I never like to think of having too many books as a problem. But when you read one or two books a week they can quickly clutter up your space! If you’re a big reader like me, try these easy tips for turning your favorite reads into beautiful displays so your books don’t end up sitting in your garage or closet.
In a Basket on Your Bedside Table: In my guest room, I like to leave a basket filled with my favorite books for anyone that comes to stay. The room has hints of blue from the bedspread and is painted white so I stripped off the jacket covers from my favorite hardcovers and found ones that matched that color scheme.
Peel The Covers Off and Wrap a Stack in Twine: Softcover books actually look very pretty stripped of their covers and bound together with a ribbon or twine. I got the idea years ago from Restoration Hardware when I went in to browse. At my old house I set a stack of Nicholas Sparks’ books with the covers peeled on my writing desk and now have that same stack on top of my fireplace mantle. I love the simple beauty of the display and that you can really smell the pages.
Always Have One To Reach For On Your Way Out the Door: I like to put a few books that I’m currently reading somewhere that I’ll be sure to see as I head out the door. Right now, I have a stack on the selves above my coat rack. It reminds me to take one with me wherever I’m headed and if a book is in my purse or car, I’m much more likely to get in my daily word count!
Coffee Table Finds: Setting a bouquet of flowers on top of a stack of coffee table books makes for a lovely display in your living room or entryway. (Home Goods offers lots of discounted coffee table finds if you don’t have them on hand, as they can be pricey!). I like to pick ones that mean something to me or that I find inspiring. Since it’s my dream to one day live in a home on the marsh in the South, I pick up books about Southern homes when I find them, because they keep me feeling inspired.
On Your Desk: If you’re a writer there are probably certain go-to books you’re always picking up for inspiration. I keep a Liane Moriarty book and a book by Emily Giffin on my desk at all times so I can read a few pages if I have writer’s block, then get back to writing.
Do you have any favorite book displays?! I’d love to hear them! And if you’ve included Waiting at Hayden’s, send me the picture! I LOVE seeing my little love story on all your shelves!