“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.” ~ Horace Mann
To help you on that front, here’s a roundup of ways to work books into your home decor–everywhere.
An acupuncturist (and apparent book lover) gives a step-by-step tutorial on transforming books into planters for succulents:
Galleycat spotlights this nightstand made out of books, on etsy:
In the bathroom
Yes, really. Design blog Apartment Therapy offers inspiration for combing these unlikely partners:
Real Simple provides this DIY project to take your books off the shelves… and turn them into shelves:
Yup. Designer Karl Lagerfeld is developing a fragrance, called “Paper Passion,” based on books. Reports Galleycat:
“FAZ reports that Paper Passion, which will be sold inside a hardcover book with the pages hollowed out to hold the flacon, will be developed with Berlin perfumer Geza Schön, who told the paper that ‘the fragrance will have a fatty note,’ probably along the lines of linoleum, and that he was taking his inspiration from the smell of printed and unprinted paper.”
Not just for books:
If that new-book scent isn’t enough, you can also get a New York Times–scented candle.
And last but not least…
The Paris Review (okay, also not a book) has issued its own beach towel. Subscribe for $40, and you’ll get the beach towel free, allowing you to flaunt your literary bona fides at the beach all summer.