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Bibliophile Bookcases

by habituallychic

06 . 06 . 10

Every week, I tell myself that I’m not going to buy any more books and of course, every week I buy another book. I just can’t help myself. I love all the pretty photos and wonderful stories. Some are silly summer beach reads and others are highly sought after collectibles but I love them all the same. Only problem is that I’m running out of bookshelves. I can’t wait until the day that I have a house big enough to have an entire room devoted to books and have already started an inspiration file devoted to the project. These are just some of my favorites. I’m still amazed at Karl Lagerfeld’s massive collection. Thank goodness I don’t have that many! I wonder when he finds time to actually read them! Enjoy!


Philip Gorrivan

David Netto

Richard Meier

Francisco Costa

Michelle Halard

Andre Balzas


Christian Louboutin

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  1. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll June 7, 2010 | 12:11 am

    Love books too…an obsession I’m afraid! I have gobs of bookcases & I’m constantly struggling with how to keep them looking fabulous when we pull books off of them daily. And, of course, they never go back from where they came. Love these photos. Will go in the bookcase file pronto. Hope you have a great week.

  2. Ty Tradelius June 7, 2010 | 12:35 am

    I’ve always wanted wall covered book shelves as well, it is such a beautiful and sophisticated way to fill a room. Thanks for sharing these photos, especially of Karl and Mr. Louboutin’s collections!



  3. chic little lady* June 7, 2010 | 2:04 am

    Something about this post is so enchanting… I love the way these literary collections add such character to the rooms they’re in. Wonderful! Thanks for the post!


  4. Natasha June 7, 2010 | 2:14 am

    I did it! I just installed my own private library wall, and just organized my design books…
    I could just sit back and look at them, they make me so happy + so much fun styling the shelves (but I am sure that will get old fast…)

    Northern Light

  5. Ms Smart June 7, 2010 | 2:38 am

    I love books. I love reading. I have a large bedroom with room enough for three bookcases. tra la la. Love Mr. Lagerfeld, he’s one of my guru’s.

  6. Ms Smart June 7, 2010 | 2:38 am

    I love books. I love reading. I have a large bedroom with room enough for three bookcases. tra la la. Love Mr. Lagerfeld, he’s one of my guru’s.

  7. qerat June 7, 2010 | 6:04 am

    I have books everywhere. I would fill a house with them not one room.

  8. walrus studio June 7, 2010 | 6:25 am

    I love how karl is standing on the table. nice pics!

  9. Sophia June 7, 2010 | 9:32 am

    The Louboutin and Costa shelves are my favourites. Our love for books and bookshelves mean that printed books will never disappear, Kindles and Ipads notwithstanding. E-readers however are great for beach reads etc; keeps your shelves attractive!

    Thanks for the post Heather and best wishes from the South of France. Sophia Mose – Pays d’Oc Design

  10. Black Zebra June 7, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    One of my clients has such a room in her home- Full OF books ON DESIGN!!! Her husband is a designer/Architect, David Hicks style! I have sat in her kitchen at times listening to her chit-chatting away,cup of tea in hand and just thinking how much I would rather be in the next room Buried in Books!BAD.FRIEND!

  11. Heidiopia June 7, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Me, too! I told myself I was going on a “book diet” and “shoe diet” this summer, but I have failed miserably at both. Love Francisco Costa’s shelves.

  12. pretty pink tulips June 7, 2010 | 12:52 pm

    Books are my favorite! I just got the Valentino book — pink dress on cover — perfect addition to my living room!

  13. Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ June 7, 2010 | 1:03 pm

    OK WOW! – i’m not much of a book reader – i only read books that have some sort of meaning in my life – NOW if this was about magazines, it would be a whole nother story!

    but i LOVE how books “LOOK” in a house – almost makes you instantly smarter – haha

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  14. jones June 7, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    I love the Domino office space/library. but Richard Meier and Karl Lagerfeld–too much acquisition obscures the view. Thanks and have asuper week. Mary

  15. The Zhush June 7, 2010 | 6:28 pm

    As much as I love my kindle…and my soon to be i-pad…hard to argue with the “chicness” that is… this post!

  16. A Casa da Vá June 7, 2010 | 8:48 pm

    wow there is no better habit than reading books… and there is no better decor element than a creative display of a beautiful book collection… love it all


  17. Pink Julep June 7, 2010 | 8:56 pm

    I’m a total book whore too! I buy way too many and am on a book buying hiatus at the moment. We run out of space all the time, so I donate mine to a charity second hand bookstore at the Humane Society. It saves a tree and a puppy at the same time! Though when we permanently settle somewhere, I’m sure I’ll keep more of them.

  18. Kate June 8, 2010 | 4:35 am

    I’m dying for a room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves someday!!! Great post.

  19. Shannon Fricke June 8, 2010 | 10:45 am

    Oh how I would love to spend a day in the Christian Louboutin library! great pics. thanks.

  20. With & Where... June 8, 2010 | 1:34 pm

    I love books and I require more book shelves. Am I the only one to worry what Nook and Kindles are going to do to our the wonderful bookshelves in the future?

  21. Trace June 8, 2010 | 4:30 pm

    Sometimes bookshelves can be completely overlooked as a design statement, so I was thrilled to see you drawing people’s attention to them. I love seeing my clients expressions after I rearrange their libraries. Instant makeovers are the best!

    Tracy Taylor Ward

  22. Cristin June 8, 2010 | 11:45 pm

    love bookcases, but prefer when they are styled and have a few pieces of art mixed in.

  23. Tabitha June 9, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    Oh my husband is an author, his book shelves are ridiculous, we have to clear out every 6 months otherwise we’d be living in the car.