Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bookcase Preview

Thank you all for your suggestions about paint colors.  It seems that the majority thought a light warm gray would look nice.  I took it as a challenge that no one suggested a rich, dark color.  I've chosen to go very dramatic with Benjamin Moore Fairview Taupe, HC-85. 

I can almost hear the gasps.



My thinking was I would take the color scheme of the chairs and flip it.  A dark taupe background wth the shelves being the ivory piping.  I think the effect is elegant and moody (just like me) and makes the room feel very cozy.  The dark color is also a nice balance to the dark gray sofa that on the same wall of the adjacent living room.

There is a bigger plan that will bring in some accent colors but I like that I've kept it neutral.  This allows we to totally transform the room just by switching out some accessories.  I think the shelves would look gorgeous filled with blue and white Asian jars.  Something new to collect!



 
The shelves aren't even painted with the final coat but I can't resist the temptation to bring in a few things just to play a bit.  The painting is getting tiresome.


Most of my books are art books and cookbooks that are packed away.  It will be fun to see them again.



I'm really attracted the combination of wood, metal and white.  I know; not even a single book!  I love how strongly graphic the white objects are against the dark color.  And the metal pieces shine at night.

I could mess around with these arrangements for a long time.  And it will never be done...or perfect.  I love that. 

52 comments:

  1. I love the contrast - it is very striking. Or should I say elegant and moody?

    Do I spy a piece of McCoy pottery on your shelf?

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  2. I love the contrast. The white woodwork now really pops and has such interest.

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  3. I think you made a good choice. Now when I see it I think my suggestion of Duck Egg blue was a bit off. I love the metal boxes and that they are a bit tatty. I also like thet green you brought in. I loved the green worn cabinet you had there before (on your sidebar)and think the colour is fabulous.

    By the way, I did that too....filled my bookshelves before I was done...couldn't wait.

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  4. bravo!!! I love it! I wonder how similar it is to RL taupe... I have that under the turquoise in my dining room. And I LOVE that stripped metal box! I would love to have a whole stack of them.

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  5. It's perfect! How do you do that?

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  6. Good I got here early before the house filled up.

    Wonderful choice, great background color, very dramatic without being overbearing.

    Like a fine wine.

    You are a find.

    xo Jane

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  7. Perfect color! I can relate to the painting fatigue! I really like how the white pops. I may have to borrow your paint color for the wall of bookcases in my Living Room. My Milkglass would be so pretty against it. Thanks for the inspiration, again!

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  8. Well once again you have raised the bar. Why didn't I think of that. Love it Steve.

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  9. Of course...with your artistic eye, you would chose the best color. All of your things, especially the white, are very striking against the dark color.
    I totally love this room! and I love the bowl of baseballs...how cool is that!

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  10. Steve,
    How elegant. The shelves came out wonderful and the color you chose for the back will accent any treasured books and objects you place on them.

    The room is really coming together.

    Inspiring.

    Bridgemor

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  11. Perfect, love it, WELL PLAYED, S IR!

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  12. Wow, I'm surprised by the response. I thought everyone would be tepid. I LOVE YOU ALL!

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  13. I think it is fabulous! You have excellent taste, trust your instincts. They haven't failed you, as far as I can see.

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  14. hi steve,

    i'm loving this. what are you moody and elegant? oh yeah, i almost forgot. i think it will be like a playground for you. always changing it with the seasons and such. i think it would look amazing with a collection of white ironstone.

    xo
    janet

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  15. Love the depth of color! I don't know why I thought you were wanting a light gray thing. Anyway, I only have one question for you...Why on earth are you not in design????? You are a total natural. This is coming along to-die-for-should-be-in-a-magazine gorgeously!

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  16. I think it's stunning! I just love what built-ins add to a room! Have you given any thought to adding more anywhere else in your home?

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  17. Just found your blog through a comment on janet's...love your house!!! Makes me miss the east coast though. Your newly transformed built ins look stunning. Love the silver edged latte bowls with the old metal box and little wood. And the last shot where there are no books...didn't even miss them! Is that pitcher filled with paint brushes? One glass of wine and who knows what I'm seeing!

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  18. Looks great but I knew it would!

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  19. I think you made an excellent choice, Steve! Can't wait to see all of the arrangements you come up with!

    XO,
    Jane

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  20. That would be the gasp of approbation.

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  21. Perfect, perfect...love that you went dark and it's the perfect shade for the room.

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  22. I love your color choice. I'm like you, I could rearrange shelves forever. Looks great!

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  23. Damn. You GO! Will you come to my house and paint and style my bookshelves, please? I so approve. (And good for you for bucking the trend.)

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  24. Ok elegant and moody boy,
    I think ya nailed it.

    yep.

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  25. Very classic and timeless. All the lighter accessories will pop against the dark background.

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  26. dear Mr. Elegant and Moody,
    LOVE your pick... perfect!
    And I totally agree... some antique chinese blue and white would be fabulous in there.

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  27. Steve,
    I admit it. I gasped. In a good way. Gorgeous, just as I knew it would be.
    Karin

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  28. Great choice! You'll have lots of options if you want to do seasonal decorating too.

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  29. Wood, white and metal are things I am consistently drawn to also. Taupe provides a fabulous backdrop for these elements. Well done, Steve. You are a man of consumate good taste!

    Anne

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  30. The gasps you heard were pure gasps of approval.
    The combination of wood, metal and white is stunning with your dark taupe.

    well done.

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  31. I like this color combination. It reminds me of an “Architectural Digest” article from a gazillion years ago featuring the home of Ansel Adams. He used a gray color on the walls of a room where he displayed black and white photography. I was taken with that then (long before gray became as “in” as it is today) and I still like it as shown in your home. Thank you for your blog – I have enjoyed visiting it for quite some time.

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  32. J.W.
    That's interesting. I'll have to see if I can find that issue. It reminds me of reading about Robert Motherwell having a show of his work that was all black and white and he showed up at the gallery in NYC and the walls were painted chocolate brown. He was furious but was convinced by the gallery to move forward and once the show was hung, he was amazed at how wonderful it all looked.

    Thanks for chiming in. I recall your words of encouragement during the bleakest days of the exterior renovation.

    S.

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  33. Just the colour I wanted (only darker). Splendid work old sport.

    Moody? you?

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  34. Lovely plus Elegant and Moody! :) I think it was the best choice, and you're right - it coordinates perfectly with the piping on your chairs, and plays beautifully with that composition of color! You're a genius!

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  35. P.S., If I sent all of my bottles to you, do you think you could photograph them for me? They look so much better in your house! :)

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  36. very nice...just came over from "for the love of a house" and so glad I did. The paint is perfection.

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  37. How kind of you to remember me.
    You have a book of Motherwell on your new bookshelves, I see. Yes, chocolate walls with his bold black and white work would be striking. I can picture it!

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  38. I love the color choice! It is such a nice contrast and makes the shelves seem so clean.
    Have a great weekend.
    Xo,
    E&J

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  39. J.W.,
    The Ansel Adams' article was in AD in 1983...so almost a gazillion years ago. I found it on ebay for 5.99 and it's on its way to my house.
    I'm very interested in all of the members of the Long Point Gallery so I got the Motherwell book to hopefully get inside his head a little bit. Fritz Bultman is my big love but others are right up there for me.

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  40. Definitely a great choice...love it!!

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  41. Brilliant! I love it & I adore the visits to your little spot. I am so pleased that you share.

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  42. Oh...I missed this post. Leave it to you to pick the perfect interesting neutral. Yes, you'll have lots of fun styling those shelves. Love the interesting things you have on them already. You chose a great color to paint the shelves.

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  43. You move fast!

    I hope the article is as I remember...from a gazillion years ago... and thanks for inspiring me to look up Fritz Bultman and the Long Point Gallery.

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  44. Brilliant color choice! I wish I was brave enough to do that on my walls...:-) Bravo!
    **Tami

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  45. Perfect choice!! It makes everything on your shelves stand out so beautifully!

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  46. I was born and grew up in Concord ..I always loved Patriots Day

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  47. The more the merrier.

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  48. That color is stunning.

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