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Casa Quickie: Paint Your Home Library

If you don't read and you don't want other people to know it, you can fool your guests by painting a faux bookcase on your wall. New York interior designer Amie Weitzman had a trompe-l'œil bookcase put in this sitting room of the New York residence of one of her clients. As you can see, the homeowner appears to have a mighty colorful and extensive book collection that makes a powerful focal point. But if you look closely you'll realize it's not what it seems. Literacy is overrated anyway, isn't it?


Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
See now The City Girl, I'd rather see that rug in the room than the faux books. That rug is gorgeous!
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
I don't like the concept, but I LOVE the colors. It reminds me of the Paul Smith swirl rug with which I am completely, completely obsessed: :-)
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I find the colors inspiring though - that would be a perfect look for the guest room my mom is redesigning that has lots of colors in it. I will send it to her and recommend she follow this look, but with real books. She has boxes in her garage that don't fit her bookshelves.
SomyMachine SomyMachine 8 years
I'd be embarrassed to have a fake library painted on my wall. It's deceptive, in a bad way. Also, I'd feel super awkward if I was in someone else's home, saw this, walked over to peruse their books, and then realized they were fake. I don't think I'd be able to suppress my confusion/disappointment...
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
LOL I picked up on the snarky tone in your last line, Casa. As far as the look goes... unusual, yes. Interesting? eh, not so much (to me). Not only do I not like the fake books, it just to me looks too flat and juvenile for the space. When I saw it, my first thought was of a children's library. That being said, I do like the room otherwise. The furnishings, rug, architectural detail all go quite nicely together.
Home Home 8 years
Zivanod and Kimpossible, I agree with you (hope my snarky tone in the last line came through)! It is an unusual, and interesting look though, wouldn't you agree?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I agree, Zivanod.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I'm not a fan of this look. I'd rather see REAL books on a shelf or maybe some nice large piece of artwork (not fake books) covering the area.
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