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How to Decorate with Old Books

Old Book Vignette

I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage. ~ Jane Austen


Jane Austen Books

What a wise woman, Ms. Austen, was!   Her words touch my heart and soul and she certainly understood the comforts of a cottage.  I love old books with their faded pages and sometimes curled edges…even the sometimes musty smell which they expel.  Glorious old books and Jane Austen just seem to go together, don’t they?


I imagine that Ms. Austen would live in a simple cottage in present day.  She seemed perfectly happy and appreciative with the simple things of life, a trait which I strive to live by in my own life near the sea.



Creating vignettes with old books is an easy and inexpensive way to add charm to your beach cottage.  I’ve purchased many old books from garage sales and thrift stores as well as have a few which were my mothers. Bundle books together with fabric, jute or string or remove covers for another lovely look.  Simply stack books or combine them with seashells for a truly charming beach cottage feel.


Old book vignette


Seashells and Books



Seashells and Old Books Vignette


books, ladder are charming in cottage

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  31. Ann

    The vignette with the pink books and the flower atop is fabulous. I need to tie some of mine–I usualljust stack them. Theres just something about strumming through old pages, won’t it be sad if this is lost because of all the downloaded books.
    Happy Pink Sat.

  32. Honey

    I love decorating with old books & have them all over the house. Your collection here are lovely and inspirational! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures.

  33. marcia

    Those are all lovely vignettes! Thank you for the inspiration. I also have a large vintage book collection that are simply gathering dust at the moment. You have inspired me to move them around and fix them up! Thanks, Marcia

  34. Cindy Braden

    Good Morning, I just love the books and I would love to have a set of the pink ones, or I guess I should say make a set. LOL, they are so pretty and I have pink in our bedroom, it would go perfect.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  35. Sandi

    Beautiful! I love old books too. Actually, I love books, period! Happy Pink Saturday and have a lovely weekend. Blessings~

  36. Lynne Moncrieff

    Happy Pink Saturday
    Gosh I just love this post.
    I am a Bookworm, having adored books all my life so your post connected with me. Thank You.

  37. Pamela

    I, too, love decorating with old books. I love your photographs showing your decorating. I think some of your ideas will find their way into my home.

  38. Tammy

    What an absolutely beautiful post. I love all of these gorgeous pictures and your wonderful ideas for using my old books. I have some but am not putting them to good use! Thank you so much for your inspiration! Blessings to you!


  39. Susie Jefferson

    Fabulous! I have tons of books lying around, usually in heaps with bookmarks in them, as I ricochet from project to project. My DH is always moaning they look untidy – so now I’ll tie them up with strings and ribbons, pop a couple of roses on top and call them decorator pieces. Problem solved! What a wonderful decorating idea: artistic, chic and CLEVER. Thanks so much.

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  41. Jil

    I have been decorating with olden books for a long long time……my hubby who loves books can’t pass one up at a sale, so I put them to good use, too! That add such character!

  42. Michelle

    These are beautiful images and I love the old books and their character, a very cottagey feel for sure. :)

    Enjoy your weekend my dear!!!

  43. Marcia

    Oh, how pretty they all are! I love to use old books for decorating, and I enjoy reading them too :)

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