Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CREATING A LITERARY HAVEN - WITH HAVENLY


Whether you have your own home or just a bedroom to work with, there is nothing better for a bookworm than a perfectly bookishly designed space to call your own.


Hello everyone!

I have a slightly different kind of post today, but one that I've been meaning to do for a while! Today, I'm going to be sharing some of the ways I incorporate bookish items in my decor as well as hopefully some inspiration on how you can do the same in your home!

I was inspired by Havenly, an online interior designer to share some of my favourite ways to make your home more bookish. I have compiled a bunch of ideas that will (hopefully!) help give you some ideas for your own space!



Bookshelves

Firstly, and most importantly, as any bookworm knows, one of the crucial elements of designing a literary haven is THE BOOKS! Even though I'm in university right now, I'm living away from home and off campus so I knew I needed somewhere that would fit all my books. There is a wall in my living room that perfectly holds four nice and tall bookshelves.


Depending on how many books you have, you can have a lot of flexibility in how and where you display them. The designers at Havenly can help you decide not only what time and where you put your bookshelves, but also how to style them to show off your personal library and your own unique tastes.

Artwork

Looking around my little basement suite, you will know (without looking at my bookshelves) that I am an avid reader just by the artwork I have covering almost every square inch of wall space.


From the DIY Roald Dahl quote canvas anchoring one of the living room walls to the Macbeth poster from Rock Paper Books incorporated in my wall of art, it's easy to showcase your favourite book or quote. 

Candles

Nothing makes a space cozier on cold, winter night than a delightfully scented candle. There are many small shops and companies online to chose from and there is no better feeling than reading your favourite book while experiencing the scents that go along with it.


There are a bunch of small-batch candle makers online that offer a wide selection and custom candle options. Some of my personal favourites include The Melting Library and In The Wick of Time.

Pillows and Textiles

Whether you have a set of living room couches to decorate or just a bed to pile with pillows, textiles are a great way to add stylish and easily changeable pops of bookishness throughout your space. My Readers Gonna Read pillow brightens up the living room and my "Fangirling is so Vogue" pillow makes me chuckle every time I see it on my bed.


As the weather cools, throwing a cozy knit blanket on the couch makes late night reading even more luxurious. There are some beautiful ideas from Havenly to help you create a cozy atmosphere, perfect for curling up with a good book.

Literary Touches

Sometimes subtlety is your best friend, especially if you are looking to add a few smaller touches without completely changing the look and design of a space. You can easily incorporate more subtle nods to your love of literature with little accents. I have two typewriters, one sitting on my fireplace in the living room and the other in my office. They aren't necessarily bookish, but they showcase both a love of reading and writing. I also have some literary drink coasters I had made on my coffee table and some DIY Scrabble magnets on my fridge that show off some of my favourite literary quotes.


I hope I have given you some inspiration to create your own literary haven! And if you need some help, you should definitely check out an online interior design service like Havenly.

Their designers will work with you one-on-one regardless of your budget and space size. Havenly offers three different packages to fit any project, including a free basic package where you can chat with designers to get help shape your idea and a full package including a curated shopping list filled with all the items you'll need to make your vision come true.


I would love to hear some of the ways you have created a literary haven in your home, be it your bedroom or the whole house! Do you have a mini-library? A collection of literary quote posters? Let me know!