Since September we've had all our belongings packed up and stored in a 10x10 storage unit. While we've been working from home, we had the opportunity to give up our lease and stay at a family home, which we are so grateful for the generosity. But, I've been missing my book shelves and saving so much design inspiration so I'm ready to go when we move back into our own place (hopefully this summer!). Who knows what our next space will look like, but I'm always looking for more ways to maximize tiny space for books, I tend to lean towards designs that feature books. And also spend ALOT of time daydreaming about how I will decorate our future (someday) house. Here are three different styles of bookish inspiration that caught my eye.
Having lived in a city for the past 10 years, with all the hustle and bustle and loud neighbors, my husband and I often find ourselves exclaiming "to the woods!". Don't get me wrong, city life has its perks: access to so many amazing museums and cultural institutions, so much good food, and so much diversity in every sense of the word. However, as an introvert, I often long for just a sliver of space that is completely my own and devoid of human-generated noise. Cue the daydreams of a cute, rustic house in the woods of upstate NY or Maine. And I'd fill it with books, plants, lots of warm colors and soft textures. An introvert's dream.
On the complete opposite of the spectrum from rustic cabin is city apartment. On the days when I love being a city person, I dream about the space I could decorate wall to wall if we end up staying in the city and ever could afford to buy an apartment instead of rent (HA). I would settle for no less than big, open windows to let all the sunlight in, wall to wall bookshelves, so much art on the walls, and lots of colors. There is something so charming about that.
I'm always drawn to minimalist design because I love the simplicity of it. It always looks so calming! There's something so wonderfully renewing about all the clean, white spaces. And, it'd be perfect for all the books. They could be the main focus of the space and there would be plenty of room for them to take center stage. And, really, what more could you ask for?