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one day when we have room for two seperate rooms of books i'm going to hijack our collection and arrange half of it by color. right now ac prefers to arrange by theme but if this picture of jennifer's home from the domino decorating contest is any indicator- color looks way, way cooler. love that chest of drawers by the front door, too. so cute!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, think you've got your links wrong! "jennifer's home" goes to the sample sale information.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this shelf Ikea? It looks possible and if so it makes me think twice about this particular shelf

8:24 AM  
Blogger Anna @ D16 said...

I go back and forth on the color-arranged books thing. The reader in me (and I do read a TON of books, though lately I try to only hold on to the ones I love most) wants to arrange by author/category, but the designer in me wants color coordination.

At the moment, all of my books are piled up on the floor. I'm installing Elfa shelving this weekend, so we'll see how the books wind up going on them...

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really like that chest of drawers by the front door, but does it look like it has no back legs?? i don't get it.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think by color looks really cool, but the librarian in me can't deal with that!

also, the books on top of books drives the archivist in me crazy!

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had this same ongoing dilemma with my husband who is an artist. I'm a designer. It's the whole form vs. content issue in a nutshell. So when he went out of town for a few days, I decided to try to resolve this issue by rearranging the books by color - within each category. It's not exactly photo-shoot worthy, but it's a happy compromise.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that bookcase. We have the dark brown/black version and it's wonderful.

I also love those Target pillows!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Rose Red said...

Few of my books are so bright...most are very muted and I think it might actually look cool to arrange them by color. I think it would come out like an Arthur Rackham color pallet.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I get those chairs?

11:15 AM  
Blogger *tania said...

i arrange my books by color, because when i think of a certain book, i more often remember the color of the spine than the exact title or author. it's ended up that many (though not all) are still sorted by genre (sci-fi/fantasy is black, queer & women's studies are hot pink, audio art is light blue). i wonder what that says about publishers' choices for cover colors?

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my boyfriend absolutely refuses to let me do this. and i've tried to talk him into it many times. sigh.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Target pillows! I have the one in the middle... It's all about mixing high and low!

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a lifelong bookworm and scientist by profession, one of my biggest design pet peeves is treating books as decorations.

...like when they're stacked up as coffeetables, columns, or put on those "invisible" shelves. sure, it looks pretty. but what if, god forbid, you wanted to consult a book near the bottom of the stack? the same thing goes for arranging them in this way. books are first and foremost tools, not art objects.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz - but when you're not reading them it's nice to display them aesthetically, no?

9:06 PM  
Blogger sawdust bear said...

re: books as decorations - I think that colour is actually a fantastic way to sort, aside from being visually interesting, I am just wired to remember the colour of my bookspines. I am a bookworm and an artist, and I think this display/organizing method is awesome. Actually, I just sorted two rows of my book by colour and am glad to finally know where all my orange books are.

2:57 AM  

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