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Friday, February 11, 2011

I Love Decorating with Books - Guest Post from Honey We're Home

On the heels of my de-cluttering post, I have a special guest who is going to show you how you can keep all your books and make them look attractive instead of cluttered! Hooray for book lovers!!! And once you see how she used her books as décor, you are going to run to your bookshelves and create another reason to fall in love with your home!

Without any further waiting, I'd like to introduce Megan from Honey We're Home
(and her fabulous helper and right hand man, James.) 

Okay, but wait, before I let her talk, I have to tell you that Megan's home is absolutely gorgeous. If you haven't visited her blog, do so NOW!

What, you are still here? Seriously! Look, here are just a few pictures from her home:

Okay, so you are back, and NOW without any further delay, Please welcome Megan!

Although I had admired Brittany’s handiwork and especially her boy’s reading nook for a long time from afar, I was thrilled to get to meet her in person at Blissdom.  Needless to say, she is so down-to-earth and personable and really listens to you when you are talking.  Eye contact and all.  And she really is purely intent on showing her readers how they can accomplish the kinds of projects she does in her home in theirs!

What I’m sharing with you today is how I’ve used books as decor in our home.  I love reading and have amassed quite a collection of books over the years.  It’s funny how you can tell a lot about a person by the books they read.  In my house, you would guess I’m into God/religion/spirituality, decor/interior design, parenting/babies, fashion, and cooking.  My husband’s books are all about business, law, and history.

I’ve received a lot of inspiration for decorating with books from blogland and I especially love those “rainbow” bookshelves and wanted to try my hand at it.  I’m pretty familiar with my books, so I’m sure I won’t have any trouble locating them even though they aren’t categorized by subject.

Here’s my rainbow bookshelf in the upstairs hallway.  All I did was group the books into rainbow order by their spines and then arrange them on the shelf.   I reworked it a couple of times, and ended up with this:

basket, book, James, walls, J bath 001
basket, book, James, walls, J bath 002

Here’s the close up:
basket, book, James, walls, J bath 007 basket, book, James, walls, J bath 004 basket, book, James, walls, J bath 006

There’s barely a room in my house that doesn’t have books, for example:
My Office

Books 007


James’ Nursery
Books 023
 Books 026

Thanks for having me Brittany!!

Be sure to check out some other ways you can "Fall in Love with Your Home!"

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At February 11, 2011 at 6:44 AM , Blogger Simply LKJ said...

Came over from Megan's. Great feature. Her displays of books are amazing. I remember seeing your son's reading nook that Megan featured. It is such a great use of space!

At February 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

I'm drooling over your pantry! Love the rainbow book display too. But I'm green with envy over your pantry.

At February 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Thanks for letting me crash your blog Brittany!! Have a great weekend!

At February 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM , Blogger Leen said...

Fun guest post! It's making me want to get all my books from their hiding spots and display them proudly :)

At February 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Simple Dwellings said...

I found your blog from Megan's! I will definitely be back for more. I would love to learn some DIY design! And great job today Megan-I love how you decorate with books. :)

At February 11, 2011 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Megan's house is a lot like mine in that I have books in each room too. Only mine are not organized as prettily as hers are!! ;)

At February 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Great post -- LOVE her rainbow bookshelves!

At February 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM , Blogger Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Wonderful post! Such a fan of both of you girls.

At February 11, 2011 at 9:14 PM , Blogger Vicky @ Pearl District said...

You are one amazing handy girl!!! I just came across your blog and all i'm gonna say is WOW! I found you through Megan. I am definitely following you! You are soo good! So much to learn from!

Have a wonderful day!

At February 12, 2011 at 10:44 AM , Blogger Chandra Chinnis said...

I am already a follower of Megan and I must agree her home is spectacular!!! I think I will try the rainbow bookcase.

At February 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love having books all around every room! You have so many great ideas! Love that there are no knicks knacks with the books on your shelves....that's hard to do! ♥


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