One of my New Year's resolutions is to read more classics. First on the docket is Little Women, which I received as a gift this year in the form of a lovely Penguin Classic hardcover edition.
I see these all the time on shoots and wish I could zap many of my titles into the Penguin version with the decorative bindings that make you want to pick them up and read them again and again. So, on New Year's Day I set out my new book and felt immediately disgusted with my nightstand. I spent the next hour cleaning off its mirrored shelves and clearing out about three dozen old magazines to give myself a clean slate and a pretty perch for my new read. Then I started dreaming about all the other classics I've yet to read and how lovely a collection would look in my library. [caption id="attachment_820" align="aligncenter" width="265" caption="Next on the list..."]
[/caption] [caption id="attachment_821" align="aligncenter" width="265" caption="Chandeliers on a book—yes please!"]
[/caption] Only problem: I do not have a library. But they sure would look good arranged on a special shelf high above others that I could reach with a gorgeous library ladder. Below would be a settee with plenty of pillows, good reading lamps, and a couple tea tables for coffee or afternoon Earl Grey. One simple resolution, another reminder how design is NEVER done. Easy to get frustrated, but so fun to dream! [caption id="attachment_822" align="aligncenter" width="545" caption="Almost doable for a built-in on an office wall."]
[/caption] [caption id="attachment_823" align="aligncenter" width="304" caption="For the highest of ceilings."]
[/caption] [caption id="attachment_824" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="For the Paris atelier."]
[/caption] [caption id="attachment_825" align="aligncenter" width="559" caption="The library room at Canoe Bay in Chetek, Wisconsin."]
[/caption] [caption id="attachment_826" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="For a loft or industrial space."]