If you live in the United States and listen to the news, then you know that the South is once again being pummeled with snow. The wintry mix is perfectly fine with me, it’s the fact that school is closed again, possibly until next Tuesday. This has me dreaming of sitting underneath a palm tree in a sunny locale, with just my computer and a tall glass of “happy” in hand. As much as I love the Fashionista, and family first, always, the constant “What are you doing?” coupled with “What are we going to do today?” falls short of “music to my ears.” In fact, It’s ranks high on the list next to “Are we almost there yet?” My trip to Hickory Chair had to be cancelled, and after a conversation with the delightful Laura Holland, who handles PR for Hickory, we ended on my promise to do a post, (willingly I might add). I love Hickory Chair, and having to postpone my trip for weather related reasons was deeply disappointing to this design obsessed blogger. So in the next week, I’ll share some fabulous reasons to use this US based furniture manufacturer.
So what will I be doing today? Catching up on reading while fluffy flakes fall (actually they are snow clumps). In fact, the Fashionista asked me why the snow was falling in balls (certainly not a good sign of what is yet to come). So back to books, I love books. In fact, I use them in decorating as risers, on tabletops and if they have really pretty covers, interspersed on bookcases. I’m even a fan of custom covers, as long as the title of the book is clearly marked. Otherwise, you have a “ghost book” which looks great in showhouses or in magazine photos, but not in our homes. Custom covers can create a cohesive look in our bookshelves, and great fillers if you don’t have a large collection of books. It’s actually the perfect alternative to painting the back of a bookcase by bringing in much needed color and pattern. Consider it artwork for your shelves. In fact, I am waiting for Hermes’ to send me some wallpaper samples, and I’m also looking to score some wallpapers from the Dorothy Draper Collection. I have every intention of covering a few tattered tomes, in fact if they were here today it would make an excellent school project for the Fashionista, on this snowy, snowy Tuesday. I just have to convince her teacher. Here are some excellent examples of custom covers. As Billy Baldwin once said, “The best decoration in the world is a roomful of books.”
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P.S. Feel free to pin this, as a template to follow if you decide to add some custom covers to your books…
Tommorrow is the deadline for voting for your favorite design blogger for the Annual Hall of Fame Awards held in Atlanta in March as part of the Design Bloggers Conference sponsored by Traditional Home. I was nominated in two categories “Best Overall Design Blog” and “Best Writing on A Design Blog.” You have two days left to cast your vote, all votes are greatly appreciated. You can vote by clicking this link design-bloggers-conference.com/hall-of-fame-awards/ Don’t forget to vote today!
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