book decor

Book decor

So today is the first day of school.  Yup my kids are back at it & while they hit the books I thought I would share how I love to use books around the house.

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As I’ve mentioned before, something my mother instilled in me is that all homes should have plants and books.  I have fully embraced both in all the homes I’ve nested.

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Although I have plenty of current books I actually read, when it comes to decorating I pick up vintage books at thrifts stores, flea markets, garage sales, etc.

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You can also cover your newer books with fabric, paper, paint, etc. in order to compliment your decor style.
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In a previous blog post I shared a bunch of techniques to decorate books just click the link for all the details.

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I use books throughout the year in different ways and vignettes.

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Books are great risers to give your decor different height variations.

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I love all the tatters and rips old books have, adding wonderful texture.


In honor of my most important masterpieces- happy first day of school!  I hope this freshman and junior have a wonderful year ahead!

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
~Marcus Tullius Cicero~


  1. I love how you have decorated with books! I have been wanting to add more sheet music crafts to my music room, and I love the idea of making book covers out of old sheet music. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. My kids started on the 15th so I know how you feel. And the oldest started college yesterday! (Just you wait:)) I, too, love decorating with books. You always have such great ideas for decorating with them, I love to see your vignettes throughout the year. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  3. thanks for stopping by amber! I love everything you do so it’s super special for me. xo- mj

  4. college?!?! yikes. in a couple of years I will be asking you for advice. lol. thanks for your sweet comments. I really appreciate it. xo- mj

  5. Jann Olson says:

    Mary Jo, I love using books in my décor as well. I often buy them just for the color. 😉 Best of luck to your kids! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. thanks Jann! yes, I know all about the color coordination {wink}. kids are doing great- thank you! xo- mj

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