Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shelves or Stacks?

How's your week going? Hope it's been all sparkly and festive!

I've been trying to find things that I need to take to Australia next week, and all I've been doing is tripping over loose piles of books and magazines. My New Years resolution really should be to get book shelves built or, at least, stack them tall and neatly. It should be my husband's resolution too. Until then, I've pulled out a few stacks and shelves that I've shot for various magazines. Are you a stacker or a shelfer (new word)?

 This is designer Nancy Riesco's way of stacking. I like her style.

Even this young girl has her books neatly organized. Her parents are the owners of Stepback, a fantastic shop here in Vancouver. 

Olive's dad, Clinton Cuddington, designed this mini library located at the top of their stairs.

Perfectly stacked books on a desk, by Catherine Radcliffe.

Simple white shelving in a minimal space is the way to go. 

I would love to do something like this in our living room, as it would be double as extra seating. 

Well, back to my search. I might even stack some books while I'm at it. Have a lovely night...or day depending on where you are!

Back soon.

20 comments:

kate / tinywarbler said...

i'm a bit of both, for sure. either way, the stack or row has to be neat and each spine needs to be even or my eye starts to twitch.
(the books in the den need work........)
happy stacking!

ALWAYS CHASING said...

Youre coming to Australia, fun! Best time of the year for it. Hope you're not heading to anywhere near the floods! :)

Kerry said...

I love those lowline shelves...one day :)
Travel safely here and hope you have lots of fun when you arrive :)

Vintage Home said...

...well you know I have both...but my favourite is shelves!...and the picture of the bench bookcase is my fav here! So excited for your trip!
..Our youngest just got back from 3 months Australia & NZ and loved it!...Have fun with your family!

lisaroyhandbags said...

oooooh! I love those low shelves and it is handy for extra seating. I'm kind of a stacker on shelves - does that count? :)

Chemin des Muguets said...

Greetings Janis,

Oh Lucky you! Enjoy your Australia trip. If you get to Mornington check out Pomme (tell gorgeous Sue hello), and in Flinders of course Tree.

Happy Holidays,

Marjorie

kitty said...

I admit, I am a shelver...can't help myself. I will add that my books mean the world to me and if i can't see every title matched with their own 'Dewey Decimal System' (DDS), I am literally insane. Ok, maybe i don't have a DDS but I hope to, one day when I have my own library.
Janis, your options of book storage give me ideas. I think i need to get this in order in 2011.

As always, your ideas and thoughts are so helpful.xo k

kitty said...

PS have a great time in Australia - i hope to get there one day, preferably with you and R

xo

dm designs said...

I'm actually a basket-er (for mostly magazines), but have been obsessed with the concept of the "concealed floating shelves" - where the bottom book slips onto the shelf so it's not seen.

http://www.smartfurniture.com/products/Conceal-Floating-Bookshelves.html?att=186&cid=179

shellie said...

im a stacker shelver and not a very neat one at that...have fun on your trip and good luck with your books!

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

great shots as per.
more of a jumbled mess myself!
aargh.
seasons lovelies to you and yours.
enjoy down under and think of us stuck in the snow...

Natasha said...

Beautiful photography! I'm really liking the low shelving + extra seating, I wish we had more room in our living room for that. Enjoy Australia and the warmer weather :)

Lynn said...

love getting inspiration like this, thanks for including your stacks & shelves. i must say i've dabbled in both ; )

but i do agree with you on the last photo, grand idea, adore multi-purpose homewares. ♥

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Gigi said...

I'm a shelver and stacker and a piler and a stasher and a fit-'em-where-you-can-er! My husband and I are both writers by trader, so we're both readers. Whenever we move house, which is often, our biggest challenge is always how to move and store thousands of books. We actually gave away 35 boxes of books before our last move. Sigh. They multiply like bunnies in our house!

Hope you have a wonderful trip, Janis! Wishing you warm and bright holidays!

The Zhush said...

Love this post...love to decorate with books any way and whichever way I can!

Charlotta Ward said...

How fun that you are going Down Under for Xmas!
Where is your husband from ?

It's pretty cold in Sydney considering we're in Summer.. Blaming el Ninjo!

I am a shelver when it comes to books, but a stacker with magazines..! Drives my dear husband nuts..! :)
Occasionally there are also little stacks of coffee table books arranged here and there, though this never really lasts with my children around..

Have a safe flight and welcome to Australia!

x Charlotta

fatfatsheep said...

Aussie Aussie Aussie, I am so jealous!
Enjoy!

Martina said...

I need to have both - stacks and shelves! I love the look of books and magazines, but only know too well that enough is enough sometimes! (Must get rid of some books next year ;))

LAURA!!! said...

OH what fun. I say both!!
and shelfer is my new favorite 'word'

Kristen said...

i'm both! i have a HUGE stack of magazines that i need to work my way through (but we know that won't happen) and for the few books i have, they're shelved! great inspiration!!