Today’s post was specially curated by one of my talented friends, Jessica Thomas. Jessica is a photo art director and creative consultant who, like me, is a self-professed maximalist. Among her collections include ephemera, printed matter (especially of the Scandinavian and Japanese sort), and books (she reads at least one a week—truly putting my slow reading habit to shame).
I can think of no better time to celebrate all things bookish than early fall. Crisp autumn temperatures mean summer’s sunburns are fading and it’s time to tap your inner nerd. Although advancing technologies continue to shrink our attention spans, we turn to print on paper for the warmth that books evoke at home.
1. These lit-inspired scents evoke the classics from Poe to Austin. Paddywax Library candles, $25, www.paddywax.com 2. If you love stacks of books, this wallpaper gives you the allusion without the fire hazard, and it’s perfect for an entryway. Designed by UK designer Tracey Kendall for Anthropologie, $198 per roll, www.anthropologie.com 3. Create your own modern bookcase; Muuto stackable bookcase, $119—$229 per shelf, www.dwr.com 4. Show off your favorite classic with this new line of book bags and coasters; Pride and Prejudice tote, $18, www.outofprintclothing.com 5. John Updike’s classic Rabbit series would be right at home between these hand-printed bookends by Wolfum; $62 each, www.wolfum.com 6. Letterpress bookplates make a great gift to a fellow bibliophile; Library bookplates by LetsBeFriends, $12 (set of 10) and Ex Libris bookplates by Moontreepress at www.etsy.com 7. Up-cycled dictionary pages, circa 1890, are the background of these original illustrations by BlackBaroque; $10, www.etsy.com 8. Known for their exquisite porcelain objects, Klein Reid lets the book become décor, doubling as bookends or vases, $198, www.kleinreid.com 9. If you must read a digital book, at least cover it with a Dodocase cover, which is handmade by traditional bookbinding methods. My fav is the ORK case designed by Jenny Beorkerem (www.orkposters.com) showcasing literary giants in the San Franscico city map, $89.95, www.dodocase.com