One of the first designers I discovered who agreed with my 'design from the heart' philosophy was Suzy Chiazzari. When I first read her book 'The Healing Home' it was like I'd found a sister all the way on the other side of the world.
She 'got it'.
She knew exactly how I felt.
In 'The Healing Home' there's a section with some questions related to stress..... and how to discover if you're under too much and need to take some responsible action.
One of her questions is this....
'Are you unable to concentrate on anything and dislike reading?'
She goes on to say...
'This may seem like a strange question at first glance but books add a special dimension to a home. Collated within their pages are the experiences, thoughts and ideas of a great number of people, both living and dead.
Books contain unifying and bonding vibrations.
In fact, a home without books remains a very cold and uninviting place.
Colorful books and magazines contribute to the overall feeling in a room and book displays, in particular, create a very nourishing and friendly environment.' (My 'bolding' throughout).
One way to help diffuse stress then, is to include more books in your home.
Display them where you can see them. Put them where you can touch them. Make it easy to pick up a favourite magazine or book and settle into a cosy chair for a relaxing browse.
Do you agree?
I certainly could not, in my wildest dreams, imagine my home without books.
I'm hooked on them!
I have them in bookcases, open on recipe stands, standing up on top of my bookshelves, as part of a montage facing out within the bookshelves so I can see their stunning covers, and stacked on bedside tables. I have a pile of interior design mags stacked on occasional tables on either side of the sofa, and they get thumbed through often!
I find the colours and designs on the covers a simple and very exciting way to bring 'art' into my home.
And of course, I just love the cocooning, nurturing feel they add to the atmosphere.
In celebration of books, here's a collection of home libraries and their various displays...... I wish mine was as big as some of these!
Have to say I'm not only loving the bookcase here,
but the gorgeous red studded door as well!
This used to be a coat closet!
I like this much better.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Bookcase heaven for me.
(Tall ladder required though!)
How to make the most of corner space?
... A curved bookcase!
Built ins in the bedroom - bliss!
These shelves are in a walk through area - no wasted space!
Any place will do!
A quiet corner.
Built in window seats to cosy up on!
Nice rustic feel
The books add splashes of colour!
Love the red!
My all time biggest bookcase wish!
Built ins around a door way!
Colour coded books!
This alcove is off a bedroom...
You can close the doors for extra seclusion!
Warm, cocooning, nurturing.
Pools of lamplight. Sigh.
More curves to use up every bit of space!
The way the shelves frame that amazing window
(hope there's a matching set on the other side)
is simply beautiful.
Now I'm really gobsmacked!
Just what I've always wanted - a secret door!
You can just see the powder room behind it.
Here's one of my favourite quotes...
'All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been:
it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
Which leads to: Where do you have them? How are they displayed? How could you use them to contribute more to good vibrations within your home?
Because: If Suzy's right (and I think I, at least, agree with her), your house isn't a 'home' without books!
What do you think?....
It's Hooked On Houses weekly blog party today. Thanks Julia for the fun! Visit the party to see and read lots more great posts about what people are 'hooked on'!
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