28 November 2011

Shelf Esteem No. 5

   

  
Cozy Factor: The cool, bright white makes it hard to call this one cozy. But I can imagine being very happy here.

The Books: Mainly fiction from what I can see. Paul Auster Mr. Vertigo, Tom Wolfe A Man in Full, James Joyce Ulysses, Don Delillo Libra, Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky, Paradise Lost, Tropic of Cancer, a lot of men on these shelves...he has the same exact old paperback of Death in Venice that I have...Leaves of Grass (a favorite of mine), Sister Carrie (a great old American classic) and then finally we get to the obligatory The Bell Jar. But then I spy a little Carol Shields, Iris Murdoch, and even Anita Brookner.

The Shelves: I would be plenty happy with these. I like the way they go over the door and that there is plenty of capacity.

Is this person a reader? Yes. I don't think he reads as much as he would like to, but he honors books enough that not one of them here looks decoratrive.

The book would I read if I had to choose one: I think I spy a copy of Villette which I own but haven't read yet.
   



12 comments:

  1. Oh I hope this is a guest bedroom...I just can't imagine trying to sleep with Milton and Joyce looking down on me every night.

    :)

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  2. I'm just amazed that you can figure out all those titles from the photo -- either the original was much clearer or you have amazing magnifying vision -- are you a literary superhero of some kind? Either way, I'm impressed.

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  3. I like this one. I could so sleep surrounded by books. And, I'm with you on that shelf over the door thing...it may be in my future when I run out of walls. Love this feature!

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  4. Wow these are beautiful shelves. I also like the two small reading lamps attached to the inside walls near the head of the bed.

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  5. I love these posts - mainly because I'm completely nosy. But how how how can you SEE the titles of the books? It's utter madness...you must have a magnifying glass over there surely..

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  6. I really love the shelves on each side of the bed, but not the wall hanging above it! I just saw a similar arrangement, sans the wall hanging, on the Garnet Hill site.

    http://www.garnethill.com/baa-humbug-flannel-bedding/bedding-home/sheets/flannel-sheets/118001

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  7. I wanted to show you a bedroom I just adore. I'd probably never leave this room:

    http://manolohome.com/2009/12/30/an-elegant-comfy-lived-in-space/

    Scroll down to the third photo.The only thing I don't like is the wallpaper. But the books, the colors, the light are wonderful.

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  8. Yeah, that picture above the bed. Not sure what it's of, but I don't think I like it. The bedstand is kind of cool though. The bookshelves are all right - too much white for me though I think.

    - Christy

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  9. Really enjoying your Shelf Esteem posts. Have you this website? Many bookshelf photos to drool over.

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  10. Melody: Milton and Joyce are on the bottom shelf so they would actually looking up at you. Would that be better or make no difference?

    Karen: The originals are much clearer but still require a magnifying glass. My scanner doesn't get as high a resolution as I would like.

    Susan: I think we will probably do shelves above the door when we finally get to redoing our library.

    Brenna: Those are great reading lights. Suggesting a true reader.

    Relish: Years ago John gave me a lovely antique magnifying glass that I am finally putting to use.

    Nan: I do kind of like the art work above the bed. I love the picture in the link and agree with you. But my OCD would have me constantly worrying that those brackets would give way some night and I would be crushed to death by books, brackets, and boards.

    Christy: I love the nightstand. Looks like an old log end.

    Stefanie: I love that website but I haven't been there in a while.

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  11. Your shelf-esteem segments make me so very depressed. I's take any one of them. Great feature.

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  12. This is my new favorite blog feature! And my time suck for the day. So much for the Christmas cards . . .

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