Friday, June 19, 2009

Books by Color





Last night, we organized the book shelves in the living room by color — they've been so drab every time I walked by, I'm hoping this will be the fix. You like?

Other than that, it feels like a funny day. I wonder what's up? We returned an air mattress at Target. Then bought a new lamp shade. And some light bulbs. I went grocery shopping. We made cinnamon rolls (the super easy Rhodes version).

Now all I want to do is watch movies until it's time for bed.

Feel free to join me. Happy weekend!

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53 Comments:

Blogger {april kennedy} said...

I like it! Happy Weekend too.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

love it babe! yr so chic in all you do my love!

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ellen said...

Yep, I like!!

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger SSAS said...

Yes. It is good. Organizing things by color gives me great joy. And, there is something about setting up your bookshelves after you move in that makes you feel like "yes, this can be home".
I know what you mean by this being a "funny day". It is a good thing we had some pancakes in the freezer, because that was dinner. And, a movie in my pj's tonight sounds just right.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 9:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger bet[c] said...

books organized by color is very nice to look at. hard to find the book you are looking for though when you have a LARGE library and can't remember what color the spine is of the book you want. But still...very lovely.

Enjoy your relaxing weekend.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 9:23:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous kelli said...

i love it. i just moved and need a new look for the bookcase. think i will try it.

now off to watch a movie and eat popcorn.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 9:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ashley said...

Love it. I might have to try it. Mine are currently arranged chronologically. It's organized but it doesn't look that way.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 9:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Leah said...

We have such a large library (15 bookcases worth) that we have them by subject with library labels from levenger.com.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 9:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ellemccabe said...

Love the look but what do you do if your book isn't blue, red, white or black???

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 10:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

I never thought of that ~ I love it!

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 11:19:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gandhali said...

yeah, i like. woo! go HP and eragon. i like my books subject-wise, or series-wise, but that's just me.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 11:52:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rainbow-ordered bookcase is the surest sign that a person (or family) doesn't actually read the books much---you can't possibly find what you need in a library of even moderate size. Looks striking, I'll grant you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 12:14:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Shelese said...

Wow, I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it. I think your shelves look great.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 12:31:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Katrina said...

love the bookshelves. i wish my husband would let me do that but his books are sacred to him and must be organized by topic.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 12:59:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jaime said...

Anonymous sounds a little big for her britches. Of course you read the books!!!
And I'm sure you will always be able to find what you're looking for because you're an artist, and very visual.
Are those bookcases solid wood? I love them.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 1:21:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Tanya and Ryan said...

Very cool! I just bought new bookshelves so maybe I'll give this a try.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 2:28:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jen M said...

I love it! I'm not usually a fan of open bookshelves filled with books (I'm sensitive to visual clutter) but this turns the bookcase into a work of art. So cute.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 4:20:00 AM EDT  
Blogger N. Tipps said...

What a great idea! It looks so great.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 9:15:00 AM EDT  
Blogger ~shari~ said...

They look great.... I just re-organized my bookshelves this week too! It must be in the air...

why was it a funny day??? any news?

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 9:38:00 AM EDT  
Blogger argylesocks said...

I love it. Organization for artistic people is my favorite. Lovely.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 10:37:00 AM EDT  
Blogger MamaChristy said...

Very pretty, but I would be a basket case when I went searching for the next HP book and couldn't find it right away. Maybe in a few years, when the baby isn't a baby any longer and doesn't feel the need to pull all the books off the shelf, I'll give this a go.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 10:42:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jenna said...

LOVE that idea! We just moved and organized ours by subject, but I like your idea much better!

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 11:37:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Zom! said...

Bookstore-hubby always wanted to do this in one of his shops...forget genre and alphabetizing, a color organized store would be much more fun. Too bad corporate is such a stick in the mud. It looks great!

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 1:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Big D said...

I like it and think that it doesn't look hard at all to find what you want. I took an idea from Pottery Barn and turned all of my books spine side in so that it was very monochromatic, and I can still find the books I want easily! Go figure.

Anne

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 3:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marianne & Clayton said...

"Anonymous said...
Rainbow-ordered bookcase is the surest sign that a person (or family) doesn't actually read the books much---you can't possibly find what you need in a library of even moderate size."

What a crock! People who truly read love their books and know them inside and out. I can easily find a favorite book from my random piles all over my house, or in my crazy bookshelves, so why would color coordination be any harder.

I love the idea of bringing more style to every corner of the home.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 3:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Denise said...

Love the books. Love the Rhodes! Thanks for the nod. Miss you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 6:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rebecca Lynch Photography said...

Interesting, I think I like it.

http://rebeccalynchphotography.blogspot.com/

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 7:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Love it! I did that on my son's bookshelf. There are two shelves and then a bottom cubby where all the animals go. The top shelf has the bigger kid books for later on, like Harry Potter and the like (stuff hubby and I have read but we're saving for him). The second shelf is full of all his kid books. Left to right in rainbow color order. It looks bright and happy! and it makes it easy for him to put them away.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 7:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Whitney Johnson said...

What fun!

Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 10:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jessica said...

I love all the colors together. I have to have mine organized by subject and then in alphabetical order. My hubs thinks I'm odd. I'm okay with that though. Happy Weekend.

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 12:47:00 AM EDT  
Blogger simpli mama said...

Inspiring. I read this just as I was *planning* on going to bed...Got my husband to help me do this with our kids bookshelf :D It looks AMAZING.

http://www.librarything.com/home/snugglepuppy

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 3:01:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Anna said...

we did this on our expedit bookshelf with both some of our books and some of our DVDs (in different boxes). To me it makes it look more organized and less cluttery (essential with that ikea expedit). and maybe i'm weird, but I can usually remember the color of the spines of my books so I don't worry about losing track of them as my library grows.

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 3:07:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love them by color!

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 11:07:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Morgan said...

I just did the same thing in our house...it is so much more visually appealing.

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 12:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kgbgraphics said...

I just saw this on HGTV, is that where you got the idea from?
I<3 it!

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 4:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mandi said...

hey! i do this too! love it- yours look great!

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 10:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Libai said...

I always organized books by subject, BUT organizing by color looks really cool. I love it.. Thanks its a cool idea..

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 10:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Joyful Imperfection said...

I did this ages ago and loved it, it's a subtle way to make a different impact. My husband however couldn't stand that books were not arranged by type or author and eventually rebelled and rearranged. Sad.

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 11:22:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous ~SarahInParis~ said...

What a fabulous idea! A great way to transoform a dull bookshelf!

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 6:01:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Scattering Lupines said...

Great idea. One I'm going to mimic.

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 9:44:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Pumpkin Petunia said...

Looks great!

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 9:48:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Ali Rockwell said...

This is awesome. I had my books arranged by color at one point, but when I moved they somehow just made it back into alphabetical order... which also makes me smile. But really, this is so much fun to look at. Maybe it's time for me to arrange my books this way again.

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:32:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Bri said...

I've always wondered how to make the books grouped by color work, but I think that the way you have it, with each shelf having a color, looks great! Hope the cinnamon rolls were good!

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 12:22:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always feel so inspired when I see books arranged this way.... love it!

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 1:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kellie said...

They look fab, I actually did the same thing Friday night. I think it creates a very cool effect.

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 3:36:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous heidikins said...

I've had my books organized by color for years. I love looking at them and I always know exactly where every book goes.

Love it!

xox

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger J.J. Killins said...

i did that a year or so ago and LOVE it, it really lets the eyes rest a bit when you're a big book collector!

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 11:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amber said...

I arrange my closet in rainbow order...I've never thought about doing books that way. Genius!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lindsey said...

That is SUPER cute! I love it, I really do!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 9:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Yellow Book said...

Looks great! Just curious, where did you get your bookshelves?

Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 11:11:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Niki H said...

I love love love it! and I can't believe I've never thought of it.
Thanks for the idea and inspiring blog!

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 5:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Crawling Axe said...

Freaks!

Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 2:10:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Barefoot Princess & Family said...

I love this idea! you have inspired me to try this in our home. Our books were still in piles on our floor since we moved, but today I got to work color coordinating. Not only was it fun, but I am such a visual person I think I will remember where each book is b/c of its color!
Love your bookshelves...where did you get them?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:35:00 PM EDT  

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