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Books Make a Home [Hardcover]

Damian Thompson
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13 Oct 2011
Books fulfil myriad functions in our lives. They provide information, foster our enthusiasms and spark our memories. But these personal treasures also add colour and a true sense of personality to our homes. Books Make a Home explores the important role they play as Decoration, as well as functional items. Author and bibliophile Damian Thompson tours the rooms of the home in turn - Living Rooms, Home Libraries & Studies, Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms, Corridors & Staircases and Children's Spaces - discovering a host of techniques for stacking, shelving and closeting volumes, and illustrating how each space can be brought to life by books. Alongside inspirational photography is a wealth of practical design solutions for each space and every size of collection. You will learn how to make the best use of existing storage and create new space for an evergrowing collection; how to combine books with other personal effects to create eye-catching displays; and helpful feature spreads will illustrate how to organize and care for your books. Beautifully presented and elegantly written, scattered with quotes from famous readers throughout, Books Make a Home is an insightful guide to enjoying books with the eye as well as with the mind.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849751870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849751872
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 22.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Damian Thompson is currently Books Editor and Chief Sub-editor of The World of Interiors, having previously worked in book publishing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars How to furnish with books 23 Jan 2012
By Peasant TOP 100 REVIEWER
I have a problem. Looking at it from my end, I have difficulty finding enough room for my books. From the other side, some have told me the problem is my perverse and excessive desire for the things. Either way, when I saw this on a friend's shelf I absolutely insisted on borrowing it. I hoped, of course, that it would give me some radical "in a bound he was free" solutions to cramming yet more books into my extremely modest rooms.

I suppose it was optimistic of me. This book is, predominantly, about how to make a room with a lot of books in it look stylish yet cosy. Storage of the actual books is confined, pretty much, to that old favourite, shelves on walls; no "deus ex machina", no revolutionary insight. There are no suggestions that I couldn't have thought of browsing round my local DIY outlet. The rooms look very nice, and if you are particularly unimaginative, Thompson may give you some ideas, but none of them are remarkable for their especial elegance.

Thompson is obviously very keen on books, both as a reader and as an interior decorator. It is a shame, then, that his extensive reading hasn't given him a more appealing writing style. The text is written in 'Interiors-Magazinish', a dialect which seems to have evolved in the last couple of decades from 'Estate-Agentish', all a bit breathless and using words and syntax that are never heard in normal speech. This is ill-advised and detracts from what Thompson is trying to say, making it all sound rather precious and affected.

Julia Flyte likes this book, however I am most I am indebted to her review for the suggestions for alternative reading, which I will follow up. This book was mildly interesting to read through but I was glad I hadn't bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and inspiring 10 Nov 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
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In this age of the E-reader, is there any point investing in shelves and bookshelves? The question is raised at the beginning of this book and not surprisingly, the author argues in favour of the visual and tactile qualities of having books in a home and how it signifies our desire to give them a permanent place in our lives.

The sub-title of this book is "Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books" and this is what it delivers. With the chapters focusing on different rooms in the house, it talks about the specific storage and display options that work best in those spaces. For example in living rooms you may choose to group books by colour for a more appealing aesthetic, in dining rooms it's best to match the thickness of bookshelves to the dining table and in bathrooms - which are exposed to humid air - books must be stored behind doors or glass. There are also plenty of ideas for "eccentric" shelving - bookshelves that work almost as a piece of art or a conversation starter. One thing I appreciated is that many unusual shelving units are credited with their manufacturer or designer's name, so that you can track them down for yourself.

The book includes useful tips on caring for and cleaning books, how to store old and valuable books, and different methods of organising books. It's often amusing: for example the author discusses the dread that most bibliophiles feel when lending books to friends.

There are a few books around that cover similar territory, for example Books Do Furnish a Room and
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bibliophile's dream 19 Sep 2013
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Superb selection of photographs. Everything from formal libraries to overflowing night-stands. If you are seeking ways to order your own collection, or merely wish to have a nose at how other other addicts store their tomes, then this is the book for you.
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