Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Where did all the Books GO? The BIG REVEAL!

I never considered myself a patient person but I must be.

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This PROVES it! I lived with my books in boxes for YEARS! lol

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Before photo…

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And NOW…

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We consider this our library and love having a library table and leather chairs to play card games…oh, and read books!

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We also lined the wall next to the TV with bookcases.

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Now I have room for collectibles and seasonal decorating, too.

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I am so thrilled to finally have the living room the way I want it. I’ll keep working on the decorating part of course.

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We put our musical instruments on top of these shelves.

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And if I had to pick a favorite shelf or two….it would be these.

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I won this bear ornament from Brady Bears Studio awhile back and it fit in perfectly in this special spot. I love it, Karen! Thank you!

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(I’ve already changed them a bit)

I love this old telephone that my husband has had forever. And the old duck call was my Daddy’s.

I’m joining Coastal Charm ,

Brenda at the Cozy Little House,

Make it Pretty Monday

and Inspire me Tuesday.

Also Katherine’s Corner,

and Ivy and Elephants.

I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas.

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Have you put holiday pretties out yet?

Do you see a book you would like to ‘check out’?

Have a fabulous day!

55 comments:

Olive said...

Good Morning Diane, I love the books. They make a room cozy. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Olive

ann said...

I admire your courage to have red sofas! And I am still amazed at the tv console found at a thrift store. You must feel very good having your books close at hand and in plain view. Happy thanksgiving.

Jill said...

Those skates look pretty cute sitting there!

Denise said...

Lovely cozy comfy home.Happy Thanksgiving to You and Your's.Denise

Donna said...

Hooray for getting your books out of the boxes! It all looks great!

I've started decorating and already losing interest, LOL. I hope to finish up today and then give the floor a good vacuum. It's a mess now. No big tree this year again, just small ones. And 75% of the decorations are staying up in the attic storage.

Stephanie said...

Your books look fabulous, sweet friend :) And I just love the ice skates! Hugs to you!

Stacey said...

There's nothing better than bookshelves full of great books. I like the accessories you popped in the shelves - like that phone. That's fun!

Susan said...

I'm debating whether to dig out the holiday decorations since we're in a rental, but the fact my grands will be here, may push me to do it. Your library looks inviting and, like you, I still like reading an actual book and not a Kindle or Nook! XOXO

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

I love your cozy library room! What a great way to live with books.

Laurie said...

there is always room for books!! Looks wonderful and I LOVE the leather chairs a the table, wish i could find a couple like that, lol!!!

peggy said...

I would like to come over and read. It's beautiful!!!

MarmePurl said...

Fabulous! We have a room filled with books too. The fun part is to watch guests go browsing and then pick one to read, often 'borrowing' to finish when they leave to go home.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so happy you got bookcases! I love my books also and it's so hard not having them around. I love my bookcases and also being able to display some of my collectibles. I'm so ready to start Christmas decorations this weekend!

GardenOfDaisies said...

How nice to be able to get everything out of the boxes and on to shelves! Your room really does have a warm, cozy, library feel to it, with the red upholstery and the leather chairs. Nope, no holiday decorating here til after Thanksgiving.

Montanagirl said...

You have a lovely home. I like how you put up the bookshelves. Creates a really nice atmosphere. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! I love your shelves and that you can enjoy your books! How nice to be able to be surrounded by your books. Can't wait to see your Christmasing too.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, sweet friend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jane and Chris said...

Do I see a book I'd like to check out?! Sis, I'm moving in!!
Jane xxx

TexWisGirl said...

looks really nice!

Becca said...

Wonderful! I love your library room…looks so fun and cozy! Our books are mostly in boxes too, and we always have to dig to find one…oh well, someday maybe we can create a library room too! Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

It looks wonderful and super-cozy for reading times! :)

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

And what good taste you have in furniture. I have the same bookcases and TV hutch as you do! I love it. Too bad I don't have nearly as many books though.

Sue@House Pretty said...

I love your bookcases! And I love books. I can get rid of many possessions, but the books are a little bit more difficult. I love the look of them, the feel of them, the smell of them. Oh, and I over the top, love to read them!

Susie said...

I love books too. I have three bookshelves in the basement...I hate having my books down there. I think I would love a tiny library of my very own. :):)Yours looks very nice, love the table and chairs. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband. xoxo,Susie

DogsMom said...

I am so happy for you! I have been asking for more book shelf space since we moved here ( a decade ago!) and I bought some cheap shelving I have yet to assemble myself. My extra books are piled on the stairs leading to my upstairs storage (of more books!)
Very beautifully done.

And I love the ice skates too.

Poppy said...

Hi Diane,

Your living room truly is a lovely recreational space, perfect for reading, playing music, board games, etc., and of course, taking it easy in front of the TV! Fun and fabulous!

I've added you to my blog list, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Poppy

Pamelyn said...

A home with books is always inviting to me. And, if I could, I'd have red couches too!

chateau chic said...

I think all of your wonderful bookshelves filled with books makes a room so warm and cozy. Love the idea of your library room.
Mary Alice

Kathy said...

Oh, it looks so warm and inviting - love it!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, you have quite a library of books Diane. I used to have a lot of them but gave them away. I still have some - both old and new. I like your red sofas. I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday! Hugs, Pamela

Diane Mars said...

Diane the place looks great hubby is working on changes over here ripped the carpet out and is laying woodlike beautiful floor, cannot wait to get it fixed up like yours! Happy Thanksgiving

Perfectly Printed said...

Love your books!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Well I could easily spend the afternoon going through all your books. I like the musical instruments on top of the shelf.

And hey, I see a lot of empty wall space up over the piano where some book shelves would look great!

Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend. xo

Musings from Kim K. said...

Love your own special library. It looks perfect. I said this before, but your skates would always be welcome on our backyard ice rink.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love all your bookcases. We have bookcases on either side of our big screen TV.
Yes...my tree is up, but it is not decorated. I'll do a little each day over the weekend after I get home from the show each evening.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
hugs,
Cindy

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
Your book shelves look very nice. Nel would love this room, as she is a book lover herself. It looks so organized, and everything has its place. Yes, I've decorated for Christmas already. I am going to go with silver, white, and red this year. I wanted to tell you that I saw the little elves that are similar to mine at Joanne's. I don't know if you have one where you live, but I saw a lot of them there today.

Happy Thanksgiving wishes. Enjoy your turkey!

Love,
~Sheri

Jeannie Marie said...

Oh your shelves are so tantalizing, I can just barely not read the titles...do I see some Alexander McCall-Smith books? I see a Feng Shui, Bibles, Quilting books...I know we have some common interests! It's a lovely area and so cozy! I love what you have done!

Anne Santos said...

What a beautiful and warm home you have! I will be back to visit again. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful cozy room. I could easily curl up with a book in there.

Michele said...

I love the combination of books, musical instruments and decorative pieces. You did a fantastic job!

Lady Linda said...

Oh your room is just beautiful. I bet you are so thrilled. I like spaces to add decorations and now you have it. Fun items from your past to enjoy too.
I am happy for you.
Happy Thanksgiving.
LInda

JG said...

That is definitely a large comfy library! The rotary phone has its' special place, too.
Happy Thanksgiving to you & your Hubby, Diane!
~Judy

Geraldine said...

what a warm and cozy looking room Diane. I love books too but sadly most of mine ARE still in boxes (long story) in storage.

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with lots of cheer!

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cucki said...

Looking so lovely..
Big hugs x

Linda R said...

Just look at all those book. Your living area looks great. I just pulled out my decorations today.. I only brought a couple of my favorites with me. So it won't take long to decorate..

Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

Hugs~

Debbiedoos said...

Oh how nice and organized you are. LOVE it, and those skates are adorable. Happy Holidays to you and your family. XO

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

I love it, Diane. It looks so cozy. How great to have a place to play cards. We do a lot of that. xo Laura

Noelle the dreamer said...

Just had to look at all the fabulous titles on the shelves Diane!
Lucky you!
Happy Thanksgiving,

Vee said...

Look at all those wonderful books! How wonderful is that to have a home for them all. Have a very good day tomorrow! (It's pouring rain here. We'd prefer snow.)

Diane Writes said...

Hi namemate! And yes, I always admired your beautiful and peaceful home. I'm excited to see your Christmas decors. But before that, I hope you are having a great time for thanksgiving.

koralee said...

Pure joy....I so so love book shelves filled with BOOKS! I have always wanted a library in my home...one day maybe!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you. xox

kitty said...

What wonderful bookshelves, dear Diane! You must be thrilled to have them all perfect for you.
Happy Thanksgiving blessings to you, sweet friend. xo

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love your new bookshelves!
Stopping by from "Thursday Favorite Things"! =)

Ivy and Elephants said...

I need those shelves! I have books EVERYWHERE! I love them, and can't imagine a home without them. Love the way you have incorporated them into your decor! Gorgeous! Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
Hugs,
Patti

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Diane, I love your new bookcase.It has turn out to be a very lovely area. I love books too. I wish you all down in sunny Florida a wonderful holiday season. Hugs Judy in snowy Michigan

Katherines Corner said...

a very cozy place to sit and read. I am crazy for books too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. ♥