9.19.2011

House to Home: Bookshelves

In our family room, we have  a built in wall unit filled with shelves and room for the tv. At first, I was overwhelmed by what to do with them, but it ended up being a great way to place many of our pictures, favorite books, and art. Here are just a few of them....

(A few of my favorite books on this shelf! Audrey Hepburn, A Severe Mercy, The Tipping Point, etc.)

If you look closely on the second bookshelf, you can see the picture of my best friend/sister Maria and I as little girls:) 

Gabe and I love finding old used books...especially classics like Robin Hood or Anderson's Fairy Tales. We also have a spiritual reading shelf, photo book shelf, and art and design shelf. It seems that when they are out if front of you, the chances of taking time to read them are increased;) 
What are your current favorite reads?

I'll be back tomorrow with an outfit post/apple orchard recap, and the winner of the Maple Boutique Giveaway (Last day to enter!)

26 comments:

  1. lovely styling work! old books always look so pretty

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  2. is that mockingjay that i spy?! ;)
    current fave reads have been Divergent and the Clockwork Angel if you are into YA Fic. love these photos!

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  3. lovely! i have a gorgeous leather bound book of all of the pieces in the musee d'orsay that is one of my favorites on our bookshelf. xoxo jillian:: don't miss my ayofemi jewelry giveaway

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  4. i love that you have a picture with your sister like that in a frame. so cute. our little library is pretty full, and i have some old vintage ones sitting on our fireplace mantle. i like having them out in the open. now that i've had my kindle for almost a year now i haven't purchased many books which is sad. i'm currently reading I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley.

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  5. I had a kindle for a while and gave it away. There is just something so very special about a physical book - these shelves are beautiful. The old books makes the whole look.

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  6. I always looove looking through peoples' bookshelves -- and even gazing over my own shelves. One big reason I refuse to hop on the Kindle/e-reader train. When I moved in with my beau earlier this summer, I "married" our books in order of color! Looking at all the great covers and titles makes me so happy.

    (To answer your question, I read The Hunger Games series over the summer. Yes, it's a teen fiction story. But soooo wonderful and well-written. I can't wait for the first move to come out next year!)

    Cheers - erica @ tinseltwine

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  7. this is just wonderful and such a styleinspiration! love love love!

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  8. I collect old books too, and i've started quite the collection of my favorite classic, Jane Eyre.

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  9. I love this. you are so lucky to have built-in shelves! they've always been my favorite feature in a home.

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  10. Your shelves look lovely and the vintage books really make it!

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  11. My bookshelves are seriously my favorite part of my room, I love displaying things that I love on them! Built ins...now that would be awesome!

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  12. Love the first picture here - the reds and black, so elegant! Books just make a room more personal and comfortable. My read at the moment? "The family" - a novel by Mario Puzo about the Borgia family and the time of the rennaissance. It's breathtaking!

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  13. such cute ideas. i love decorating with books.

    xo
    sami

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  14. Love this post. Have a soft spot for bookshelves. I am loving A Paris Wife right now.
    xo

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  15. Lovely! I love finding pretty old books as well! xo -Taj

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  16. Anna!! I love your bookshelf, such a great mix of old and new! Your pictures of Audrey and you as a little girl are adorable as well!! Hope all is well xoxo

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  17. Love your shelves - so pretty! Have you seen this? http://pinterest.com/pin/205415753/

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  18. My house has similar bookshelves, and I had a hard time at first deciding what to do too. I love the way you decorated yours! It makes me happy being in a room filled with my favorite books!

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  19. The fairy tales book looks amazing! :) I love your little collection.

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  20. your bookshelves are so stylish. i think i have to rearrange and style my bookshelves!

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  21. Happy to know Im not the only one obsessed with a well organized and designed bookshelf! I color-code mine by size.
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  22. Love bookcases and love how designers are styling them with vintage books. Do you watch Secrets from a Stylist? She is so good at styling bookcases.

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  23. Love bookcases and the endless ways to style them!
    Thats the one thing my house is missing ... well and a fireplace!

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  24. I LOVE this dark wood!!! and that first image with the red vase and books is beautiful inspiration for a fall color palette!!

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  25. Anna, your bookshelves are beautiful. I love well curated bookshelves. I think they say a lot about a person. And I just finished reading The Hunger Games -- I never thought I'd like it but I couldn't read it fast enough!

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Love hearing from each of you. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! <3

 
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