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Day 475: Playing Librarian

When a book is being read in our house, it travels a lot. It will turn up at the breakfast table and then get moved to the sideboard before we begin school; it gets left in one of the hammocks after lunch break; it is taken out to the back porch and forgotten out there when its reader goes inside; it goes up to a bedroom and loiters next to the kleenex on the bedside table all night. At some point during its travels, the reader will finish the book… and leave it wherever they were reading it last. Books accumulate on every flat surface—chairs, stairs, floors, and ledges—until someone does a purge or a sweep and dumps them all back in the library.

I am, it seems, the only member of this household able to shelve the books. If I don’t do it it doesn’t get done, which is how we’ve ended up with a veritable mountain of books on the library floor.

The library is my major focus this month. There are numerous little details we (read: I) never finished; now is the time. Not only will I be reshelving all the wayward books, I’ll also be labeling the shelves, putting up pictures, upholstering the window seat, fixing the glass door on the musical instrument cabinet, fixing the drawers that never worked quite right, and adding cabinet doors below the desk. Oh, and possibly getting new furniture.

I started today by clearing all the paper and books off the (very wide, very long) windowsill, top of the piano, and desk. Then I left my house (oh, the novelty!) and went to look for fabric samples so I could get started on the window seat. I brought home seven samples and laid them on the window seat. The one Mr. December likes is the one E hates. It’s looking like I’ll have to go with a monochromatic sort of look for the window seat, because for the life of me I can’t find a bright, complementary or contrasting fabric that I like enough to look at for the next ten years.

Here, I’ll just post a photo and ask your opinion:

Image description: 7 large squares of different fabrics arranged on what looks like a couch, with a dark purple-blue ledge in the background.

So we’re speaking the same language, I’ll give each sample a name. Clockwise from top left: monochrome velvet, colourful space invaders, monochrome marbled, crazy bright leaves, purple geometric, colourful ikat, and stripes. So… which one? Or none of the above?

7 thoughts on “Day 475: Playing Librarian

  1. I question how velvet would wear with children (wiggly/spills), not sure what the other monochrome is made of or if it looks wrinkled when not or how stain resistant it is. (It reminds me of watered silk but I don’t think it is; however my reaction to is is fragile. I expect I am wrong.) Like the purple geo very much! The stripes might work but dirt on the light part might be highly visible. The other three are all waaaay bolder than I would want but know MANY people who would instantly like them very much. How busy is the rest of the room? I’d guess Mr. D likes the bigger bolder prints…….Bright leaves. You might do pillows in black to go with that print………..
    I am NOT an interior designer!!!

  2. If the rest of the room is not fussy, then I love any of the patterned/striped ones, except the geometric one on the far right. I like the swirly purple one in itself but prefer contrasting fabric for window seats.

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