We're down to the "punch list" in our remodeling project. That's the list of all the little bits and pieces that need to be dealt with by the contractor before a job is finished. We're close enough to being done that we've started on the fun jobs: planning where to put our favorite artworks and decorative objects, and unpacking the 34 boxes of books we moved out of the old library and re-shelving them in their new setting.
We knew we'd have enough room for all those books but I suggested we discard the equivalent of two shelves worth of titles — about ten percent — as we unpacked. That would give us space to buy more books and it would allow us to combine volumes on a given subject that were previously scattered around the house. What a pleasure to discover old friends and also to admit that we've moved beyond some titles, subjects, obsessions. But looking at the rows of cookbooks, books on textiles, costume, interior design — it's clear some subjects will always be favored.
This weekend we hope to move the couch and the big Chinese armoire that holds the TV and other electronic media back into the room. Let the fun begin!
I put down a throw to keep cardboard boxes of books from getting the new carpet dirty. The carpet is un-dyed wool in a tweedy-gray made of all the natural colors of fleece. Wonderful on bare feet. The new shelves are 44 inches high and made of cherry.