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Five Ways to Level Up Your Bookshelf

There are a lot of amazing ideas out there for how to organize your bookshelves, from the controversy and the minimalism of facing your books spine in, to the confusing technicolor glory of arranging by color, I think I’m the only one still alphabetizing. However you organize your books, though, there area  few things you can add to make your shelves even prettier.

 

1. Decorative Book Ends

 

Add a splash of color to your shelves with this purple agate and gold covering. Heavy enough to hold up your hardbacks, and pretty enough to make you want to replace your simple steel ones.

 

On the other hand, if your books are colorful enough already, or you’re going for a monochrome look, try these lion book ends. Griffindor pride?

 

 

A few of these bookends can lend life and cohesion, and have a wonderful antique feel, like a library in a victorian manor.

 

 

2. Decorative Lights

 

Fairy lights are classic, and no one’s hating, but here are a few other options for bookshelf lamps, like this moon lamp. All moon lamps are good moon lamps, but this one actually hovers.

 

 

Alternatively, if space isn’t your thing, try this open book lamp for all your book viewing needs.

 

 

And it changes colors! Perfect for on top of your bookshelves or next to your books, or really anywhere you need some light in your life.

 

 

3. Antique Clocks

 

Ever lose track of time while reading? It’s caused a lot of problems for me. Avoid this foible by adding this antique clock to your bookshelf.

 

 

Sure, you could use a normal clock, but this clock makes your shelf seem like a library and not just a pile. It looks so official.

 

 

4. Bookmark Organizers

 

Bookmarks always going everywhere? Solve all of life’s problems (or like, most of them) with this book shaped caddie.

 

 

I know there’s shelf controversy, but how do we sort our bookmarks? Discuss.

 

 

5. Globes

 

A globe is great if you need to fill some space on top of shelves, or if your bookshelves are absolutely massive. Plus, and you might be sensing a theme, this one looks antique and fun.

 

Deco 79 Traditional Wood, Metal, and Plastic Decorative Globe, 14''H,9''W, Multicolored Finish

 

This globe will make you look WISE. Worldly. Plus if you forget which countries are adjacent to which, there’s your answer.

 

 

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Check Out the Designer Behind Gwyneth Paltrow’s Home Library

To complete the bookshelves in her newly renovated L.A. home, Gwyneth Paltrow hired Thatcher Wine to curate and beautify her library.

 

Image Via Time Magazine

 

Wine is well-known in the design world for having founded Juniper Books. Since 2001, Juniper Books has focused on sourcing rare and out-of-print books to complete book lovers’ libraries. A few years after founding Juniper Books, Wine started creating stylized book sets that look as good on the shelf as they feel in your hands.

 

 

In an interview with Town & Country magazine, Wine spoke about how his idea to create custom book jackets has been setting a new wave in interior design:

My invention for the book jacket means that someone can have the complete works of Jane Austen, but in a certain Pantone chip color that matches the rest of the room or with a custom image. People have invested in how their home looks: They chose the cabinets, the carpets, the paint, and the window coverings. Why settle for books that a publisher designed? Books can have as much style as anything else in the room.

Image Via Juniper Books

 

When asked about what exactly he chose to complete Paltrow’s bookshelf, Wine said:

I looked at books she already owned, which focused on fashion, art, culture, photography, and architecture, as well as books that her kids liked. We expanded on those topics, and for the kids, we included a selection of classics that we thought they might like as they got older.

 

Image via Juniper Books

 

Would you ever consider doing something like this for your library? We can’t all be Gwyneth Paltrow, but everyone can find new ways to express themselves through their bookshelves. Check out some more of Thatcher Wine’s beautiful bookish designs from Juniper Books!

 

 

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Seven Inspiring Home Libraries

Do your elaborate fantasies all center around the ornate home library you’ll someday build? Do you need some inspo? We’ve got your back, because we’ve been thinking about the same thing basically non-stop. It’s our only dream. Here are some good photos to get you hype.

1. Traditional

Traditional Reading Space

Image via Trendir

 

Do you have a spiral staircase? Someone must. Take advantage by making your home library look like an Austin novel with wood paneling, bare windows, and some varyingly aesthetic antique furniture. Perfect for taking a turn about the room—or the stacks.

 

 

2. Modern

Modern Reading Space
Image via The Spruce

 

Your style more modern? Those chairs look perfect for a long book melt, and the ladder is a great take on classic library design. Plus all your art books will pop against the white shelving. Just be sure not to spill your tea on anything.

 

 

3. Minimalist

Minimalist Reading Space
Image via Trendir

 

Keep it simple and straightforward with shelves and a seating arrangement. The antique, almost industrial windows don’t hurt, adding some sparse flare. This one is easy to achieve, since all you have to do is get rid of most of the furniture.

 

 

4. For Two-Story Spaces

Two Story Reading Space
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One level simply not enough for your enormous collection? #goals. This walkway looks almost like a fire escape, and between that and the variously glossy greys on the first floor, this whole room evokes a kind of urban elegance, even with trees out the window.

 

 

5. For Small Spaces

Small Reading Space
Image via Bustle

 

Sometimes you’ve not got a huge room to dedicate to your library, but don’t let that slow you down. This reading nook is perfect for compact spaces, taking advantage of storage under the seating, and making the chaise a feature so it hardly matters the ceiling is so low.

 

 

6. For Houses

 Reading Space for Houses
Image via Design Sponge

 

Have a room for your library that you also need to function? This is the perfect blend of library and sitting room, emphasizing comfort, books, and the outdoors, it’s an effective mixed use space that also makes room for what’s important—books.

 

 

7. For Apartments

    Apartment Reading Space
Image via Pintrest

 

You don’t have to have grand windows and big empty spaces to make a modern home library. Even if your apartment is underground, a bunch of soft lights and plush details can make a cozy and stylish reading feature just as well as any other style.

 

 

Featured image via Trendir 

The Library Made of Books

Libraries are some of the best places on earth. The quiet, the smell of old books, the nap corners. Maybe that’s just me. But regardless of why you love them, libraries are great for everybody. I love any branch, but some libraries take it a step further (or like a hundred steps). Take the central branch of the Kansas City Library in Kansas City Missouri, which is, in fact, made of giant books.

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Okay, so it’s not really made of books, they probably don’t open, but the library is open seven days a week. But the library’s beauty doesn’t stop there. Books are featured on the inside too, as they should be. I like a dark, labyrinthine space as much as anyone, but this library goes another direction entirely, as it does on the outside.

Image via Kansas City Public Library

 

Aesthetics on point, books on point, and a lot of services to help the local community. Obviously the decor is enough to lure in any book lover, but not only is this an excellent building and an excellent library, it also offers a long list of additional resources for visitors. Dozens of computers, wifi, video conferencing, study rooms, event spaces, and more.

Image via Architecture Magazine

 

When someone broke this news on Tumblr (this might be generous – the central part of the building is historic), someone actually in Kansas City did us all a solid and went by, taking photos and investigating services. You can read the entire saga here. If you’re in Kansas City, stop by. The rest of us are jealous.

 

 

Featured image via Reader’s Digest

Five Loveable Cat Librarians

Of course, readers love cats. They’re just about the only animal who appreciates the long stretches of stillness and dead silence that reading involves. Book lovers don’t just love cats, though—cats love books. Here are five cats who’ve taken their love of books to the next level—as resident librarians at various libraries.

 

Elsie – St. Helena Public Library

 

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No, she’s not winking—she just has one green eye and one amber. Aside from her dazzling good looks, Elsie does a lot of hard work sleeping and making friends. Dogs and cats both come to visit her, as well as the patrons who come for books but stay for her fluff. She’s named one of the library’s patrons, but sometimes they pronounce it L. C.—for library cat. She’s also there to cheer-lead for the staff and give them updates.

 

 

Trixie – Independence Public Library

 

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Trixie was left outside the library one autumn, so she was taken in and made some friends. She’s smol (cannon), and enjoys books, pets, and sleeping through important meetings. The library also has a rabbit called Grace. She isn’t a stray though—she’s a therapy rabbit. She doesn’t have her own page yet, but we can always hold out hope.

 

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Library Cat – Edinburgh University Library

 

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‘Library Cat’ is more of a title than a name, bestowed first to this tuxedo, who actually wrote a book (I BELIEVE). Unfortunately the OG Library Cat is no longer with us. He was replaced by this probable cryptid.

 

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They’re on Library Cat 3.0 now, seen here putting in overtime. What a dedicated public servant.

 

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Nyx – Chesterfield County Library

 

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Nyx, or Goddess of the Night, if you like epithets, is seen here wearing a flower crown and looking absolutely iconic. Nyx is a service cat who now telecommutes, and she proves you don’t need eyes to love books. Her favorite form of transportation is a library cart, and she likes to both help and hinder computer work.

 

Stacks – Litchfield Public Library

 

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Stacks works hard. She might not be the best typist, but she tries her very best, and she’s been known to put in long hours manning (catting?) the circulation desk. She also likes to help with computer work and reshelving, and modeling for her own line of mugs and shirts (the profits go to the library and to pet adoption). This isn’t enough for her, though. In her spare time, she takes donations to support herself. What a proactive soot sprite.

 

 

 

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