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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Little Libraries

This is one of the joys and complexities of living with lots of books:  It seems there's never enough space to store them.  So every nook in our house doubles as a bookshelf.

little libraries

This is a little snapshot of what our living room looks like in our flat! 
(The girl in the photograph, above, is my daughter Isabella a few years back.)

Old stools find new life as tuffets and paperback props.
 (I should probably paint this one below, but I sort of like its rustic, workbench look)

Screen shot 2010-11-13 at 10.34.07 AM

I love that Cicero quote: 
A room without books is like a body without a soul.



Blogger MMM said...

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November 14, 2010 at 3:18 AM  
Blogger La chica said...

love the first one!

November 14, 2010 at 4:15 AM  
Blogger Miki's scrapbook said...

Lovely little spaces! :)

November 14, 2010 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger gabriellecato said...

that is one of my favorite book quotes! here is another one!
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers." -Charles W. Eliot

November 14, 2010 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

I wondered if that's what your title meant...looks like my apt. I have a very elastic notion of what can be a "bookcase." Old dining room chairs serve well, too. Being sturdy & all. xo

November 14, 2010 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger Toronto Lovers said...

looove this so much

November 14, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Hill House Ramblings said...

Oh, wonderful! I especially love the paint splattered bench and the lovely, vibrant pillow. And yes, I agree wholeheartedly with that quote.


November 14, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

My book collection is definitely in need of a bigger home! Aside from 3 full bookcases in my living room, I also have about 10 boxes of books stashed in closets. That's not counting the boxes of books I'm storing at my parents' place!

November 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

that is my house too, exactly.

November 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Liv said...

to avoid having a house "cluttered" with books i have to keep getting rid of them. it goes in cycles :) now i try to limit myself to using the library when i feel like a good read.

November 14, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I love a ceramic bust. Reminds me of SNL.

November 14, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger alexkeller said...

oh, this is tough. we have books everywhere, too. but we're getting a lot of things electronically now. it's tough. i lost my Kindle [it's so great at the gym and for travel] so i'm putting an iPad on my wish list. i find that i love the smell of books more [does an iPad have a smell?] and i also can't read online magazines easily - i get impatient.
i think my next step is to have a wall of shelves built just for the books - i can't see them now with all the vintage wares crammed in.

November 14, 2010 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger The Hausfrau said...

I certainly agree with Cicero, and I love all your little stacks and shelves! I have many, myself...

November 15, 2010 at 2:08 AM  
Blogger Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

I'm simply charmed by the arrangements darling!
You can be a stylist or display merchandiser~


November 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Raji said...

I love how you've got books all over the place! Such cute and quirky storing places you've got!
It's a nice feeling to never be far from a book

November 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Melanie's Randomness said...

What a cute quote! I just told my mom it. I have too many books & SOOOOooo not enough space to put them.

Melanie's Randomness

November 15, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your little nooks and crannies where you keep your books. My house is exactly like that. Books piled into corners here and there - I think it gives rooms a unique look. :)



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