Pottery Barn-inspired Book Bundles

March 11, 2011

Source: Pottery Barn

I've been loving these for quite some time, but I didn't want to pay for them.  I also knew I could make them myself, it was just a matter of actually getting around to doing the project (among many other projects ~  am I the only one who juggles a few at once?  I mean, is there a name for that?  Besides scattered, I mean!)

Source: Pottery Barn

They're simple vintage.  I love that.

All you need are some thrift store books and some jute twine.

Having been an English major in college, at first I was afraid to rip the covers off.  But once I started it was pretty easy.  Here are mine after I went to town on them.

I chose to go with three, rather than four books.  I just thought that it looked better.

Enter the twine, a la Dollar General.

And voila.

In doing some research on these little beauties
 I found out that books are used in oh-so-many ways to decorate.  In this case, I guess you could say it's book-as-relic decorating (I read that somewhere and thought it sounded impressive). 

 Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books is someone known for using books to decorate.  He was featured in a recent New York Times article entitled, "Selling a Book by its Cover."  You can check it out here .  You should also check out the Juniper Books blog as well as the New York Times "Books as a Way to Grace a Room"  slideshow which gives awesome inspiration for even more beautiful book decorating. 

Me, I'm pretty happy with the way my vintage book bundle turned out.


Have a great weekend.

I'll be linking up here


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The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These look fantastic! I actually did laugh out loud while in PB when I saw the asking price. Uh...NO because I know talented creative people who can do this for a fraction of the cost. Happy weekend!

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I just did that a couple a weeks ago to some cheap books I found at Goodwill. I love the look of them.

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

I love the look of these but I just could never pull the covers off! lol!

A Few Pennies said...

Beautiful creative idea! Love Pottery Barn too but prices are rather extreme on some things--thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Kathleen...love ol' book bundles! I think PB got the idea from blogland!

{twenty}something said...

I just bought 3 and am ready to rip 'em up... I understand the hesitation, though. I am an English teacher!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I am definitely going to be copying! Probably even have some books laying around - so free project!! Gotta love that.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Great project, I can't believe the stuff that PB tries to sell sometimes. Thank goodness for creativity. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Marie... said...

Hi! Have a great time on Saturday!! wish I would be there :)

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Just popped over to wish you ah Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

I have started to collect old books recently. I am going to have to do this to a couple of them! I love the vintage look. Would love for you to join my linky party! :)


Betsy said...

Very nice. I like the tough textured look and the colorful spine on the center book. I'll have to go check out that book site.

Shore Girl said...

Love the book bundles -- have an altered book project in the making myself!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

So nice to meet you today, Kathy!
Your jewelry is gorgeous.
I will forward your charm bracelets for dancers on
to my girlfriend!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Alison :)

Anita Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love your book bundles Kathleen. Sorry the embedded comments weren't working for you. Just for you, I switched back to pop up comments, so hopefully it will work again. Thanks for letting me know that wasn't working!!

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