A month ago, I posted a photo of the recently completed, empty built-in bookcase in our loft. I linked to this beautifully decorated bookcase by Design Mom and said that I didn’t have it in me to sort books by color. They have to be organized by genre. And then alphabetized by author.
Well. This blogging has unleashed all sorts of craziness and it turns out I can group books by color. And actually enjoy it.
The best part of this project was walking around the house looking for items to stick on the shelves. The Winnie-the-Pooh bookends that had been tucked away have been given new life. The handprint art that my mom helped Will and Lily make for me one Mother’s Day and the little Chinese doll given to us by dear friends when we were waiting to bring Lily home are in a much more visible place now. They make me smile whenever I walk by.
Is it strange to have a Beatrix Potter piggybank and an Airsoft gun target in such close proximity? Probably. But I had to cover up the unsightly gaggle of speaker wires on the bottom shelf and that was the only black thing I could find. Let’s call it eclectic.
I couldn’t bring myself to separate some of the series like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia so they’re still living happily together on other bookshelves. But I still think this shelf adventure shows true growth in the risk-taking department.
So how about you? What risks have you taken decorating- or otherwise? Have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately?
- Have you seen the amazing work of Finnish mom Adele Enerson? Her series of “When My Baby Sleeps” photos are incredibly creative and just plain fun to look at. My favorite is the Princess and the Pea.
- I never ate Nutella growing up. But Tim did (maybe from his family’s years in England?). At any rate, my kids love it and I’m sure they’ll love this Nutella French Toast recipe from One Ordinary Day.
- These colorful streamer invitations would set such a fun tone for a party.
- This mother-daughter journal might be a wonderful thing to do with Lexie. Maybe I’ll order one to give to her on Mother’s Day.
- Day 46 of the 100 Push-Ups Challenge. Whose idea was this, anyway?