Saturday, February 4, 2017

Decorating with Old Books

Vintage Books Decorating
Collection of Old Books, Great Decor find them at RetroChalet

I just love the way old books can add a statement to a room. Here is what I did with a stack of old blue books in my country home.  I have these for sale now, on Etsy, as a five piece lot here.  The books are comprised of old books that I found in my travels. They are imperfect, and I liked their messed up look. Each has it's own character, more so, from loss of original dust jackets.

Decorating Books  Old Book Lot at RetroChalet
Buy these old books at RetroChalet

The books don't have to be in great shape to show decor ability. In fact, I think the best thing about old books is how many hands they have been in, and how often they have been read.  How many eyes have they seen?

Pretty Poppies Vintage on Etsy , Old Books
Pretty Poppies Vintage stack of Old Books here $36.50

Pretty Poppies Vintage on Etsy has a slew of old books that would make for great book displays.  Above, the lot that matches yet has very distinct vintage looking spines would look great on the mantle or in a stack on your table!  Sometimes, just one book will make a great focal point.  I simply love this shop run by Amy from St. Paul, Minnesota!

Cutco Cutlery rare Cookbook Vintage Cookbook from PrettyPoppiesVintage on Etsy

Pretty Poppies Vintage Cutco Cookbook $9.50

This cute little Cookbook above, is rare indeed.  Most likely a premium or mail away for Cutco Cutlery.  These knives are still in use in my kitchen today, and let me tell you, stay sharp forever!  The above book would look adorable sitting on the counter as a display item or conversation piece, standing up in a napkin holder! Sometimes even single books are a great statement piece.

How to Display Your Books:

Old Milk Crate great for books At PrettyPoppiesVintage
This milk crate can be used to hold various books! $42 at PrettyPoppiesVintage

I am all about repuposing and perhaps things that you would not normally consider to hold books would be perfect to display books in your home. Above, an old wire milk crate would show off a few favorite books just fine!   Directly below, an old wire basket wrapped with rope could work in with a cottage or lakefront home, showing your favorite summer reads.   Below that,  a vintage magazine rack can hold taller books and magazines.
Cottage Style Basket for Holding Books at Pretty Poppies Vintage
Hold books and more in here, $36 at PrettyPoppiesVintage

old metal wire magazine rack at prettypoppiesvintage
Magazine Rack $36.50 to hold books & magazines PrettyPoppiesVintage

Crafting with Old Books: 

CindysPaperDesigns Folded Book Art
Folded Book Art Patterns at CindysPaperDesigns on Etsy.

Here's another interesting thing to do with old books, Cindy Fisher on Etsy sells Folded Book Art Patterns for only $5. You can download the pattern and make your decorating books into something great by cutting or folding the pages into a functional work or art!

Read more about this: on iramency blog

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