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30 Sep, 2007

A little tour of the things I love: third stop

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!|Photography

I think the bookshelf upon which our little teacupnests are perched deserves a full stop on this tour.

the bookshelf in the living room 

I like looking at other people’s books. A bookshelf is a serious peek into a person’s soul, don’t you think?

This is an old teak shelf, given to me by my mother. When our living room was redone it got painted white, along with its sister shelf which is on the right side of the window (this one is on the left).

I insisted these shelves be painted, despite the fact you’re not really supposed to paint teak. Our home is so dark, I wanted to lighten and brighten anything I could.

We actually had four bookshelves in the living room, but the designers told us two had to go. The remaining shelves are packed with our favourite books and a few favourite things.

My books make me very happy. I can’t imagine a home without books.

2 Responses to "A little tour of the things I love: third stop"

1 | alisa

October 4th, 2007 at 11:08 am


I love pictures of other people’s bookshelves. Love the radio, too!

2 | Ryan

October 18th, 2007 at 11:20 pm


I think I used to have a quote somewhere about home is really where you keep your books.

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