Walk into the home of a reader or writer and you’ll know it right away. Our books aren’t exactly an afterthought. Personally, I have books on my nightstand, books on my living room shelves, books in my home office, books on kitchen shelves and books lining the dining room buffet cabinet. Do I decorate with books in mind? Not consciously, but reading and writing are both such a part of me that surely I can’t help but filter my life through that context on some level.
Apartment Therapy has caught wind of this thought, too, with their Writers’ Sheds photo gallery, and historic American writers gallery
which displays the workspaces of writers, to some of their memorable
featured spaces including various Chicago writers such a
recently-former Chicagoan, Elizabeth Crane.
On that thought, there is the book American Writers at Home,
a book which documents and explores how physical space influences our
work, with a few nods to Chicago and Oak Park writers inside.
HTML Giant posted A Book Lover’s Guide to IKEA seating which pairs up books and genres with just the right piece of IKEA furniture.
But, if you dig the look of homes of readers and writers and haven’t
the time or inclination to build a library of your own, there is BookDecor,
a home decor company specializing in faux and pre-assembled home
libraries for design purposes including “sun-bleached” for the look of
wear, and other touches on the available custom libraries.