Trends And Living


It used to be that your books says something about you.Today, that may not always be the case. Books are evolving as a decorating statement for their looks, not for their content.Some people adore having favourite books on shelves throughout their homes as totems of their literary life or their studies. But today, like it or not, many books are bought by the box, by the yard or by colour.Sometimes a book is only bought for its cover, or even its spine or page-top hue. Books can add warmth and colour to a room, and stacks of books can serve as end tables or nightstands. Even in New York’s prestigious 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, shelves of books encased in identical white Brodart jackets served as a backdrop for an otherwise colourful living room by Los Angeles designer David Netto.“It looks mysterious and abstract,” says Netto, who procured the wrapped books from private library curator Kinsey Marable.Julie James, a floral artist and wedding designer in the Pittsburgh area, says book arches are in demand for weddings and are especially popular with English majors and teachers. For a photoshoot, James bought a used book arch made of two lengthy pieces of bendable steel (rebar). A variety of hardbacks and paperbacks had two holes drilled in them and were threaded onto the arches, which were then secured into heavy bases.James says books turn up in many roles at nuptials. “I’ve hung book pages from trees and laid out book pages under flowers and moss on tables,” she says. A popular centrepiece: little stacks of vintage books with a candle or small vase of flowers on top.

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