Reading Spaces: Classic Libraries

Is there anything better than stepping into a traditional home library? You know the type. Lots of dark wood, persian rugs, antique furniture, and wall-to-wall books. Since it’s pouring rain while I’m writing this, this week’s reading spaces is dedicated to the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a dark and stormy night. Rolling ladder and bottle of brandy not included.

All images via Houzz

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Reading Spaces: Unusual Bookshelves

For the longest time, I’ve always described my personal decorating style as beachy glam. Lots of white, blues, and greys with seaside and metallic accents. Recently though I realized that there’s such a thing called Transitional style and that pretty much describes my decor as well. Houzz has a nice definition of Transitional style here. Because of my style preferences, I’m a big fan of white furniture and of course, white bookshelves. I also love simple furniture with lots of straight lines. But for the person whose style is a little more edgy and modern, I’ve put together a few ideas for unusual book storage solutions. Some of these bookshelves look like modern art!

All images via Houzz

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Reading Spaces: Children’s Room

One of my very good friends is having her first baby this summer. And that’s got me thinking a lot about how raising child is so different than when we grew up. 1995 is roughly considered to be the year the internet really became a thing for the average consumer in America. I was five years old at the time. We didn’t get an internet-connected computer until I was eight. I grew up part of the last group of children that really didn’t have an internet-connected computer at home during their formative years. The last group where playtime meant books and toys and going outside. Yes, we had a tv. But it’s not like it is now, where families have multiple tvs, computers, tablets, and smartphones in the home and on their person. A recent NPR interview with Adam Alter, the author of Irresistible, a new book about how technology is designed to be addicting, featured a section on usage guidelines for parents of young children. You can listen to that interview here.

I always give at least one book as part of my baby gift. I think it’s important for babies to be read to and for the love of reading to start early so then when they learn how to read, they continue picking up books and reading on their own. It’s no accident that readers are leaders. Where this very long train of thought has lead me to is these lovely baby and children’s rooms and playrooms that use books almost as a form of art. Children’s books are often colorful and beautiful, so why not display them? I love the way the books are displayed in these photos, turning the child’s space into a reading space where books are all around. Children are little sponges who pick up many ideas about what’s valuable in the world from their parents. Having books and dedicated spots for a child to read teach the child that reading is a valuable activity and fosters a love of books.

All images via Houzz

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Reading Spaces: A Towering Pile of Books

I was sick recently and how I passed one of the days consisted of rearranging my bookshelves and creating my TBR stack. I posted a picture of it on Instagram here, but the pile is about 3 feet tall. It’s definitely become a problem in the last year or so that I have more books than fit on my bookshelf. This was the result both of loosening up on my ban against buying books and actually reading some of the books on my shelf which were the start of a series which read to me buying the rest of the series and then loving it so I kept them all. Anyway. I am very particular about how I like the house to be. A towering stack of books with no home does not fit that vision. But. While browsing Houzz looking at images of reading spaces, I found quite a few pictures where the stack of books just worked and even added something to the space. And, the advantage of a stack of books is that any space automatically becomes a reading space. Just hopefully you don’t decide you want to read the book at the bottom of the pile.

All images via Houzz

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Reading Spaces: Window Seat With a View

When I was last in Colorado, I went hiking with my boyfriend at Chautauqua Park. We followed a girl on the trail up between the first and second Flatirons until she left the trail to tuck herself onto a rocky perch overlooking the valley below. With a book. That girl hiked half a pretty challenging trail just to get to the ultimate reading spot…my kind of girl! Though not quite as exciting, I love these window seats because every one of them is situated to take advantage of a fantastic natural landscape! Because the only thing better than reading the day to away is to occasionally lift your nose from your book and remind yourself that reality isn’t too bad either.

All images via Houzz

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Reading Spaces: Teal Painted Shelves

I really like white and grey. And I mean, I REALLY like it. But there’s just something so pretty about a painted bookshelf! If I could ever be convinced to brighten up my shelves, I might go for something like this beautiful teal. This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to gorgeous teal bookshelves!

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Reading Spaces: Rainbow Bookshelves

I’ve always liked how it looks to organize spaces by color, whether it’s clothes in the closet or books on the shelves. The fact that the books wouldn’t be organized by title or author doesn’t bother me. I have the Kallax bookshelf from ikea so I’ve loosely organized each cubby by books I’ve read and books I haven’t….and then stacked them like tetris so I can get as many as possible in my bookcase. So, organizing books by color wouldn’t bother me at all! This week’s Reading Spaces feature is dedicated to rainbow bookshelves!

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