Sunday, February 6, 2011

The New Bookcases

I had to order a new charger for my camera, but it came this weekend, which means I finally have decent quality pictures of the new bookcases!  I'm not doing IMM this week, so enjoy these pictures instead (and a few of the puppies at the end)

This is now officially the library.  In the future, the short case on the right will be as tall as the others, we're waiting for the other pieces to come in.
I was asked to say some things about how my shelving works, so I'll put in a few paragraphs at the bottom.  I'll talk about the basics and then feel free to ask me any questions in the comments (That was you can skip if you're not interested).   

My graduation present from Luke -  I have a Willow Tree obsession.

My library imperative - PS I covered the books myself and will post a tutorial on that at some point.  I also did the letters and the birds myself (spray painted them, not actually made them)

More bookcases

Shelves on the walls opposite the bookcases on either side of the window.  Can you see the theme I'm going for here?  I picked up the small German prayer book at the library sale and the gorgeous antique covers at the TN Antiquarian Book Fair.

More covers and shelves.

And now the pups...

Contrary to what Luke likes to say, I do occasionally pick up poop.  Here is photographic evidence.  And yes, I wear rain boots to the dog park.  If you've ever been to the dog park, I'm sure you understand.  Don't judge.

On the back deck with Dexter.

And my baby Chief.

Chief is my tiny baby and Dex is the big brother - although we think Chief may just outgrow Dex within the next few months.

On my shelving system:

First of all, this takes I think it took me about a week of working on it for an hour or so a day to get it the way I want it. I still walk through and rearrange from time to time. Obviously I started with black, went to red, and then through the rainbow and ended with a row of white. The short cases on the right have my signed books, first editions, and some series books. The short cases on the left have my Amerca's Best Short Stories series and my America's Best Non-Required Reading series and a few box sets. Another case in the room holds books I need to review and the rest of my series books.

I started by separating my books by color and pulling out the ones that had too much variety in spine color. Those are shelved in the office. Then I started shelving and arranged and re-arranged as I went. Again, this will take you a very long time. Especially if you have a lot of books. I cataloged as I shelved and this one unit holds almost 500 books - so be prepared to spend some time on it!

This isn't as effective a method for locating books as arranging by alphabet, genre, etc. but it looks amazing.  I still have art above the bookcase, but I'm taking it down as soon as I get around to it.  I think it takes the place of a lot of decorating in the room - and I get tons of compliments on it.  I'm still deciding about knick-knack type things on the shelves and how to arrange them and whether or not to leave some empty space just because the color is so eye-catching, I don't want it to feel cluttered.


  1. I love it! I think it looks amazing. I am still renting (although maybe will build a house on my family's farm one day -- then I will have a library of my own, too!) so my options are more limited. I have SO many books in boxes in storage at my parents' house. And more in my classroom at school. I struggle all the time with how haphazard the shelves in my living room & hallway look. I have always organized by alphabetical order; I guess I've always felt it was "right" to do that! But seeing your shelves gives me inspiration to try new things. Thanks for this post -- I love book reviews, but sometimes random things related to books are just as good or better!

  2. Oh wow those shelves are beautiful!!

  3. Looks amazing!
    I totally get wearing rubber boots to the park. Old jeans too :)
    I can't believe how big the boys are now!

  4. Those shelves are greatness. sigh. I sure wish I had shelves.

  5. So gorgeous! I am looking at my shelves in a whole new way...How fun to have them grouped by color.

  6. Love the shelves and the dogs!

  7. Lovely! Ben's first comment was: How is it organized? :) But I love it!! Haha!

  8. I frigging love these.

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