Category: Press and News

Recent press mentions of Juniper Books as well as news about the company.

We are shipping fast, and free

Our book sets make great gifts and we try to have something for everyone (children’s books, literary classics for him and for her, cookbooks, art books and much more).

We also ship really quickly!  Like within minutes of an order if it arrives during the day.  This time of year we don’t mess around, we try to have plenty of stock and aim to get your order on its way asap.  We also gift wrap and can include a gift note, feel free to include special instructions with your order.


We are offering free shipping on orders over $150 by UPS Ground – note that for most locations in the US you can safely order up to December 18th and choose Ground shipping in order to expect delivery by Christmas.  If it absolutely positively has to get there by a certain date feel free to call or e-mail us before ordering or upgrade to a faster shipping method to be safe.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

– Thatcher

[see our Christmas Tree made of books below constructed from books by our favorite publishers including Penguin, Everyman’s Library, Taschen, Assouline and Scholastic]

XMAS Tree Office 2013 (2)

Real Simple Magazine Custom Penguin Set

Juniper Books in Real Simple Magazine

We are thrilled to be in the current issue of Real Simple Magazine in the “Gifts for Readers” section.

If you are looking for that product please CLICK HERE.  The idea is simple – the Penguin Classics series features 32 true classics in decorative hardcover bindings designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  We stock them all and we will make you a custom set of 10 books that you pick from the list of 42.

You can pick out your titles on the product page in our online store, or you can call or e-mail us with your order and any questions.

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  10. 1001 Arabian Nights by Richard Burton (note this book is taller than the others)
  11. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  12. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  13. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  14. Dante’s Inferno
  15. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  16. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  17. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  18. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  19. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  20. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  21. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  22. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  23. Cranford by Elizabeth  Gaskell
  24. Tess of the D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
  25. The Odyssey by Homer
  26. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  27. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
  28. The Sonnets and a Lovers Complaint by William Shakespeare
  29. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  30. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  31. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  32. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

This set makes a fantastic timeless addition to any shelf.  It is also a great birthday gift, Valentine’s Day gift, wedding gift, or a gift for just about occasion.  Starting with 10 books is a great way to go, then you (or the gift recipient) can always contact us in the future to expand the collection.

Happy New Year,



Free Shipping on all orders

Happy holidays!  Starting today we are offering free shipping on all website orders between now and December 20th.

The offer applies to all domestic orders shipped by Ground (Fedex Ground or Home Delivery)

Please visit our online store and feel free to ask questions if you don’t find what you are looking for.

Puffin Classics Children's Book Set

Puffin Classics Children’s Book Set


Juniper Books Wins Best of Boulder Award

Custom Leather Bindings - Three Vintage Works

Press Release


Juniper Books LLC Receives 2012 Best of Boulder Award

Boulder Award Program Honors the Achievement

BOULDER July 19, 2012 — Juniper Books LLC has been selected for the 2012 Best of Boulder Award in the Bookbinding Services category by the Boulder Award Program.

Each year, the Boulder Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Boulder area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Boulder Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Boulder Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Boulder Award Program

The Boulder Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Boulder area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Boulder Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Boulder Award Program

Boulder Award Program

Custom Leather Bindings - Three Vintage Works

Custom Leather Bindings

Juniper Books on

Girl's Puffin Book Set

While some folks in the book buying world are not fans of the online retailing giant, I have long appreciated the convenience and value proposition Amazon provides.  As a general principal, I also believe that the more books there are in the world, the better – if you buy the books from Juniper Books, or your local bookstore or Amazon, or check them out of the library, or read on your iPad – it’s all good.  Reading and being surrounded by books is a net positive no matter how you get there.

I still spend a fortune with my local bookstores and buying books from dealers around the world, however there are some things that you can only get on short notice on Amazon or they clearly offer the best deal.  Recognizing that many book buyers are loyal customers and that they would prefer to buy from a large retailer, we have started listing some of our book sets and you can link directly to them through the links below.

Penguin Decorative Classics Set of 10

Penguin Decorative Classics Set of 10

Penguin Classics Collection (Set of 12)

Penguin Classics Set of 5

Penguin Classics Set of 10

Penguin Classics Set of 20

Penguin Classics Set of 30

Puffin Classics Set of 10

Puffin Classics Boy’s Set of 5

Puffin Classics Girl’s Set of 5

Everyman’s Children’s Book Collection Set of 30

Everyman’s Boy’s Set of 10

Everyman’s Girl’s Set of 10

HMH Decorative Classics (Set of 8)

If you see any of the products on our website or in our online store that you would like us to add to Amazon because you would prefer to purchase it there – let me know and I’ll do that.



New Photos, New Projects, New Products

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

2012 has been an incredibly busy and successful year at Juniper Books.  In fact we have been so busy filling orders the past several months that our website simply has not kept up to date with all of our offerings.

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

Coming Soon – New Photos, Projects and Products

Over the next few weeks we will be trying to catch up by:

  • Adding new products to our online Store
  • Posting new projects to our online Portfolio and changing the navigation structure
  • Adding hundreds of photos to our Styles section – including new color options, customization choices, and various new styles not previously posted

A few things to note about our offerings:

  • Our online Store only has about 1% of the books we sell in it.  Juniper Books provides anything and everything related to books – rare books, complete libraries, book for decoration, and about a thousand other products and services.  With a few exceptions (our personalized book sets) our online store is really about ready made book sets (i.e., our Penguin sets, or our Jane Austen book collection.)   If you would like to hire us for something you don’t see in the store it’s best to e-mail or call 303-946-1494.  We are adding more products to the online store over time however given the highly customized products and services we provide (curating book collections by color, size, subject, making custom book jackets, custom wrapping books, etc.) by nature many of our offerings will never appear in the store.
  • Our overall philosophy is that anything with books is possible.  We work with clients to help them get what they want from their books – this means different things to different customers.  For some clients this might involve sourcing a the best copy of a particular rare book or first edition, for others it might entail assembling 10,000 books by color for a commercial project and others might be involve us building a collection of a favorite author, then wrapping them in custom printed jackets with a special gift inscription.

I have been a lifelong collector of books and I have been selling books for about 12 years now.  Every day I feel like I am just getting started on what is possible with books and what I am trying to do at the intersection books + design.  I really appreciate the compliments we have received on the work we do at Juniper Books. We will keep the innovations flowing and we will continue to expand our offerings of more traditional / classical books too.  We look forward to working with our many customers and partners for years to come – thanks for keeping us so busy!


New Book Sets – August 2012

It has been a very busy summer at Juniper Books on all fronts.  In June I had the opportunity to visit some projects I have worked on including the Hotel Lorien and Halstead Square in Virginia and The Hotel NoMad in New York City.  I will be posting new photos of these projects very soon.

An article in the Wall Street Journal – “A House to Look Smart In” – featured our work very prominently and has led to a number of orders and new client relationships.   Other press included a great feature on Wired Design and a really fun piece in the Colorado issue of Luxe magazine.

Back in the studio in Boulder Colorado, the team has been super busy creating new book sets for sale.  I’m really excited about many of these new products as they really show off what we do – combining great books with great design.  You can feel good about owning these book sets as they are timeless classics and Juniper Books can make them in the colors and styles that work for your decor.  Please follow the photos below to view the new products.

Partial Keyboard Custom Book Jacket Set

Juniper Books Piano Keyboard Book Set

100 Literary Classics in Teal with Black Titles

100 Literary Classics in Modern Jackets – Many Colors Available

100 Literary Classics in Vellum Style Custom Jackets

100 Literary Classics in Vellum or Leather Style Custom Jackets – Various Colors Available

Harry Potter Ravenclaw Edition

Custom Blue Ravenclaw Style Jackets for Harry Potter Books

As always, if you would like assistance with your custom library project or are looking for the perfect set of books to give as a gift (or anything in between), please feel free to contact or call 303-946-1494.




Today Show Feature

Our Cook’s Books set was featured on the Today Show on June 14th, as part of the Real Simple Gift Guide segment.

To buy the books as seen on TV please click on the photos below.

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Cook’s Books Set from Juniper Books

Custom Yellow Cookbook Set

Custom Yellow Cookbook Set

Juniper Books Cook's Books Set

Juniper Books Cook’s Books Set


We also offer additional color variations and personalization options.  See the orange version, pink set, and personalized options in our store.

If you would prefer to order by phone feel free to call 303-946-1494 or e-mail

Also see the June 2012 issue of Real Simple p53, the “For Weddings gift guide”.




Cook’s Books Set in Real Simple Magazine

Our Cook’s Books set is featured in the June 2012 issue of Real Simple.  See p53, the “For Weddings gift guide”.

To buy the books, please click here.

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

We also offer color variations and personalization options.  See the orange version, pink set, and personalized options in our store.

We also have made brand new versions in red and yellow.

Feel free to call to place an order 303-946-1494 or e-mail


Oscars Green Room Press Release

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

Nominees and presenters in the Academy Awards® Green Room this year will be treated to a visual timeline of film history in a way no one has ever seen before.  Custom library designer Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books created a unique library for the shelves in the Waldo Fernandez designed Architectural Digest Green Room. The bookshelves feature images from the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences skillfully printed on book jackets so that groups of four to eight books make up individual film scenes.

Wine and his team at Juniper Books in Boulder, Colorado spent several weeks designing and printing the custom book jackets after being called upon by Green Room designer Waldo Fernandez.  With access to the archives of the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Thatcher immediately knew what he wanted to do.  “My idea was to put classic film scenes on book spines in a way that honored the history of the movies and eight decades of the Academy Awards® – it really seemed to fit the nostalgic spirit of this year’s Oscars.”

Spanning the bookshelves are scenes from Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Sunset Boulevard and several dozen other films, arranged chronologically.  Actors including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando inhabit the Green Room in a way they have never done before. Wine flew out to Los Angeles several days before the Academy Awards® to personally install the library backstage at the Kodak Theatre.

“When the audience for a project includes many of the most talented and creative professionals in the world, the pressure is on. I wanted to do something that was original and inspirational.  The guests in the Green Room may only have a few minutes to appreciate the space and I wanted the library to put them at ease and perhaps give them something to talk about.”

Created by renowned AD100 interior designer Waldo Fernandez, this year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom is inspired by Hollywood of the 1930s and 40s.  Fernandez’s vision for the Greenroom references the Billy Haines-decorated Beverly Hills home of director George Cukor, who was legendary for his glamorous parties. Fernandez’s invitingly harmonious interiors stand out for their subtle, easygoing style. His impressive portfolio, spanning more than three decades, not only includes homes for an incredible roster of clients—Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and Darren Star among them—but also a number of commercial projects, such as his own Trumps restaurant, the Beverly Hills Hilton, and most recently, the West Hollywood Soho House club.

About Juniper Books:

Since 2001, Juniper Books has carved out a niche at the intersection of books and design by delivering a level of service, attention to detail and creativity that no bookseller has ever provided.  To Thatcher Wine, the possibilities of a custom library are endless – he personally designs and curates libraries of leather and vellum books; books by author, color, subject and/or size; or creations using various papers, fabrics, or custom printed book jackets.  Custom book jackets can rapidly and economically change the look of any book.  This innovative concept has attracted many fans among interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers and private clients around the world.

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library


Thatcher Wine


Press Coverage of the Green Room

Maria Menounos interviews Kelly Ripa in the Green Room

We were thrilled to be a part of the Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 84th Academy Awards® designed by Waldo Fernandez.   The bookshelves are very much the physical center of the room and a very unique feature that no one has ever seen before – so they definitely will make an impression on anyone who sees them in person.

Below are links to several short videos including an interview with Kelly Ripa in front of the books, click image to play.

Maria Menounos interviews Kelly Ripa in the Green Room

Maria Menounos interviews Kelly Ripa in the Green Room

On Oscars® pre-show “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” on ABC Jess Cagle made a very quick walk out from the Green Room and our books are visible on the left.

Jess Cagle ABC Red Carpet Live in the Green Room

Jess Cagle ABC Red Carpet Live in the Green Room

WXYZ-ABC Detroit Interview with Waldo Fernandez

WXYZ-ABC Detroit Interview with Waldo Fernandez

Entertainment Tonight Green Room

Entertainment Tonight Green Room

Architectural Digest

Official Architectural Digest Greenroom Photo

Link to All Architectural Digest Coverage

Fine Books & Collections

Fine Books & Collections Magazine Blog

Fine Books & Collections Magazine Blog

Oscars Green Room

Oscars Green Room

Academy Awards Green Room

Academy Awards Green Room

Associated Press

Yahoo! News
USA Today
Wonderall MSN
Yahoo! OMG!
Boston Globe:
Chicago Tribune
Daily Reporter
San Jose Mercury News
The Nevada Appeal
Times Union
York Daily Record
The Aspen Business Journal News Channel 13 (Albany, NY)
Cox Communications
Mainichi Daily News

Also see our related posts:

Academy Awards Green Room Book Sets

Juniper Books Green Room Video

Holiday Party 2011

On December 11th we hosted our second annual Juniper Books holiday warehouse party.  We had a great turnout of friends, customers, local designers, retailers, booksellers, and various others in our local network.  Thanks to everyone who attended.  If you are in the Denver/Boulder area next December and interested in what we are doing, send me an e-mail and we will invite you to the next party.

The centerpiece of the party was our Christmas tree made of books.  Last year we made one out of about 800 green books. This year, the creation took up a little less space, and was an elegant design using all olive green law books.  We carved the edges of the books to be shaped like tree branches (don’t worry there are enough law books in the world to justify this), then hung ornaments from the page edges, draped it in lights, then topped it with a star.

In addition to the Christmas Tree made of law books we also showed off some other recent creations:

If I can help pick out any holiday book gifts please let me know.  The Juniper Books Gift Certificate is always a good choice for the book lover who you aren’t sure exactly what they want, but they probably want something to do with books!

Happy Holidays,


Goop Holiday Gift Guide

Goop Home

An old friend said some nice things about my business this week and I really appreciated it.  When that friend happens to be Gwyneth Paltrow, a few thousand people paid attention!

We were featured in’s Holiday Gift Guide  – two of our new products specifically: our set of 5 cookbooks in blue book jackets that spell out “Cook’s Books” and our pink “leather” version of the complete works of Jane Austen.


Jane Austen Pink Leather Set Juniper Books

Jane Austen Pink Leather

Here is the excerpt from

Juniper Books

My friend Thatcher Wine (he took me to Eddie Murphy’s Raw at Madison Square Garden in 1987—that’s how far we go back) runs an incredibly unique and bespoke service for book collectors, providing design, organization, custom covering, maintenance services, and more for library/book collections. Uniquely, he also works with customers to come up with a design to wrap their entire collection. If you’re not quite there yet, he also sells small themed collections. Current favorites are his exquisite, vellum Jane Austen Set, and his Cook’s Book Set. Holiday Gift Guide

I think she described my business better than I do!

Thank you Gwyneth!



Juniper Books VandM Sale

Ten years ago when I first started selling books online as a hobby, it was a new world for booksellers, you didn’t have to have a bricks-and-mortar store.  While many were drawn to the the “charm” of having a bookstore and chatting with customers all day long, that concept never interested me – reaching customers all around the world and selling them the elusive printed gems they had been searching for over years – that possibility did interest me.

I think the world of “discovering” well designed products online is in a similar stage that bookselling was in 10 years ago.  No longer do you have to go to neighborhoods and shops in New York or London to discover something cool – you can rely on sites like (Vintage and Modern) to find products, designers, furniture, antiques, dealers, etc. and bring them to your attention.

I’m very proud to have a wide range of Juniper Books products featured on VandM this month only.  Please visit the sale – and if there are any other styles of books and product variations that you would like to see us offer online, please let us know.

Beautiful Literary Classics

Beautiful Literary Classics



Buying our books – one set at a time

This fall marks 10 years since I got into the book business.  It’s been an amazing evolution from occasional online seller of things rare and collectible to being referred to as a “library artist.”  These days, my time is mainly spent working on projects involving thousands of books for complete libraries and creative installations.  However, I am returning to my roots now of selling things “one at a time” . . . sort of.

Today, AHAlife featured a couple of my “products” on their site – a cool collection of 5 brand new cookbooks with custom book jackets as well as our antique leather books, available by the foot in different colors.

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

We are getting ready to launch a store on our website soon too – the link is available and a couple test products are there, however I recommend e-mailing or calling with your order for now, hopefully everything will be ready in early October to sell online.

So, things are coming full circle in some respects.  While I don’t think ebay is necessarily the best venue for what I’m doing with books these days like it was for say a first edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette 10 years ago (one of my first sales), the web has been phenomenal for growing a niche business like mine.   I have shipped books and libraries all around the world.  Everyone from celebrities to politicians, hotels to country clubs, art galleries to retail chains have found me and hired me to do various creative things with books and I have enjoyed every project!

The fun sets of books and creative book covers we have been working on deserve to be in more than one home.  We will still create one-of-a-kind books, sets and libraries for anyone that orders them (some of our latest and greatest will be published soon!) – but we are also trying to make what we do more available to designers, architects, homeowners, and anyone else who wants to brighten up their shelves and do something creative and well integrated with their spaces.

Read Me Literary Classics from Juniper Books

Read Me Literary Classics from Juniper Books

Thanks to everyone at AHAlife for featuring our products, perhaps this is an “Aha” moment for Juniper Books – after a few years of selling books 500 at a time, it can be just as fun and rewarding to sell 5 books at a time!



Books and Bikes – Thatcher Takes a Ride

As Hurricane / Tropical Storm Irene pounds the East Coast (I grew up in New York City), I’m here in Boulder, Colorado enjoying another day of sunshine and reflecting on the past 10 years of living in such a beautiful place.  I primarily moved here for the lifestyle – the skiing, biking, hiking, etc. – and because the business I was starting in 2001 – selling books online – could be run from anywhere.

This past week was a phenomenal week across the state.  The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brought some of the world’s best bike racers to Colorado including the complete Tour de France Podium (Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and Frank Schleck) as well as the top American cyclists in the business – Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, Tejay Van Garderen, Tom Danielson and George Hincapie. The stages took the peloton to classic Colorado towns including Aspen, Crested Butte, Vail, Steamboat and Breckenridge . . . hopefully next year it will come to BOULDER!

I took off the day Thursday to watch the Vail Time Trial in person.  I drove to the top of Vail Pass with a friend, packed about 40 lbs of camera gear in my backpack, then rode down the course to the start line and back up again throughout the day – all the while stopping to soak up the experience of the race and shoot some photos wherever possible.

You can see some of the photos from my gallery on flickr through this link.  However, I am in the process of combining my passion for cycling with my work of doing creative things with books, by using the book spines as a canvas for the cycling action.  Here are a few prototypes (many thanks to Zac for helping crank these out quickly).

This is an ongoing project for me and I’m open to commissions / orders from bike stores, cycling enthusiasts, and others.  Of course cycling is just the tip of the iceberg – I’d be happy to work on projects with surf images, skiing photos, etc.  The finished product I think is very beautiful and unique and it conveys a sense of action through the parts that make up the whole in a way that has not been scene before.

The other related big news of the week is my feature in 5280 magazine – which  shows one set of books I created using a photo of a vintage sports car and arranging it stylistically with my son’s toy car!  The juxtaposition of books and cars in the best Colorado magazine out there, with books and bikes in my work is somewhat amusing.

Sports Car books with Toy Car

Sports Car books with Toy Car

5280 Magazine

5280 Magazine

Perhaps related to that is how my shot of Tejay Van Garderen came out when I got back to the office – a car carrier was passing behind the race on I-70 just when Tejay was coming up the course – perhaps symbolic of the weight he was carrying on his back as race leader.  On bad weather days, I certainly don’t envy the truck drivers making the run over Vail Pass with their heavy loads, and at the Vail Time Trial, Tejay was carrying a heavy load of expectations as the next great American cyclist.

Tejay Van Garderen at the Vail Time Trial

Tejay Van Garderen

Gotta go, I’m off for a quick ride up to Jamestown then back in time to catch the end of the bike race and see if Levi prevails, or if Christian, Tejay or Tom can steal the race away as it barrels into Denver.   Thanks Colorado for the great race this week and for 10 great years here!

Feel free to give me a call or e-mail about your project.

Special thanks to Zac for helping crank out the prototypes so quickly and to Dave Wright (www.davewrightphotography) for the action photography advice – normally I shoot books and they don’t move so his tips came in handy.



Thatcher in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

The New York Times called Thatcher Wine ’94 a “library artist” in an article last January. The one-time Internet entrepreneur who now runs Juniper Books from a Boulder, Colorado, warehouse, says he creates “book solutions” for designers and decorators. He spent a year collecting 2,000 white vellum and cream-colored leatherbound books for a gentleman’s library, and he once stylishly wrapped thousands of books to match the décor of a Miami spa. “Thatcher is a necessity at this point in these large homes. I couldn’t pull off filling these miles of bookshelves without him,” designer Jenny Fischbach said of Wine, whose work runs from $80 to $350 a foot, depending on the books.

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine mentioning Thatcher Wine


Juniper Books in the New York Times!



Thatcher Wine in the New York Times Selling a Book By Its Cover

Thatcher Wine in the New York Times - Jamie Schwaberow for The New York Times

It’s been almost six months since the big article on what I’m doing with books came out on Thursday January 6th, in the New York Times.  It was a great article by Penelope Green.  Plus the story was accompanied by a fantastic slideshow – a Times photographer visited our warehouse in Boulder and they sent photographers to several of our projects in Austin TX, Miami FL, and New York City.  A special thank you to our clients who were willing to be interviewed and have their libraries photographed.

Here is a photo of my father, Barry Wine, reading the paper when it came out!

Barry Wine reading New York Times Article About Thatcher Wine

Barry Wine reading The New York Times

The past 6 months have been incredibly business with new orders – customers all around the world have discovered what I’m doing – especially with the custom designed and printed book jackets I launched in 2010.  Also our custom curated book collections on a whole variety of subjects.  Orders have come in from Italy, Mexico, Singapore, Australia, and beyond . . .

The article begins:

“IT took Thatcher Wine a year to amass 2,000 well-preserved white vellum and cream-colored leatherbound books for a “gentleman’s library” in the Northern California estate of a private equity manager. Perfectly matched sets of books bound in antique vellum, a pale leather made from goat or sheep skin, are an elusive quarry, especially if they all have to be in English, said Mr. Wine, a former Internet entrepreneur who now creates custom book collections and decorative “book solutions,” as he puts it, in his Boulder, Colo., warehouse.”

To read the full article click here.

Juniper Books Goes to China!

Bund Pictorial Article on Juniper Books

Bund Pictorial Article on Juniper Books

We’ve been fortunate this year to have a couple stories written about our business in Chinese publications.  I have yet to see a flood of orders from Chinese customers looking to build a library of leather bound books, or a curated library of literary classics for their shelves in Shanghai (or Dubai, or New York, or Vancouver – we ship anywhere) but I’m sure they are coming.

One of the results of the January 6th New York Times article about my business and the creative things I am doing with books, is that I have received orders from around the world from as well as interest from various publications in Italy, Australia, China and other countries.  It has been incredibly fun talking with everyone and I really appreciate how interested everyone is in the future of the book, how better book collections can be built and how books overall can be better integrated with design.

An article appeared in the Shanghai Daily on May 8, 2011 entitled “Made-to-order libraries”.  It is currently behind their subscribers wall but I can send it to anyone who requests it.

Then earlier this year, an article appeared in the Bund Pictorial, in Mandarin – this one can be found through this link:

Here is a link to a Google translated version of the site.  Note: it does not translate well but it is a hoot to read.  “Thatcher temperature” ???   I wish I could read it in Chinese.

And here is my original Q&A correspondence with Florence.

1  Can you share with us your first custom library design experience? Is it successful?

I started selling rare books in 2001 as a part time occupation.  In 2005, someone asked me to help them put together a collection of 4,000 books for their new home.  I interviewed the family  about their interests, hobbies, occupations, what sports they liked, who were their heroes, favorite authors, and many other things.  Then I built the book collection from their perspective – what would I buy and display on my shelves if I were them.  It was very successful and I have kept the same approach – paying attention to all the details and making the library look like it has been built one book at a time over the years.

2  How and why did you become a custom library designer? How did your former professional experiences help you in your new career?

The business of becoming a custom library designer has been an evolution and it was not something I set out to do.   I started selling rare books because it was fun and educational in that I learned something from every book I handled.  Previously I did a few entrepreneurial things – helping companies develop their Internet strategies and go online, and then I started a company that built online customer service solutions.  Those careers didn’t have much to do with books or design, but they did teach me a lot about having the patience to find and build a unique business instead of trying to create it overnight, listening to your customers and evolving to meet a market need, and enjoying your work so that it never seems like work.

3  Your profession needs you to have a comprehensive and profound understanding of books of different sectors and areas. Do you like reading and how did you get to enrich your knowledge about books in your work?

Yes I love reading, but more than that I love learning about history and authors, and various subjects I’m less familiar with.   So, when a client comes to me and asks me to build a collection of the complete works of a particular author or to put together some books about a subject, I really enjoy the process of learning as I work on their requests.  I don’t present myself as an expert in every subject or every author, but I do learn things quickly and figure out who are the specialist booksellers who can help me with various requests.  I have a lot of experience with so many varied requests that nothing really scares me and I can generally figure out how to build a book collection around any theme.

4  Book collection used to be your hobby, but now it’s your job. How a book collection as your work is different from that as your hobby?

It’s not very different, except that I’m a lot busier.  I think a lot of people have hobbies that they would love to turn into a a job, but very few people do it.  The reality is if you enjoy something as a hobby and you have a unique approach to it, then many times it will succeed as a business.

5  Where and how do you buy your books? Do you have a frequented bookstore or some particular book dealer partners?

I buy books from a lot of different sources.  When I can I visit the bookstores where I live in Boulder and Denver Colorado such as Red Letter Books or Gallagher Books.  I have some “book scouts” who bring me books that they know I can use.  I buy out estates and sometimes entire bookstores when they close.  I often find the books I need on ebay, amazon or abebooks.  I receive inquiries from all over the US of people with book collections they would like to sell, so I buy those remotely.  For specific requests, such as an Agatha Christie first edition, I know the dealers who have the best inventory, sometimes they are online and sometimes they are not.

6  Can you tell us something about your clients, including the hotels and design agencies? What kind  of people your individual clients are? Why do they want to spend a lot of money to have a their own custom library?

Having a library assembled for you is not for everyone, but when a homeowner or designer wants to fill a lot of shelves and have it look great, they call me.  My clients usually are building a new home, or a second home, and they simply do not have the time to go out and buy the books one by one, and they know that if I help them, the books will make sense as a coherent collection, look great on the shelves, they know I will save them tons of time and I will probably save them money too.  A design firm like Cullman & Kravis in New York has engaged my services many times for their clients as they know it’s a very special service I provide and that I will deliver the books on time, on budget, and they will generally exceed expectations.  The commercial projects are generally collaborations with designers such as with Theresa Fatino on the W Hollywood Residences Lobby where she had a vision for the design and I helped her fulfill that with some very special handpicked vellum books and custom wrapped volumes in neutral papers and fabrics.

7  How do your individual clients’ aesthetic in library design change? In other words, what’s the trend of books and their cover design?

I’m seeing a huge interest in light colored books – it’s related to people wanting to use light and neutral tones to make spaces feel bigger and brighter.  As it relates to the books, this means a lot of antique vellum books, neutral colored sets, white wrapped books and custom printed book covers with the primary color being white.  I’m also seeing a renewed interest in literary classics.  I think this reflects somewhat of a trend of “back to basics” – people reading the classics, or at the very least being surrounded by them and having the option of reading them.  Many clients tell me they want their children to see the classics on their shelves as they grow up, at least be familiar with the authors and titles and and hopefully be inspired to read them.

8  Can you share with us the design of your own library?

The books in my home include a little bit of everything that I sell.  In my office I have collections of some of my favorite authors – Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger, Nick Hornby – in various editions and bindings – first editions in dustjackets, signed copies, leather bindings, Easton Press editions, etc.  I also have collections of Colorado history, reference books on Navajo rugs,  and books related to my alma mater Dartmouth College.  In my living room, I have books chosen both for their color and their content – the selection includes books in green, brown and gold decorative cloth and leather bindings by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas.  In my kitchen I have some cookbooks in my custom printed book jackets and for my kids I also have childrens books in custom printed book covers.

9  What kinds of books do your clients tend to decorate their residential or hotel library? Do you agree with the concept that “books’ decorative function will be stronger than their reading function in the future” ? Why?

This varies so much from client to client and that is what my business is all about.  I don’t have a speciality in a particular type of books or a single design aesthetic – my business is about customizing book collections so that they contain the books my clients want and look look like they want.  So, my clients libraries range from classical looking collections of antique leather books to ultra-modern walls of color books.  Yoo Design by Philippe Starck is all about white books whereas the collection I built for the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, Texas is all about high quality handpicked literature, history and other subjects.  Books are very personal, even when used as decorative objects in a hotel lobby for example.  They evoke something beyond the here and now, they convey a sense of history and intelligence both through their titles and contents but also as objects that are more than a rectangular shape even if covered up in a solid color book jacket.  I think there will always be printed books and there will always be a market for them.  However, as electronic books become better and more popular, the books in many homes will yes, be used primarily as decorative objects and accessories.

10 Before collecting books for your clients, what kind of research and analyse you usually do as preparation work? Generally, how long does it take for your to design a library from the beginning to the end?

It varies substantially depending on how complicated the project is.  For example we are making 4,000 white books for client right now and will complete that project in less than 2 weeks.  On the other hand we spent about 12 months building a collection of 2,000 antique leather and vellum books – it took that long because the books were rare, we had to source them a few books at a time, and the client was very discriminating about which books were acceptable to him.  I’d say most projects can be completed in 3-5 weeks or less.  The research and analysis before a project begins also varies.  If it is something we have done before, I can very quickly quote a price and get started.  If it is something new, like assembling a collection by an obscure author or subject, it takes a few days of book searching and possibly conversations with some of my book sources, to then quote a price and move forward.

11 Can you tell us the most impressive experience of collecting books for your clients? The most expensive book? A client with the most weird requirement of his or her book collection?

Nearly all of my business is hardcovers and leather books, but I had a request recently from a client to build a collection of well worn paperbacks by a particular author who was coming to visit my client in a couple weeks and she wanted it to look like she had read all the books!  For another client, they wanted all the books in a room to coordinate with the color of a light fixture, so they sent me the color swatch and I made new jackets for the books that matched it exactly.  Most of my business these days is not about super expensive rare books, but about building entire libraries and so looking at the cost of a full collection and not the individual price of the books.  That being said, I do have a number of clients for whom spending $1000 on a rare first edition of P.G. Wodehouse or $4500 on a signed limited edition Easton Press book is what I help them with.

12 Do you define yourself as a artist or a businessman? Why? Do you have a design credo of yourself?

Good question, I see myself as a craftsman working in the medium of books and libraries.  The work is so customized for every client that it requires a lot of specialized skills and attention to detail.   My credo is not a simple one liner.  Basically, I think that for too long people have accepted books as they are, I believe that everyone should be able to have the books they want and to have them look great, if they don’t exist in the world that way, they should be modified so they look exactly the way you want them to look.  This is the age of customization and personalization, there is nothing sacred about books that prevents them from being customized and personalized while everything else in the world is.

13 How many residential and commercial library do you have designed? Do you have and new plans for your future?

I don’t keep an exact count, but I’d say I have worked on several hundred projects that range from finding one special book for a client to building entire libraries.  The plans for the future are to continue doing innovative things with books.  I feel like I am just getting started on all the creative ideas for changing the look of books and how they are used.

14 The elephant image formed by several books is designed according to the requirement of your client for their custom library or ….?

I created the elephant for my own shelves.  I found the original image in an old book from the 1760s and loved it.  It was buried in an old book so I decided to liberate it and put it on the outside of the books.  I will be doing a lot more of this in the future as I have a lot of illustrations that I love as well as original artwork to work from.

Thatcher Wine

Juniper Books

Boulder, CO

Juniper Books at the Pasadena Showcase House

We were flattered to be asked by designer Julie Kays to provide some books for her Lady’s Study at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Pasadena, California.  The Show house just opened yesterday and runs through May 15th.  It’s for a good cause so if you are in Southern California please visit!

The books we provided are a mix of real antique vellum and our custom printed vellum jackets made to look like antique vellum books.  For this room, Julie had room for about 300 books and wanted something special befitting the “lady of the house.”  The books we provided are special indeed – a mix of literature, history and travel all in white and cream tones with mostly gold, yellow, and charcoal accents.   They are unified by their antique vellum (aka white leather) appearance, perhaps the rarest of bindings and a style that we specialize in carrying both an authentic antique inventory of books and a style that we reproduced with our custom printed book jackets.

We are awaiting photos from the showhouse (feel free to send us yours and we will post them) but here are some photos of the books before they shipped.

Thanks Julie – it was a pleasure collaborating with you.  For more information on Julie Kays Design, please visit her site:

For more information on our vellum book collections please click on this photo:

Vellum - Arabian Nights

Vellum - Arabian Nights

For more information on our custom designed and printed book collections including those made to look like antique vellum books, please click on this photo:

Simulated Vellum Book Jackets

Simulated Vellum Book Jackets

Stay tuned for more photos from Pasadena.



bar III pop-up shop photos

Juniper Books supplied the Macy*s visual team with thousands of our custom wrapped white books and several stacks of our custom printed book jackets with their models on them.  I must say that the models – Elizabeth, Rumi and Josh – were really easy to work with!  (at least their photoshop files were . . .)

Bar III Models on Book Jackets

Bar III Models on Book Jackets

I just added a new page to our portfolio about this project:

Macy*s bar III Pop-Up Shop Page

Life Size Model on Book Stack

The Elizabeth Stack of Books

A few links to learn more about the new bar iii brand and the opening party!

DJ Solange, aka Beyonce’s little sister, was spinning at the party in a DJ Booth made out of our white books!  This was a great idea from the team at Macy*s!

DJ Solange in the White Book DJ Booth

DJ Solange in the White Book DJ Booth

Barry Wine at bar III

Barry Wine (my father) at bar III

Please feel free to contact Thatcher about your visual merchandising project!  We are always interested in helping customers use books creatively in store design and doing things with books that have never been done before!

Thatcher Wine


Bar III Josh and Rumi

Bar III Josh and Rumi

Juniper Books Helps Macys with the bar III Pop Up Shop!

The bar III pop up shop was unveiled in New York City today (156 5th Ave.)  Our books are a huge part of the visual merchandising of the store!

Macys Bar III White Books from Juniper Books

Bar III White Books

Thousands of our custom white wrapped books feature prominently in the store and we produced several stacks of custom book jackets with images of their models printed on them!

Bar III Model on Juniper Books Jackets

Bar III Model on Juniper Books Jackets

The use of books in this store is very creative and we had a blast working with the visual team from Macy*s on this very innovative project.  I couldn’t be at the opening tonight but my father was kind enough to attend on my behalf and to send these photo.  Thanks Dad!  And congratulations to all involved.

Bar III Pop-Up Shop Wall

Bar III Pop-Up Shop Wall

More photos to come in the next few days as well as a dedicated page within our Portfolio . . .

Thatcher Wine

Veranda Vellum Volumes

Juniper Books is excited to be in the January/February 2011 edition of the wonderful interior design publication Veranda – see us in their New & Noteworthy section (page 16.)

Vellum Books in Veranda Magazine

Veranda Magazine January 2011

The photo in the magazine shows both our real antique vellum books next to the simulated vellum covers that can be put on any books. We are probably the world’s largest dealers in real antique vellum books and they are on the very high end of the books and collections we sell.  The vellum book jackets we custom design and print are our answer to the high cost and limited availability of real vellum books – they can be made to go over any books – literary classics to mystery novels.

We have received a number of orders from the mention in Veranda and we have been busy creating additional variations of the produce, and have included some below.  You may also on these links to see updated photos of some of Juniper Books’ inventory and creations:

Antique Vellum Books

Custom Vellum Style Book Covers

James Whitcomb Riley Vellum Covers

James Whitcomb Riley Vellum Covers

History Set in Vellum Jackets

History Set in Vellum Jackets

Please contact us if you are interested in building a collection of real vellum books, covering your existing books in our custom printed vellum book jackets, or ordering books with custom covers made for them.

To see some examples of our real antique vellum books, please click on the photo below:

Vellum Books Gold and Black

Vellum Books Gold and Black

To read about one of our biggest projects of 2010 which involved about 1,000 antique vellum books see:

Large Antique Vellum Library

Large Antique Vellum Library

Thanks to everyone at Veranda for including us in the magazine!

Thatcher Wine


The Fine Art of NOT Bookbinding Books

I was very happy to be in the Denver Post newspaper this weekend.  The writer and photographer both came to my home and it was fun for their story to take a different approach and focus on my personal book collection and the books that decorate our house.

I was a little surprised that they referred to me as a bookbinder in the story as I’m not a bookbinder!  A few friends who I mentioned this to over the weekend said don’t worry about it, no one else will care about that error, however I wanted to set the record straight for two reasons that are important to me and my business . . .

First of all, I want to apologize to all my bookbinder friends!  Bookbinding is an art practiced by bookbinders with (lots and lots of) expertise and experience different from my own.  The part of my business that may be confused with bookbinding is where I make custom jackets and /or cover books in new materials, but bookbinding is far more technical and structural than the work I do on book covers.

Vintage Book Bundles

Vintage Book Bundles

Secondly, part of the reason that I do what I do – using new designs and materials to cover books and redesign shelves, bookcases and libraries, is that bookbinding is so time consuming and expensive!  If you can afford it, and have months/years to wait for your books, bookbinding is wonderful but it is exacting work performed one book at a time.  The scale I work on involves lots of books and often very short time-frames.

Vintage Sports Car on Book Spines

Vintage Sports Car on Books

We do have books bound in leather and cloth for clients all the time, and for those specialized projects, I work with a network of bookbinders, each of whom has a different style and specialty.  When the New York Times article came out a few weeks ago, I was very to hear from bookbinders who I was not familiar with but who wanted to introduce me to their fine artistic services – see and for amazing portfolios of work.  We also do a lot of work with companies like Denver Bookbinding and and love their craft.

When projects require the leather, vellum or cloth binding of a special book for a gift for example or a book with sentimental value, we absolutely help our clients with that. We also help our clients with printing and binding books of all types, and our experience working with bookbinders around the world is invaluable in designing bindings and bringing projects in on time and on budget.

JD Salinger Leather Bound Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye

Lastly, the article also gave the impression that the only people who can afford my services are the wealthy and that is far from the truth. I bring a level of quality and beauty to projects of all sizes – I have helped clients with a budget as small as $50. I always take projects helping clients with books not matter what the size or scope, as I’m passionate about books and integrating them into design. If books are important enough for someone to contact me, I want to help them.

So, in closing, if your project involves books, please feel free to contact me – I can help you with everything from finding rare books to assembling beautiful libraries with an integrated design . . . bookbinding too, but I’m not a bookbinder!   I know when to bring in the professionals!

Thatcher Wine

Juniper Books

Boulder, CO


New York Times Article Featured and Discussed on Other Sites

Thatcher Wine in the Juniper Books Warehouse

Thatcher Wine in the Juniper Books Warehouse

Since The New York Times article came out a week ago, I’ve gotten hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from friends, designers, homeowners, booksellers, bookbinders, graphic artists, potential employees, general fans, and lots of others!  I’m very flattered and have tried to answer every one of them quickly.  The article was also widely discussed on twitter, facebook, and a number of other sites, a few of which I have listed below.  Thanks again to all my friends new and old for your support.  I love what I do and I’m happy that see that others enjoy it too.

FYI, I have been busy filling new orders and creating some new jackets – will try to post some more photos next week of the latest creations.

– Thatcher Wine

New York Times original article

Casa Sugar

The Huffington Post

Ragland Hill Social


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Details and Links Re: New York Times Story

It’s been a busy day and exciting day here!  The story in the New York Times is wonderful and I’ve heard from old friends, past clients, new fans, etc. If you didn’t see the article, here is a link to the article, and a separate link to the slideshow:

Selling a Book By Its Cover – Article

Books as a Way to Grace a Room – Slideshow

I wanted to take a minute to THANK a few people / firms who were mentioned in the article and provide links to their businesses too.  Please click on the links below to learn more:

Cullman & Kravis
The silver book jacket project show in the article is a collaboration with Cullman & Kravis and we have worked on many projects with them over the years.  Thank you Jenny and Ellie.  Additional photos of some projects we have worked on are available in our portfolio:

New Jersey Home

New Jersey Home

Beach House Library

Beach House Library

Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Show House Room Mantle

Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Show House


Abode Design of Austin, TX

The photo of the library of the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, TX was a collaboration with Fern Santini and Sally Rusch of Abode in Austin Texas – thank you.  Thank you also to the staff at the property for arranging the photo shoot.  The photo below links to another one of our projects with Abode.

Yoo Design / Icon Brickell

The photos of the magnificent wall of books at the spa of the Icon Brickell Residences in Miami, Florida was a collaboration with Victoria Smith of Yoo Design, the firm of Philippe Starck. Thank you to the management in Florida for coordinating the photo shoot.  Links to a couple other projects of ours that we collaborated on with Yoo Design are below.

The House in Dallas


95 Wall Street Library

95 Wall Street Library

The House in Dallas

Pottery Barn

Our book bundle product for sale just went live this week on the Pottery Barn website and in the catalog.  We put a lot of work into making the book bundles for sale and they are very unique decorative accessories.  We are thrilled to be working with a big company like the Pottery Barn, owned by Williams Sonoma Inc. and having them recognize the trend towards using books as decorative objects.

Pottery Barn Vintage Book Bundles

Pottery Barn Vintage Book Bundles

The modernist builder Steve Hermann who is quoted in the article is one of our clients.  The photo below links to our portfolio. Thank you Steve!

Installation of two thousand white wrapped books

Custom Wrapped White Books

Thank you to everyone at our PR firm DRS & Associates for making this publicity happen.  To contact us about press opportunities please see our press page at:

And of course, a big thank you to Penelope Green of the New York Times for writing such a thorough article, and to all the photographers and their beautiful work including Jamie Schwaberow who spent a half day at our warehouse in Boulder Colorado.   It was a lot of fun talking with them about the state of the book industry and sharing my thoughts on how book collections can be assembled and books can be modified and integrated into homes and businesses – I’m glad they were so interested in the story and the future of the book.

Juniper Books Holiday Party 2010

On Sunday December 12, we invited a few friends, family, neighbors, customers, and suppliers to our warehouse for our first annual holiday party!  The turnout was great, the food delicious, and it was a lot of fun for everyone.  My kids had a great time hosting their friends while their parents browsed the warehouse. There were lots of fun things to see around the warehouse – from our Christmas tree made of books, The Book Menorah, the American flag made of books, Thatcher’s suspended books and light fixtures, a wall of vellum books, Thatcher’s book stairs, and thousands of books to browse . . .

Thanks to everyone who attended!  And special thanks to Mary and Matthew for helping get everything ready and managing the event.

TV Story on Juniper Books’ Custom Libraries

Back in October, a crew from 9 News in Denver came up to visit our warehouse in North Boulder for the day.  Gary Shapiro, the morning anchor, had read about Juniper Books in The Daily Camera a few days earlier and thought it would make for a good TV feature.  We agreed!

For a link to the TV story on the 9News website, please click here, be sure to click on the image on the right to play the video! Below are some still images that we took during the day.

Thatcher Restores Antique Leather Books on TV

Thatcher Leather Conditioning Books

Building a Custom Library of Western Americana books on TV

In Front of Western Americana Library

Gary Shapiro interviews Thatcher about Custom Libraries and Decorative Books

Gary Interviews Thatcher

Being a part of the TV show was a fun experience and I had never been on TV before.  I tried to about some of my normal routine doing things like conditioning antique leather books, but this time with the lights on, camera rolling, and being interviewed at the same time!   We also talked for a little while about a work in progress – the custom library of Western Americana books I am building for a home in Jackson Hole.  Manny, the cameraman, did a wonderful job capturing some images of various books around the warehouse that came out great on TV – such as the custom printed book jackets I introduced a few months ago and or creative use of books around the warehouse.

Special thanks and Gary and Manny from 9News for doing such a great job capturing the story of my business which I am very passionate about!  Thank you to Mary for shooting this photos.

For more information about any of the books or projects seen on TV please contact Thatcher.

Again, here is the link to watch the TV Story online.

Great Article in the Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder man creates customized home libraries

By Cindy Sutter Camera Staff Writer

Posted: 10/11/2010 03:38:18 PM MDT

Thatcher Wine, owner of Juniper Books, counts a collection of books he is putting together for a client’s library at his shop in Boulder. Wine designs and curates custom home libraries. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

Thatcher Wine designed this Beverly Hills library for a client.

Imagine visiting a home with a tasteful library of books collected with care that reflect the interests and quirks of the homeowner.

Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books in Boulder has created a business around compiling such individualized libraries in homes around the country and beyond. Part bookseller, part interior designer, and perhaps even part psychologist, Wine puts together the libraries after a consultation with the client and sometimes with sometimes with an interior designer. The books are chosen for their content, but also with an eye to how the collection will look in the house.

“I discovered a niche no one was focusing on,” Wine says of the business he created in 2005. “(I realized I could serve) people who needed a book collection that looked like they picked it out, (but it also) looked great for the interior designer.”

Books for book lovers

Wine completes roughly 150 projects a year, at a cost ranging from hundreds of dollars for a few, well-chosen books to close to $100,000 for a large library. Generally, the cost ranges from $5 to $50 a book, Wine says. He works out of a North Boulder warehouse that contains 15,000 to 20,000 books. That allows him to put together collections on short notice, sometimes as little as 24 hours.

“You’d be surprised at how many rush orders there are,” he says. “They’ve been building the house for two years. They get to the final stages. They’re doing the styling, putting together the furnishings. The last thing they’ll do is fill the bookshelves.”

A good number of collections are of classics, along with well-regarded modern literature. The books are often leather-bound and of high quality. Wine often “stages” the collection in the warehouse, arranging the books by theme, but also by the aesthetics of the whole. He then packs the books so they can be put on the shelf in order.

“The goal always is to

Thatcher Wine designed this custom home library for a client in Boulder.

have it look like the homeowner picked out the books themselves, traveling the world, looking in local bookshops and building it over time,” he says. “Nobody needs to know I put it together in 24 hours.”

Some collections are specific — designed to enhance a home’s setting in a particular way. What Wine calls a “beach house mix” might have a smattering of literary classics, along with books about maritime history and ecology, along with a good selection of light summer reading.

“I’ve done a bunch of those on the New Jersey and South Carolina coasts,” he says.

Wine has a long-term project in which the client wants books only about New Mexico, and he is currently working on a ski house library in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Thatcher Wine conditions leather on books for a client’s custom library. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

“(That client) wants mostly Americana, Western history and literature, books on the outdoors, skiing, mountaineering and horseback riding,” he says.

Miggy Monroe of Littleton hired Wine to put together a collection for her home in Breckenridge. She wanted (and got) a collection of literary classics that could be read and re-read, as well as more modern authors.

She says Wine was very quick to understand what she was looking for.

“Our interview was fairly brief,” she says. “He got immediately what I was saying. It was sort of books like this, this and this, that you would pick up and read again. Like Tolstoy. … I wanted it to look like other books I own, books you or your family had.”

She says that although the books are attractive, they weren’t chosen for their appearance.

“I’ve seen pictures in magazines where the books are all white. It’s not like that,” she says.

Not that there’s anything wrong with books chosen for their color or other design attributes, according to Wine.

Judging by the cover

While most of the collections Wine does are chosen for both content and design, he does put new coverings on books and creates custom jackets when requested. Currently, he’s working on a project for a Manhattan apartment in which all the book covers will be silver.

He doesn’t generally do what are called “books by the foot,” in which the books aren’t real or where the cover has no relation to the content. One exception was last-minute request for books that would be appropriate for a 1909 London law office for the play “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” at the American Airlines Theatre in New York. Wine created oversized jackets for the “books” that became part of the set.

“That was totally a faux project … (The covers) were wrapped around styrofoam blocks,” he says.

Beauty and brains

Interior designer Jenny Fischbach of Cullman & Kravis in New York, who says that Wine’s book collections both enhance the home design and give the clients the type of reading material they want.

“Thatcher’s obviously extremely talented. He knows what he’s doing,” she says. “He’s really reading what clients want from their descriptions.”

Fischbach has worked with Wine on several projects, because, as she says with a laugh, “The architects always build more bookcases than clients have books to fill.”

When the home gets to the final stages, she and her staff arrange the books Wine has chosen on the shelves with other decorative accents.

“We have a whole bookcase philosophy,” she says. “We dot them with picture frames and objects. There’s a design element in how we install them.”

Wine had a tech career when he began to dabble in buying and selling books online.

“I was always a collector of various things,” he says. “I started selling off some of my own books. When I ran out, I started buying books. One thing led to another, and I sort of found myself as a bookseller.”

Wine says he likes his job because he learns things every day, and simply because it’s a joy to be immersed in the world of books.

“There’s an unlimited potential for knowledge,” he says. “There’s always something to be learned from books. I love that I’ve been able to turn that into a career.”

Read more: Boulder man creates customized home libraries – Boulder Daily Camera

From Styleture: 5 Reasons to Have a Home Book Library

5 Reasons to Have a Home Book Library

September 2nd, 2010

After reading the title of this post you might be asking yourself, “Get with the times, buddy – I just bought an iPad. Why on earth would I need something as antiquated as a book library in my home?” Well this post will attempt to answer that question for you and give you some reasons why a home book library can be a rewarding design choice.

Leather book libraryHome library

1. An expression of one’s personality: This aspect is completely lost with the digitalization of books and music. With the advancements in technology most evident in such devices as the iPod, Kindle and now the iPad, we are losing the ability to learn about a person just by observing a record on their shelf or a novel in a bookcase. It used to be that you could learn an awful lot about a person’s interests just by taking a brief glance at what was sitting on their shelf; this is not the case anymore with e-readers that have reduced books to a collection of 1’s and 0’s.

2. A great way to impress guests: What better to show guests that you’re cultured and intellectual than some strategically placed Marcel Proust or 19th century Russian literature on your shelves? The best part is you don’t actually have to read them. They serve their purpose just sitting their collecting dust while you watch your favorite MTV reality shows.

3. Makes for a good conversation starter: In this case you probably need to have read the books on your shelf or at the very least read the blurb on the back of the dust jacket. A guest might see a book in your library and realize that you both share an intense interest in rare miniature frogs; a new friendship is then instantly formed.

4. When done right, it just looks cool: A shelf full of iPads is totally unnecessary – not to mention an odd design choice. Books, on the other hand, make for endless amount of decorative possibilities. You can outfit your home library in antique or modern leather, color sorted covers, vintage cloth, custom wrapped solids and whatever else looks good covering a book.

Yes, designing a home library can be a daunting task. How do I organize the books – alphabetically, by genre, chronologically, by size or color of book? What type of covers do I use for the books? Do I go with a contemporary or classic look? I suppose the answers to these questions depend much on personal preference, but there are companies whose sole job is helping you answer these types of questions. One such company is Juniper Books and founder Thatcher Wine. Juniper Books helps owners and designers build custom book collections for home libraries – fully customized based upon interests, design preference and budget. Afraid you don’t quite have the knowledge of a Harvard literature professor? No problem. Thatcher Wine’s knowledge of literature, history and art is broad, and his source for new and antique books is diverse. Not simply just a book worm, he also fully understands the creative and aesthetic possibilities of books. Wine is able to cater the bindings, color and size of the books to your particular design needs. To find out more about Juniper Books’ services visit

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Ok. So maybe that’s only four reasons, but “five reasons” makes for a better title. Still, these four reasons should be more than enough to justify the continued existence of home book libraries into the 21st century. Feel free to share your reasons for a home book library in the comments section.

About our Antique Leather Books

The antique leather books we sell are quite different from other providers of “books by the foot” that you might find online.  Here are some of the key differences in our products and services:

  • About 90% of our books are in English, the remainder are in European languages, mostly French and German.  Customers are free to request 100% of their books in English and we will factor that into the cost.
  • Our antique leather book collections always a lot of literary classics and famous authors such, for example Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sir Walter Scott, Shakespeare, Robert Burns, etc.  Customers may also request their favor authors and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • We do NOT sell Scandinavian leather books (Swedish, Danish, etc.).  Even if your books are just for decoration, it is nice to own leather books in English for a variety of reasons – first of all, they make a better impression on anyone who sees the library and can read the titles and secondly, they hold their value and appreciate over time as the market for English language books is large and growing, especially in contrast to the Scandinavian books which have flooded the market.
  • We apply leather conditioner to all of our antique leather books before they ship which helps maintain their beauty and extend their life.   We offer an onsite service to perform regular maintenance on your books (recommended every 3-5 years depending on where you live) or we can offer advice on what products you can use to maintain them yourself.
  • In the process of building your collection – we will photograph your entire selection of books for your approval before they ship and you can make changes based on what you see.
Restoration and Maintanence of Antique Leather Books

Leather Conditioning Books

More About the Company and Thatcher

Juniper Books was founded by Thatcher Wine in 2001 as an online bookstore specializing in antiquarian and collectible books. With his skill at tracking down books, broad knowledge of history, literature and art, and dedication to customer service, Thatcher soon found himself with many requests to help clients decorate their home library.

Juniper Books Custom Collections was subsequently created to meet the specific needs of homeowners, interior designers, set designers and businesses looking to build custom book collections in a short period of time. We have collaborated on projects with some of the world’s leading designers including Philippe Starck and Cullman & Kravis, real estate developers including the Related Group, and assembled handpicked libraries for some of the world’s most beautiful homes and yachts.

Thatcher is a serial entrepreneur with experience in a broad range of industries and companies of all sizes. Thatcher began his career in 1994 with The Monitor Company as a Corporate Strategy Consultant working with Fortune 500 companies in the telecom, technology and medical device industries. Seeing opportunity in the early days of the Internet, Thatcher joined Digital Evolution in 1997 as Director of Business Development and New Ventures and contributed to the Company’s growth as it scaled from 30 to 300 employees, merged with another firm (US Interactive), and grew revenues to over $20 million. After helping to conceive the strategy and launch many pioneering websites, Thatcher recognized that the Internet was being underutilized for customer service interactions. Thatcher left US Interactive in 1999 to start Feedback Direct, a customer service portal for consumers to reach businesses of all sizes. He raised two rounds of venture capital financing, built a 20-person team and evolved the company (renamed Cleartop) to become a provider of e-mail management solutions to small businesses. In 2001 Thatcher turned his book collecting hobby into a business when he launched Juniper Books first as an eBay business. In 2005 he built and launched a second online bookstore focused on new books with a progressive / multicultural focus called As an independent consultant over the years, Thatcher has developed business plans, product and marketing strategies for many companies. Thatcher graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in History and Art History. He is the author of numerous articles on topics ranging from online customer service strategies to rare books. He is also the author of four screenplays, one of which was written on assignment for a Producer and may yet be made into a movie.