Book Studio 16 went Live last week with a fun, sassy, and bookish Queer Eye for the Book Guy: Book Shelf Makeover. The subject was Chris Connolly – a straight single guy who lives in a 10X10 apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Here he is in front of his actual bookshelf which he built himself out of pipes from his dad’s hardware store.
Chris gladly agreed to be our makeover subject and lugged his books, old photos, snake plant, and knick knacks all the way from Brooklyn to the HarperCollins Lower Manhattan offices where he works. We got to work quickly by rearranging the shelves in a more favorable fashion— making space through grouping books together visually by their different genres.
Chris loves science fiction, and he had one shelf space devoted to his favorite scifi. He is also a fan of filmmaker David Lynch, and we gave his special photo book its own space on the shelf. We even put him in a great new linen shirt! He is much happier with his new shelf life and makeover.
Thanks to our partners at Anthropologie; we were able to use a few select items such as a small globe, candles, and decorative boxes to complete the look.
If you have any bookshelf ideas for us please send them to Book Studio 16 on our Facebook page and share the Facebook Live so all of your friends can get the best advice for making their shelves spectacularly well read.
Here is a list of some of the books we featured:
Future Home of the Living God by Louis Erdrich
November Road by Lou Berney
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Creative Quest by Questlove
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxanne Gay
Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
BOSH! by Ian Theasby and Henry David Firth
Visualizing The Beatles by John Pring and Rob Thomas
Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino
That’s What She Said by Joanne Lipman
We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sustein
Here are seven tips and tricks to turn your shelf from sad to glad:
1. Arrange books horizontally or vertically by genre and size
2. Don’t overstuff your bookshelf
3. Rotate books out seasonally
4. Give away extra books to charities like Housing Works
5. Display books for purposes of conversation starters
6. For paperbacks, use bookends
7. Place accent pieces next to books or on top of books for visual variety
Check out the full episode below!
All In-Text Images Via HarperCollins | Featured Image Via Netflix