Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Books, Books and More Books

"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building more bookshelves." ~Anna Quindlen

Ruthie Sommers
I'm not sure if my children grew up thinking about decorating that way. But they certainly grew up to be readers and collectors of books.

Celerie Kemble - Lonny
Which is both good and bad. Good because they love books, bad because books need a place to live. We have boxes of books in the garage, brought home from college, waiting for their permanent home so they can put them on their own bookshelves--someday.

Bunny Williams
Don't get me wrong, I love having bookshelves full of books. Classics and paperbacks, I'm not concerned how they look so much as that they are there. It's comforting.

Celerie Kemble - Lonny
But lately, I'm feeling like books are taking over my house!
It's also my fault. I am guilty of buying even more books.

That's because I've been finding great deals for "coffee table" books at One Kings Lane, Joss & Main and The Foundary.
Just yesterday, I received the Charlotte Moss, Suzanne Rheinstein and Chris Madden books.

Here are three new books by Michèle Lalande. Talk about eye candy!
Recommended by Bonnie Broten when she was here, I immediately went on Amazon to purchase them.

I just love the way books look stacked on the coffee tables and trunks.

I guess you could say I have a collection going!
I recently purchased Patina by the Giannetti's, and I love it! I also have Fifi O'neil's book, Romantic Prairie Style and Vicki Archer's, My French Life. I have to support my fellow bloggers--right?

So I should be perusing through my latest design books with a cup of coffee this morning, instead of blogging about them.

I'm wondering if there is a 12 step program for book-aholics....

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Rebecca said...

If none (12 step program for book-aholics) then you and I should START one. I'm charter-memeber material!

♥ this post!

savvycityfarmer said...


Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

I wouldn't worry about being a book-aholic Delores - there's worse!

Unknown said...

I suppose there are more book-lovers than you can imagine... here's another to add to this list!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I don't know, but there needs to be. I have a lot of those books, too. I can't stop buying the vintage leather ones now.

Helen said...

I spent three weeks this summer at the home of my former husband and his family ... they added a library to their 105-year old home which now contains probably 3,000 books ... there are also shelves in every room that can accommodate them, plus shelves built in hallways and on stair landings. The dining room table cannot be used, it is stacked high with books, journals, articles, etc.
Maybe a few books too many?

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Blogging has turned me into a bookaholic too!! I have some of the same ones as you. Martina

Chlvie said...

If there is such a program I need to join as well. I am with you looooooooove my books!!! The more the better.

Great post hope you are enjoying all of them!!

Gerry said...

One can never have too many books! Also, I want to say how happy I am that you display your books with their original covers. I am a little disturbed when I see pictures of shelves with the books covered in plain paper in order to hide their "color". Do those plain covers draw you in and make you curious to what's inside? No! I think the cover is one of the most important parts of a book - after the content of course....:)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Add me to the 12-step program! Our home office is filled with books! I love the look of the decorative shelves on blogs and in magazines...but, I have to decorate around my books. They aren't going anywhere!

a quiet life said...

hand up high for the books anon... i read about 150-175 books a year... but i buy at least 300, just in case i think i should want to read more... and throw in kindle and you can even shop in your shower if you have a quick hankering for this or that as you ponder life under the steamy water. yep i love to read any size shape or form, the world just doesn't feel right if i am not learning something new~

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I so agree. I have a huge growing collection of design books and I am also starting to find more and more volumns of old books that are fascinating. Classics in beautiful old leather covers. I love all of yours and they always look wonderful stacked anywhere. Hugs, Marty

The enchanted home said...

Love my books and the really good ones I go back to over and over again.....looks like you have a great collection and share my love of great design books, you can never have too many!

Melissa said...

I'm a book-aholic and have raised two... I'm "baby-sitting" my daughters books while she is in the Peace Corp, fortunately I'm baby-sitting her book cases too!
And who know's how many boxes of books are in my attic, that I'm storing for my son when he recently moved out of state.

Sarah said...

If there is a 12 step program, I'd better sign up as well. I've already run out of book shelves. I have them on tables, under tables, and stacked here and there. Books are definitely a part of my world. I can't resist them!

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Burlap Luxe said...

A wealth of beauty, your books so proudly displayed speak volumes! Delores I could sit and read for days over at your home.

I am so upset that we are loosing our Borders books :( big and two stories of what was a peacefully exciting place to inspire ones soul!
Thank you for this post!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post! I, too, am addicted to books and building bookcases to display them. I blogged about it recently:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I should not have read this, viewed this.Book envy is not comfortable for someone who is on a book diet, namely, me!

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. In my mind, one can never have enough books. Old books, new books, classics, coffee-table, kitchen table - oh, dear, the pull of bookbinding is calling me and I may have to hide the car keys.

Rettabug said...

Pretty storage ideas! I need more shelves like those & need to get busy with some plans.

Would you believe my DH still has the text books he used when he was in med school? He used them as reference books for years, but they are soooo outdated now. He practiced for 40 years so some are at least 60 years old. They should be in a museum! LOL


Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love all your pictures and your house. i just did a post on bookcases. Check it out.

Donna in Potomac said...

Question: How do you know IF you need the 12-step program? Answer: IF you have full bookshelves in every room of your house AND you're still examining each book title in this blog for possible acquisitions - ha that's moi! In truth it's an addiction I can happily live with.

laney said...

..."a home without books is like a man without a soul"...

Victoria said...

Another charter member. One way to cut down on books; move. I did this a year ago and had to make some difficult decisions about how many books I could take with me. I already owned the house I moved to permanently in Florida and the bookshelves were nearly full. I carefully examined each title and decided what I could donate. Among others, I could not part with the books I read in literature class in college (100 or so years ago), so this was a lengthy process. Some books went into the donation pile and came out of the donation pile. I have a library here in Florida and high ceilings with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling shelves. Then I have shelves in the family room. I also use design books in stacks on tables and antique chairs too delicate to sit on. What I am saying is there is always room for more books. No Kindle for me, please.
Have a great day.

Lauren@BaylorSays... said...

I can't stop buying books. There are books I have up to 6 copies of because I can't remember if I have it or not and I see it for a steal. I started picking up every hard cover book I ran across to replace paperbacks a few years ago, but cannot bear to part with those either! It's a problem with no end in sight.

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