October 2015 archive

How to Decorate with Books {Ideas & Tips}

Books are an often overlooked but invaluable tool for decorating.  After all, how many people think of books as “decor”?  The great thing is that most of us probably have books lying around the house collecting dust when we could be putting them to good use!  Books can be used for textureheight, color, or even as general filler.  And even if your books don’t have pretty covers or a coordinated look, you can still use them in decorating.  {See below for details!}

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Before we get started, though, I wanted to take a moment to share with you one of my favorite types of books – the Deckle Edge.  Deckle Edge books are those that have unevenly cut pages.  Centuries ago, it used to be that paper sheets were made individually on a deckle.  When the papery slurry {wet paper pulp} was spread out, some would seep under the screen and create a rough edge to the paper.  Modern machines now create perfectly cut edges, but books with a Deckle Edge are now seen as higher quality and thus, have a higher price.  Some modern books are now even machine-made to have the appearance of a Deckle Edge for aesthetic reasons.  The top book below an example of a Deckle Edge.

 

1. Texture

The covers {or lack thereof!} and pages of a book can add a great, organic texture to a room, space, or vignette.  Whether you have an eclectic look or a clean, contemporary space, books can add a bit of warmth and break up the space for added interest.

 

 

2. Height

Get a little boost from books!  Sometimes in design, an object that you want to use might not be tall enough for the space.  In these cases, you can use pedestals as a base, or just use books,  A stack of books is a great way to add necessary height!

 

 

3. Color

Since I’m a neutral-lover at heart, I don’t have a lot of books  with color {or if I do, they’ve been recovered – see below}, but hardcover books in particular often have gorgeous covers that are beautiful when displayed.  A carefully selected group of books can help tie a room’s color scheme together or can break up neutrals for an added pop of color!

 

4. Filler

Cabinets and bookcases in particular have a lot of space to be filled and unless you’re showcasing a collection, you’ll need some filler items to help make the other pieces of decor stand out.  Books make great filler because they take up space without detracting from other objects that are meant to be the focal points.

 

 

DIY Book Covers

Now let’s chat for a moment how to decorate with books even if they don’t have a look you like.  I buy a lot of vintage books specifically for use in decorating, so I look for Deckle Edge books or those that have covers to coordinate with my decorating style.  I do, of course, own a lot of books that I purchased for their content and I still use these in decorating by simply updating their cover!

 

1. DIY Fabric Covered

In my guest room, I have a selection of books for the guests to read and used fabric to recover them for a more cohesive look.  You can read how to cover them with fabric {HERE}.

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2. DIY Paper Covered

Another less expensive way to cover books is to just use brown kraft paper, paper bags, or even decorative paper for a fancier look.  Leave the covers blank or stamp them as I did below.  For a step-by-step tutorial on how to cover books with paper, you can visit my post {HERE}.

 

 

And lastly, books that get used often or that you don’t want to recover can still look like part of your decor if you simple corral, or group them! Baskets and trays are great ways to store a group of dissimilar books and make them feel like an intentional part of the decor.

 

 

 

I must admit I am so relieved that my site is up and working again!  Thank you so much for your patience while it was down and to those of you who tested it out for me the other day.  I love so many aspects of blogging, but the technical side is not one of them…especially when there’s a problem!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Design Inspiration: Dramatic Headboards

Typically in a bedroom, the bed is the focal point of the room and therefore, a very important element.  Unfortunately, a headboard is often an afterthought.  You spend money on a nice mattress and bedding and since a headboard isn’t really necessary, it’s easy to overlook.  Still, you can have the most beautiful bedding, expertly made, but without a headboard, the bed will still seem incomplete.

Today we’re looking at some dramatic headboards that truly make a statement!  All of these are examples of beautiful form, but most of them have great function, too.  What’s the function of a headboard, you ask?  Historically, it was to provide insulation between the cold, drafty walls and the sleeping area.  Today, of course, homes have better insulation so headboards are now used to provide comfort when sitting up in bed, as a place to attach a reading light, as prevention for pillows falling down behind the mattress, and of course, to make a decorative statement!

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Believe it or not, but this beauty is actually a DIY project!  You can read the full tutorial {HERE}.

 

I am partial to bed crowns….although I do tend to like them best when used in conjunction with a standard headboard.

 

Old doors make wonderful architectural backdrops for a bed.  Just remember, if you use a truly vintage door, be sure to seal it in case it has lead paint.

 

An oversized mirror not only serves as a headboard, but also helps to brighten and enlarge the room!  Do be careful as to how delicate the mirror is, though, so that it is safe to lean on when resting in bed.

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Shannon over at AKA Design built this amazing wood plank headboard.  I love the juxtaposition between the rustic planking and the glamorous wallpaper!

 

 

Tufting has a classic, timeless look, but when oversized and/or done in an unexpected color, it can be quite dramatic!

 

Moulding placed around an upholstered board creates a great headboard and if large enough, it can fill the entire wall!  For a less expensive alternative, use MDF moulding to create a frame and then paint the inside to complement your decor.

 

 

Large-scale, dramatic headboards can be quite pricey depending on the construction, so a less expensive alternative is to simply paint a stylish headboard on the wall!  Or even easier, buy a vinyl wall decal!

 

 

How important is a headboard to you?  Do you prefer form over function or a little of both?

 

Before I sign off, I wanted to take a minute to thank Suzanne from Snapdragon Home Decor.  Suzanne has graciously sponsored my site for the next month {see her ad in the right-hand sidebar under the word “Sponsors”}!  Hosting and maintaining a website can be costly and support from advertisers and sponsors is what keeps me up and running!  Please take a minute to visit Snapdragon Home Decor.  :)

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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5 Tips for {Nontraditional} Fall Decorating

If you look in a store at their Fall decor section, you’ll likely find lots of silk red and yellow flowers, cornucopias galore, scarecrows, and cute signs with sayings like “Happy Fall Y’all”.  While I love all these things, they don’t really fit my decorating style… So if there are others who, like me, don’t decorate with the traditional Fall colors and items, you have to get a bit creative in your approach to Fall decorating.

Here are 5 tips to help you decorate for Fall!  You can click on the photos and/or text to bring up more details about each of these Fall decorating ideas.

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1. Bring the Outside In

Fall is a time of change and a great resource for decorating!  When you step outside, nature immediately gives you clues as to the season and adding a bit of nature to your home will help create the same feeling.  Branches, berries, leaves, eucalyptus, pinecones, feathers, and more, all all great items to add to your home for touches of Fall, even if they aren’t in the traditional Fall colors.

 

2. Think Beyond Orange

When it comes to pumpkins, think beyond orange!  While orange is a traditional color for pumpkins, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, so use what works best for your home.  And if you can’t find what you want, paint is your friend!  You can easily paint pumpkins to match your decor.

 

3. Shop the Grocery Store

The grocery store is a great resource for Fall decorating!  Not only can you find flowers and nuts, but even produce can lend itself to a Fall feel when displayed in your kitchen.

 

 

4. Dried Flowers Work Year-Round

Dried flowers are reminiscent of Fall, but even if they aren’t in traditional Fall colors, they can still provide a Fall feeling and what’s even better, they work year-round.  So pull them out to use again in Spring!

 

5. Add Lots of Texture

As leaves drop and rain begins to fall, more and more texture becomes apparent in nature and bringing in this variety of textures to your decor will to create a sense of coziness in your home.

 

 

Just because you may not like the typical Fall decor items found in stores doesn’t mean you have to miss out on decorating for Fall!  Look for nature for your inspiration and think outside of the box {or in this case, beyond the orange}!

 

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