Heal’s & Everyman’s Library book talk and breakfast was insightful.
It reminded me of why I love reading so much and of my English Literature studies at University at the same time as appeasing my hunger for decorating and styling the home.
Heal’s and Everyman’s Library came together in a great collaboration recently. The former has an array of stunning furniture pieces, bookshelves included, whilst the latter is a publisher with an extensive range of classic literature. The two go hand in hand, I thought, pretty perfectly. The one offers you the space whereas the other helps you fill it, don’t you agree?
Being an interior and literary enthusiast, building my very own library that shows off two of my favourite things really excites me 🙂
How to Style a Bookshelf
I had learnt many ways to decorate the home with books and storage units. In my video below you’ll find:
Bookshelf Styling Ideas:
- Tall shelves: perfect for those who read loads if you’re planning to grow your collection.
- Lower and longer bookshelves: create a cosy corner for an intimate atmosphere and reading space.
- Deep shelving: help show off your classics and ‘pretty’ books at the forefront whilst hiding your guilty pleasures at the back.
- Lower shelving & coffee tables: makes books accessible as well as decorative.
- Lighting: can be used to show off particular books if placed on shelves next to your collection.
How to Balance a Room with Books:
- Books by size: place large books closer to the floor and small books above and on top. This automatically draws the eye to the collection.
- Books by colour: co-ordinate books by colour for a quirky look or use them as room accents. You can even match a book cover colour to a lampshade or another home accessory.
- Books to fill awkward spaces: Britain homes have alcoves and corners in rooms that many of us don’t know what to do with. Adding a narrow bookshelf can be the key. Books and clever storage solutions to the rescue!
Creative Home Ideas with Books:
- Experiment: storage units and bookshelves come in different lengths, sizes, heights, colours, shapes and styles. Show off your personality and see what works for you.
- Free-standing: furniture doesn’t have to be against the wall. You can create a space within a space – especially in modern homes that have open-plan designs.
- Leave room to grow: plan ahead and leave space to add to your current book collection.
- Practical and move-able: Many of us rent and move around, so have a think about the practicality of buying compact shelving.
I also loved the idea where you co-ordinate your books to portray the different stages of your life. I might have to try this out for myself.
If you’re anything like me, styling the books is just as enjoyable as reading the literature occupying the shelf.
Classic Book Talk
We were asked to decide on our 5 favourite classic books, which is harder than I expected. I also share with you what I’m reading currently and what I hope to read in the near future.
My Top Five Classic Literature Books:
Well, after a long think I’ve managed to cut my list down to the below.
- Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights
- Homer – The Odyssey
- Ovid – Metamorphoses
- Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway
- Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
I’m Currently Reading:
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. There are parts that I can read with ease and fly past the chapters engrossed in the story whereas other parts I find quite difficult to pay attention. No matter what I’m still pushing past the tougher sections because I love the story. It’s heart-breaking and heart-warming simultaneously. I’m also a massive fan of the theatre performance in the West End as well as the movie!
On My ‘To Read’ List:
- Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
- Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
- Fyodor Dostoevsky – Crime and Punishment
- Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse
- Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
For a Russian born I feel like I haven’t read enough of Russian literature. Although I do speak and read Russian I’m much faster in English, I have, after all, grown up and lived in the UK for 2 decades now so I find it easier. I don’t want to forget my heritage though and my family’s roots so I’d love to read the Russian literature on my list above very soon.
Apart from the five above, I for a English Literature graduate I haven’t read as much of Charles Dickens as I should have or perhaps as I would have liked, only Great Expectations. So, once I made my way through the above I’d definitely move onto his works.
A massive thank you to Heal’s for inviting me to the blogger breakfast as I enjoyed myself very much.
What are your top 5 classic books?