Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#ThomasHouse2014: rainbows and unicorns and built in shelves


The rainbow bookshelf. The color-coordinated covers. It's that which has made our office it's own brand and bit of famous.

I suffered from OCD in college and color-coding was my way of finding comfort in the chaos. Though the compulsive thoughts rarely surface nowadays (though my superstitious self will worry I've beckoned for them with that statement), the color-coding is still beautiful. So, I do it. I code by color. It's in our closet, kitchen, library, my shoes and purses. All lined up in ROYGBIV with some black and white serving as bookends -quite literally.

But the books in rainbow order create an imaginary, inspirational window in the room where I write. They remind me of the vast distance a few words -or thousands of them- can cover. They illustrate how books make us more aware of the minor differences in color in our lives expanding our experience and emboldening the artfulness of life itself. They whisper to me sweet nothings as I put my own out for consumption. They beg me to spend my evenings with them, immersed in the characters, inspirations, encouragements they contain.

And that imaginary window expands as each page is turned, highlighted, dog-eared, water marked. It allows a little more sun to spill into the space where dreams are becoming a little bit of reality, thoughts recorded outside of the walls of my thick skull, words written, edited, removed. Those shelves covered by every bit of the spectrum of hues say possibility. They speak about their roots in a fear-riddled mind then scream excitedly about the rich possibilities before us.

All the while, I sit in that brown, leather chair wrapped in the t-shirt quilt from Mama Bird and listen as I sip my coffee. Sometimes you'll find me scribbling furiously away in a turquoise notebook, but mostly, I appear to be staring, sipping, and staring some more.

15 comments:

  1. OBSESSED.


    Want want want. I love the color-codedness! Looks awesome. Also impressed at the variety of colors you have!

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  2. This shows just how much attention you pay to detail. And I love this idea.

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  3. this is how our (tiny) bookshelf in the guest room is right now. i just took them all down, because we're getting that room ready for baby now, but i am searching for a new place to keep them in our tiny little home. something about color-coding makes me so happy! i am having so much color envy for yours right now.

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  4. I've been thinking of doing this for a while - really love the way yours came out! Also extremely jealous of the built-ins - your space for writing is so beautiful!!

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  5. Those book shelves....Swooning over here. They are amazing- and I love your color coding.

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  6. I love that they not only look visually pleasing, but that you also have an emotional/inspiration connection to them. It just makes it that much more lovely.

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  7. I'm going to tell my husband tonight that I need a rainbow bookshelf. He will be so confused. I LOVE IT.

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  8. I love love love them! I don't think I have that many colorful books though! hahaha

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  9. So gorgeous. I'm a color coder, too.
    I actually think of books in color... It had a green binding...
    Thinking of adopting this after our next move - when I have to arrange the bookshelf all over again anyway.

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  10. please come color-code my bookshelves. a month ago i got three letters into alphabetizing my library after moving home a year and a half and sputtered out. I CAN'T HANDLE THE MENTAL CHAOS.

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  11. I love the rainbow bookshelf! No matter how you organize, just having your own special system helps your home feel that much cozier. I tried to limit myself on books (my splurge) when I moved out to Illinois, so I don't think I could make a rainbow...but once I own a place? All over it.

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  12. I love it. I absolutely love it. I thought I was the only one that LOVED to place things by color, especially as art. Doesn't it just make it easier to find things!??!?!

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  13. Whoa. Those are awesome! I've always color-sorted my closet but I've only gone the traditional route and organized my library by author's last name because I'm not sure I could remember what the cover looks like! :P

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