Several months ago, during a weekend trip to the mountains, my family and I decided to take a drive along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. We had the most wonderful day exploring the area, enjoying the gorgeous scenic views and making a few stops along the way. The Blue Ridge Parkway also known as “America’s Favorite Drive” is part of the National Park Service and a must do if you ever have the chance, but be sure to check here first for weather and road conditions.
Before we set out on our afternoon drive we mapped out our route and a few places we had been wanting to visit. One of those places was Little Switzerland where we stumbled upon a small downtown area which was basically just a few connected buildings. There was a café, a general store and the most wonderful hidden gem of a bookstore, Books and Beans. Not only does this place have an incredible selection of books, but your will also find locally made arts and crafts and a full service coffee and espresso bar. You could easily spend hours here perusing the bookshelves and sipping on a cappuccino.
Lots of fun finds throughout the store.
Books stacked from floor to ceiling and in every nook and cranny…even under the stairs.
I loved this, a pretty little cabinet just for the “weird” books.
While we were walking throughout the shop I had a totally unexpected eureka moment.
I said to husband, “this is it”! He looked at me a bit puzzled as I explained that this was the design inspiration I had been searching for.
I now knew exactly how I wanted our living room to feel. Cozy, warm, inviting, collected and a place to finally put our books. My husband is an avid reader so the word “books” happily caught his attention.
For months our living room had been sitting unfinished and empty after taking all of the accessories and moving them into the family room. I had been pinning some ideas to give the living room more of a library feel, but I had no clue how to make these ideas come to life in our home. I never expected to find my design inspiration when I walked into this bookstore.
Ideas were now spinning in my head and as soon as we returned home the living room began it’s transformation. I can’t wait to share the reveal, just need to take a few more pics. It has been so cloudy here, hoping for some sunshine soon.
The only down side to our visit to Little Switzerland is that my husband spotted this as we were leaving.
So, now on our next trip to the mountains hubby’s motorcycle will be coming with us. While he is out enjoying the ride along the winding roads of the Diamondback, I guess I will just have to do a little antique shopping to distract myself from stressing about his safety.