Decorating with Books

Its no secret that I love to decorate with books. I’ve said it in a few different posts now- books add real life color to a room.  They don’t adhere to a color scheme, they just hold their own beauty and color (and purpose, of course too!).  They prevent a room from feeling too matchy matchy and help it to feel realistic and lived in- less like a show room and more like a home.

Apart from decorating with books I also really enjoy reading them!  I thought today I’d share with you some of my favorite books- decorating and a few others.  If you click on the link just below the covers, it will take you directly to the Amazon page where you can read more about the book, see more pictures, etc.

First up, I love to find a great decorating book.  Not only are they full of lots of eye-candy and inspiration on the inside, they also are beautifully designed on the outside and make a great piece for a coffee table, shelf, stacked under a lamp, vase, on a mantle, really anywhere. Here are my top 6 decorating books that I have in my home right now. Favorite Decorating Books : The House of Figs1. Young House Love // 2. Domino, The Book of Decorating // 3. The Perfectly Imperfect Home

4. Design Sponge at Home // 5. Decorate, 1,000 Ideas for Every Room // 6. The Nesting Place 

Here are three more that I don’t have but I just cannot wait to get my hands on.  Emily Henderson was the winner of HGTV’s Design Star several years ago and I can’t get enough of her style.  Lauren Liess, author of Habitat, is quite possibly my favorite designer.  Her style has influenced mine greatly over the years. I loved reading her blog as she was writing this book, planning the cover, coming up with the title, etc.  I am really geeking out over it, as you can probably tell, haha!  And Livable, Lovable Home is by the same authors as one of my favorites above.  They also started out as DIY and home bloggers.

Books I Want to Read : The House of Figs

1. Styled // 2. Lovable Livable Home // 3. Habitat: A Field Guide to Decorating

These next three still have quite beautiful covers but don’t have much to do with decorating.  However, they have recently influenced my views on creativity and finding my art and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  The first two are more current, but Gift from the Sea was written in the 50s by the wife of Charles Lindbergh.  Its quite interesting though and she has a lot of relevant things to say about making time for creativity and finding your art.  I find myself nodding my head and underlining things on almost every page.

Books I Love : The House of Figs

 1. Bread & Wine // 2. One Thousand Gifts  // 3. Gift From the Sea

So there’s my list! What about you?  Do you use books to decorate your home or just to read?  Have any to add to this list?  I’d love to hear!



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4 Responses to Decorating with Books

  1. Lizzy August 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    You know me… I oNLY use books to decorate. Hehehe. I’m trying to get better about reading them though! 🙂

    • Bethany August 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

      I know it, haha! But if you only read one here, make it Gift from the Sea, please!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Or The Nester. <3 Okay, both. 😉


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