Books Imitating Art + Art Imitating Books

Lately, I’ve had books on my brain even more so than usual.  Not only am I on a never ending quest for a good read, but I’ve also been looking for some story books for my children, some coffee table books for decor and finally for some interesting novels to give as gifts this year.  So, stumbling across the work of Jane Mount and her Ideal Bookshelf project, was quite serendipitous!  How great is the idea of having your absolute favorite tomes lined up in a clever work of art like this? You simply send Jane all the titles and she puts together these fabulous “ideal bookshelf” illustrations.  Wouldn’t these make such a wonderful gift for practically anyone on your list…and the best part, it’s like a mini introspective portrait of the person whose “ideal” this represents.  Adding the “ideal bookshelf” to my own wish list for sure!

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  1. Oh, this is such a great idea….THanks for the heads up….love it!

    Published on 11.21.11 · Reply
  2. Oh how I would love to have more books for my coffee table and bookshelves. More specifically, how I would love to have a Chanel book or two for my collection…

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  3. Lizzytish wrote:

    I have two of her cookbook prints in my kitchen and love them!

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  4. This is the perfect gift for me! Are you listening out there people?

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  5. Chelsea wrote:

    Oh, I love her. Actually, I have posted about this project before. I agree that there is something to suit everyone…such a good gift idea. xo

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  6. Totally smitten with these designs! I would love to get a few framed to hang like a bookcase by my desk.

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  7. Absolutely love this idea for a present!

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  8. I've always loved these and thought it would be so great to receive one.

    P.S. So thrilled to see the zhush featured in this month's issue of Country Living! So exciting!

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  9. angela wrote:

    far out!!!!!

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  10. No way! I love that and I know my husband would love a gift like that also. I'm dreaming of all my favorite books right now…

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  11. This is brilliant!!! I'm thinking a line up of 39 Clues, Alex Rider and James Bond for my son – he's become a voracious "spy novel" reader and this would be so fun for his room!!!

    Great find, Sue!
    xx

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  12. Just love Jane's charming work!! But of course I am a sucker for pretty much anything book related. I especially like the ones that have fewer books with the occasional fat volume!!

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  13. totally loving them!

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  14. Kate Lewis wrote:

    very fun! love this idea

    Published on 11.23.11 · Reply