When I traveled around England studying Interior Design and Architecture, I had the privilege of meeting Gervase Jackson-Stops, a British architectural historian and writer of such books as The Treasure Houses of Britain and The Country House Garden; A Grand Tour. As if that weren’t enough of a thrill, we had tea with him at his home, The Menagerie, a notable British Folly* that he had immaculately restored.
What has that got to do with books? Well, he totally inspired me. Mr. Jackson-Stops, as a researcher and writer, had books EVERYWHERE. He displayed them… he lived with them or better yet, they lived with him.
The room that impressed me the most was an anti-room he had right next to his bedroom. It had library stacks – the same kind you have at your town library, where he kept his treasured books. Additionally, as was made fashionable by many British designers in the 20th century, he stacked his books on tables – something I do all through out my house. First, I like the look. Second, it reminds me to look at the books so blatantly on display, and last – I have run out of space to put them. My books are in every room in our house from the kitchen, living room, entry room, bedroom and yes… the bathroom (of course!)
Even though the Nook, IPad and other readers are fast becoming the norm, I still can’t bare to part with my beloved books, volumes that I re-read and hold dear as if they were my old friends. How could I let them go? So, yes, my house has books that live in many built-in shelves, free-standing cases and stacked – like everywhere. And, yes, by the way, I have a Nook, but there are just some books you have to have in your hands forever.
The Daily Basics has a Pinterest board dedicated to Where Do You Read? There are so many gorgeous looking libraries on that board and so many inspirations as to HOW to display your books. Below find some of our favorites (SO many more on the board!) and if you’d like to pin YOUR favorites to our board, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you an invite to pin.
Meanwhile….. we’d like you to talk back to us today and answer these two questions:
Where do you keep your books?
What Books do you re-read ?
(I have 2 favorites – I will post them on our Facebook page today)
Tips on Displaying and Keeping YOUR Books
All of the shots below are from our Pinterest Board. Forgive us for not attributing them individually here, but can find the direct links on our board.
*A British Folly – small architecturally embellished and exquisite buildings on large English estates that were used for separate entertaining, banquets, hunting lodges or simply a ‘folly’ built by the owners.
For more on Gervase Jackson-Stops Menegerie at Horton, Northamptonshire, click here.