Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Order of Things



Magazine holders ordered, check.  Magazines sorted and culled, check.   Books moved to accommodate aforementioned magazines and holders, check.



I moved all the design books to this side of the room as well so every little thing I need is right at my fingertips.  I should mention that while the design books and magazines are in a specific order, the rest of the library is a jumble with classics, biography and mystery mixed together.  This was not previously the case and that task now looms as Malcolm Gladwell becomes acquainted with Anne Tyler and Ian McEwan meets Elinor Lipman, perhaps for the first time.  They are all making the best of it.



Naturally, I entered into the spine-covering with glee.  Cutting and pasting complete, there they stand, six soldiers, spines ramrod straight, at the ready to guard the tear sheets.  Empty.  Mere shells.  All dressed up like servicemen in a parade; they look good, but they are waiting to be put to use.

All paper from Paper Source.

43 comments:

Toad said...

I love the map paper.

I grew old making resolutions about brining order to my chaos. Mercifully, I eventually gave up.

Now if I had your shelves....

red ticking said...

oh goodness i would LOVE a recap of where yo purchase all of these goodies... x pam

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

They look really, really good! I so wish I had your industrious nature. I just can't ever get my DIY projects to turn out exactly correct. Love them and so jealous. Wish they were mine. My tear sheets are currently piled in two huge canvas bags waiting to be judged whether they are worthy to collect dust or must be purged. Annual event for me. Hope it happens before summer. Have a great week.

a lovely being said...

it looks great! I'm inspired to get my books and magazines in order.

Marnie said...

Organization - hard to get it done but life is so much easier after - love to be able to find something in a moment - are the papers that you selected for each binder part of a special filing code? like the maps for travel - places to see - etc

pve design said...

sweet soldiers all in a row.
You sure know how to catch our attention!
What will you put inside? show us please.
pve

Style Court said...

I'm inspired Patricia. Looks especially good in your red office.

mary said...

Looking good!

Greet said...

Hi Patricia,
You did a nice job arringing the stuff you needed close to you!
A few weeks ago I arranged all my magzines in the attic of our house
because my study room was overfull!

xx
Greet

ELS said...

Utterly gorgeous! My library also home to similar unlikely couplings - I think it does them all good..

What are your lovely papers covering? And did I miss how to do it?

ELS

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

Great job! I'm so impressed--can't tell you what a mess my tear sheets have become-you've inspired me to clean up! Have a great day! Barbara

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I am insanely jealous! Ever since your post about covering books with marbled papers, I have dreamt about them. But, in my library and office, it remains an elusive fantasy. Now I can live it out here!

little augury said...

how lovely, there will be no pictures coming from this direction.

La Maison Fou said...

Great start; I like your paper choice.

Like christmas morning; all neatly wrapped, carefully placed and ready to be opened up and used! What fun, enjoy filling thm up!
Leslie

DC by Design said...

Great work. It reminds me of the DC Designer Sarah Wessell, who covered dozens of books in Farrow & Ball Wallpaper in last year's DC Design House: It's the top right image of this photo gallery:
http://www.washingtonspaces.com/2009/4/articles/renovating-for-a-cause/gallery

David said...

I'm looking forward to an organized workspace. Someday. Hopefully.

linda said...

Ohhhh,pretty!

kerry said...

I know what I am doing this week. I have lots or origami paper and I might patchwork some or use fabric scraps from the workshop. Lovely!
K

Laura Casey Interiors said...

They looks so great! I love your paper choices.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Someone who is actually on top of the clutter of saved magazines. I bow to a higher power. You are a goddess.

Riviera Boardwalk said...

I purchased a bunch of white plastic hardbound notebooks from Wal-Mart and the clear plastic pockets that you can slide a magazine page into on both sides and saved a bunch of my mag pics that way. But I failed to record the photographer for the pics. I guess I can use them for posting and just ask forgiveness for not being able to give credit where credit is due. But I like your mag holders better than mine because they are done in pretty colors, etc.
xoxo,
nancy

Poindexter said...

yours are adorable! I did mine too, paperback books that share space in my china hutch in the parlor. Just have to share! http://poyndexter-diarypics.blogspot.com/2010/01/adorable-book-jackets.html

splendidmarket said...

Looks so nice -- I love the paper. Good job getting that finished. I need to organize my cookbooks in some systematic way..

Karena said...

Oh Patricia you are putting me to shame. Checklist here I come! The binders with their new covers are beautiful!!

Minnie said...

Ah, these look so great. The patterns are fabulous together. Yes, so impressive that you have your magazine clippings in check. It gives me hope that someday I will have similar binders to show for all my fervent magazine tearing.

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Wait. You wrapped 3-ring binders with paper? And it will stay put when you open and close them? I've never been able to figure that out. I have huge black binders that I would love to make prettier. Please tell me how.

Anonymous said...

I got tired of pulling tear sheets and not having the resource from the back of the magazine. So now I pull out everything in the magazine I'm not interested in (articles, ads, etc.) so I have the cover and just the pages I want, but also have the resource pages, etc. Just a thought.

a. said...

Fabulous. I just organized all my magazines but now need to put them IN something! Clear is definitely the way to go.

SPLENDEROSA said...

I love love love Ian McEwan's writings, so I guess you do as well. Good to know. XXOOXX's Marsha

SPLENDEROSA said...

BTW, my New Year's resolution last year was taking the pages from magazines I loved & throwing the rest away. Makes me happy to look through all the things I really love, organized by interior, exterior, jewelry, etc.

Lacquered Life said...

Looks so fabulous and organized! Mine would look all askew from all my back issues of Domino with their little tabs sticking out from all sides!

Town and Country Mom said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I do have a quick question--does each paper signify a particular subject (ie, map paper means great library/study ideas), or are there discreet labels I missed? Either way, I will be appropriating this idea! Thanks!

Errant Aesthete said...

Mrs. Blandings,

Your organizational skills repeatedly put me in the deepest malaise. I genuflect at your altar.

the.neo.lifestyle said...

Looks very nice.

I love when everything looks perfect on his place.

David

Theresa Cheek said...

I do love binders and graphic filefolders. Organization can be an artform in itself!

Suzy said...

Fabulous! Good work Mrs B!

erika said...

now that you have your technique perfected I need you to come help me!!!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Looks great...I wish I would have kept my old Dominos! xx

LindsB said...

I love a good organization project! I just did my craft area, I like yours better though- its pretty :)

Renee Finberg said...

what a great idea.
i need to do the same.

xx

molly said...

Whatever took me so long to find you, here? Smashing, these binders. (But how??)

Mrs. Blandings said...

Molly - just glad that you did. The how is a couple of posts later. Easy as pie.

Brant Williams said...

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Brant @ ReBinder