books & a bell jar

The other day, I popped into Restoration Hardware to look for bathroom hardware and spotted these stripped paperbacks (center; sorry can't seem to find the actual books on their site):

So simple. So perfect for a bookworm like me.  However, $29 for a small crusty bundle of books (granted they're probably found treasures from some French flea market)?! 

Making my own version took 15 minutes. 
My adulation and respect for books runs deep, so I felt absurdly wicked for tearing the covers off these.  To expose more of the string binding the pages, I scraped away the paper & glue using an exacto knife (wear protective gloves & scrape away from you, please......Freckles Chick is not down with lawsuits).
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These books are circa 1952 so they're sort of vintagey-old. 
If you were born in 1952........never mind about the old part. Also, you might be a collectible! Yay!
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This display is probably not everyone's cup of tea but it's very much mine.
Mr. FC's reaction after I tore the covers off: "I liked the covers."


vintage paperbacks: $8 (local vintage bookstore)
bell jar/cloche: $8 (HomeGoods)
cake stand: already owned (will eventually replace with a wooden base if I can find one)
jute twine: $3/roll (Home Depot)

24 comments:

  1. Oh my dear! I love the fact that I hate you for always finding something so perfect & yet so simple....and more importantly so chic. Oh my dear..you will always be my bestie, virtual and for reals.

    Cheers~
    e

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  2. Very cute! I loooove cloche's and am pretty much on board with whatever people choose to put inside, but I am obsessed with books so I'm loving this a lot. Looks great!

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  3. This is awesome, but I would have a hard time tearing the covers off books. Maybe I'll try it with ones where the covers are already falling off (we have a ton of antique books).

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  4. I love this idea! I'm bookmarking this for future reference - I would love to have a display like that on my coffee table.

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  5. We are redoing our bathroom and I LOVE the grey planked tile you put down. I didn't see it at the great indoors web site. Did you order it online?
    Thanks!!!
    Tammy Holston
    Tholston3588@att.net

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  6. Ha. You said bell jar. Was that a coincidence? That book makes me want to stick my head in the oven. But more importantly, don't the stripped spines kind of look like an expensive, old cheese? Or is that just me? Either way, lovely project FC!

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  7. Confession: I don't get this look. I have seen it on a couple of decor sites, but I just don't understand why you would want some busted up books under glass.

    But hey, like you said, different strokes for different folks :)

    I do love the second glass of wine, though.

    LB

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  8. @ Shannon: Bwahahaha! The spines DO look like expensive cheese rinds. Now I want cheese....

    @ LB: No worries, I know not everyone's a fan of this look! Hell, even my own husband doesn't get it. Thanks for being honest...sometimes I feel like bloggers stroke each other's egos a little too much. =]

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  9. @ Tammy: Just sent you an email (the planked tiles were a special order from our local Great Indoors store).

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  10. HaHa! Love the wine as part of the essential tools.

    Ahhh, I love it so rustic and chic!

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  11. I love these handy decorative bell glass.

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  12. I just love you. I can "hear" you in this blog post and that makes me smile. You are too funny, girl.

    And your little project? I'm a fan!

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  13. Love that you did this yourself. Looks great.

    Take that, Restoration Expensiveware. I totally came up with that myself.

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  14. Love it! I would totally copy this project. There are some antique stores around here where I could get some crusty old books at a reasonable price. Also, I really wish we had a Home Goods around here, because I've never seen a cloche anywhere else for that cheap!

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  15. LOVE this idea! And I'm totally offended that you're calling me old, 1952 was a beautiful year :)

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  16. jute twine is one of my favorite things right now...i love how nubby it is.

    *snicker* twss

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  17. A great project for other certain. Another cool look I've seen during the Atlanta and HP markets is dying the books in pinks, coffees, mustards or colors.... Like dying faux coral and putting it on the bookshelf - a nice color pop.

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  18. I love this idea. Really, really love this idea. It's wonderful! And I'm thinking I may need to start carrying a glass of wine around the house with me as I decorate. Excellent plan!

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  19. This is just the kind of project I love, thrifty, crafty and awesome. I really excited to have come across your blog!

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  20. Isn't that some shit that RH feels they can charge that much for those things? I bet they are just old trashy novels. BWAHAHA!

    Nice job with the DIY!

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  21. I like the idea, but I agree with your husband--I think it would be more striking with the covers.

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  22. late in the game but wanted to say that i love this look and have been wanting to do it for a while - consider me inspired! but, more importantly, love your taste in wine!!

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xoxo
~Freckles Chick~