The two main reasons that I decorate, renovate, rearrange and work on the house (constantly) are because: 1) I enjoy being in a beautiful space and 2) I enjoy being creative. Ultimately life is about the creation of beauty and perception of beauty through our senses is it not?
What does this have to do with the books in the fireplace? Well Kiran and I were sick and stuck at home recently. So I decided to color code the books in the fireplace (something I have been meaning to do). It was a fun project for us to do together and the result is fabulous (at least it looks a million times better than it used to look).
Being sick is never fun, but being sick and taking care of a sick child is so much worse! Little projects like this kept us sane and it was a lot of fun.
While the fireplace is the the major “bookcase” in our house, I also have some of my favorite books on the shelves in my room. These books were stacked randomly and always looked a little messy. Yesterday evening while Scott was working upstairs I decided to organize them. Yes they are color coded and they look fabulous!
I am now wondering if I should try to color cordinate the books in the fireplace as well…
This is our living room. I’ve been meaning to post pictures of the living room for a while now but I never got around to it. This is mainly because the living room is really hard to photograph. It is generally filled with light but all the pictures facing the windows generally come out either too dark or too light. Well finally this snowy day I found the right time to take some pictures. Click here and here for some earlier pictures.
The couch is from Crate and Barrel and it was our first new piece of living room furniture. The chrome rocker on the right of this picture is a Milo Baughman
chair that we got for free while we students. At the time we just thought that it was a fabulous chair without any knowledge of its pedigree. The coffee table is from a flea market in New Jersey and it was manufactured by Lane. I think we paid $45 for the coffee table. The chest on the left is also by Lane and it is made out of Cedar. The rug is an eighty year old Persian rug that I bought on eBay.
Thrift store bottles, old thrift store lamp, puppets from Indonesia and Lane Cedar chest from the 50s.
Milo Baughman chair (possibly)
We found this chair at a thrift store in Philly. While it looks like a Milo Baughman chair there aren’t any markings on the chair. I love this chair. It was love at first sight. The chrome and wool chair in the dining room, to the left of this picture is part of a pair that I bought on eBay. Yes I have a thing for chairs! We bought the butterfly leather chair on my first trip to Sri Lanka with Scott. The rose brass lamp was a total score at $30 dollars at a local thrift store. I was so excited to find it that Scott had to talk to the person at the store because he was sure that I would pay more for it than what they were asking. The white lamp we bought recently on the side of the street when we were coming home late one evening. I think we paid $60 for it but I had been wanting a task lamp in white for a while so it felt like a good deal.
We found this mantle at another thrift store but it wasn’t thrifty at all. We have always had a mantle in the old apartments that we’d lived in Philly and we really wanted one for this house. The mantle houses some of our books. This was supposed to be a temporary storage place for our books until we built bookshelves but we ended up really liking the books in the mantle.
View of Mantle from the vestibule door
A lot of the furniture in the living room is from thrift stores. We also have end tables (not shown) with dove tail detailing that match the coffee table, that we found at a Goodwill store in New Jersey (ten years before we bought the coffee table). I love old furniture. Mainly because it is built really well but also because I rarely see new furniture that I like (that I can afford). Every piece of furniture in this room we’ve both been immediately drawn to. Also most of the furniture has been with us for so long that is intimately woven into our lives.
It doesn’t seem like it is ever going to stop snowing here in Philly. What better way to enjoy being snowed in than with a good cup of tea (Sri Lankan tea of course) and a great book?
I bought these books on Amazon.com a couple months ago and I am so excited that I finally have the time to read them. I am starting with my favorite: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
The books are all hardbound Penguin Classics and the covers are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
These are the most beautiful books that I’ve ever seen.