Incredible Homes with Secret Rooms and Passageways

Secret passageways and hidden rooms aren’t just for Scooby-Doo villains and mysterious millionaires. Homeowners and apartment dwellers are creating their own creative, covert spots that are perfect places for reading, hanging out, playing, and pretending that the outside world doesn’t exist. Here are a few moveable bookshelves, stealthy staircases, and sliding walls that reveal secret living quarters. … Read More

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11 Ingenious Bookshelves Made From Unusual Repurposed Items

Things you may have noticed about Flavorwire include: we love bookshelves. We really love them. So it was that when we noticed a photo of a car that someone had repurposed as a bookshelf, we got to thinking about other items that could be reworked for similar purposes. Not everyone has a Jaguar kicking about, but various designers — both professional and amateur — have come up with some impressively innovative designs, using items from the quotidian to the completely outlandish. Here are some particularly interesting… Read More

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Literary Snooping: Photos of Our Bookshelves

Everyone loves a little book snooping (at least everybody we know does). Last summer, we treated you to an investigation of Flavorpill staffers’ bedside to-read piles, but now we’re broadening the field a little bit and taking a look at our bookshelves, from the tiny and elegant to the sprawling, from those crammed with tattered novels to the ones mostly populated by knick-knacks. After all, a bookshelf can say a lot about a person — though exactly what, we couldn’t tell you. Click through to peek at the at-home bookshelves of a few members of the extended Flavorpill family — just don’t judge us on our messiness. We have full-time jobs, you know. … Read More

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Dream Homes Built for Books and the Nerds Who Love Them

Barbie has a dream house, and it seems only fair that book nerds should have one too. Here’s a collection of houses that showcase their owners’ love of… Read More

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What Does Your Bookshelf Say About You?

Oh, admit it — if you’re a book lover, the first thing you look for in another person’s house is their bookshelf. Maybe you’re trying to decide whether to date them, looking for a little innovation, or just itching to add to your own to-read list, but no matter what your… Read More

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Skull-Shaped Bookshelf Sculptures by James Hopkins

In case you haven’t noticed, here at Flavorpill we have kind of a thing for innovative and interesting bookshelves, not to mention collage. James Hopkins, whose cool sculptures we spotted over at Laughing Squid, combines the two in these skull-ptures (sorry) crafted out of books, bookshelves, and other household items. We especially like the deconstructed look of his pieces Prosperity & Decay and Consumption & Consequence, which seem to make a comment on the way our materialistic lifestyles are destined to do us in. But also they’re cool to look at. Click through to check out Hopkins’ skull-shaped bookshelf sculpture series, and then be sure to head on over to his website to check out even more of his work. … Read More

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30 Gorgeous and Innovative Bookshelves

This week, we read a short article over at NPR about Bookshelf, a blog-turned-book by Alex Johnson about — you guessed it — the bookshelf in all its glory. It’s no secret that we’re suckers for a little book-related design here at Flavorpill, so we took the occasion of the book’s publication as an excuse to round up thirty gorgeous, innovative, and otherwise amazing bookshelves and bookcases for all your book display needs. Some of them are even available to purchase, but even if the one you like best isn’t for sale, we daresay you’ll get some decorating ideas — or at least a yen to pick up your favorite novel. Click through to check out our… Read More

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Celebs, They’re Geeks Like Us: Libraries of the Rich and Famous

Celebrities may live glamorous lives, but at the end of the day, we’d like to think that a good number of them curl up at home with a good book. And that’s why it’s so gratifying to learn that a completely unexpected famous person possesses a ton of books. We gained newfound respect for Karl Lagerfeld, for instance, when the Observer published a photo of his enormous (and, of course, gorgeous) home library. Curious to find out which other celebrities are bookworms behind closed doors, we rounded up ten photos of famous bookshelves, from Woody Allen and Oprah to Greta Garbo and Michael Jackson. … Read More

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Design Porn: Bookshelves

Welcome to the latest edition of Design Porn, Flavorpill’s regular roundup of all things drool-worthy. Odds are whether you’re a reader or not, you received a few new books over the holidays. That’s why we’re geeking out a bit in this week’s installment and focusing on an underloved (but totally essential) piece of furniture: the bookshelf. Take a look at the 10 gems we’ve rounded up after the jump, and let us know which one looks like the perfect home for your collection. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were unsettled by a strange confluence of chihauhau mourning: there was the death of Taco Bell’s Gidget today, yes, but also a flashback to the passing of Mickey Rourke’s beloved chihuahua Loki with the news that Rourke will be honoring him with special slippers. Elsewhere in the animal kingdom, there was this life-size image of a blue whale. Speaking of astonishing sights (and sites), remember what the internet used to look like? The Daily Beast does, and it’s not pretty. The jury’s still out on whether or not John Oates’s mustache is pretty, but it is undoubtedly the first animated mustache to have its own Twitter feed. And that’s not all we learned today: the Guardian gave us a lesson in bookshelf etiquette, Vice gave us a guide to comics, and then the bell rang, and class was… Read More

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