Exhibit A: Bernstein’s children’s playroom book pile. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Kids who love to read aren’t necessarily kids who love to put books away. Although it’s hard to blame the children on this one, because unless they’re neatly organized on a shelf, paperbacks and pop-up works alike are inherently messy.
That’s why when I came across this project from Lori Bernstein of familylovehome.blogspot.com, she had my full book-nerd attention.
Bernstein took the average dollar-store or craft-store crate and transformed her kids’ book pile area into this super chic, user-friendly and even adult-appropriate home for books. Piled in or filed in, any mess is contained in a classy crate that could sit in the kids’ room or by the living room chaise lounge.
You can stain and stencil like Bernstein, or write your own aesthetic ending — the decorating possibilities are limited only to your imagination.
Wooden crate (find at Michaels craft stores or dollar stores), wood stain, stencils, craft paint, casters, sandpaper, polycrylic spray
Find the full tutorial here
on Bernstein’s blog.
Local design experts A Good Chick To Know are smart ladies who like equally smart centrepieces — and what’s more brainy than an upcycled book? Last week the chicks showed us how to dabble in golden decor and this week we hit the books — but in a fun way;)
How to: ‘Words of Wisdom’ book centrepiece
- Step 1: find a hard cover book you love; opt for a cool vintage one to add some style!
- Step 2: open the book leaving about one inch of pages before you make the first fold (or begin at the first page if the book offers a beautiful inside cover).
- Step 3: taking 2 or 3 pages together, make one large off-centred fold, folding one side edge of the papers down to meet the binding seam
- Step 4: now take the opposing side edge of the same pages and make a smaller fold to complete the off-centred triangle. *repeat this step four times to have thickness in the finished design
- Step 5: start the process again, but this time make your folds in the reverse direction (to create the illusion that the off-centred triangle set is ‘leaning‘ in the opposite direction) *repeat four times to add depth and match the thickness of Step 3
- Step 5: now begin the folds in the same direction as Step 3 and continue repeating steps 3-5 until you have about an inch of paper left on the backside of the book if you did so at the front, or fold straight through to the end if you began at the front cover
- Step 7: viola! Your super fab centrepiece is ready to go — you can use it as a creative napkin holder or leave it as-is to create a conversation piece over dinner. If your book is chosen correctly, you can even send a message to your guests — hosting a Valentine’s dinner? Opt for a selection of Renaissance or Romantic poetry!
This is from the book Feminist Ryan Gosling, which was written by a frustrated college grad looking for a constructive outlet. If you didn’t take feminist theory it’s not exactly ‘ha-ha’ funny, but this entry made me smirk.
It’s like art class in a book.
Movember is coming:) And yes, I’m still covered in paint.
If I didn’t write things down I would lose my mind. Unfortunately I often lose the thing I wrote things down on. Wall dry-erase stickies would totally impact my life for the better! I actually bought the chalkboard version and will be putting it up later today.
And the book I was dying to get!! Absolutely joking. I actually bought The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett & Amanda Pressner — a story of three friends who make a pact to quit their jobs and travel around the world for a year. It may make me outrageously jealous, but I’ve heard it’s awesome.