Carpe Librum: Books as Home Decor

A home will always be the place that lures you in with the song of comfort, space and pure presence. Whether a room, loft or a 9-bedroom mansion, there’s a wealth of inspiration that comes from adorning your surroundings with cherished mementos. And this month we’re celebrating one relic that truly never goes out of style: books.

Juxtapose gypsy-inspired travel and yoga with subtle brass accent pieces, a colorful woven elephant and amethyst —promoting wealth, wisdom, stamina and health — to add subtle flair to any surface.

( Table: Bungalow Twelve Shop / Amethyst Chunk: Mineralism )


These three books are must-haves for women who enjoy motivating others and being inspired themselves. The book sizes complement each other, and the unexpected book stand holders add a creative, and purposeful, design touch.

( Stone: Mineralism / Catch-all dish: Earthbound Trading Co. )


Subtle patterns with timeless accents work in tandem to effortlessly create a well-varied use of space.

( Gold Hand and Soapstone Elephant: Earthbound Trading Co. )


Smaller mix-matched trinkets pair nicely with a stack of eclectic books. Add small pieces to empty spaces to add more depth to the surface.

( Elephant & Catch-all dish: Earthbound Trading Co.  / Mini sculpture: Contrastes )


Woven baskets can be used to hold anything, even books. Pairing a brightly designed book with a simple bone accent piece creates an interesting focal point below the coffee table.


The healing properties are reason enough to introduce the Amethyst crystal into your home, and the vibrant color allows you to get creative with the design. Pair the stone with an earthy souvenir to unify to beautiful, worldly elements.

( Amethyst Chunk: Earthbound Trading Co. )



Contrasting cool and warm tones is a great way to be sure you’re maintaining the balance in your space.


Peace to all who enter here and indulge in a sitting with Anthony Bourdain, The Sartorialist and Sixties Style!


Girlosophy: the ideal afternoon read while sitting on a cozy corner chair, next to a bright plant, enjoying the aroma of your favorite incense. Turning a house into a home is all about taking accents that are most important to you and complementing them with edgy design pieces.


Strong metal pieces paired with the bright, woven art are a lovely accent to a mantle or a shelf.

( Moroccan Woven Dish: Souk & Co. )


Words by Julia Kramer

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