Mar 21, 2010

by English Muse

…until the books are on the shelves:

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This is my favorite part of unpacking: arranging the shelves. I always start out with the intent to keep things minimal, even monotoned. But I am a magpie at heart. So there’s more color to come!

PS: A few of you asked about the screensaver on my computer in my last post. It’s a Japanese noren called “The Great Wave,” by Hokusai. It came with my Mac, but I’ve now uploaded it onto flickr, if you want to use it as a screensaver too. Just click the picture below:

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Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday…

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 at 4:14 pm. It is filed under house and home. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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37 Responses to “It isn’t really home…”

  1. Carey says:

    I wholeheartedly agree! So glad you're at the book arranging stage of settling into your new home!

  2. sinnlighet says:

    Your blog ….. it's amazing and soooo inspiring as usual!

    Agneta

    Ps. I have an ongoing jewelry contest on my blog. Welcome! Ds

  3. Reginasaurus says:

    I love unpacking books! Whenever I'm in a strange mood I will rearrange them differently, too. I usually stick to alphabetical order by last name of the author, but right now they're in a different order because I didn't want to do my homework last week! xo

  4. Carina says:

    I am currently working on clearing out some of my books/reorganzing them. Very excited!!!!

  5. Giulia says:

    Yes, indeed. I'm cleaning stuff out & sending a batch of books to my mother who will enjoy them a lot. Then I can pick up the books on the floor (for more years than I care to state publicly), & pop'em onto the shelves. So glad you're doing well.

    ciao-meow

  6. La chica says:

    I totally agree with you…

  7. The Gourmet Traveller says:

    What is it about books? Just seeing a shelf of neatly arranged, colourful books makes me inordinately happy :)

  8. Alison says:

    I'm envious of how colorful your bookshelves are! And what amazing books you have stocked!

  9. vicki archer says:

    I am so happy and touched that my book is on your shelves ….and with such wonderful company. Glad the move has gone well and the boxes are unpacked, xv.

  10. Tina says:

    vicki…i love your book!! (i loved it even before i found your beautiful blog)…i went on a frenzy trying to find the umbrella on the cover. finally found one like it in notting hill!

  11. Cassandra Marie says:

    Oh books…I really need to make a trip to Borders or Barnes & Noble to pick up some new ones!

  12. Valeria says:

    nice books! they are all so colorful and look so interesting!! :)

    http://misspennylane-valeria.blogspot.com/

  13. belle in arms says:

    I agree, books do make a home.

    I guess that's why my favorite room in my fathers house is the library. I could sit there for days without getting bored.

  14. Laura Trevey says:

    I love the wave image!!

  15. Bobbin Talk says:

    It looks like home now…

  16. andrea says:

    100% agree. And I use the same image as my background!

  17. Patty says:

    That's a really nice collections of books and I totally want that statue!

  18. Han says:

    On that top image what is the stripey book two to the left of Shanghai Girls – it looks very cool! Yeah okay judging by covers but I would read the blurb if I could now that my attention has been attracted lol.

    I feel the same about it not being a home until my books are on the shelves – my OH just gets irritated he's all for minimalism!

  19. AlexyRouse94 says:

    I completely agree with you!
    I'm also a fan of your book selection as well. Is that Julie and Julia I spy?
    Lovely blog!

  20. kimberj says:

    I love the arranging part as well. However the hubs and I differ on how. I'm very bohemian, sort of I'll know what I like when I like it and don't ask me to explain it. He is very much a minimalist and is never quite sure if he likes something. Makes me nuts :s

  21. Christine says:

    A new home just isn't complete unless my books are unpacked and nicely arranged. Hope you're enjoying your new place!

    Christine@TheFiveSenses.org

  22. starcakeastrology.blogspot.com says:

    i want to read that book about barcelona hotels!

  23. David says:

    I have heard him someone describe themselves as a magpie – I like that. I also like that we have the same taste in screensavers – I've always liked this one. Congrats on the move.

  24. David says:

    "never heard" – oops

  25. The Wanderers' Daughter says:

    From one magpie to another…I understand. And I love your rainbow of color! It's a happy look.

  26. Brandi says:

    I actually can't sleep in a new home until my books are organized. Is that weird? It's gotten worse over the years as I've collected more books. Luckily, since my most recent move was cross-country, I was forced to leave some books behind at my parents' house — I got to bed much quicker this time.

  27. krys kirkpatrick says:

    Oh I agree. I am experimenting with less though. My goal is to build a little home on wheels. So looks like I will have to do with less, which I hope will be freeing!

  28. Sundari says:

    Ah books just really make it feel like I home. I totally agree! Bookcases are the most comforting thing for me in the house.

  29. pearl. says:

    i couldn't agree more!
    i must admit i can get a bit obsessive with my books, i put them all in alphabetical order….
    Pearl xo

  30. The Hausfrau says:

    Lovely! All the color is great. I know how you feel; I must have my books around me as soon as possible after a move.

  31. Anzu says:

    Totally agree! Like the ornament as a book end – looks great. I've got quite a few of the same books. Would love to read a post from you on your favourite books by the way

  32. Destination Inspiration says:

    I like all the colour on your bookshelves Tina! And some of the titles of your books too, yes please! Where'd you get your geisha statue? She's amazing

  33. C says:

    I love having a peek at the bookshelves of others! Happy Times-Lee Radziwill, I've wanted to read that for quite awhile, now I'm motivated to go get it!

  34. LENORENEVERMORE says:

    So true darling!
    The wave image reminded me of Kansai Yamamoto back in the 80s~
    Fab week, hope you have time to relax this week after all the packing & unpacking…
    HUGs*

  35. Chelsea Talks Smack says:

    AMEN, I completel agree.

  36. leni says:

    your books look so lovely on the shelf!

  37. Just Sweet Love says:

    oh my goodness, I just read Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Amazing and heartwrenching! Loved it!

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