One of my childhood fantasies was that I would open a library.  With all of my personal books.  As in, I would keep every single book I’d ever read, and then all of my books would become a library.  And, that’s why it was a childhood fantasy!

I came to the conclusion many years ago that I couldn’t hold on to every single book I’d purchased or read.  I think I came to that conclusion after moving many, many heavy boxes full of books, and not having any place to really put them.  I’ve since gotten into the habit of visiting the library more, and when I do purchase a book, I try to pass it on to someone or donate it.  Except, of course, beautiful coffee table type books that I can use to style my home!  (My husband is laughing right now because there is one small, itty-bitty shelf in our closet that is piled with my books – books that fall off the shelf when he tries to get dressed for work – but those are an exception!!!)

Still, I’m drawn to books and bookshelves.  Since I can’t open a library (cue sad violin music), let me daydream in the images of some unique and beautiful book spaces.

House & Garden UK


via Pinterest


via My Home Lookbook




via revista casa e jardim


via Off the Shelf


via Vogue Home

Suzanne Kasler via Pinterest


What do you do with your books?  Do you keep them and display them?  Hide them away?  Give them away?  I’m curious!




3 replies
  1. Vel
    Vel says:

    I had a similar fantasy Kristen, and luckily for me, we have the space so far (don’t know how long the space will last), and we’re all lucky to have our ebooks as well. I love books, being it be reading them or just looking at them, I have them all over my home in every room (yes, even the loo;-) and I love the inspiration photos here. 🙂

  2. Julie Khuu
    Julie Khuu says:

    The collection is what I find truly inspiring! It’s not like I’d finish these books in this lifetime but nice to be surrounded by such rich history right at my fingertips! Love this post, reminds me that I need to start on my library stat!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  3. Nancy {at} Powell Brower at home
    Nancy {at} Powell Brower at home says:

    I have book cases everywhere so they are out in the open. I am not a huge reader so I don’t have whole walls full of them, but I’d have a library room if I did. I love art and decorating books and have 40 years of family albums that I display. Have a great weekend. xo Nancy

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