24 July 2008

My Books, My Books

I've missed my books. For four years, we've lived in this house, and most of the books have lived in the cellar. Oh, there were exceptions - like cookbooks, and kids books, and gardening books - but the vast majority are in countless tidy cardboard boxes in the (dry) cellar.

But soon, very soon, they will be free. The carpenters have finished building the bookcases I've been dreaming of and saving money for, and the painters should be done tomorrow. Sometime next week, after the paint is nice and dry, I can start hauling boxes up from the cellar, and caressing the books, one by one.

We did built-ins in two rooms - the dining rooom and the sun room. We archived a pair of french doors from the dining room, and built bookcases around the wide doorway, up both sides and across the top. The cookbooks will live in the dining room, alongside gardening, and travel, and I don't know what else yet.

In the sun room, we did built-ins on the two inside walls - so there are two walls of books, and two walls of casement windows. The television will live in there, together with all of the fiction and poetry. And music - all the many books on music will need to be in there, because the stereo will be in there as well.

I'm so happy to have finally been able to get this done, because a house without books is like a room without windows.

47 comments:

alejna said...

Oh, wow. That's really exciting. I love, love, love built-in bookcases. Especially the ones that wrap around a doorway.

I look forward to seeing pictures of all your books in their new home!

Aunt Becky said...

*squee!*

Gorgeous. I'm so in need of these.

RuthWells said...

LOVE built ins! The smartest thing we did when renovating our 2nd floor bathrooms was have the carpenter add bookshelves along one full wall of the 2nd floor landing. Now I wish we'd done more...

noble pig said...

Congratulations, I am so happy for you! It looks great!

Julia said...

Sounds and looks beyond awesome. I am a little jealous. Congratulations! Enjoy your many happy reunions.

FreshHell said...

OOh, very nice! I'm quite jealous of those!

Life As I Know It said...

Oh, those are great!
My books are currently residing in the basement, too...someday they will be freed.

zellmer said...

Built-in bookshelves are my absolute dream. I'm a book collector, too. I just like having them near me. It's comforting for some reason. I'd love to see an "after" photo once you get your books on them.

Rima said...

I feel the same way about bookcases. The built ins in the family room and study are one of the reasons I fell in love with the house we ended up buying. And I couldn't believe how many houses we looked at with not a single book in sight!!!

Sober Briquette said...

Oooh. You are so lucky. That's what I need, but I can't wait, so I'm trying to decide if I should go cheap (Crate & Barrel) or what. I came home from the library today with a book called "Storage." Hope it contains a miracle.

Amanda said...

Envy!

Anjali said...

That looks awesome!

Awesome Mom said...

How exciting! I hope that we can get our books out of boxes soon.

merlotmom said...

oooh, so purdy. I lurv the paint color too. used to have a dining room that color. enjoy

slouching mom said...

gorgeous.

built-in bookshelves are a dream for me and the hubs.

one day...

susan said...

That is way cool.

What Now just did a post about unpacking her books in her new house, too. And here I am looking at shelves of books to be packed tomorrow. thanks for the reminder that unpacking will bring its own pleasures.

the queen said...

I am shallow, so I am dealing with my envy by thinking, "Why didn't she have them build a window seat surrounded by bookcases?"

Defiantmuse said...

your shelves are fabulous!

Our books are randomly crammed on shelves here and there, double rows b/c we don't have enough room. I daydream about one day organizing them but realize I'm too lazy and maybe it will happen in 20 years.

KC said...

Built-in's make me drool. Those are AWESOME.

womaninawindow said...

Yes! Our books are stuffed in piles and baskets and hanging out on tables and under chairs. No homes, but they're still present.

Just think of all the dusting...

Eva said...

This is actually really inspirational.

Angeline said...

Its beautiful! My books are on shelfs too...but have been untouched for years!

flutter said...

well said. What is life without books?

ozma said...

I know you love to read!!!

We have a lot of bookcases and a lot of books and we never have enough room for our books. It's like as soon as you get them all on a bookcase, you need another bookcase.

I have trouble culling books, though. Well, culling anything...

the mama bird diaries said...

Our books are trapped in our storage area in the basement too.

Kyddryn said...

Oh, I shall have shelf envy!! My beloved books are relegated to a downstairs room that was meant to be a bedroom but is now a library - and while they're at least in a room of their own, they aren't surrounding me and they aren't nice and tidy. Books on shelves, yes, but also on the floor, some in piles and some toppled and in disarray. One day I will have shelves buit from floor to ceiling in there...one day...

Hurrah for your books, and for you!

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Lady M said...

Oooh, fabulous! The Original Owners of our house left their bookshelves behind, and we have extra shelves for the first time in our lives. Mrs. O-O was rumored to have had 5000 books!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I can't wait to see it with the books in it.

julochka said...

so inspiring! and i just love even thinking about books! :-) you must post pix when you've filled them!

MadMad said...

Oh, that is so exciting! There is (almost) nothing better than built-in shelves!

crazymumma said...

oooohhhh. those are niiiice. its a bit like book p*&n.

Furrow said...

I love it! The built ins are beautiful, beautiful. I wish we had some down in our main living area. Most of our books are upstairs in the seldom-used "bonus" room. Books in a house are so many things. Entertainment, information, decoration, self-identification.

susie said...

How wonderful! Congratulations on your beautiful bookcases!

My husband built built-ins (that sounds funny) in one of our former homes, and I still miss them!

Krysta said...

i would miss my books as much as i miss my kids. i'm excited for you in that i'm a book lover, i got new bookshelves kind of way.

Mrs. L said...

Alas, most of my books are still in boxes in the garage. I'd LOVE to have some built in bookshelves to put them in. Very jealous over here!

Ree said...

Beautiful!

lilypotter said...

I know what you mean- all the "grown up" books in my house have been stored away, since the little ones like to "read" (and rip) them. I can't wait to take them out again!

Love the new shelves!

wheelsonthebus said...

I know that feeling. May they breathe free.

Lisa said...

Beautiful!

Julie Pippert said...

So true. Two years in many of mine are still boxed. Waiting. For shelving.

Am so stinking jealous for me of your built-ins. Am so stinking happy for you.

Cactus Petunia said...

That's exactly what I've been wanting to do in between our living room & dining room. Thanks for blazing the trail! Now I can show it to my husband, who's having a hard time visualizing it.

Can't wait to see the finished room!

niobe said...

So incredibly gorgeous. They're going to be spectacular once they're filled.

Though I have to say, having had a whole bunch of built-ins put in, we're now, as they say, deaccessioning. Because, though at one point in my life I would have found it hard to believe, there is such a thing as too many books.

Janet said...

They look awesome. I love the pop of red in there, too.

ophelia rising said...

You are one lucky woman.

needleinahaystack said...

I positively LOVE the idea of a library/dining room. dining rooms are generally a silly waste of space unless they have homework done in them, puzzles completed in them, and other activities besides turkey on Thanksgiving!!! If we didn't already have the luxury of a room with books floor to ceiling, I would have done the same thing. We had to save for the built ins also. No bookshelves in our house besides the basement when we moved in. Who lives that way???? Without books around them?

the dragonfly said...

Oh...amazing. I am insanely jealous!

Jody said...

You built some insanely beautiful shelves!