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    July 15, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a time when the fashionable thing to do is to have everything in one’s house bright and white, I must confess that I simply cannot let go of my style, which I like to call library chic. This is code for loves books more than decorating.Β I know that some people are able to pull off a fusion of old books and the new style, but the truth is I think there is nothing like rich, dark wood when it comes to a large collection of books.

    House Beautiful

    Sometimes I fret over decorating my house. I’ve never had a big budget for it, I’m not very talented at it, and I tend to get lost in the thousands of other things I find more interesting to think about.

    But there was one thing that was haunting me this past year.

    At the very beginning of the school year, my beloved copy of The Pilgrim’s Progress tumbled from its place on top of the piano to the floor, where the binding tore. I was horrified! This was a reproduction of the original that was just gorgeous; Si’sΒ mom had given it to us for Christmas almost a decade before. It was a delight to read from it once or twice a week, and the next time I took it down, the tear grieved me all over again.

    Thus the idea of bookends first entered my mind.

    Every once in a while I would shop for bookends. I hadn’t seen anything I liked in town, so I searched online as well.

    I wanted something substantial — heavy enough to keep my books in their proper places. I like to the display my leatherbound collection, the one which Si has slowly gifted me with over the years, without fear.

    So I shopped and I browsed, I hemmed and I hawed. I debated over this one and that one and wondered if it was silly of me to spend my birthday money on decor when, naturally, I could use the same budget to buy more books.

    And then I saw them.

    They were iron but partly covered in gold leaf. They were heavy, yet playful. They reminded me of my children. They made me happy.

    And so I bought them.

    And here they are:

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  • Reply Kelly July 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    DeLIGHTful! My bookends are plain, heavy, black L-shaped ones because I don’t usually have room for anything decorative. If I don’t have enough bookends, I use a large stack of horizontal book, high and heavy enough to do the job. If I have space at the end of a bookcase, I put something interesting in there — a vase or a pretty stone or a bowl of seashells or something.

    But I LOVE your idea. Now I want to clear off some horizontal surface in a prominent place so I can do something like that. πŸ™‚

  • Reply walking July 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Playful and practical! I love them!

  • Reply Ann-Marie July 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Oh I love those! They are SO cute! Nice to know that my style has a name too…Library Chic πŸ™‚ My library is getting a wee bit big lately, not that I am complaining πŸ˜‰ Glad you are back, Brandy! I missed you!

  • Reply Kristen @ Dem Golden Apples July 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I love them! Great idea. Hey, if you would like any decorating help in the future, let me know. I happen to somewhat specialize in great decor for little money – out of necessity and the fun of it! I love your style and your love of books, and I know your children will appreciate it, too. XOXO

  • Reply Dawn July 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    So lovely!

  • Reply Jeanne July 16, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Er, did you have those yesterday? It is possible that I was too busy admiring your beautiful books to notice, of course…

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Yes, I had them…but I completely understand books being more important! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ellen July 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Those are sooo cute. Are there any more around just like them? πŸ™‚

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Ellen, here! I’ve seen them many places but Amazon has the best price. If you scroll down, they have some that are similar in style but a little bit different, for example holding A and Z or being silver instead of gold, etc.

  • Reply Daisy July 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Hey, I finally know what my decorating style is called…Library Chic. AWESOME. LOL.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      See? We just needed a name to make it acceptable as an option. πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Heather July 17, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Yes, I like the name of that style too. πŸ™‚

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