I can’t help but continually revisit Ideal Bookshelf’s website today. After coveting the hand-painted illustrations for some time, Allison gave me the company’s beautiful coffee table book for my birthday. The author + illustrator duo (comprised of Jane Mount + Thessaly La Force) interviewed well-known authors, musicians, producers, and other creative types, asking them what works of literature shaped their lives and their outlooks. Upon receiving their responses, they crafted beautiful illustrations of what their personalized bookshelves might look like. The outcome is a gorgeous series of prints compiled into one seriously pretty coffee table-topper.
So now I’m coveting my own personal print, one created based on a list of titles that I could send to the dynamic duo (I’m thinking that Bittersweet, The Happiness Project, and, of course, the blog’s namesake, Through Painted Deserts, would have to be included) and await the receipt of my very own Ideal Bookshelf. Until I can scrounge up the cash to do that, I am seriously lusting over the Travel Bookshelf, an eye-catching (and affordable) work that features titles like Out of Africa, A Year in Provence (another book that would certainly make it onto my personalized print), Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Into the Wild, and Eat, Pray, Love.
So here’s the dilemma - Christmas shopping + holiday party-hosting/attending = one broke (relatively speaking, of course) Racy. But, as it would happen, Ideal Bookshelf is offering 25% off all prints sold today. What’s a girl to do? I need you to weigh in - to buy (at a discounted price!) or not to buy?