What’s on Your Bookcase?

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thethingswesay.com

 

Obsessed.  Infatuated.  Captivated.  Call it what you want but I am hooked on books…

Maybe because I’ve always loved to read, I find great comfort in books.  I still visit and use my local library.  I’m still a “paper copy” reader of books.  No electronic reader for this girl!

I love being surrounded by books.  Maybe because of that, I have always been fascinated and interested in bookcases and what the shelves have on them.

“Public-type” Bookcases

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Photo credit:
http://www.icp.org

I still get a thrill going to the library and feasting at all the shelves and the books on them.

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dealbook.nytimes.com

Most of us love to peruse the shelves at retail bookstores like Barnes and Noble.

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Photo credit:
blog.hgtv.com

And who doesn’t love the charm of the bookshelves from “The Shop Around the Corner” in the movie You’ve Got Mail?

Let’s take a look at some of the many ways to arrange bookcases…

 

Bookcases Lined with Only Books (what’s not to love about this?)

Design by James Wagman Architects via Houzz

Design by James Wagman Architects
via Houzz

Design by Sharon Portnoy via Houzz

Design by Sharon Portnoy
via Houzz

Photo credit: Studio Bergtraun AIA Architects & Designers via Houzz

Photo credit: Studio Bergtraun AIA Architects & Designers
via Houzz

Photo credit: teachingliteracy. tumblr.com

Photo credit:
teachingliteracy.
tumblr.com

Design by Krieger + Associates Architects Inc via Houzz

Design by Krieger + Associates Architects Inc
via Houzz

 and who doesn’t love a rolling ladder to go with the books…

Color-Themed Bookcases

Design by: Windsor Smith via La Dolce Vita blog

Design by: Windsor Smith
via La Dolce Vita blog

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Books creatively arranged by color

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Photo credit: cda-interiordesign.com

A beautifully, decorated room and arranged bookcases with hues of blue and white – besides books, the shelves also display objects with a similar palette

maison21Interior Designers & Decorators via Houzz

maison21Interior Designers & Decorators
via Houzz

Yellow, white, and black themed room and bookcases

Design by Patricia LaPierre Photo credit: traditionalhome.com

Design by Patricia LaPierre
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TraditionalHome.com

Blue with red accents….

Photo credit: atlantahomes mag.com Design by: Womack Interiors

Photo credit: atlantahomes mag.com
Design by: Womack Interiors

Shelves holding soothing neutrals…

Photo credit: athomearkansas.com

Photo credit: athomearkansas.com

Or add some “Color Drama” to your bookcase by painting it all a bold color like this one!

Bookcases with TVs 

Let’s face it, TVs are part of our everyday life.  So if you need to, put your large screen television into your bookcase.  The bookcase can still look beautiful with pretty items like books, family photos and decorative objects on the shelves surrounding the TV like the photos below show us.

Photo credit: Steinholtz Associates via Houzz

Photo credit: Steinholtz Associates via Houzz

Photo credit: Taylor Lombardo Architects via Houzz

Photo credit: Taylor Lombardo Architects via Houzz

Photo credit: Gast Architects via Houzz

Photo credit: Gast Architects
via Houzz

 Bookcases with Art

Bookcases don’t always have to be about books.  They can be a great way to show off your art and/or collection of sculptures or artifacts.

Photo credit: SRM Architects and Interiors via Houzz

Photo credit: SRM Architects and Interiors
via Houzz

So stunning!

Design by Thomas Jayne Photo credit: www.theperfectbath.com

Design by Thomas Jayne
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http://www.theperfectbath.com

So cozy…

Photo credit: CDA Interior Design via Houzz

Photo credit: CDA Interior Design
via Houzz

Photo credit: Vinci Hamp Architects Chicago via Houzz

Photo credit: Vinci Hamp Architects Chicago
via Houzz

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Photo credit: L K De Frances & Associates via Houzz

Photo credit: L K De Frances & Associates
via Houzz

Photo credit: Censational Girl Media via Houzz

Photo credit: Censational Girl Media
via Houzz

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Photo credit: TraditionalHome.com

Photo credit: Tracie B via Houzz

Photo credit: Tracie B
via Houzz

Photo credit: cullmanandkravis.com

Photo credit: cullmanandkravis.com

The next set of pictures are from one of my Book Club friend’s home – both she and her husband are avid readers along with major collectors of art.  I just had to share their bookcases lined with various interesting pieces of art and sculpture.  These bookcases happen to be in their living room, so they don’t hold many books.  Most of their books are in their study bookcase.

 bookcases with art

  I love how the shelves were built and framed around the cute bull’s eye window and pretty light fixtures.

bookcases with art

arranging shelves with art pieces

shelves with books and art

bookcases with art and books

Let There be Light! – Bookcases with Art Lights

Yes, it’s an added expense / additional electrical wiring required but it can be so worth it –  light fixtures mounted on the moldings of a bookcase can add so much charm and beauty to a room…

bookcases with art lights

Photo credit: Crisp Architects via Houzz

 I am a huge fan of those gorgeous light fixtures!

bookcases with attache light fixtures

Photo credit: Jeffers Design Group via Houzz

 Very interesting bookcases!

bookcases with built in lighting

Photo credit: Bosworth Hoedemaker Architects & Designers
via Houzz

 

Bookcases with a Bar or a Serving Station

It might be a space issue or maybe for convenience reasons, but possibly you may want to build a bar or a serving station into your bookcase like the ones below.

bookcases with a serving station

Photo credit: Esther Hershcovich
via Houzz

 

bookcases with a bar

Photo credit: Haak Designs LLC
via Houzz

Photo credit: Natasi Vail Design via Houzz

Photo credit: Natasi Vail Design
via Houzz

This bookcase has the works – shelves with books and objects, a built-in TV, a bar and art lights!

 

 Bookcases with Books, Photos, and Other Decorative Objects

A bookcase that holds an array of books, personal photos, and other decorative objects  happens to be my favorite and what my bookcases are comprised of.  I like when a   bookcase holds a person’s  ( or persons’) passions, hobbies, collections, etc.  and the shelves tell us something about what that person(s) likes to do or where they have travelled.

arranging shelves

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via Houzz

An equestrian interest is quite evident here…

arranging bookcases

Photo credit: Marlene Wangenheim
via Houzz

 

interesting bookcases

Photo credit: Rysso Peters
via Houzz

 

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vintagemulberry.
blogspot.com

My Study Bookcases

arranging interesting bookcases

 

arranging shelves with personal itemsSome things you may have noticed about my bookcases: I like to collect Staffordshire dog figurines, I have a collection of trophies (no, not mine), I have a fetish for clocks (& watches actually), and I like to arrange my books by topic, author, and/or general theme.

 arranging bookcases

You can see a few of my decorating books here.

interesting bookcases/study

Glass bookcases flanking the fireplace – I’m still having fun filling these shelves!  If you’d like to see more of this room, check out my previous blog post My Study/Library Inspiration:  Before & After.

arranging interesting book shelves

A bookcase in our family room – mainly comprised of family photos and books, but two interests are also evident here – my “thing” for clocks and a favorite passion of some family members’ – golf!

 
Personal note:  Just like the Cicero quote I featured above, I do believe a room needs books in it to be soulful.  With the exception my dining room and bathrooms, there’s not a room in my home without some books somewhere in each of them.  I have a lot of books on my bookcases that I haven’t read yet, but I fantasize about the days in the future when I have the time to sit down and read each of them! In the meantime, my books are beautiful to gaze at and languishing on the shelves just waiting for me to read each of them…
 
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Photo credit: etsy.com

 

“And I like talking about books.  I like paper.  I like how it feels, and I like the feel of a book in my back pocket.  I like how a new book smells, too.”
                      From the fiction book, “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry”                                                     by Gabrielle Zevin 
 
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