Thinking About Books in the Home

Irwin Weiner ASID - Today's home is much more casual than the living spaces in which we grew up - and certainly homes are much more relaxed than how our grandparents lived. Here are some of the differences.

  • Rooms once had an assigned single purpose: eating in the dining room, conversation and formal entertaining in the living room.
  • Furniture was positioned only once. Items were never moved around once they were put in place. 
  • Children had minimal influence on most of the living spaces in the home, other than their bedrooms. Homes were primarily for adults. 
  • The mood of homes was formal. 

That's all changed. Rooms serve multiple functions, you can rearrange furniture and accessories to your heart's content, children and their activities are taken into consideration in all rooms of the home, and the dominant feeling in most homes is casual and relaxed "family living."  If you find yourself identifying more with the bullets above than the current trends summarized in this paragraph, perhaps you should ask yourself if you're holding onto the past too tightly. Just because you grew up in a certain home lifestyle doesn't lock you into how you should design your home. Question your values and beliefs and make your own decision. Would you feel more comfortable if the rules were relaxed and you had more freedom to make every square inch of your living space usable and comfortable?

In our latest article for Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace, we take this evolution in residential living into consideration and specifically talk about the place of books in the home. With solutions like the Design Workshop Rolling Cart/Bookcase from west elm (above), you needn't confine yourself to designing a room with built-in bookshelves and calling it a "library." We'll give you some helpful ideas for home decorating in our latest article, Have eBooks Deleted the Home Library? Thank you for reading and sharing it with your friends and family!