10 Bookshelf Dioramas That Are Literally Works of Art
If you're a bookworm, chances are you have a bookshelf at home that houses some of your favorite reads. And while bookshelves being stocked with books is great (obviously), we just discovered these beautifully detailed bookshelf inserts, or dioramas, that we can't get enough of! Japanese designer Monde debuted a series of inserts, inspired by Tokyo's wandering back alleys, at the 2018 Design Festa. Monde made wooden book inserts that conveyed the feeling of being lost in the beauty, architecture, and culture of Tokyo. Since then, other craftsmen and craftswomen have designed their own inserts, including an enchanting Harry Potter-inspired scene, a garden-inspired scene, and more. They're all so beautiful and intricately detailed that we could stare at them for hours. Keep reading to shop them now, but don't mind us if we buy one of each!
Hidden World of Old Italy Book Nook Bookshelf Insert
This charming Hidden World of Old Italy Book Nook Bookshelf Insert ($388) will make you feel like you've stepped into the Italian countryside every time you reach for a book off your shelf. From the potted plants to the curved Italian street, it doesn't get much cuter than this.
Old Town Japan Miniature Diorama Bookend Book Nook Shelf Insert
The Old Town Japan Miniature Diorama Bookend Book Nook Shelf Insert ($169) is very similar to the wooden dioramas that first graced Japanese bookshelves two years ago. This book insert mimics a cozy Japanese town. While this diorama is currently sold out, the Etsy shop owner is accepting preorders!
Ellerslie Fairy Door Trail and Pirate Treasure Hunt
Looking for bookends for the shelf that houses your travel books? The Ellerslie Fairy Door Trail and Pirate Treasure Hunt (inquire for price) will encourage you to plan that trip you've been daydreaming about.
Monochromatic Potions Room
The Monochromatic Potions Room (inquire for price) offers a more subtle decor addition to your bookcase. If you take pride in organizing your bookshelves by color, then try using this black and white diorama as a bookend. Although it's currently sold out, we're hoping this particular style makes a comeback ASAP.
The Best of Mrs. Beeton's Easy Entertaining
The Best of Mrs. Beeton's Easy Entertaining (inquire for price) will bring a hint of nostalgia to your book collection. The diorama's retro look will be sure to add some old-school character.
The Call of the Open
The Call of the Open (inquire for price) feels like you're looking at a photograph of your great-grandmother's kitchen, and it's beyond cute. Packed with a potting shed, a newspaper, flowers, cabinets, and detailed wallpaper, this serene diorama is already mentally in our shopping cart.
DIY Harry Potter Shelf
If you already own all seven Harry Potter books, consider buying the DIY Harry Potter Shelf ($159). This nook is designed to be an exact replica of Diagon Alley that you can further decorate and color, making it the perfect item for any Harry Potter fan.