The new Restoration Hardware catalog just arrived and, not having seen one is a while, it is interesting
. It presents an extremely unified vision from start to finish, full of furniture upholstered in Belgian Linen, elegant items with a slightly rustic feel - and it looks like the prices have come down a bit, making RH more affordable than it has seemed in a long time. But there was one item that I did a double take on...On a page called "Literary Accents" these Antiqued Coverless Book Bundles
($29) are being sold as (in their words) "objects d'art". Now granted, I am a lover of having books as decor that I can actually take off the shelf and read, but even if I wasn't, something about these seem a little sad making.
I'm all for adding items to decor simply for aesthetic effect, not everything has to be useful. But somehow twine wrapped bunches of books that have been stripped of their covers strikes me as leaning over the line onto the set dressing side of things rather than home decor.
What do you think - a good looking (if theatrical) rustic decorative detail or destined for the prop shop?