Shelves! Glorious Bookshelves!

We don’t have much home decorations in our house.  No expensive vases or sculptures,  save for a few affordable knickknacks like an old wooden figure of a rice god I used to have in my old apartment when I was single, and also my small collection (if you can indeed call “three” a collection 😉 of fertility gods I brought back with me from Africa.  We also have a man and woman figurine a close friend gave us when we got married and about four pinecones I’ve collected over time, each pine-cone has a memory attached to it.  Apart from those mentioned what we have instead are books, shelves upon shelves of them – in the living room, landing upstairs, our bedroom, little T’s room and even our kitchen.  Thank goodness for Ikea shelves, they are fab!  But I’m sure most of you know that already.

Living room


We are seriously running out of shelves.  That’s one of the main reason why we want to sell our house and move into another one, with an extra room.  We need a study where we can just line the whole room with bookshelves and when we’ve filled it up, move to another bigger house.  Yeah right, in my dreams.

You can say that books is the glue that binds our marriage (among others of course).  We really are a boring couple.  When we applied for a small mortgage last year (just when we thought that we managed to sell our house and then the sale fell through, but that’s another story, one I won’t bore you with), the mortgage office asked us about our expenses, how much we spend on stuff like going out, we said we hardly even ate out.  When she asked us about what luxuries we indulged in. we were actually at a loss on what to say to her, but after doing some hair-scratching, we both answered, books!  Books are our only luxury.   She laughed and said that if only all of their customers were like us, you mean boring, I asked.

We’ve been known to spend more than £100 in Waterstones, though we of course, don’t often do that.  But you see, there’s three of us.  Books for my husband, myself and of course little T and when you hardly go out or eat out, you could say we deserve to treat ourselves right?  We are happy that way, it’s all part of celebrating small joys.

What about you?

Do you have any decorations at home?

What kind of stuff do you like to surround yourself with?

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Keynko (@Keynko)

    I need close ups of your bookcases! I just love looking at other peoples collections and yours looking fascinating! thank you so much joining in the link up! x x

    • Me too! When I’m watching a movie/TV and I see shelves/books in the scene, I strain my eyes to catch the titles 😉 My husband is the same 🙂

  2. sonyacisco

    Now I just know we would be good mates in the real world – anyone with such crammed bookshelves has to be fabulous!! These days my biggest spend is books too, and oh how I miss my 40% off staff discount!

    • Definitely! 😉 I dream of moving to Exeter so I can get a job at Waterstones! 😉

  3. I think you’d like my house!! Our indulgences are books and art and between the two we’ve almost completely run out of wall space – we have to rotate things in and out!!

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I love all those books! My dream would be a big library like you see in the movies, with a ladder, and big couches you can sink into in front of the fire and all the books I can buy!

  5. Kriss MacDonald

    Some day I’d love to have an enormous study filled with books and a really comfy chair to read them in front of a fire. We must have a couple thousand books in storage still as neither my husband and I could part with them.

  6. Anne Russell

    I collect natural things like cones and pebbles to remind me of places visited and display them in my fireplace. I also have a ‘travel window’ where I display small items from holiday destinations e.g. a pair of clogs (Holland) and a totem pole (Canada).

    • Love that idea Anne. Would love to do that too, but I keep forgetting! We have a close friend who collects fridge magnets from all their travels 🙂

  7. crumpledpapercranes

    My living situation limits my options in terms of decor. I have bits of my art hanging on the wall, above my computer desk, but this is it. I’ve been trying to make changes with new bedding and shelving ideas, though it’s going to take a while. I like to surround myself with bold reds and dark blues. While I love paper books, I realize I could use the small space I have, so I somehow manage to read books with the Kindle app on my phone.

    If I had more to work with, I would probably hang paintings and Post-Its with goals all over, maybe add a hanging mobile and wind chimes by the window. One day, I hope.

    Thank you for stopping by and reading my recent post. I enjoy what I see here and look forward to my next visit. 🙂

    • Oh I can never replace books with a kindle! But I do however understand the need for more space 😉 When I was pregnant with my daughter I had the chance to re-read Jane Austen’s novels on my phone while nursing her in the middle of the night! That was really handy, but like I said, I love physical books too much and my husband is the same 🙂 Thanks for following and I intend to keep visiting yours too 🙂

  8. lisaslife1970

    Books in every room…perfect 🙂 I hate parting with them too and I’ve collected more than I can probably ever read but I just love knowing that they’re there!

    • Same here. Though I do clear-away books and donate them to charity shops every now and then. If not, we’ll run out of space in our small house!

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