This little shop is an attempt to capture my love of books and the many happy times that I have spent browsing in bookstores. There is always a thrill of finding the perfect book of the moment when scanning the shelves. The rich layering of detail in this shop was very satisfying, to recreate my feelings associated with books in a miniature setting.
My bookseller is using his spare moments wisely between customers to read. It always makes me smile thinking of all the times I’ve read a bit more while I waited for something to finish or start. There is that instant transportation from reality to a place described in the pages of a book when you start to read. It’s a magic trick that doesn’t grow old.
The rich colors of blue and gold on the exterior front windows invites the casual stroller to come inside. The warm glow of light shows the books within.
The shelves are full of colorful books of all sizes with ornate covers that make your fingers itch to pull out the one that catches your eye, to browse the pages within. The artwork of past eras still work to draw the book to your attention.
It took a lot of books to fill this small book shop. I am embarrassed to say how long this project has been around unfinished. There has been many stops and starts over time from various interruptions but I was determined to finish this time since there was only a few things left that it needed. So now I get to share it with you and invite you inside this tiny corner to book heaven!
I did at one time think there should be no repeated books but abandoned that idea due to the shear volume of books the shelving needed.
The paintings on the walls needed to reflect the love of reading. I settle on these two to fit the bill. The relaxed reader in a summer hammock and the thoughtful reflections of the serious reader were perfect. They are now framed and have a home in the shop.
The outside cart stacked with a casual assortment of books was another detail I enjoyed adding. How many times that has worked to stop someone passing by to look just for a moment and then get drawn into going inside for more?
The snail light is a favorite piece. It is an unique and quaint light source. I like to think it reflects my bookseller’s taste for detail that spills over into the book choices on his shelves. My photography skills don’t allow me to show how beautiful it is lit (just a glowing blob in the photos) so here is a photo of it unlit to see the detail.
Books abound in the shop and there is even have a place below the elevated floor to display more.
This project is completed but started another journey of discovery, finding book covers to use to build miniature books to fill the shelves. I have gotten drawn into recreating book covers just for the shear pleasure of it, even though these shelves are full.
As things go with books, there is never a clear stopping point of how many you can have. More about this new exploration in the next post.