Fine Print: Bibliostyle: How We Live At Home With Books by Nina Freudenberger

It’s officially book season. The new fiction and coffee table books that have been arriving are the highlights of my week. ‘ll get to posting about those here and on Instagram @StyeCarrot.

Meanwhile, I’d like to share an oldie but goodie that’s been sitting in my drafts folder: Bibliostyle: How We Live At Home With Books by Nina Freudenberger of Freudenberger Design Studio. 

West Coast interior designer Nina Freudenberger is such a talent. I loved meeting her years ago when designer David Stark took over Haus, her old shop in New York City, with a very cool exhibition. I wrote about it for Design Milk.

Freudenberger’s first book, Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living By the Water, is one of my all time favorites. From the looks of Instagram @NinaFreudenberger, she is working on another book that is taking her to more far-flung parts of the world.

Here are half a dozen of the private home libraries that designer Nina Freudenberger, journalist Sadie Stein, and interiors photographer Shade Degges captured in Bibliostyle.

Collection Of Textile Book Collection In Brooklyn Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Harlem Townhouse LIbrary In Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Photography Book Collection In San Francisco In Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Illustrator Illustrator Pierre Le-Tan's Paris Library In Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Comme Design Founder's Library Los Angeles Library In Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Brooklyn Couple's Art And Design Book Collection Library In Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Bibliostyle: How We Live At Home With Books

Photographs copyright © 2019 by Shade Degges.
Reprinted with permission from Bibliostyle, by Nina Freudenberger,
copyright © 2109.
Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger
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Sourcing It: 42 Bookends

Following up on yesterday’s painted bookshelves post, it seemed like a good time to run this. When I put this together a few weeks ago, I had just spent the weekend clearing off our living room bookshelves. Not clearing them of books, but the way too many paintings that are stacked three deep, and vases, and magazines that need filing, and the Swedish Lily candlesticks I keep buying on eBay, and so on. I don’t really need bookends, since I have so many books they go from one end to the next, but I’m often tempted by them design-wise. Here’s an array of bookends both functional and beautiful.


1 Sheep Bookend by Zuny, $56 each at Emmo Home.
2 Vintage Jenfred-Ware Brass Bookend by Ben Seibel, $125 at Unica Home.
3 Red Signal Magnetic Bookends, $28 at Chiasso.
4 White Maude Bookends, $39.95 at CB2.
5 Jonathan Adler Dachshund Bookends, $150 at Jonathan Adler.
6 Wood Bottle Bookends, $100 at Uncommon Goods.
7 Indice Bookends by Hiroaki Watanabe, $24 at MoMA Store.
8 Carmen Shoe Bookend by Nima Oberoi for Lunare, $100 at The W Hotels Store.
9 Zack Atlas Bookend, $49.99 at Wayfair.
10 Green/Blue Bookends by Archimede Seguso, $6,500 at BG Galleries.
11 House Bookend, $14.99 at The Container Store.
12 Balloon Dog Bookend by IMM Living, $40 at SFMOMA Museum Store.
13 Stacked Bricks Bookends by Gluekit, $20 at Supermarket.
14 Lemon Elephant Bookshelf by Dwell Studio, $124 at Dwell Studio.
15 Alessi Girotondo Bookend by King Kong, $61 at AllModern.
16 IMAX Vintage Camera Bookends, $59.99 at Wayfair.
17 Pecan and Salvaged Steel Umasi Bookends, $125 each at Umasi, Etsy.
18 Powder Coated Steel Bookends, £3 each at Jasper Morrison Shop.
19 Carl Aubock Bookend Pairs, $625 at Lawson-Fenning, 1st Dibs.
20 Architectural Pottery X/O Bookends by Vessel, $190 at YLiving.
21 Turquoise Agate Bookends, $41.06 at Crystal Age.
22 Knowledge in the Brain Bookends by Karim Rashid, $255 at LA Phil Store.
23 Turquoise Foo Dog Bookend, $119 at Kristy Lee Interiors.
24 Chrome Rollerstop Bookend by Harry Allen, $190 at Greener Grass Design.
25 Coral Bookends by Spisani, $365 at Barneys New York.
26 Petrified Wood Bookends, $148 at Anthropologie.
27 Tan Leather Hippo Bookend by Zuny, $49 at Klassik Living.
28 Patio Stainless Steel Bookends by Blomus, $44 at Gracious Home.
29 Eno Book Ends by Eno & Klaus Hackl, $120 at A+R.
30 Eric Janssen Quote/Unquote Bookends at Eric Janssen.
31 Elephant Bookend by Eve Chang, $40 at MoMA Store.
32 Leather Dinosaur Bookend by Zuny, $67 at Elemental.
33 Orb Bookends, $28 at Chiasso.
34 Vintage Yellow Jack Bookend, $315 at eBay.
35 Bird’s Foot Bookends by Tetsutaro Nakabayashi, $60 at Unica Home.
36 Fornasetti ‘Viso’ Face Bookends, $270 at Barneys New York.
37 Red Alabaster Heart Bookends by Alabastri Ducesschi, $69.95 at B&N.
38 Assorted Mid-Century Bookend Pairs, $300 at Lawson-Fenning, 1st Dibs.
39 Carl Aubock Cast Bookends $595 at Barneys New York.
40 Jonathan Adler Teal Metal Hand Bookends, $9.06 at B&N.
41 White Owl Resin Bookends by Fringe Designs, $39.95 at B&N.
42 King & Queen Chess Bookends, £92.99 at Furniture and Interior Design.

Fine Print: Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

Cover Photo: Simon Watson

Another beautiful book that has been sitting on my shelf since early winter is Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors (Rizzoli, 2009). Suzanne is an Atlanta-based designer who made the coveted House Beautiful “Top 100 Designers” list back in 2005, and has been going strong ever since, having been published in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Veranda, Traditional Home, and Architectural Digest. (The links click through to her stories, so take a peek.)  Here are images from her book, which was published by Rizzloli  in November, along with caption info and commentary.

Photo: Gia Trovan for Southern Accents

White walls set off deliberate touches of blue in this entryway that also doubles as a dining area. Hard to tell here, but the chandelier is adorned with seashells, the rooms only truly beach-y touch. The collection of blue glass is vintage. I love the turquoise bench upholstery; wonder if it’s velvet?

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photography

This is the living room of Suzanne’s own beach house. Everything – the walls, ceiling, and floor – is painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. (That’s the color in my house too!)  The French flea market chairs are upholstered in indestructible orange and aqua ultrasuede. The fireplace surround is made of poured stone embedded with seashells. The coral sconces are beach-y but still sophisticated.

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photographay

Another room in Suzanne’s beach house. The artworks are vintage batick prints she found at a flea market, framed in bamboo and hung in a tight grid. The pillow colors echo colors found in the prints. The limestone and iron coffee table and the floor lamps provide strong but simple shapes in black and white. The little round table is a kitschy seashell covered piece from a local shop.

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Photo: Gia Trovan for Southern Accents

The floors and fireplace wall in this beach house are painted a cool, slean white, while the rest of the deocr is done in various shades of soothing blue. The walls in the sitting room beyond are sky blue; the slipcover on the chair is almost a French blue; the rug is striped in other blues. The blue balls are iridescent blown glass. The painting is by Dusty Griffith. Overall, a very watery space.

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Photo: William Waldron

You might not realize it, but there is a lot of white in this living room. The round acrylic tables are by Nancy Corzine (whose new book I wrote about yesterday). The stools are Russian, found in Paris and uphostered in two different fabrics to create a striped effect. These stools inspired the Anastasia bench in Suzanne’s furniture line for Hickory Chair.

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photography

I love the mix of greens and turquoise in this room, whose colors are rich without being heavy. The swirly chairs wor well mixed with the simpler Louix XVI-style ones.

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Photo: Tria Giovan

The peony pink color of the accent wall in this dining room is Glidden Checkberry. Kasler points out that this color has depth – you can see many different shades it in – red and pink and ochre and white. The Louis XVI -style chairs are upholstered in raffia with nail heads. I love the interlocking swirls on the front face of the console, which echo the curves of the chandelier and sconces . And the peonies, so luscious.

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Photo: Erica George Dines Photography

An elegant bedroom in neutral tones with a rosy hue.

All photographs courtesy of  Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors, Rizzoli, 2009