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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Shields



Welcome to our first edition of "The Edit" at Amanda Shields Interiors. Every month, I’m excited to walk you through our curated picks from Amazon, especially chosen to bring a unique narrative and sensory richness to your space. This month, we're all about books, and specifically, those beautiful hardcover editions that are as much a statement of style as they are a store of knowledge. While I love the thrill of a page-turning paperback novel, in this edition, we're focusing on coffee table books that are designed to captivate and enhance the sophistication of your living spaces. For me, decorating with books is more than a design choice; it’s a way to weave stories and emotions into every corner. In all my designs, books are a constant, bringing layers of texture, colour, and personal history that engage the senses and the heart. They're not just decor; they're the soul of a space, inviting curiosity and conversation.

Photography @mike_chajecki


Styling Tips for a Sensory-Rich Space

Creating Center pieces: 

Let’s start with the coffee table. A well-placed stack of books can become a statement piece. I love mixing sizes, colours, and textures to create a visually engaging center piece.

Diverse Selections: 

Diversity is key in a lively space. Combining books from different genres and sizes can create an eclectic, welcoming atmosphere.

Adding Personal Narratives: 

Your home should tell your story. I often blend books with personal keepsakes, creating a tableau that’s uniquely yours.

Creative Stacking: 

There’s a playful side to decor! Stacking books vertically and horizontally adds an element of surprise and keeps your shelves looking fresh and lively.

Layering for Depth: 

Books can add depth to any space. Try using them as bases for other decorative items, creating layers that draw the eye and invite exploration.

Reflecting Your Home's Essence: 

Choose books that resonate with the type of home you're styling. For a cottage, select titles about beach life or landscapes to complement the cozy, serene ambiance.

Photography @mike_chajecki


Our Amazon Shop Awaits

I’m thrilled for you to see our monthly book selection in our Amazon shop. Each book is more than just a read; it's a piece of your home's story.


Book Styling on a Budget?

Let's face it, not everyone can afford to drop hundreds of dollars on books for styling purposes. But fear not, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to achieve that sophisticated look with books. Whether you're aiming to infuse sophistication into your space or create an eye-catching focal point on a budget, these tips will be your guide:

Thrift Stores and Yard Sales: 

Seek out hardcover books at thrift stores and yard sales for an affordable find.

Cover Customization: 

If the covers don’t match your decor, customize them with fabric or paper in your color scheme.

Rearrange Spines: 

Create a neutral look by turning books around so the pages face outward.

Faux Books: 

Opt for faux books from online stores like Amazon. They are budget-friendly and can be tailored to your aesthetic needs. Nobody needs to know!


Together, let's explore all facets of home decor. Each month, we'll unveil new treasures, helping you turn your house into a home that truly resonates with your narrative. Stay tuned for our diverse monthly round-ups in "The Edit."

For more styling tips like these, you might like to read my other article, Styling the Perfect Shelfie.  It's packed with ideas to help you create stunning bookshelf displays in your home.


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