Shipping Worldwide - Free Shipping on Australian Orders

A Place For Books

by Sarah-Jane Galloway August 29, 2016

A Place For Books

My mother instilled in me a great passion, and love of books. And by books I mean, the physical touch and visual delights of an actual book. I love feeling the glossy, shiny pages of a classic coffee table book as well the smell of a newly opened book. Some books are like old friends… they got you through a rough time in your life or they conjure up a wonderful memory from your childhood.

(Photograph: Louise Owens)

If I am visiting a new acquaintance for the first time, I will often find my eyes wandering to their book collections. I think your stash of books can say a great deal about your personality as it can instantly reveal a person’s passions and interests. I have bonded with a friend, purely because I have seen a book on their shelf that I have loved. (The speed of this bonding can also be directly related to the depth of appreciation displayed around my favourite character from the book.)

(Photograph: Sarah-Jane Galloway)

Despite my efforts, I don’t think my twenty-year-old daughter has acquired the same appreciation. She is apart of the ‘kindle’ generation who no longer turn a page, but rather ‘swipe’ it. Don’t get me wrong, I can clearly see the practicalities of a device that can hold over one hundred books titles in an easy to read, back-lit font.

(Photograph: Louise Owens)

I have a shelf in one of my bookcases that houses a plethora of travel guides. I lugged these tomes all over the world with me and they would often teeter my suitcase on the edge of the incredibly embarrassing conversation of ‘excess baggage’. I also appreciate the notion of saving trees so ‘read-once-only’ novels perhaps fall into a slightly different category.

(Photograph: Louise Owens)

In addition to improving your general knowledge, the design aspects and stunningly beautiful pages of some books, can elevate them to a piece of décor in the most stylish of houses. Table scapes and (my personal favourite) ‘shelfies’ are often found on the snazziest Instagram feeds these days.

(Photograph: Louise Owens)

Propped up against family photos and often used in colour-coordinated arrangements, books make excellent accessories. If you have already have beautiful books, new, old, or passed down from a family member, why not make them a feature in your home? I personally feel that books bring warmth and cosiness to what could otherwise be a blank space.

(Photograph: Sarah-Jane Galloway)

Place them traditionally on a shelf, on their side, or if the front cover is beautiful… place it so the cover faces out like a picture. Vintage and classic children’s novels look adorable displayed in a child’s bedroom and cookbooks arranged on a shelf in your kitchen will also add colour.

(Photograph: Louise Owens)

I find too, that if my books are on display and easily assessable, people will often reach for them, flick through them… and start a fabulous conversation.





Sarah-Jane Galloway
Sarah-Jane Galloway

Author


Leave a comment


Also in Decorate

Urban Road - Create Your Space
Urban Road - Create Your Space

by Maggie Pana November 25, 2016

View full article →

The Practicalities of Quilts
The Practicalities of Quilts

by Sarah-Jane Galloway October 07, 2016

View full article →

Zuster Presents The Jewel Collection
Zuster Presents The Jewel Collection

by Maggie Pana June 02, 2016

View full article →

Back to the top