i’ve always been a sucker for a good book cover, and am regularly on the hunt for my favourite novels with beautiful and interesting cover designs. jo goddard’s post yesterday had me eagerly scouring the internet for exciting new finds, and as i was doing so, i was reminded of another photo shoot i had assisted on. in fact, it was my first ever photo shoot, way back in 2003, whilst i was still studying at university.
the shoot was for elle decoration, where i was doing an internship at the time, and was styled by despina curtis, and photographed by jo tyler. the feature looked at how you could “spice up your book collection” and considered interesting ways for storing and displaying your books in your home.
these were elle decoration’s book styling tips, from the october 2003 issue:
1. make use of extra space on a wide staircase by stacking books and striking accessories along one side.
2. pretty up boring book covers by binding you books in wallpapers and bold designs and, for added impact, decorate your shelves to match.
3. for a touch of luxury have your books covered. choose richly patterned fabrics, with embossed leather spines, and add satin ribbon markers. you can have your books bound to order, in your choice of fabric, at shepherds bookbinders.
5. frame a childhood favourite or vintage book. treat it like a treasured photo, with a patterned wallpaper background for contrast.
6. hang up cherished books and create an impromptu display by threading ribbons through the spines and suspending them from hooks. add clothes and accessories to complete the look.