Without a doubt the library is my absolute favorite room in the entire building. The first time I saw it when we were doing our initial walk through my jaw literally dropped at its beauty. Everything about it. The gorgeous perfect wood paneling, the wall to wall glass front book shelves, the dreamy drapes on the etched windows, the original light fixtures……. I was in awe.
As soon as we put in our offer to buy the building I started dreaming up plans of what I wanted to do in the library & how I wanted to set it up. I claimed the library as *my* space. Haha (just kidding). I had a craft room in our house back in San Diego & definitely wanted another creative space that was all set up for all 5 of us to use & enjoy. But at the same time keep it as original as possible and definitely still as it’s intended purpose of a library. Over the past 2 months it was my turn to be plagued with health issues. I’m so glad Atom is back to his healthy as a horse self and we weren’t both struggling at the same time! Things got pretty bad with my health and I had to undergo a procedure on my heart on Sept 22nd.
I can’t even begin to tell you how thankful and grateful I am for my new medical team. I know it said it before but it was a huge source of anxiety for me (and I am NOT an anxious person) to have to build an entirely new medical team after having a rock solid amazing one for many years back in San Diego. The procedure ended up being a bit more complicated than my Cardiologist was anticipating and I ended up spending 2 days (one night) in the cardiac icu afterwards. Typical Theresa fashion— Go big or go home.
The care I received was incredible from start to finish. However my recovery wasn’t as quick as anticipated or hoped, but not really all that bad either. Thank goodness for that. We should know in another month or so if the procedure was a success or not. Fingers crossed!
The first two weeks after my procedure I couldn’t lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk. Super frustrating. Since I was pretty limited Atom told me we should take some time to finally get the library/craft room unpacked & organized. After we finished the glitter desk the library took a back seat to the other projects (like finishing the bathroom, putting up the double doors to the 2nd floor entry & starting the kitchen). I had avoided the library altogether because the daunting pile of unpacked crafting & office supplies & boxes of books was too much for me to even think about unpacking & I would just get frustrated & walk back out. We had started to go through things in the library a few weeks prior but we had only spent a couple hours before having to stop to do other things. After my procedure we decided to just buckle down & get it done. Atom got me all propped up on the sofa with pillows & blankets in the library & we got to work determined to get it done. He opened boxes & I pointed to where things should go. There was a bit of shuffling things around a few times until we figured out the layout, especially with the bookshelves. I’m sure over time I’ll rearrange things until I get it exactly how I want it but for now I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
We used the 2 sections of shelving closest to the windows for all of the super old books that were left behind, along with my small collection of antique creepy dolls. The middle 2 sections contain my crafting supplies. I’m a huge paper crafter as well as a planner. To say I’m crafty is an understatement 😉. The last 2 sections contain all of our books that we brought from our previous house. Underneath in the wood front cabinets are office supplies & other crafty things for the kids. All separated & organized.
This old Royal typewriter was left behind & I definitely wanted to put it on display (with one of our 3 year old daughter’s pieces of artwork she lovingly shoved in the case) on top of this little cabinet that was also left in one of the offices in the building. This cabinet is full of all of her crafty stuff. Crayons, paper, coloring books etc. She thinks it’s the best thing ever to have her very own craft cabinet. The vase was given to me by my very best friends before we moved. They all wrote on it and I absolutely love it. Also on top is one of Atom’s bronze sculptures. He is just so talented in everything he does. This particular sculpture (which is sporting one of my survivor buffs) was on display at the San Diego museum of contemporary art which Atom took me to see on our first date back in 2001. He has a whole series of sculptures that once the holidays are over will be on display on the mantle in the living room.
our tobacco leather sofa (which came from our house in San Diego) is something we will cherish forever. My parents threw us a huge going away party before we moved and had everyone sign it and had it matted and framed. The map in the center is of San Diego. I couldn’t bring myself to look at it or read it before we left and this past Monday was the first time I took the time to read every single word. There were a lot of tears.
hair is one of 4 that are the same & are original from when the building was built. Also another typewriter that was left behind and a not so beautiful metal file cabinet. 😜
The little typewriter table our daughter has also claimed as her own “desk” as she calls it was left in an office in that is now her room. I found that doctor bag from the turn of the century at an antique shop when we first moved here. You can’t really tell in this photo due to the glare from the lighting but that window is completely etched and is beautiful.
This corner is kind of a hodgepodge at the moment. The white desk was my grandmothers and I’ve had it since I was a child. It needs a complete sanding and will eventually become a second, smaller glitter desk to match my huge one that is the centerpiece of the room. My 2 favorite ikea raskog carts are on wheels & can be moved wherever I want them. The teal one holds all of my planner supplies & I haven’t quite figured out what will go in the cream one yet. Then there is my giant basket of completely unorganized washi tape. Any fellow crafter will know that struggle!!
And of course the glitter desk. I’m so darn happy & proud of how this desk turned out. If you haven’t already read one of my previous posts it’s all about the glitter desk & the process we went through to transform an old desk into a glittery masterpiece.
The other corner has a tall metal cabinet (also from an office downstairs) that contains nothing but paper. No joke. It’s PACKED with all kinds of scrapbooking paper of all sizes & colors & types. Another old chair that’s in great condition from the 1920s that my cat has claimed. I keep a little pet bed on that chair for her which I removed for the photos.
A few of these “House Rules” posters were found in different rooms in the building. I wanted to hang one in the library & I’m sure I’ll eventually get it framed but for now it’s stuck to the cabinet (tape is inverted so it’s not touching or damaging the poster itself).
Another one of Atom’s bronze sculptures I hung on the wall. Many people find this one creepy which is probably why I love it so much.
And last but not least, I laughed so hard when I pulled this out of an old box of photos from our previous house. For those who don’t know, Atom was a child actor. He did a lot of extra work (non speaking roles) in Hollywood growing up in his adolescent and teen years. He has been in both movies & tv shows as well as even winning a regional Emmy in 1999. When we first started dating in 2001 he gave me a signed copy of his current (at the time) head shot. I’ve kept it all these years & it definitely deserved to be framed & hung on display.
We can now say we officially have 2 rooms (library and guest bathroom) COMPLETELY DONE!!
Wait, I take that back. Eventually we will rip up all of the carpet to finish the original hardwood floors but that’s more than likely going to be quite awhile until that happens. Probably years.
If you’re on Facebook, I filmed a live video in the finished library over on my house renovation page if you want to see more inside the cabinets etc. There is a link to that page here on my blog.
I can’t wait to get back to crafting between renovations! Who wants to come over for a craft night?!