September 21, 2010

Book Bundle DIY a’ la Restoration Hardware

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There are certain stores that I frequently visit because the style of their wares blends seamlessly with the style of my home, and I can easily picture most anything on the display shelves meshing with my own collection (Pier1, Target, Crate & Barrel). Then there are stores that I love to peruse, but the complete night and day difference between their styles and mine  makes me feel like it would be impossible to integrate anything without doing a complete overhaul on my home decor. For instance, I love shabby chic, but I think my whole house would have to be done up in shabby chic decor for it to work. Since I am not willing to scrap everything and start fresh with new furniture, window treatments & the whole shebang, shabby chic is not the style for me.

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This is the feeling I always get when I visit Restoration Hardware. The style is so particular, so specific, that I think it would be hard to work any of it into my current furnishings and not look really wacky. Plus, most of it is way above this shopper’s price point. While in the RH store in New York, I saw these little book bundles that really intrigued me. For $29 you can own a random assortment of “antique” books having had their covers ripped off and bound with twine.
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Or for less than $5, you can get some bargain bin paperbacks, rip them apart and tie them together yourself with a piece of kitchen twine. My local used bookstore has a Free bin outside. I mean, is this what we’ve come to? Is the need to add style to your home via random looking items (tchotchkes) so great that we would spend good money on something like this? And if you’re thinking that it might be a cool grab bag of genuine antique books…think again. The stack I saw in person contained a Dean Koontz novel!
door knobs
I’m not trying to hate or anything. If you love these, more power to you! I have a glass doorknob sitting on a table in my home. Maybe this seems wacky to you. And we all have our own likes and dislikes.  I just can’t stay silent when there’s a more affordable method available to us. Wouldn’t you rather spend $29 on a great coffee table book that you can actually read?
Please weigh in…I really love hearing your take on things like this!


  1. I love perusing RH catalogs, but I never buy anything from them! Too expensive. I like the style and the ideas, but I just don't spend that kind of money. I would rather go to our local antique mall at the first of the month, when the vendors have been in to add/change their booths. I find lots of unique treasures this way.

  2. The books are kind of fun but I like your idea the best of buying your own old books and making your own bundle. I wouldn't do a whole wall in these bundles but from a color blocking perspective and texture, it's rather intriguing and using your idea, not pricey.

  3. I'm totally with you on this one, Kate! This ripping-the-covers-off- of-books thing is a silly trend, in my opinion (even if it's the cheap DIY $5 version). But I'm an antique book lover who knows nothing about home decorating, so you know where I'm coming from.

    I'd definitely much prefer to spend my hard-earned $29 on a lovely vintage glass doorknob. A classic!

  4. As a librarian and book lover, I find it hard to understand the appeal of torn books as art. However, I'm definitely NOT the style savvy one in the bunch (that would be our own sweet Southern Belle Simple). Having said that, my "style" has always been "anything that speaks to me". It probably doesn't match and is DEFINITELY not chic...but each item means something to me personally .

  5. I love RH, Crate, and PB; but I too find it hard to purchase some of their ridiculously high priced items.

    I've bought a few key pieces and always love looking in their mags for inspiration! Afterall they pay people a lot of money to decorate and stage, and these people know a lot more about home decor than I do!!

    Telia, NewlyWedWifeLife

  6. I'm a book aficionado so I don't dig it. I do love the door knobs though.

  7. You are so right! I don't get this at all.

  8. I don't get it either. We are always cost conscious, but even if I had some extra cash to blow on decor, I don't think that's where I'd be spending it. Of course, I am the girl with a thirty year old card table top hanging on my wall.

  9. it's such a cute idea... but i love books to much to want to destroy them!!

  10. I guess buying pre-made antique looking books is mostly for people who don't have the time to make their own, nor the money to buy REAL antique books. I love the style but I'm not so sure I would want to pay for it. I think I would rather have one REAL old book to shine on my coffee table.

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