My A to Z bookends on the cover of Canadian House and Home

cover of canadian house and house June 2009

Sometimes you look at a picture and it feels strangely familiar. This how I felt when I first laid my eyes on the cover of the June 2009 edition of Canadian House & Home. It took me a while to put the fingers on it because what is familiar is a small detail.

My best friend gave me for Christmas the year I moved to my first apartment the A to Z black ceramic bookends. These bookends followed me in every place I lived. Right now they rest on the top shelf of my bedroom bookcase.

The couple who lives on that nice stylish apartment are bargain hunter. I suspected they found the A to Z bookends at a flee market or a garage sale. As you can see by  taking a tour of their living room, H&H style editor Michael Penny and his wife created a beautiful home on a shoestring budget. My bookends are also a BILLY bookcase from IKEA. I did not add the thick trim; maybe I should. The magazine shows the rest of the apartment. The article is full of good saving tips.

+ Photo by Angus Fergusson for Canadian House & Home

  • Kristy
    May 22, 2009 at 12:54

    I have been looking for bookends exactly like this in either white or black…any idea their proper name and/or where I could find them?

  • Centers and Squares
    May 22, 2009 at 23:45

    I love finding things I own in magazines! In fact, I even have a file called “My stuff in magazines”. I started it years ago when the vintage brushed aluminum chairs I had bought at a garage sale (for $1 each) started popping up everywhere – ads, movies, magazines etc. It was when they started reproducing the Emeco chairs that to this day are still everywhere. And I have a and z bookends that look very similar but mine are cast iron.


  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    May 23, 2009 at 01:28

    It is an inspiring story, Liz. I like the idea of keeping a file.

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