Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Beauty of BOOKS



Call me crazy, but there are so many things I love about books. All the knowledge, some full of use full information, and well . . . some useless information. The inside of a book, the stories, some true, some not so true, some fairy tales, some sad, some funny, some inspiring, some that teach us things, some that give us hope, some that are merely an escape for us. The right book can take you into another world, as it sucks you in, your eyes brushing every word and skimming the pages. Your fingertips turn the pages with anticipation and before you know it, you are half way through the book. Those are the books I love, the ones you can't put down. The ones that allow you to leave all going on in your world, even if it's only for a short time. A good book can be an escape.

{photo from Lonny magazine}

Books in my opinion are also pretty. I love pretty books, with pretty covers. I love buying a book and leaving it out as eye candy. I prefer hard back books. While they do cost more then paperbacks, they are just more substantial and I know over time I wont bend it. I like to use books as accessories through my house. There's nothing I love more then using books on a table with a picture frame sitting on top or stacking a few to ad height to a lamp or large candlestick.
{My nightstand}

I also love to fill a bookshelf full of books. Books can give a home such character and you can tell a lot about a person by the books you see in their home. You see what interests them, what they believe, who inspires them - so much you can tell about a person by the books they own.


{photo from Lonny magazine}

I have been known to buy a book not because of what it was about or who the author was, but because it was simply a beautiful book. Sitting a lovely book on my nightstand or coffee table makes me happy. I have purchased many books about other cultures, art, people, cities around the world, photography, decorating and design and many others all because of the beautiful photos inside the book. I may not look at these books everyday, but collecting books and knowing I can pick one up at any time and look at beautiful things makes me happy.

{Notice all the books displayed in Big and Carries apt. in SATC2. On the coffee table and in the background with the bookshelves . . . love it!}

17 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

I love this post and I LOVE books! I was an English major in undergrad and have a graduate degree in Creative Writing, and needless to say, my bookshelves are out of control. I have four jam-packed bookshelves in my living room (one is a double-sized wall bookshelf!) and a separate shelf in my bedroom just for poetry. OMG. I just can't get rid of them!

What have you been reading and loving lately??

Miss K said...

Gorgeous pics! I love books, not just to read, but to also decorate with too

Dee Stephens said...

i like decorating with them too but hubs isn't crazy about it.

Sarah Wyland said...

This is a great post! I love coffee table books - so pretty and fun to look at. They're also great conversation starters.

Amanda M. said...

DITTO. Exact same thoughts here!
Is that first pic from your house? I LOVE that purple table. :)

Kelly and Sara said...

I love books also, too bad the books I pic are never perfect for pics like this!

Rachel said...

I agree, books defintely add something. Love your nightstand!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

loving these!!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I love books too!

Reuben said...

like the look of your lamp and clock on the stack of books

Tiffany said...

I love that last picture! I have so many books,(hardbacks of course)...um sitting in boxes. Thanks for the idea, now I can decorate with em'!

Scientific Housewife said...

I love books. I just actually wrote a blog post about books and e-readers today, check it out :)

http://scientifichousewife.blogspot.com/2010/08/e-readers-in-book-filled-world.html

Katie said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Lindsey!

We live in Denver so the trip to Atlanta to see my family was a real treat for us. :) My only complaint -- How dang HOT it was! Hehe. Great city, though ... I wish we could've spent more time there; I highly suggest you visit when you can! Hope you'll stop by my little piece of the web again sometime soon -- Love what you have going on here, as well!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love the idea of a coffee table made out of books!

annechovie said...

I think books make one of THE best accessories. Have a terrific week!

Cassie said...

Great post! I love books too. Especially the ones you can lose yourself in. Those are rare, but by far the best!

Leah said...

Oh you can never have to many books! LOVE this post!

Luvs!