Monday, November 12, 2012

The book-brimming haven

hill & washington
books galore
colorful hardback books
alex browsing
vintage recipe books
new books
We had a consistently chilly weekend characterized by dusk creeping in at half past four in the afternoon, which seems a confident indicator that autumn is here to stay. As a native Southern Californian, I am freezing in the 50-60 degree weather we've had of late. We set out to circumvent the chill by roaming over to the husband's favorite bookshop. It is a tad amusing because his giddiness over books is akin to my fervor for vintage goodies. Any visitor to our little home can automatically distinguish upon stepping into the threshold that I've perhaps an unhealthy predilection for antiques, while the husband nurses an addiction for books. Right before we got married, he excitedly proclaimed, "I can't wait until we're married, because your books will be my books." Our bookshelves groan under the weight of literary tomes cramped together beyond capacity, and it is part of my daily routine to pick up random books strewn across the floor, stacked haphazardly atop side tables, thrown onto the counter, or hiding under couches. It's maddening at times that no matter how I attempt to organize them, there are always more books hiding in some nook or cranny. But then again, there is an unspeakable charm about the printed word. The husband's favorite bookshop, with its endless wooden shelves of books, both antique and contemporary, and cushy seating, invites visitors to lounge for a bit, or in our case, stay half the day (It is such a well-regarded haven for us that we took some of our engagement pictures there last year). The Mister left the bookshop positively beaming, with a jackpot of books to diversify his collection. If God ever blesses us with a house, it shall be an utmost priority to invest in a wall of bookshelves.


  1. Your husband is so cute. I love books too, especially the beautiful ones that look stunning on a shelf or on a coffee table.

  2. Beautiful photos! I love books, my husband got me an ebook but I still prefer the real book:)

  3. great post!!! i follow you now ;)
    i would love to follow me back because love your blog!!

  4. love the photos!
    and i think i can relate to your husband! I LOVE books and i do have a favourite bookstore..sigh...
    As for the wall of Dream!!!

  5. You always have the most beautiful and simple photographs. Adore!
    xo TJ

  6. Love that last photo - such a great smile with a box of books! You'll have some amazing vintage books for those bookshelves - it will be beautiful!

  7. oh, bookstores! how lovely! i love vintage books, i use them as decor in my loft! there honestly are not that many cute book stores in kansas city, where i live. i wish there was more!

    lindsey lousie

  8. These pictures are gorgeous. You have such an eye for photos! I love the first one.

  9. This book shop is fantastic! We have one around the corner that is so crammed full of books that it is literally a maze, which basically means you are most certainly goin to find something new every time... Which is why I avoid it at all cost until we install some book shelves! Right there with you on that account.

  10. You always have the most gorgeous pictures!!

    I'm the same...if the weather goes under 60 the heavy coats come out!

  11. Ha, if I could get my boyfriend to read anything {besides the times he goes to the loo} it would be a miracle.

    I just love the smell of bookshops, especially second hand ones! Hope you adapt to the cold weather quickly. We are melting on this side of the hemisphere!

  12. This is a book shop?!! I thought it was a library. It is so big! So many books!

  13. books! so perfect for these chillier days.
    you guys are the coolest.


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