17.3.10

Who Cares If It Doesn't Make Sense, It Looks Pretty.



I was inspired by 675 Bar in the meatpacking district, which features this lounge area complete with color charted bookshelves.
                                   
This photograph is by Eric Laignel and was featured in the September 2009, Interior Design magazine.
Today I embarked on a similar project of color coordinating my bookshelves. I adore my books and have always organized them by subject or author. So my book were very well organized prior to my pretty up project. They looked like this:
I made color piles:



I even filled up a box with donate books- Among them was this classic.
Would you want this guy anywhere near your erroneous zones?
And here are the final results.

26 comments:

Sarah said...

OH GOODNESSSS!

First of all, you have many many many books. Secondly... OMG, I wouldn't have the patience in the world to do this. I looks so good tho! :)

Frenchie said...

Very nice. I love it.

dotblogg said...

Hey!thank you for your kind words!:) I was thinking about rearranging my bookshelves:) Very good idea with those colorful shelves!
take care
Just

Mary said...

I must say the color coding makes for glorious looking shelves, but how do you find anything?

. said...

I love the effect of arranging books by color. And overall enjoying a peek at your blog.

Glad that things worked out for you today...thanks for visiting.
love, blessings, and gratitude~
elizabeth

Lady Ren said...

Sarah- It took me the better part of the day but I just looked at it as a creative project and had fun every minute- Also good for Feng Shui to clear the dust!
Frenchie- I love it too.
dotblog- you should try it, it is fun.
Mary- This is not practical, but it has given me reason to reacquaint myself with my books- Which gives me joy.

Leslie R. said...

That is super cool!

Clair said...

You have a good eye for color.

Anonymous said...

ART out of books. I like your style. It really does look good.

racheljsilver said...

I imagine with this project that you'd get similarly off track as when you're trying to put away or organize picture albums-- just lost in the nostalgia of each one! I love the final look- especially the way you did cool colours on one row and warm colours on the other. Certainly looks worth the effort to me!

Bo said...

Very cool! I wish I was this organized!

whorange said...

My books are by color, too. Keeping it purty (and practical).

Christine Kizik said...

That looks great! Fun things are more important than organized things anyways!

niku said...

I love this! I've been dreaming of doing this for years, but somehow my poor books keep ending up in boxes rather than shelves.... I smell a spring project.

sherri said...

that looks fantastic. and what exactly is an erroneous zone? erogenous I've heard of. I agree, that author doesn't need to be getting near any of my zones.

Jacqui said...

Hey - thank you for visiting and introducing me to your wonderful blog. We, well, John, has just been building new bookshelves for our ever enlarging collection. I didn't co-ordiante them, because I like the randomness f what books end up nect to each other.
Maybe it's my age, but I quite liked Dr Wayne ;)

Lady Ren said...

Leslie R- Thanks and Hello.
Clair- Thank you
Rachel- I tried to stay on task, my monkeys helped me, we played library, I even had them stamping with my custom design library stamp, so a little off track.
Bo- a bottle of wine and an evening at home- that is all it would take!
Whorange- Have you posted any photos on your blog? I would love to see!
CK- I totally agree
Niku- Take them out and give them life!
Sherri- I am SO glad you asked! Erroneous- in the context of this book is about fixing what is wrong or erroneous about 'the self'.
NONE of my zones- totally agreed!
Jacqui- I like the idea of the mingling and random getting aquainted of the your books-

Embracing the Dandelion said...

Thats an awesome idea! I know what I'm doing tonight! Thanks for the fantastic idea!

Jamie said...

awesome book re-do! can you find what you're looking for? Thanks for your comment over at my post at Trendy Treehouse today...I'll see if can get a photo of Lydia's library!!

Shari said...

Wow, I never thought of you having a lot of books, I like your design...I might just have to try it with our books.

Maria Killam said...

wow that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Kristi said...

Wow, that's a lot of books! Enough for a library or book mobile. What you did looks great, though!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

This is genius! I don't know if I would be able to not sort (at least loosely) by genre... but I admire you for doing this. Looks SO good! And your giveaway book... that cracked me up!!!

Café Bellini said...

I LOVE the look of this! How clever. And no thanks, I don't want Doc Wayne anywhere near me!

vojacque said...

fabulous! and thank you for leaving such sweet notes! :)

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

It looks SO great! With regard to erroneous zones...that's me running away screaming. ;) x, Abbey

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