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10 Fun Ideas for Decorating with Vintage Books!


“Old books exert a strange fascination for me -- their smell, their feel, their history; wondering who might have owned them, how they lived, what they felt.” ― Lauren Willig

I luv decorating with vintage books. They add so much texture and character to built-ins, cupboards, mantels, kitchens, and more. I have collected vintage books for years now and thought I would take this chance to share a few ideas with you here.

You can find vintage books at your local thrift shop, flea market, consignment shop, antique store, etc.. And they are usually not that expensive to purchase. You may even find them on Amazon here and here.

I luv the touch of blue in these books! And partnered with the blue glass candlesticks and neutral colors, it really adds to that soft vintage charm.

If you like farmhouse style, a simple step stool with vintage books, candles, and spindles along with a drop cloth look so fun in a corner, sunroom, porch, etc..

Here are a few vintage books with framed pictures as bookends! (My parents) :)

I found these vintage busts at a local consignment shop and they are so fun with the vintage books and neutral basket. I used to think busts were really creepy, but not anymore! Ha...

Luv these black vintage books where I simply added a burlap bow and dried pale pink roses and placed them on our mantel for Valentine's Day. It added such a romantic feel.

Luv the small vintage books along with all my vintage flea market finds, decorated on the Built-Ins. Neutral colors with whites are so softening.

I found these printing press letters at an antique shop and luv how they represent our state of Vermont (VT), and how the vintage books are green in color, also representing VT colors!

Adding vintage books to an old hutch in the dining room.

Luv this little vintage stand I found while thrifting in Maine and the vintage books look so cute with simple flowers on top!

I recently discovered Allison Ginn on Instagram. She folds and creates these amazing books. She customizes the book the way you want it too! You may check her work out at Fold Between the Lines.

I luv switching up these Built-Ins. I don't think they remain the same for more than a couple of weeks at a time!

And the vintage books can be used in so many fun ways!

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Styled by Ann

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Hi, I'm Ann!

Welcome to Dabbling & Decorating, a home & vintage decorating blog.  I luv sharing decorating tips, vintage and thrift store finds, DIY projects, and antiques from winters in Vermont to summers renovating our coastal Maine family home. And our berner, Ella who pops in from time to time...  I'm so thrilled you stopped by today and hope you will become a regular here at Dabbling & Decorating! 

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