Books in Decor


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Bibliophiles unite! If you love everything about books….especially vintage books…seeing them, reading them, holding them and getting swept away by them…I know you love to surround yourselves by them. It just feels like home. And decorating with them is just an extension of it all!

Here are the same set of books used in various different ways and across the seasons in my home.

Living Room


Crazy like a fox is what you’ll be when using books to add height, dimension and texture to a shelf or table. This vignette was snapped in my living room, post-Christmas and before the big thaw. The faux flowers had me dreaming of spring, even when the snow was waist high outside. (Not even exaggerating.)

Dining Room



Stacks on stacks on stacks! Not only the books, but the plates off to the right, too! Getting more height using baskets, cake plates and books adds interest and is more pleasing to the eye. This was a spring time display.


Again in the dining room, a combination of pretty vintage plates, books, florals and a monogrammed cutting board, were used to create a tablescape in the spring. When it comes to florals, there is NO shame in using faux. Especially when you live on the frozen tundra like I do and the growing season is very short…and it’s over an hour to the nearest grocery that carries a variety of fresh flowers. These faux flowers are so realistic. Don’t you agree?


This little corner of the dining room also housed a bunny at Easter time…and he came with the glasses…which are totally apropos for the book theme! Don’t you think?



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This sweet little stack even sat on a tray in the bedroom for a bit. They were equally happy in the living room, dining room and bedroom…and blended seamlessly in each locale.

All Around the House


This little vignette features the same books, with some architectural pieces and a warm scented candle for early fall. Books and candles. They go together, too. At least in my mind…it’s all part of the relaxing ambiance of escaping into a book.



A pumpkin themed picture plays beautifully off the pinky-peach tones of these books in later fall. Another candle, tucked inside a galvanized lantern, adds instant warmth…not to mention an amazing aroma!


Finally, a stack of gray books accompanies a late fall vignette with a free printable for Thanksgiving. The muted colors reflect the show of nature outside during this time of year in our locale.

That wraps our little book tour around the house.

How do you like to use books in decor? I’d love to hear about it! Tell us below, in the comments, or leave us a message on Instagram.

May you find joy in the smallest of spaces,

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Wendy Young is a mom of 3 who loves the farmhouse/eclectic/vintage/shabby vibe and maintains this site for fun. By day, she is a child, adolescent and family therapist, is the founder of Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids, creator of The Joyful Parent and the co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids, along with multiple workbooks for kids. Her total readership is in the millions via her online and social media venues.


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