When you style bookcases again and again, it gets repetitive, Rosy Fridman confesses. The French prop stylist, who is behind some of our favorite spaces, from Garance Dors entryway to Erin Hiemstras living room, has styled dozens of shelves throughout her career, most of them following a carefully considered formula of book stacks, vases, and objects. But for Hiemstras home, featured in Dominos Winter issue, she decided to throw the rule book out the window.
Bookshelves are often at eye level, says Fridman. What else is at eye level? Art. A lightbulb went off: Why wouldnt I approach Erins bookcase as an installation? She isnt the first to reinvent the way we store books. Our very own branded partnerships visuals director, Meghan McNeer, got quite the backlash on Facebook when she presented her colorful book stack to the world. It will ruin the books, some decried.
While Fridman acknowledges that this might not be the best solution for the books you frequently use, she says its a great way to store old titles you dont grab very often. If you want to try it, too, she shares her process in four easy steps.
Step 1: Take Inventory
First, look at what you have. Only attempt this display if you have more than enough books and magazines to fill your shape (or plan a smaller shape to fit your collection).
Step 2: Choose Your Color Palette
If you want a monochromatic look, turn the spines of books around that dont fit your color scheme, so everything appears coherent. However, leave a few the right way around to keep the display from looking too one-note.
Step 3: Create the Shape
I chose a curve to break the horizontal lines and reflect the arches that Erin has in the room. Start with the outer edge. Stack the books slowly so they dont topple over, and frequently take a step back to ensure the shape is looking good.
Step 4: Fill in the Gaps, Tetris-Style
Once youve completed your shape, stuff the empty interior space with flexible magazines, small books, and objects. We used a lamp, a vase, and some candles. Pile them up vertically, horizontally, on top of each otherthis is where the puzzle starts. And its the fun part!Now thats one way not to take books too seriously (and decorate your home with art all at once).