Posts Tagged ‘books’

Read Between The Spines

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

I have posted about the brilliance of Jane Mount’s paintings of favorite bookshelves before (here).  Her custom paintings of people through spines of their favorite books are on my wish list and one of the coolest gifts I think you could ever give anyone…anytime of year!

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Since it’s likely Santa won’t be bringing me a customized painting of my favorite books, I’m going to settle on buying Jane Mount’s recently published book, My Ideal Bookshelf.  You know…a little present for myself!  We all do it, right?

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This is the perfect coffee table book for anyone who loves to read or the writer in your life!  One hundred leading cultural figures reveal the books that matter to them most!  I can’t wait to

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pour myself a little hot chocolate and dive into this book over the holidays!


More Than Words

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I love my iPad, but there are times when I enjoy reading much more if I have a real book in my hands.  I love the way books feel and the smell of old books, old book stores and libraries…it takes me back to visiting the library when I was young…checking out books and bringing them home to enjoy.  I just discovered that there’s a candle made by Assouline that evokes the scent of a fantasy library through the scent of paper…Maybe I’ll give it a try!

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My dream home would have a library filled with old books and an overstuffed chair…

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It would also contain a music library that included sheet music and a grand piano…

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What does your dream library look like?

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Ever wonder why old books smell?  Here’s a quick explanation…

Interesting, right?

Which image do you like best?  What is your favorite old book?  Where is your favorite spot to read a book in your home?










Shelf Life

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
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Milk And Bookies

Monday, August 29th, 2011
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By A Thread

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Jillian Tamki has created some amazing book covers for Penguin classics that will soon be launched!  Find her blog here.  I can’t wait to see the “making of” pictures once the books are released!  For now I’ll enjoy these beautiful previews!

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The Giving Tree

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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High On The Hog

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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>Pigsey Art journals put a big happy smile on my face!

This Austin-based shop takes old paperbacks and hardbacks, takes them apart and turns them into useful journals for you to fill with your thoughts, notes or doodles. I keep one in a bedside drawer and one in my kitchen to jot down “to do’s” or grocery lists.

There are many pictured in her Etsy shop, but there’s more in her stock, so send her a list of your favorite classics, or that favorite bedtime book that you loved as a child, and if she doesn’t have it in stock, she’ll go on a search and rescue mission on your behalf!

I usually see Pigsey Art at the Urban Street Bazaar every year, so I hope I’ll see her this weekend!! Find her shop on Etsy here.

The Art of Knowledge

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Frances Russell is a budding artist attending Savannah College of Art and Design, but has already made quiet an impression on many with her amazing charcoal series, Science of Being.

Russell collected antique books throughout Texas for this project, but now has clients supplying her with their own antique books of poetry, cookbooks, hymnals, etc. to embed her drawings.

A book is not beautiful when closed, rather when opened its true purpose is revealed as a conduit to knowledge.  I open these books with the hope that you can see the relationship between the imbedded image/text and appreciate the life restored here.  These books represent the individuals isolated in the world that can and will be connected through fellowship and redemption.” Frances Russell

For inquiries on Frances’ art, please contact her via email at or

Wish List: Inspiring Books

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

When I’m in a “style funk” I pull out one of my favorite books - The Satorialist.  The author, Scott Schuman, enjoys taking pictures of people on the street that look great.  He has turned this passion into an art form.  He travels the world looking for his subjects and has an incredible blog where he journals with photography.  Find his book here and his blog here.  Must have and must see!

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The next two books are on my wish list. Facehunter was put together by street style blogger, Yvan Rodic.  (Are you seeing a trend?)  Yvan has traveled to nearly thirty cities looking for people who show the diversity of our world’s cities in their clothes.   You can find his blog here.  His photography is beautiful and I can’t wait to see this book!

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The Selby is another one of my favorite blogs.  Todd Selby’s passion is for creative people’s personal spaces.  His blog is beautiful, so I know that his book, The Selby in Your Place, will not disappoint.  You’ll find that creative people live in incredibly color-rich, eclectic environments.

I just checked Amazon and they currently have a deal!  Purchase all three of these together and it’s $56.  Get them all and let me know which one is your favorite!