In this post: If you love vintage books but don’t know how to display your collections, check out these awesome ideas for decorating with antique books.⇒
I’ll never forget the first vintage book I bought.
It’s an odd decision buying that first antique book. Do you buy just one? It’s not really the kind of thing that makes an impact by itself. Old books make a statement in numbers.
If you collect old books, you know what I’m talking about. While not terribly expensive, buying a stack can add up quickly.
For years I’d been frequenting antique markets, but inevitably my budget would be allocated to other things, like a beautiful silver piece or something large like a mirror or side table.
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Yet I craved the balance in my home that vintage books provide, adding a note of gravitas to my frilly florals and gilding.
So I finally took the plunge.
Some people buy books solely for the way they look, but I love books too much to ignore the titles. This makes the hunt a bit more challenging but all the more triumphant when you find an item you want!
For this reason, I tend to look for books that are both beautifully aged, as well as titles that suit my literary taste and interests.
And if they carry a personal inscription, all the better. I love to imagine what the original owners were like.
So, my first few purchases you can see above. I found them in one of my favorite markets in London, and they include a 2 volume set of works by Molière, written in French, bien sur. How could I not get them? The other, a collection of poems by Longfellow, was technically my first purchase, as the market is made up of various stalls.
I keep the books scattered about my house, on shelves and desks and the odd tabletop. But when styling a mantel with back-to-school in mind, they were an obvious choice to mix in with more feminine bits.
I’ve compiled a small group of posts below that showcase lots of great ways to decorate with and display vintage books, beginning with an old post of mine and continuing from there. Just click on the photos to be directed to the complete posts. Or keep scrolling below for today’s resource list.
And while we’re on the topic of books, I also love new books, so tell me in the comments below what you’re reading right now, because I’m looking for ideas on what to tackle next!
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