“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero
You don’t have to be a voracious reader to love surrounding yourself with books or enjoy having books in your home. Books make us feel comfortable, they are sources of inspiration, information, and entertainment.
If you are holding this book in your hands, odds are, you already love books. Most likely, we’re not trying to convince you of a new hobby or interest. This book is more about identifying the meaning in it all—what all those books on your shelves say about you and what you can do to have them say a little more, more clearly.
The ideas and images in this book are shared to inspire a more enriching life through books—both reading them and decorating with them. Perhaps they encourage you to bring more books into your home or to highlight what you already have in a new way. If the pages unfold and allow you to dream of possibilities never considered with books, we will be thrilled.
In the fast paced, digitally saturated, screen-overloaded era we live in, we believe that printed books are a refuge of space and time. It’s OK to slow down and read; it’s OK to fill your home and your shelves with printed books and to celebrate the comfort and meaning they provide in our lives. We think it’s something that we all crave whether we know it or not.
One final note before we get to the books. We believe that if you print something and it takes up physical space, it should be worth keeping forever. We hope that we’ve written and designed this book to be worthy of a space on your coffee table or bookshelves and that it becomes part of your story in the same way that your books are interwoven into who you are.
Thatcher & Elizabeth