Monday, July 1, 2013

A Dream Come True

This may sound silly to some but to those that know me, you’ll totally understand!

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We’ve had a lot of our books in boxes waiting to figure out how to find bookcases that will work or ‘shell out the big bucks’ and have some built.

I found this entertainment center awhile back at the Hospice Thrift Store and blogged about it HERE !

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What a fabulous find! And last weekend….I found the matching bookcases at our favorite furniture store.

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So I spent this weekend doing one of my favorite things…sorting through boxes of old books.

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We now have 6 full size bookcases in this house and several small ones but it doesn’t end there!

I ordered TWO more bookcases (even taller) to go in the ‘library’ here.

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So what’s behind the screen? 10 more boxes of books!

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I’m having the time of my life getting my books out where I can enjoy them.

And if that’s not enough? Adriana Trigiani wrote emails to me this past weekend! I am so very blessed. Her website is HERE .

I’m joining Coastal Charm for

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,

Brenda at the Cozy Little House

for Tweak it Tuesday.

I’m still rearranging books and ‘tweaking’ my accessories!

Do you love to read AND love to ‘sort’?

Come on over! We’ll have FUN!!!

46 comments:

Danice said...

i love books, and have bookcases everywhere. wish i had more room, kinda crowded. yours look great. books never get thrown away around here. looking forward to seeing your 2 new bookcases.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The bookcases matching the entertainment center look amazing. I love it. Great find. Have fun with your books. Hugs, Marty

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Being a library media/technology specialist my heart was pounding over your book cases! Looks great!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

How fun! I do NOT have any book shelves but have several old ones in the basement I've wanted to re-do for years. Books make a room so warm and homey!

Stacey said...

No way! You lucky girl. That looks fantastic. We have books in every closet at this house. There's an area where I want to make a library upstairs. Just have to save the bucks to build shelves or luck on something like you did. :)

GardenOfDaisies said...

How lucky is that... to find matching bookshelves!!!

Donna Wilkes said...

When I say I am going to sort through my stacks of books, I am afraid I spend too much time browsing through them reliving the plot lines and the characters. My husband and I did do a major overhaul and carted a truckload of books off to a charity sale one year, but those spaces have been filled with more books!

Laurie said...

beautiful, I love my books too!That was a lucky find!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

What a great find! It is beautiful! xox

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I love books to!! If only I had a place to put all mine!!!

Karen said...

It all looks great! I love your living room, very inviting with the red, too.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What an amazing find! It all looks so nice together. We love books in my house too. One of my dreams is to have a dedicated library with floor to ceiling bookcases filled with my favorite books.

cucki said...

Beautiful xxx

Diane said...

The unit and bookcases are great together! I had a lot of books but donated many before my daughter arrived-- needed the space. Kinda miss some of them.

Terra said...

My hubby and I adore reading and have a big collection of books. Books in print, not ebooks, he he. I like to give books away, or sell them to a local used book store. Our church library accepts donations, thank goodness. You are getting your collection tamed with your handsome new shelves.

TexWisGirl said...

you're a book hoarder! :)

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Great find, both, first the entertaining center and now the shelves for all your dear books, how fun this is! Have a happy Fourth too.
FABBY

Linda Walker said...

wow, what luck finding matching bookcases! The wall units look wonderful together. Hope all is well.
Linda
sewwhat!

It's me said...

I love to read book.....you did a great job...your home is so lovely !!...x !

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow, you and my oldest daughter. She lives and breathes books...I taught her very well and then I grew tired of reading. Too hard to read and blog or eidt images with these eys at times, so I choose my battles~

DearHelenHartman said...

Great minds... blogging about books at my place today, too! Love that you found books cases to match your thrifted find!

Elizabeth said...

Looks wonderful ! When we downsized I sold my book cases and most of my books but I am slowly adding to my favorites.

Vee said...

Enjoy your books! Those bookcases are a great match.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'd love to come to your house and go thru your books - sheer delight!! xo

Debbiedoos said...

You found a perfect entertainment center indeed. That is a lot of books and hard to believe you have more hidden. Enjoy your 4th!~ Hoping for no rain here in the Carolina's. Been a rainy summer so far.

Musings from Kim K. said...

How fun that you found the matching pieces of furniture! As a former University librarian, I have a HUGE weakness for books. My book obsession is now Josie's children's books. Books are wonderful.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Now this is a post after my heart....the bookcases look great!

I can't wait to see what you think of the new book...I want to know all about it!

I just got another book today from Simon & Schuster!

xo,
RJ

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love books also, but have had to downsize them for this move. Love your new entertainment center!

Ginger Zuck said...

So great to get all those books out. I'm so glad you are having the time of your life, how exciting. The entertainment center and bookcases look wonderful and I'm so glad that you are having a great time with them. Can't wait to see all the other boxes of books.!!

cynthia lee designs said...

The matching bookcases you found look great.
Hope you have a great 4th of July.
hugs,
Cindy

Maureen Wyatt said...

the Kindle just doesn't replace real books to me. How great that you are getting yours out on display!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

What great finds, indeed. I finally had to store many of my beloved books, as I'd run out of bookshelves. I'm dreaming of having some built in my home office, and I'm not giving up hope until it happens. :)

Trace4J said...

Looks wonderful.
I do like to read and love having all the things I love out.
Especially my wool and buttons.
Chickens too.
Woolie Hugs

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Diane, How marvellous, to have found the perfect entertainment centre and then to find two matching bookcases. You sound like you had fun filling the bookshelves with your books.
I love books aswell, and like you I have a lot of books, when I run out of space, they tend to sit on the floor..... I am not as tidy as you are.... I love the idea of using a screen to hide your boxes of books.
I bet you are excited to get your new bookshelves to start organising the rest of your books.
Enjoy your day.
Best Wishes as always,
Daphne

Susan said...

As we are packing, my hubby said, "you sure have a lot of books...do you really need them all?" Well, you understand, I do and wouldn't part with any of them, even though I've read them all. It's going to be a heavy load going across country, but so worth it! XOXO

Poppy said...

Hi Diane,

I think it's great that you are displaying your books and taking the time to find just the right space and storage for them. They are to be treasured and you have done a lovely job of that so far. I like the the way you have put together the whole ensemble; kudos!

Happy 4th of July!

Poppy

Treshel Gallatin said...

I love old books. I need to find some more bookshelves too. I have stacks of boxes filled with books.

Heart Vintage Design said...

I love books too. Glad to see someone else is hanging on to the physical ones, instead of going totally digital. : )

Pamela Gordon said...

Those book cases are a perfect match to your entertainment centre. It's nice to have your books all in one area on display. Do you play the piano? My hubby does. :) Have a wonderful week and Happy July 4th!

JG said...

You must have your collection separated into categories, Diane! What a wonderful home for them.
~Judy

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Books, can we ever have enough? They are one of my prized possessions. You know I have stacks of coffee table books scattered around my favorite reading spots. Love books!

Have a beautiful 4th of July.

karen

Katherines Corner said...

I'm a bibliophile too. How wonderful to get them out of the boxes and onto these wonderful shelves. xo

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You and me both- SOOO many books. I am thinking about giving some to my daughter so she can start a library o her own. I love books and have so many. Congrats on Trigiani's letter. xo Diana

ImagiMeri said...

I read books so quickly, I couldn't possibly keep all the ones I've read. Your bookcase set up is lovely. Now have you already read all those, or are they to be read?

Hugs,
Meri

Donna said...

It all looks fabulous! Great find!

Heart Vintage Design said...

I found the best Goodwill bookstore in Sarasota today. That's all they sell. It was heaven. It's located at the corner of Bee Line Ridge and Cattleman Road. I brought home a box of books, of course.