The dreamiest kids' bookcase

As it turns out, interior designer Kelly Wearstler and I do have something in common.

Yes, I know she's a designer best known for extravagant designs of hotels and resorts worldwide and judge on Bravo Network's "Top Design" show. But this famous mom of two boys and I share a similar concern: how best to store our kids' burgeoning book collections.

Her solution was featured in the November 2009 issue of Cookie magazine:



She writes that her kids books, about 500 in all, "used to be all piled up on one another." Hey, I guess the famous and not-so-famous don't live so differently after all since you are likely to see piles and piles of books everywhere around my house, most of them kids' books that I leave lying around everywhere to entice my kids to read whenever they feel like it. We actually do own about the same amount of kids' books as the Wearstler family since I'm such a book-lover, but most of the books are thrifted and many of them are vintage.

I fell in love with the kids' library in Wearstler's home for its modern simplicity. As Wearstler herself notes, the mini-library is a concept that can be replicated in smaller fashion. Think about it. Just a couple of long ledges with a lip to hold the books in could hold a week's (or month's) worth of reads for the kiddo(s).

Hmmm.....my hubby may be glad this is the last issue of Cookie magazine (I'm certainly not, but that's fodder for another post!) when he hears I've got yet another idea for revamping another corner of our home!

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7 comments:

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I love that mini-library! I'm looking for a more scaled-down version myself, for my daughter's room. I really like those plate-racks-working-as-bookshelves ideas I see on Martha's website. Hubster is a great DIYer, but that might be above his skill level! ;)

For Your Inspiration said...

I love the idea of built-ins for kids! I had to go get a copy of Cookie when I saw this, I didn't know it was out yet.

Kristin said...

what a great reading room! That checkerboard table is to die for. LOVE this -- thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

I love these the moment I saw them in the mag! I found some similar ones (see blog) that I thought were just great. I really want to add something like this to my son's play room. It showcases the book covers as art so nicely! And, since I design books...

CACHANILLA73 said...

This room is fabulous...!!! we miss your posts....

Minnie said...

Cachanilla, You are too sweet! Thank you so much for your nice comments. I miss blogging and plan to return very soon.

Tina Rubie said...

Hi Minnie - have just discovered your wonderful blog! What an amazing little person's library! I love it (secretly put one on my 'wish list' for our future renovation - won't my hubby be thrilled ;). I love your blog :)

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