Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beautiful Bookstores

Photo Credit: John R. Rogers
Does this image make you drool? It sure makes me drool. I would totally build this in my house if I could--there's something so comforting and romantic about seeing only books, no matter which direction you look.

But this is not in someone's home. It's actually a bookstore. (More specifically, it's a bookstore in Paris--they just don't make 'em that way here!) And it's not the only saliva-inducing one. How about this modern drool-worthy gem?

Photo Credit: Poplar
This is a bookstore in China, complete with cubbyholes built into the walls for kids to curl up in. How would your kids like a reading nook like those?

Last January Flavorwire published a photo story of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, which turned into one of their top posts of the year. Most of the featured stores are in Europe, with a few random strays in Asia. Only 2 were in the United States, both in California. There's an outdoor view in Ojai...

Photo Credit: Book Chatter
...and a sprawling pillared mansion in Los Angeles...

Photo Credit: Flavorwire
But outside the U.S. there's one with books for doors, and one with books on the ceiling...

Le sigh. Why can't we have any of this near me? Perhaps one day I'll have to just build one! At least in mini.

Check out all 20 nominees at Flavorwire: The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. And if you're a real estate tycoon, feel free to build one in Atlanta! I promise I'll keep it in business. :)

TJ