Style Court

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9.16.2008

Affordable Inspiration

You've already seen books arranged by color. The concept isn't new. Some people love the look; others find it contrived. But something about Kelly Klein's arrangement here really appeals to me. Although it has graphic appeal, there's a certain softness to it. (If that is not too much of a contradiction.) Clearly these are books she collected herself, not editions chosen by a decorator.

Rearranging books costs nothing except a little time and energy. So Kelly's armoire is my inspirational pick for the day.

Images courtesy Town & Country, October 2008. Photos by John Huba.

23 comments:

Ivy Lane said...

I like it! And Kelly is still as gorgeous as ever! How DOES she do it?!!!

Style Court said...

She does look amazing in such a natural way. I think I'm going to do this with my books this weekend :)

Ivy Lane said...

Post a picture of your weekend book arranging project! Pretty please!

Style Court said...

OK, if I finish! Flattered by your interest. Thanks.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

The best sort of inspiration. An armoire? Sort of a portable book case. A book meuble? That's a great idea.

Style Court said...

Chris -- a book meuble! Brilliant. I love it.

Anonymous said...

define meuble, please

Style Court said...

I assumed Chris was doing a play on the term "book mobile"

In French meuble means a piece of furniture or a shelf unit or, I think, repository.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

That's it SC! After that second cup of coffee the puns run rampant...

Ms. Wis. said...

There is a part of me that is so practical and picky! I love the look but where did all those dust jackets go?

I know from reading this and other blogs that we all hang onto our books and the jackets are important protection. Of course, if you intend to resell or collect seriously, the jackets are a must.

But the real problem is finding the books. I use my books constantly and I want to find them quickly. I just moved all the garden tomes into the guest room where there's a new wall of shelves and I'm going nutty. They had been in about five locations and now they are organized but I haven't got my new system into my fingertips yet!

Ms. Wis. said...

For all of you library lovers: have you visited the Guardian's (UK newspaper) series on writer's room? Every kind of "library" imaginable.

www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/writersrooms

Style Court said...

Valid points Ms. Wis.

As far as finding books, I guess the interior of a secretary or a bookcase is a good place to experiment with color as we can usually recognize our books, read the titles pretty quckly -- the space would not be overwhelming.

GrannySmithGreen said...

I like the look, but I don't think in color when it comes to books. I think by subject. I think SC is right in saying that you could really only effectively do this in a small area. Otherwise, you'd drive yourself crazy looking for a certain title.

Check out my next post from Blackberry Farm (part 2). One of the bedrooms did a neat trick with books and the bookcases. I'll point it out on the post.

Stacy McCallum said...

is it wrong to want her life a little bit, and her cashmere clad baby, as I look at the brand new shoes my daughter just got sick on?????

Style Court said...

Stacy -- I know! That cashmere. And all the cashmere blankets.

Sorry about the shoes :(

decorno said...

She's lovely.

Don't you think she looks like Allison Janney? (I loved her in Big Night.)

Washington Cube said...

I love many of her ideas: nature, minimalism, but color arranged books? No. If you read books, you organize them by subject matter. You have them in several rooms of your home. Why would you want a red Butterfield 8 on top of a red Renoir on top of Eight Weeks to Lowering Your Cholesterol Level? It reeks of books by the yard.

Style Court said...

Hi Decorno,

Yeah in that shot you're right, there's a similarity.

simply seleta said...

Inspiring indeed! Does this work on a Dr. Suess collection? ;-) If so, I'll have to give the offsprings' shelves a whirl.

Style Court said...

I use all of my books but have the titles I read most often on the accessible shelves, that is the height I can reach most easily.

After that I arrange by what pleases my eye. But the titles are all quite easy to read. I think organization can be subjective, in a private library I mean.

Style Court said...

Seleta -- sounds fun. Especially for one collection of similar books.

columnist said...

I don't have a problem with the "contrived" idea, but as with all bookshelves, they need to be strong so they don't sag, and unfortunately these do, which slightly spoils the aesthetic achieved by the colour coordination.

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

She has it all going on. Truly.