Bookshelves

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If there’s one design element that I’ve always been fond of, it’s the eclectic bookshelf.  Maybe it’s because my parents had a built in bookshelf in the den filled with a ton of books growing up, but it’s certainly something I gravitate to when I think of a place to relax in the house.  One of my friend from high school’s mother had an office with a built in bookshelf surrounding a couch and I remember thinking that if I had a little hideaway like that, I’d never leave.  She had a round table in there with her day calendar on it and personalized stationery.  It was my idea of heaven.  What a lovely little retreat to have a room full of books.

There is an english language book store in Paris, in the Marais district, called the Red Wheelbarrow.  It’s how you picture a bookstore to look like in a movie.  Floor to ceiling bookshelves and stacks of books around the floor.  It’s the kind of place that you seek out to get lost in.

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Merci home store on the boulevard Beaumarchais in the center of Paris is a fabulous home and clothing store.  The best part is relaxing with a cup of coffee after an afternoon of shopping in their used book cafe.

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