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20 Drool-Worthy Home Libraries

There’s a lot of work that goes into curating just the right book collection (hello, newly redesigned classics!), and then the question is how to best display it. These 20 ideas will have you making plans for a new library set up in your home.


1. Cookware + Cookbooks: A mix of cookbooks and vintage baking supplies is the perfect fit for the top half of this mid-century modern hutch. We also love how they combine art objects with art books! (via Ampersand Vintage Modern)

2. Invisible Shelving: Opt for lucite shelves if you want the books, not the furniture, to be the focus. These would also work well in a small space to prevent it from being too crowded. (via Domaine)

3. DIY Built-ins: Custom bookshelves don’t have to break the bank. Find out how to make IKEA shelves look like they were built just for your home. (via Little Green Notebook)

4. Picture Rails: Keep all your kids’ favorite titles on display by using picture ledges in a nursery or playroom. Don’t have kids? This works just as well for coffee table books! (via Modern 24 Seven + Viva Cindy)

5. DIY Pipe Shelving: Create a custom bookcase/desk unit out of wooden planks and plumbing pipe. The configurations are endless. (via Amber Interiors)

6. Faux Brass Upgrade: Think those brass-finish etageres look expensive? They’re actually just IKEA shelving painted with gold spray paint. Total upgrade! (via Anna Antunes Home Styling)

7. Go Wall-to-Wall: A full wall of books behind a caramel leather chesterfield sofa? Bestill my book-loving heart. (via House Beautiful)

8. Mix Industrial + Vintage: Industrial open-shelving plays well in contrast to a vintage book collection. Plus, the contrast is carried through in this room with the mid-century modern table and traditional banker’s chairs. (via Remodelista)

9. Closed Storage: Think inside the box for book storage with this cabinet with glass door fronts. Your collection will stay protected and pristine. (via Lonny)

10. Art on the Outside: Don’t be afraid to prop over your bookshelves. Hanging art in the center provides an unexpected surprise. (via Little Green Notebook)

11. Line the Hallway: Traditionally unused space like a hallway can be a great place to install bookshelves. (via James Wagman on Houzz and White Picket Fence Inc on Houzz)

12. Go Asymmetrical: Create a more visually interesting wall of books by breaking straight lines and making asymmetrical shelves. It’s like a puzzle to make sure every title fits. (via Apartment Therapy)

13. Break Up Your Space: In a studio? Make your book collection work for you by using a stand-alone shelf as a room divider. (via Alanna Cavanagh)

14. Bookish Entries: Like a secret passage using a door as a bookshelf adds an aura of mystery to your favorite reading room. (via Peter Pennoyer Architecture and Gast Architects & Designers on Houzz)

15. Recessed Shelves: No floor space for shelving? Consider having recessed shelves put in so your collection blends seamlessly with the room’s decor. (via Lonny)

16. A Reader-Friendly Hearth: If your fireplace is just for show, why not use it to store some of your more substantial titles. Like those massive art books you always plan to leave out on the coffee table. (via AB Chao)

17. Books on a Roll: Let kids keep their library within arm’s reach by removing one side of a wooden wagon and stashing books inside. (via Petite Literary)

18. Literary Stairs: Steep stairs are the perfect place for a home library. You’ll be guaranteed to never leave home without a book that way. (via Apartment Therapy)

19. Bathed in Books: What’s so special about this library? Only that it’s actually in one writer’s bathroom. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a nice soak and a good read? (via Remodelista)

20. Go to Great Heights: Take advantage of vertical space by storing books up high. Plus, we love any excuse for a library ladder. (via Louise Lakier on Houzz)

What gorgeous library designs have you seen lately? Share them with us in the comments below.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)