddings, and two children's books. Her articles have appeared in Country Living, Art & Auction, Town & Country, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Marie also blogs for Bob and recently started drawing "mommy comics" for

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