To continue with our celebration of The Swan of Avon, I’ve found some really cool items to turn your ordinary, 21st century home into a Shakespeare extravaganza. It’s not quiet like The Globe, but hey, what in life is like The Globe?
I have purchased and assembled my very first full-sized bookshelf and, after a few hours of screwing and hammering, I realized that I had a task ahead of me I didn’t have to face when I just had my books in boxes – how to organize my books on the shelf.
Way back in junior high, I did actually volunteer to help out in the library and I learned the Dewey Decimal System for organizing books. While this system works wonders in libraries, my lonely little shelf didn’t need to be organized in such a meticulous manner. Instead, I really wanted to think of aesthetics because I wanted my first bookshelf filled with books to look good.
I could organize all my books by size and weight first, then organize them alphabetically by author last name. That would make the most sense, but who says that I make sense on a regular basis?
I could just put the books away and worry about them at a later time because it was 11 p.m. at this point and I had just spent a few hours assembling my shelf, but that would have also been too easy and would have made too much sense.
No, instead, I organized by size, weight and color. Yes, color.
Let’s take a tour of what a dream home for book lovers might look like, shall we?
We begin in the front yard. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, so what can a book lover do to display their love of books throughout the seasons? Book bricks. What’s that? It’s books painted on bricks. If you have the time to do it yourself, this is one way to display–to people that don’t even know you–your love of books.
The porch also has a couple of lounge chairs.
Upon entering the home, there is a table to your right. The table has a book lamp on it. (Not too sure about that lamp shade though…).
As you walk further into the house past the foyer, you enter the living space, which includes a coffee table,
a reading chair,
and a wall of book art.
You walk down the hallway and notice the guest bedroom. On one wall is a full chapter of Harry Potter, or your favorite novel
The bed has personalized book pillows.
On the nightstand is a book clock.