September 29, 2009

Sometimes it's ok to judge...

...a book by it's cover. We all have some books we use and love, but sometimes they just aren't pretty to look at. So I began searching for ideas to cover 2 huge dictionaries that will be on my daughter's new study nook(pictures will soon be posted). I came across these wonderful pictures of books that were full of inspiration. I like these books, the colors go very well together. Too bad that is not my color scheme., cute shoes though.

photo from Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage

Oh yes, the very creative, hands on kind of girl, Gina. Now this is more me, love the white and soft teal book combo.

photo from HGTV

I love this picture!! From the cute robin eggs, to the chippy cream bird, and of course the books. You rock Rachel Ashwell!

photo from The Enchanted Cottage
This looks so cozy. I would probably give the little birdie a spray paint make over though. The books are so vintage looking, love the colors on the covers.

photo by Dan Meyers
What a great idea! I will definitely try this idea out in the near future, but for now let me show you what I did. This is the before picture of the books.

And this is the after picture of the first look.
I used brown paper from a roll I bought for my son at Home Depot, and added jute webbing(thank you EAB Desings for the inspiration). I liked it, but realized it was not girly enough for my daughter's desk, it was more me than her.
So then I tried this idea next.
This worked out so much better. I used fresh flowers, and ribbon to match her pink, teal, and black theme. The ribbon also ties well with the banner I made her, oh you haven't seen her banner yet, have you? You will soon, pinky promise.(moms with daughters, you know how serious a pinky promise is right?)

I will be posting my book cover idea at:

Thank you as always for taking the time to stop by and visit. (wink)



Joyce @ Cheap Frills said...

Love it! What an awesome idea!! And that little black clock is adorable. I never really thought of using books as "props" before, this is really good inspiration!

Ana said...

Hi Lilia,
The books look great. I love using books as decorative pieces and covering them to fit your decor is an excellent and creative idea! I love it! Definitely going to have to try it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Have a wonderful day!

Tamera said...

Great job! I love using books to add height and color...and if they don't look the way you want, wrap them!
Cute blog design, too;)
Tamera said...

lilia... love the books and the bird! so cute!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a cute way to cover your daughter's books! If they need to sit out, they might as well look good!! lol Happy week!...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Well you certainly can judge these books by their cover! They look great!

Michelle said...

Quick and easy and sooo cute! Thats a great project, stop by for a visit soon!