Sunday, March 7, 2010


This beautiful building is YOUR library, the Library of Congress. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and also serves as the research arm of Congress. It is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in it's collection.
Now the majority of us do not live close enough to take advantage of this treasure, however, a surprising amount of information can be found on it's website, Most of us have terrific public libraries in our cities and towns. I have friends and family that tell me I could start my own personal library. I am an avid reader, and enjoy being surrounded by books. They are everywhere in my home. There are countless ways to display your books. I have them on shelves, in bookcases, stacked on tables, under tables, or stacked on the floor as tables. But regardless of how you display them, books can bring warmth, beauty, and enlightenment to your decor, and more importantly, to your mind.

Don't forget to put a little light on the subject.

...and don't forget to accessorize


Two-Sided Library Cart
Mobile Media Tower

Librarie Bookshelf

Open Bookcase

French Shopkeeper's Shelves

Vintage Steel Lawyer's Bookcase

Large Library Media System

Red Bookshelf
Two Drawer Bookshelf

Quatrefoil Bookcase
Large Scaled French Bookcase

Preforated Steel Bookcase

Prado Bookcase Deck

Elizabeth Glass Cabinet

Country Collections Bookcase

Favorite Children's Books:

Must Read Classics:

Decor Must-Haves

Penguin Books has released special hardcover editions of beloved classics.

Individually sold for $20 a piece, Penguin is currently offering a special set, by acclaimed designer Coralie Bickford-Smith, for $130. The books are foil stamped on linen cases with colored end papers and ribbon markers.
There are eight titles in this beautiful set:

Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
Pride and Prejudice, & Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy

I think this set would make a marvelous wedding present. Books are always great gifts.
But don't forget, without spending a dime, you can have access to most any book in the world. Just visit and support YOUR local public library. K


  1. Thanks for the wonderful comments on the joys of books, reading and public libraries!!!

  2. Hi,
    Thanks for stopping by my site! Yours is fabulous!!
    Great post on the libraries!! Thanks for inspiring!!
    Best, Connie

  3. hahaha! i won't even tell you how much i paid for my steel barrister's bookcase... okay. i will 'fess up. $25! PSYCH!

  4. Pt-D.....$25 !!! I need your sources! I purchased one 3 months ago...
    $175 BEFORE we refurbished it....I felt pretty good about it...til now...
    Thanks for stopping by...I really appreciate it. K

  5. A-P-G.....thanks for your site....K

  6. WOW, this is a fabulous post. I so appreciate the work gathering all of these inspiring shots! I'd actually used one (i think 19th or 20th from the top) when building bookcases into a tiny dining area I built into my old Seattle flat. And I loudly echo your shout out for public libraries-- as we're closing a dozen in Charlotte I really hate to think what this bodes for future generations...


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