Tomado book shelf

Sunday, 16 January 2011

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” - Anna Quindlen

Most of my decorating choices (and ultimate furniture purchases) have always revolved around finding enough space to host my evergrowing book collection. I am and always have been a voracious reader. And for me, books are by far the hardest to let go of. Although I confess, even I undertake the occasional, very limited (!) book purge for the sake of keeping my rad 50s bookcases.

Good thing then, that the planned kitchen overhaul has freed up one of the Tomado Holland shelves...

I have just the right nook for it in the living room.

For now, it's holding a small part of my art and archeology books, my stash of Living etc magazines from 2010, some random paperbacks (the ones small enough to fit that middle shelf) and of course, the stunningly beautiful Penguin Classics hardcover collection.

As my teak bookcases are almost filled to the brim, this makes for an ideal extension.

And that empty space underneath the Tomado, you're asking ?

Worry not ! I'm certainly not going to let it go to waste. I might just have thrifted a little something that would be perfect for that corner...


  1. I go with this credo: "A book is a friend for life".
    Love the way your living room looks - perfect to me.

  2. wait a minute! and what about the AMAZING tripod floor lamp?? Is great!! :D

    I think the corner is already nice like this...I would not mix too many things to avoid an overwhelming feel :) But is my opinion, of course.

    Thanks for sharing this nice corner!


  3. Your place looks amazing! I bought a Tomado on e-bay with metal shelves, but I totally regret it and now I want one with teak shelves. Love the lamp, too!

  4. love your home! want to see more ;-)

  5. Thanks very much to all for your comments !

    Roboti - I'm lucky to have several hundred of "friends" :-) But sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming...

    The Vintagist - you're probably right, but I'm definitely no minimalist at heart (nor in practice), so I might just fill up that nook :-) Yeah, the rocket lamp. It's an ebay find from a few years ago, that got relegated to all sorts of corners. But it's now finally coming into its own !

    Monika - Just resell it ! These things are in high demand on ebay and I'm sure you'd end up breaking even at the very least.

  6. Love it love it love it! Like books in the house, especially one that also look nice from the outside, like the Penguin Classics. I just got rid of 420 books, I hold on to them for years, but they took over the house. Still kept like 200, but better organised :)

  7. Hi, first time here.. I like the colors of your house, it looks like it was taken from a magazine.

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