Monday, March 23, 2015

One Room at a Time

Hi Friends~

Happy Spring!
Hope you enjoyed a great first spring weekend.

In my plans to spring clean, reorganize and change up decor  for the season,
I started with my library/family room 
started cleaning one room at a time.

My goal was to take out all the books from the shelves.

Dust and clean each one.

Organize in piles with book topics.

I have story books and novels, biographies,
gardening and flower books, health, home decor and decorating,
science, how to's, spiritual, political and cook books.

Sort through and box up those for Good Will.

What a job, but so nice to have this done, cleaned and organized back to this.

I love closing off the TV when you don't want to see it in the room.

It would have been nice to layer a few books on their sides,
adding some decor and interest to the shelves
this style and the many books here, just doesn't look right that way.

So keeping a true library look was the way to go
for this reorganized room.

Next came the rest of the room for a spring clean.

Keeping it light and bright for reading 
and lowering the lights for watching TV or movies.

I love to decorate with books and especially vintage books so 
a few find their way for accents around the room.

The colors here are a mix of browns, black, tan and ivory
and then for the seasons, I add a pop of color to the neutrals.
This spring I've added shades of rust, rose and spring green.

The wall color is maple sugar, like a neutral light tan.

It goes with everything and really pops next the the wood work and moldings.

The inset color near the ceiling is a cocoa brown.

Mr. LJ added the new window treatment rod
and I popped up some new large rod styled drapes.
Great for closing on really HOT Texas days.

So glad to have this project marked off the
spring clean list.

The floors are hand scraped and a distressed oak like the cabinets.

I searched for 3 months to find just the right color wood for these floors.

This is the only room of cabinets in the house I haven't painted to a lighter color.

The wood tone for this room just feels more like a library, so it stays.

Are you spring cleaning and rearranging?

Changing up your rooms with fresh new looks?

I guess I get spring fever this time of year 
make room for change,
One Room at a Time!!

See you next time as I move along to the dining room.

Celestina Marie



Old Time Cindy said...

Looks great! I go through my books on our shelves once a year or more. I collect so many and it is hard to let them go. It always feel good to spring clean though.
Farmhouse hugs,

Sola Scriptura said...

I can imagine how much work it was to do such a thorough spring cleaning of your library with all of those books, but it looks magnificent! I think you made the right choice in keeping the true library look which looks so impressive. You've inspired me to get my own spring cleaning and reorganizing started. I have a lot to get done before baby arrives in July, so thanks for the inspiration!

Betty said...

Your room looks so lovely and I adore that bookcase. I am doing things different this year. I am redecorating with sewing projects first and than spring cleaning that room afterwards. It will take me awhile, but I will at least enjoy it this year.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness at the books! WOW! I just thought I had some books! I love books and find it very hard to part with them and have always enjoyed decorating with books too! Looking good girl! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Unknown said...

Celestina, Our library is warm and cozy. LJ

Alessandra said...

How much hard work! But the bookshelf looks great and very organized. I love your decors made with books.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning wonderful frirnd. Next week on spring break I am going to clean my house too and only spend one day doing it so I can enjoy it the rest of the time! Looking wonderful here!

Linda M. said...

Celeste and LJ, Your library does look very cozy and inviting. You have inspired me to get busy, now all I need is energy. I love all your pieces in the room too. I love how you mix stained and painted pieces. You do have some great accent pieces. Enjoy! Joyous Wishes, Linda

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Talk about ambitious Spring cleaning in your library! I agree with your choice of colors in the room, it creates a warm aesthetic mood and I really like the painted color inserts. Your wood flooring is beautiful. That's a lot of books to wipe and not wind up sitting down to enjoy them during cleaning. To focus and stay task driven is very impressive Celeste.

TexWisGirl said...

your home is lovely. i'd do well to just dust. :)

Jan Hermann said...

WOW - That is a load of books! I'll bet it did take alot of time and effort to clean, sort and put them all back into place. But, the finished look is beautiful!

Have a wonderful week...
Jan ♥

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
you have done a big job with your springclean in your library room! It is such a wonderful room, I love it :O)
I do mine in the livingroom soon, but we also want to paint the walls again ;O) So I have to do this, when I have nothing else to do ...LOL...
Have a wonderful week, my friend,
sending Love and hugs,
Claudia xo

miss b said...

I can see that you have been very busy. It's a huge job sorting out book shelves but as you say well worth the effort. I always get the urge to declutter in spring and make a few changes here and there! You have some lovely style books! Thank you for your comment. Notting Hill is a pretty, colourful area which I am sure you would enjoy!

1CardCreator said...

Your room looks beautiful and relaxing, the perfect place to curl up and read one of those books. ~Diane

Cynthia said...

This looks like it was a big job. Many books, my hubby would be in heaven. He's a huge reader


Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Celestina, your library is beautiful! You have so many books and it's the perfect room to sit and read or watch TV! It must feel so good to have everything nice and organized! Thank you for inspiring me to organize my house!
Julie xo

Brenda Pruitt said...

Boy, seeing all those books! That must have been a big job. I've got to get moving!

Tete said...

It looks wonderful! I noticed your crown molding is a combo of paint and stain...that might be a solution for the battle going on here.
We have been so sick and still need to get the kitchen painting down before I get to anything else. We are having to pull the leaves off of the beds- the flowers are coming up and won't wait much longer. I am afraid my piddle fartin' over the winter wasn't as productive as it should have been...too much fartin', I guess.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Hi there! I found you through Sheila at Note Songs. Love your library room and LOVE those draoes! Very pretty pattern. WE are in the midst of painting. We have been in this house for 2 1/2 years and are FINALLY painting. So as each room gets done it all gets CLEANED too!!! Today we got the living room put back together and I got the windows cleaned too, inside and out! AHHH>>>> Would love for you to stop by! Pinky

Tina said...

Your book piles look like mine when I organize my books. However, I can never seem to give any away! I have been trying to spring clean inside but it's moving slow, which means the inside won't be finished when I move outside in a week. Have a great day :)

decorayadora said...

Hi dear Celestina !! Tu habitación luce preciosa !! Adore ese gran librero !! !! Que tengas un óptimos comienzo de semana

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

One room at the time... I should have spoken to you before I started 3 room makeovers all in the same week. It had everything to do with a wet paintbrush ... oh well. I love your beautiful library! So pretty! I love using books in decorating too. Pretty drapes! And the shelf color does look good in this room. You have definitely inspired me to FINISH the 3 rooms I've started. Happy Spring friend!

Donna said...

Wow, that is a big job, Celestina! I bet it feels great crossing that one off from your list! Your built in shelves are wonderful for displaying your collection of books. And I love the vintage camera! It is so neat and perfect in the room. It looks like such a cozy place to curl up with a good book:)

Rose L said...

My home could use a spring cleaning!! Just saying...

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

It's easy to see this was a huge job Celestina, and it was so worth it. It looks so organized and clean!

I agree about the wood...libraries should have a darker feel to them and be cozy and warm. This room delivers!

Anonymous said...

Such an inviting room. I know you are happy to have this chore done and now you can sit back and enjoy!

Valerie-Jael said...

The room looks lovely, you have put a lot of hard work into it. Hugs, Valerie

Lululiz said...

What a gorgeous room! I love love love books, so this room really appeals to me. It looks cozy and comfortable and very inviting.

Dianna said...

What a lovely library, Celeste. I've been doing a bit of deep cleaning myself the last couple of weeks. Don't you just love to walk into a room after its been given a good deep clean like that? Have a great week!

Julie Marie said...

Oh how I love this room dear Celeste!... I would spend all day in there, relaxing, sipping coffee and reading... so happy you kept the natural woods in there too, you know how much I love them!... it's just perfect in every way!... xoxo... Julie Marie

Pennywise Cottage said...

That was a big job..Looks great..a beautiful room

Dreaming of Vintage said...

You have such a lovely house Celestina! I went through all of my books a few months ago and that was a chore and a half. A lot of them went to Goodwill. I love vintage gardening and bird books. Those are always fun to look at, so those of course stayed!

20 North Ora said...

Love your delightful library! It always feels good to see a project finished like this. Congratulations!



You have inspired me to get going with my spring cleaning:) Your library looks inviting...I love books!

Mari said...

Wow a lot of hard work Celeste but so worth all your labors, your room looks fresh and pretty ;-)

Hugs ~

Red Rose Alley said...

Wow, your library looks great! So much work and it paid off because it looks so nice and the books are so organized. I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning myself, but since this is a new home, mostly just decorating. I like how everything looks in your library. Nel would love this room, as she is a lover of books. The colors are warm and just right for watching tv or reading. I see you have many inspirational books. Everything looks lovely, Celestina.


Anonymous said...

Oh, Celeste, what a lovely room! Now that was a big task taking out all of the books and dusting everything but how nice it looks all put back together. Of course I love all of your pretty decorating too! Hope you have a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

cynthia lee designs said...

Love how your bookcases look like a library. I got rid of a bunch of books that we didn't want anymore and now I'm having problems arranging the books on the shelves. Tried adding some decor pieces, but I'm still not happy with it.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW, that was a big job with all those books. Your family room looks terrific. I know that you are glad to have that room finished.
I finished my guest bedroom (as I had company coming) and some how I always end up putting stuff in on the bed. Now I am being really good and it is clean and clear. Then off to the guest bathroom and my den. That is as far as I have gotten. Did clean out the hall closet and organize everything and made a dish room. Maybe next week will start on the rest of the house.

Nancy Vance said...

Kudos to you for tackling spring cleaning! My mother always did it. Unfortunately, I didn't get that gene...and my house desperately needs a good spring cleaning. On another note, what brand is your "maple sugar" paint? We're re-doing an old farmhouse, and that color looks perfect for an upstairs hallway. Thanks so much!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, Your spring cleaning of your books was a lot of work, but it looks wonderful! I do like the looks of the wood color in a library myself. I have been doing some spring cleaning, but we have a ton to do on our land each spring!
Yet, I feel inspired just seeing what you accomplished and how nice it looks!
Blessings, And Happy Easter to you both...
Hugs, Roxy

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, Your spring cleaning of your books was a lot of work, but it looks wonderful! I do like the looks of the wood color in a library myself. I have been doing some spring cleaning, but we have a ton to do on our land each spring!
Yet, I feel inspired just seeing what you accomplished and how nice it looks!
Blessings, And Happy Easter to you both...
Hugs, Roxy

Linda Walker said...

What a lovely room Celestina! ....and now it's all clean. Such a good feeling, I know!!! We just tackled a large closet. We aren't done yet. Found lots of old photos, momentos and of course we took time to look through and reminisce. Hopefully we can cross that closet off our list in the next day or two! Enjoy your nice, clean room.

Stephanie said...

Look at you go, dear Celeste :) It always feels so good to get everything cleaned in the home... it's amazing how dusty books can get.

Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

Birdman said...

Ha! Come to my house now. I'm working on my office. It's a mess. Gotta organize, paint, and throw stuff out. I'm a pack rat. Not easy to do.

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful job! You have quite a talent! The first three photos made me tired! :-) I have so much organizing to do, and since I have chronic fatigue, I do everything a little at a time, so it never all gets done! :-(

Dorthe said...

This was a huge job, and I`m sure a very satisfying job, when finished ,dear Celeste, a wonderful room for reading and watching tv, it is- so cozy and with lots of beautiful pieces around you !

randi K design said...

Hi there my dear dear friend!! Been a long time!! I see you are just as busy as always, and keeping L busy too! Hugs to you all from North Africa!!

randi K design said...

Not sure if my previous message got lost... :) Miss you my friend!Hope all is well! Hugs from us, J and I

Rue said...

It's a really cozy room, Celestina. I need to get back to my Spring cleaning, but right now I'm dying my grey roots and catching up with friends lol


Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

That's a lot of books lady!! You did a wonderful job organizing Celeste. It looks so fresh and tidy. It always makes you feel so good to go through things and sort out what is no longer needed that someone else can enjoy too. Your family room is ready to celebrate spring now. I'm in the process of doing some of the same and it can be quite a task.

Love to you and Mr L, Edie

Scrappy quilter said...

What a lovely room and your book shelf - incredible!

Jill said...

Your home is so lovely... I love that bookshelf and the fact it hides the TV! I'm a huge book lover so I do the same, try to go through and donate books or sell in a yard sale. Try to have a rule not to buy more than what fits on the shelves :-) That's when libraries come in handy. Already started cleaning here too for Spring, I actually enjoy cleaning and organizing. Have a great day!


farmhouse-story said...

love the library look, celestina! the new window treatment looks great in this pretty room:) cute painted nest, too!

Feral Turtle said...

What a gorgeous library you have! And so clean now. If you feel the need to continue on I could keep you Isn't it such a good feeling to have that all done! Happy Spring and have a wonderful weekend!

Mila said...

Such a cozy room!
And I love your drapes :)

I hope you will share your decor with our Link Up - Idea box:


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a huge job, but your shelves look great! I don't think I've ever dusted all of the books in our shelves. Yikes! I probably shouldn't admit that. I agree, this room has a library look, and the lined up books add to the feeling. Very cozy and comfortable.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..