Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Peek Into The Library...

Welcome to the Library, my favorite room at home.

It's a great room with cozy chairs, a nice leather sofa, deep red walls and rich chocolate brown moulding and accents. The bust on the pedastal above is from the Victorian era, which I acquired from an estate sale in the Cotswolds area of England.

I'm sure it's no surprise to you that the Library is filled with books, but it also has a well stocked wine rack with glasses ready to be filled at a moment's notice! I find the Library to be the perfect place to read the newspaper, dig into a good book, or to just relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine. I thought I'd share a few pics of some books, along with random related quotes. I hope you enjoy this sampling...

"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house"

Above left: Hollywood Bios and Auto-biographies, including Lana Turned, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Tab Hunter. Above right: Coffee table books: Chihuly glass, Art, Architecture, & Hollywood

"Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future"
Above left: More Coffee table books & above right: Bit of everything

"A room without books is like a body without a soul"
Above left: Ian Fleming 007 books, Detective stuff & above right: US Presidential biographies

Dr Wang would say: "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket"
Above left: Art, history, politics & above right: more celebrities, politicians and Royalty .
"A library is a hospital for the mind."

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"
Above left: The Classics (Shakespeare, etc), Harry Potter & Wine books

"Beware of the man of just one book."
Above left: Mysteries and the Occult & Fiction stuff, mostly Paul Theroux

And one final thought: "Never judge a book by its movie"
-Rick Rockhill


Bettina said...

Are you serious? That's your library? A room with red walls, brown leather sofas, filled with books and wines? I would never leave. The only real difference between this and my dream library room would be that mine needs to have really high ceilings and one of those rolling ladders. And I wouldn't mind an antique leather sofa, but I like yours too.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Hi Bettina- Yes, its really my library. Thanks, I find it soothes the soul...

Library Mama said...

I'm with Bettina. Maybe she and I could quietly sneak in and take over the place. I bet you wouldn't even notice, as long as we promise to be very, very quiet, as one is wont to do in a room such as you describe.

My favourite shelf is the "Bit of everything" shelf. Everything from decorating to Steven Covey to Dan Brown to Age Erasers for Men. I love it!

Hey - is that Dallas book about the place or the television program?

Drew said...

A great collection of books, thanks for sharing. I wanted to also say thanks for participating and voting in my Soda-Club contest. I got this link from Autumn Blue.

I am sponsoring a brand new contest starting in July. It will be on my blog The BenSpark and the contest is open to anyone, no matter where they live. I hope that you can participate.

Steven said...

I MUST ask you what color red that is and brand. The color is perfect. The reds I have tried failed miserably. You have a diverse stock of books. Many of mine lean toward architecture.

Kerry and Rachel said...

I love it! Books and wine, what more does a person need?
Red is a very stimulating color. That's the color of my dining room.

HoosierGirl5 said...

Great library. Looks very comfortable. All it needs is a fireplace.


Anonymous said...

what a fun room. nice book collection. I usually read a book a week myself.

Canadian flake said...

everytime I read one of your posts I think to myself...who is this man? Is he for real? I would love to "pick your brain" about life experiences you have had. I bet they would be pretty interesting.

Lewis said...

How cool of you to allow us inside....to see, to experience, to feel....the library! Looks like a great place.

Naomi said...

Love your library Rick. Thanks for letting us take a peek inside. My favourite shelf would have to be the Classics. I'm currently reading Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. It's hard going! I'm a Gemini and love books! It goes with my starsign.

yellowdog granny said...

I used to work for several book companies..and being a lover of books..I have many many books..one book case is full of nothing but cook books and health related books..the other is full of physic, witchcraft,astrology,esp,mental telepathy, etc...horoscope, numbers, reflexology,tarot,hand reading,head reading, etc...i collect foreign language dictionaries...dont know why..just do..


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