Books go onto shelves. Easy. It is harder though if you want them to look good there. Here comes my solution.
I can hardly believe these are all of ours books. I swallow books since I am able to read. But because I moved twice within two years I learned to give a lot away. Have you ever hauled hundreds of books onto the fourth floor? There you have it. But I digress. The first and easiest part of styling a book case is to switch between horizontal and vertical. That opens the space. Also, you can place beautiful little things on books lying horizontally.
This cheeky little dragon has been with me for years now. His tail broke multiple times but that never stopped him from coming with me. You know Ralphie from A Christmas Story, don't you? Well, Germans don't. After I watched A Christmas Story for the first time I told my then not yet husband that I really wanted that rabbit costume for Christmas. This is what I got. He is standing next to my design books while on the pile a chicken is sitting my little brother made of clay after watching Chicken Run. That makes it our design slash movie shelf I guess. That linen bound book "Einmaleins des guten Tons" is on how to behave properly in every situation. It is from the fifties so pure fun to read. Besides, it has very nice illustrations. The little elephant standing next to it is a gift from a friend. She brought it home for me from her honeymoon in Tanzania.
Next to our bookshelves a little armchair and a table invite you to stay for a while and read a bit.
The notebook on the antique sewing machine is a gift from my former roomie Silke. I love her handwriting!
I love to surround myself with the history of my family. The picture above in the center is hand painted and written. The text is a classic Hungarian blessing for your home. My great grandmother commissioned it and it became a wedding gift for my parents. I begged just long enough to get it. The pressed flowers in the smaller frames tell our love story. Nate gave e the carnation when we became a couple and the flowers on the left are from our honeymoon. My great grandmother is on the shelf, too. Her picture is standing between books I inherited from my great grandfather's library, her husband. The sewing machine from the 19th century got to me through a friend of my father. If I repaired its leather band it would actually work!