Emma Roberts designed the most personal (and beautiful) twist on the emerging 'bookshelf wealth' trend

2024's most charismatic interior movement just got even more intimate – and top designers are excited

 Emma Roberts
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It may be February, but we're convinced we've already found 2024's most influential design movement. Named 'Bookshelf Wealth,' the trend invites us to curate shelves of books (naturally) and other personal items – whether that's antique heirlooms, souvenirs from trips, or sentimental photo frames. This trend is a pure celebration of our personalities, but Emma Roberts just took things to an even more intimate level. 

The Madame Web actress worked with Jenna Hipp Spencer from The Last Bookstore (California's largest independent bookshop) to design her bedroom library, and it's one of the most striking examples of bookshelf wealth we've seen to date. 

Jenna sourced books from Emma's favorite authors, focusing on 'some really cool covers and special editions all in a muted and creamy color pallet.' Belletrist (the online reading community) shared a glimpse of Emma's space, and it's just as chic as we could have hoped.  

We've seen many examples of Bookshelf Wealth in the last few weeks, but there's something about Emma's seamless cream palette that sets her space apart. And, while we can't all have access to these resources, we can still take inspiration from her set-up. 

It's hard to get bookshelf wealth wrong, but that doesn't mean we won't welcome tips from designer Alex Bass, who is an advocate of the ever-popular design trend.

'I love using a bookshelf to showcase your personal items. As an interior designer and art curator, I very much relate to the maximalist aesthetic of bookshelf wealth,' she comments. 'Beyond books, you can show off vases, candlesticks, and other amazing finds, especially one-of-a-kind vintage items. It is all about how you curate it.'

Alex Bass
Alex Bass

Alex Bass is an art curator and interior designer. She founded Salon 21 to fill a void in the social experiences available to her demographic interested in arts and culture and access to new talent.

muted blue bookshelf corner with an antique chair and stool

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As hinted, the movement offers room to exhibit any possession that means something to us (despite the book-centric name). 

'My bookshelves have a combination of books mixed with antique marble bookends and picture frames that hang on the front of the shelf,' Alex explains. On the same bookshelf, I also have vases with dried flowers, ashtrays, and more. I also love hanging art above a bookshelf. A little bit of everything.'

Shop the Emma Roberts-inspired edit

This trend often involves using things that already have a place in our lives, but that won't stop us from investing in some Emma-inspired buys. Here are some of our favorites.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.