Wednesday, June 03, 2009

“I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

Or, "I don't want to work, I just wanna play with my books all day..."

My new bookshelves are installed.
Merry Christmas to me!
Easily one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received.
As I expected, the space was perfect for bookshelves, almost as if that was what should have been there from the very start.

Now this can be dealt with:
And now, the fun but difficult part begins: what books belong on these shelves, these shelves in my bedroom - that most intimate of spaces, the shelves closest to my bed and therefore my heart...I foresee some books being relegated to downstairs, even as some of my favorites from downstairs (AS Byatt, Salman Rushdie, Andrea Barrett) are transferred upstairs.

This could keep me entertained for days, if not weeks.

*Anna Quindlen


Anonymous said...

Don't you just love to sort through your books? What an opportunity!

Caterina said...

Those are gorgeous bookshelves. And beautiful wood floors, trim and baseboards as well.

And WOW! that is a lot of books.

Bearette said...

Now I have bookcase envy. We have books in our linen closet. Our move is requiring 30 book boxes.

MsCellania said...

Ha! I recognized that as a Todd Rundgren song! Was it?
Bookcase envy here, too.
Well done!

KPB said...

Holy crap that's a lot of books.

Samantha said...

I love the title quote - I am going to have to pinch that one. And I LOVE your shelves. I agree there is a particular type of book that is "bedroom worthy". Have fun but don't break your back!

ThirdCat said...

I can highly recommend arranging by colour - it is strangely soothing.

Have fun (but you've stopped for a moment, haven't you, because you've just found something...oh, this, I loved this...)

Badger said...

Gasp! Bookshelves in the BEDROOM? I am GREEN with envy. GREEN.

Kristin said...

Those are gorgeous shelves...I am jealous! This is probably a perfect opportunity to buy more books to put on them.

Jess said...

They're gorgeous. Sorting through them is always my favorite part - the librarian instinct, multiplied by the fun of knowing they're all YOURS.

Kathy said...

These are great bookshelves! I love them. And bonus, you get to look at all your books again when you put them on the shelves. :)

Steph said...

So pretty.

Unknown said...

Those shelves are GORGEOUS.

Caro said...

I have a feeling I would be at home in your house. You would have to dig me out of the pile of books when it was time to leave though.

Amelia Plum said...

did someone custom make those bookshelves, they look amazing. floor to ceiling bookshelves, i'm so envious!

eurolush said...

A woman after my own heart! Bookshelves! They are fantastic! Built-in bookshelves! What a great present!

Can't wait to see them in all their glory once they're full!

PS-How many !!! can one comment contain? A lot, apparently!!! Help!!!

Poppy Buxom said...

I feel jellus!
I feel petty, and envy, and spite!
And I know that
I'll trip on a stack of books tonight.