Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday Spectacular: Book-Themed Decor

I know my first "Spectacular" round-up was on a Saturday - but Sunday just seems better for something as chill as a round-up, and a round-up was the first thing that came to mind when I opened an email from Havenly.com earlier this month. Havenly is a company that allows you to have a virtual interior designer right in your pocket - so to speak. Signing up for an account with them allows you an opportunity to interact with a real professional designer, have help with creating the perfect design for your space, and even have access to concierge shopping services that help you make sure you end up with the look and arrangement you want.

And what's better than great design help? Great conversations that inspire great blog post ideas - like this one!


For ages now, I've had a secret board on Pinterest that actually revolves around this very idea, and it's full of pins I thought I might someday use for book-themed meet-and-greet parties with my novel readers. But the other side of that thought is that it's a cost-effective and recycle-friendly way to utilize occasionally misprinted paperbacks of my novels (like that time when a huge order of books all came in with a heartbreaking red tinge that made every book in the order look like the cover had been sunburned), books that are messed up because I forgot to double-check some detail (like that time when I ordered a bajillion copies of Selkie - without the page numbers), or when I change covers or formatting details but still have previous editions in my personal stock to deal with or dispose of.

Not too long ago, I wrote a fantasy post about my "happy place" - just a glimpse at a moment in the home I dream of settling down in, long after the RV adventure is behind me, the era of cruise exploration has ended, and life tied to one place finally starts to look appealing. The one major certainty is that inside that home - and I suspect inside any other home I end up living in between now and then - there will be books.

Books are like blood for me; I need them to be there, need them to exist, filled as they are with dreams and wishes and the sort of happy ending I have yet to see manifesting in my own life. I need the sugar-sweet moments and the fantasy turnaround, the sorts of lines readers use in reviews and tattoos and authors use on teasers and blurbs. I need a few of the chapters filled with beautiful prose and little else - the moments readers find boring and authors cannot bring themselves to delete, because even the mundane can be beautiful when properly expressed. Aside from being one of my favorite entertainments, books are a personal wish yet unfullfilled, a promise of a dream's possibility.

Honestly though, I rarely pick up a real book anymore - not for reading, anyway. And yet, they hold a purpose for me still; there lies a certain joy simply in being able to look at them. So they're in stacks on tables, they're stashed in corners and drawers. They stand side-by-side on shelves, wait quietly to be rediscovered in boxes in various closets, and I even have a basket of books in the back of my van - just in case I should ever need one.

They're good for more than just reading, too; there are countless other ways to enjoy the magic of the written word and the beauty of the printed page. And for a book lover like me, these all look like perfectly lovely ways to celebrate the splendor of a story:

It's amazing isn't it, what we can do with just a book? It's just a stack of paper sturdily held together, printed with so many pretty lies (unless it's non-fiction, and sometimes even then!) - and yet it opens worlds of imagination, gives us lessons to live on and grow from, models to emulate and heroes to love.

Thanks for the idea, Havenly - this has been one of my favorite posts to put together lately, and the time spent on Pinterest made this work feel like so much play. A good number of my other pin boards grew in the making of this post as well - and as usual, I found tons of great new ideas for whenever "someday" gets here.
Today's "Featured Favorite Product" is this utterly adorable book necklace that would make a perfect gift for your favorite book lover - it's stainless steel so it won't tarnish or lose its pretty finish, the heart cutout from the cover is totally adorable, it can be ordered with custom back-cover engraving, it comes in three different color choices, AND it comes with a chain! Shown below in blue, this necklace is an easy gift to pick up, and for less than five dollars, I think you're getting a lot of bang for your buck.


It also comes in black and in gold-tone, and I just love how totally cute it is. If you click over to check it out, make sure you look through the item photos - the little pages even turn!

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8 comments:

  1. I love books too -- always have from such a young age! We have a library room in our home filled with books!

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    1. That sounds like an utter DREAM! I'd love to have a little reading nook in my home one day.

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  2. I adore old books and use them in my decor! The older the better

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    1. Me too, but mostly because once I get them (wanting so much to read them) they're ancient by the tie I get around to them, and they end up spread everywhere because there's no way I'll ever have enough room for them all.

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  3. I went through the blog post and honestly i was utterly blown away by the passion and persistence shown in putting up and consolidating such a topic. This has definitely sparked and sprinkled new ideas for my own blog too. Kudos and waiting for vlog soon on this.

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    1. Thanks! There's unlikely to be a vlog anytime soon though - I still can't stare at myself on-screen for long enough to make any yet!

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  4. Book-themed decor is so fun, although I still don't think I'd be able to bring myself to cut a book up for decor purposes.

    I have books everywhere too (and a whole shelf for library books, because I usually have a dozen or two checked out at any given time). Even though I have a couple of bookcases I still end up with piles of books beside my bed, on top of the bookcases, by the piano, in my overnight bag, etc.

    Which reminds me of the Terry Pratchett quote: "If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you." It's phrased negatively (because of the original context, I think) but the basic concept--that book lovers tend to end up with more books than they technically have room for--still resonates with me.

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    1. You sound so like me! Books everywhere, and the more the merrier. There's so much magic in a good story, isn't there?

      I can relate to having trouble using books for crafts though too - I think was almost 30 before I could bring myself to highlight or make any marks in my Bible without feeling horrified with myself for "messing it up." Having to annotate books in school always bothered me too; it felt like vandalism or something. But when it's my own books (like misprinted or old editions) somehow that doesn't offend me on quite the same level.

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