Monday, July 8, 2013

something i like about our new home - the books

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else 
that so beautifully furnishes a house.  
~Henry Ward Beecher

books.  everywhere.  that way, you're never alone, because a good book is always within reach.

these were pretty much the first things i unpacked when we got the furniture in place.  i wasn't even terribly particular about what went where.  i did try to get mostly-ander-books to ander's room, and mostly-diana-books to diana's room.  scrapbooks in the living room.  everything else went . . . everywhere else.  and they have been shuffled and reshuffled and moved around numerous times, often by the book fairy.  i have established two entire shelves in a built-in bookcase just for our library items.  there's a dedicated book bag in the back seat of the minivan, right next to diana, where she rotates out a collection of tomes we own so she has something readily available for car rides, or hanging out at the park, or at the pool (she wondered if dickens' great expectations would be appropriate fodder for such a location), or getting together with a real-live-person friend ('cause the best of friends are the ones you can sit and read with).

living room, aka the ward room
(my friend lori, if she's paying attention, might see something familiar and near-and-dear to her heart  in that prior photo)

from the first boxes to diana's room

many of ander's favorites in his own space

in the doll cradle in mom & dad's room, next to the comfy chair, for before bedtime

the shelf halfway down the stairs was made for books, and for sitting down to read there, right?

on lower level fireplace mantle

in a bathroom
in another bathroom, although not pictured here, is this.

so what else do we read?  find out here.


  1. love love all your bookshelves! our house is full of them, too, but i’d have to tidy to give a tour. :)

    YOU are near and dear to my heart, and i love love seeing my book on your shelf!!! <3 <3 <3

  2. Spotted it! I love seeing pictures of your new home <3 Decreases the miles (sort of)