Welcome back to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the double-duty edition.
In theory, you can have a beautifully designed home that doesn’t involve a zillion tomes. But, perhaps because I grew up with some serious bibliophiles, I harbor an intense personal bias favoring rooms stacked with book upon book upon book. As I’ve grown up, gotten my own place and been given the chance to exercise my own decorating muscles, I’ve hung on to the belief that books add more warmth and character to a room than any other element. I've also developed a taste for modern angles and practical dual-purposing. Go figure.
That’s why this insane rafter storage is so appealing (courtesy of Apartment Therapy, naturally). The white keeps the room fresh and modern, and placing the books in the rafters is whimsical but astonishingly practical. I am dying to live in a space like this, aren’t you?
In the meantime, even those of us in more conventional spaces can swing an easy DIY crate-table. I’d probably spray paint my crates a more exciting color (maybe a deep burgundy or jewel-tone teal). Another idea might be to grab vintage crates at a flea market or antique shop — old soda crates would be ideal — everyone loves some old brand typography!
What are some of your favorite think-outside-the-bookcase ideas for book storage?