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…

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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!


    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.


  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!! :)

  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!

  22. 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!


    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…

  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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