Sunday, September 16, 2012

Using Old Books: {Meaningful Pieces}

When at my parent's house today I spied some books that I've had my eye on.  The books belonged to my sweet mom, who passed away last June.  She was an avid reader and had books for as long as I can remember.  Paperback novels, mysteries, old classics, you name it, she had it.

We have this giant set of bookcases in our great room (see past post about those HERE).  While I do love them and they nicely fill out our huge wall, they lacked, well, books.  I have accessories and pictures and other things to fill the shelves, but really no books.  Kinda embarrassing.  You see most of the books I have are paperback or not bookcase-worthy.  I have a few nicer, large "coffee table" type books, but not many.  So when I was looking through a bookcase at my parents' house today, I asked my Dad if he cared if I filled up a couple bags of books.  Of course he said "yes" so I went about sorting the types, sizes and colors I wanted to use in my bookcases and filled 2 paper bags. When I got home,  I set about finding spots for them in my bookcases:

I am loving the yellow horse head above, by the way.  It's this weird quirky thing that is sort of out of my comfort zone, but fun.  I found him on clearance at Marshall's.  I knew the hubby would give me his "look" when he saw him for the first time, but he's grown to love him.  At least that's what I'm sayin'.

I still have some work to do on the bookcases, still have shelves to fill and re-arranging to do.   I also am working on a strategic way to hide all of the electronic cords before I reveal the whole thing to you all. Soon I will be putting some hints of autumn in there...can't wait.   Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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  1. Ooooh I am in love with your moms book collection! I love old hardbacks! They look wonderful! I'm sure your mom is happy to know you now have them and appreciate them!

  2. I love old books too! They're looking good. Can't wait to see the final reveal!

  3. I have a bunch of old books too but they don't have the special meaning like yours do. I just found mine at thrift stores and garage sales. Your bookcases look great - I can't wait to see the whole room reveal!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  4. Your shelves are looking so good! And, how great that you get to put some of your mom's books in to make it even more pretty! Thanks for stopping by Posed Perfection yesterday and leaving me a sweet comment about my Days Gone By post. I agree with you about putting doilies in our current decor. It is difficult. Another item I didn't photograph that was in the stash was a beautiful little crocheted apron. My daughter loves to put it on and play "hostess" or "waitress". I'm glad at least one piece of that beautiful handiwork is appreciated and used in our house. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to leave me kind words. Have a blessed week!

  5. I love those Reader Digest books with the fun covers, I just picked up about 10 of those at a garage sale last week for .25 each! The shelves are going to look awesome, I can tell. The horse is fun, glad you bought him, he adds a nice pop of color and whimsy.


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