After: books organized by color.
You know how it is. You find a great apartment with good bones, and you excitedly move in with your plan to make it the perfect home. Months later you realize that you've been so busy with life and work that the apartment didn't quite come together like you'd planned. Your bike is leaning against the wall, your hand me down sofa is still slumped in the middle of the living room, and your Emmy awards are just sitting there on your old dresser in the corner. Yeah, we've all been there. So what do you do? You call Bob and Cortney!
On Saturday's episode of Home By Novogratz, David Perler's one bedroom Gramercy apartment got the spruce up it was longing for. The living room got a new sofa and chair, the bedroom got some awesome and unobtrusive built-ins, the garden got a purpose, and the whole place got a sprinkling of chic accessories. And the bookshelf? It got organized by color, one of my favorite Apartment Therapy hot button topics.
Originally I planned to just drop that on you like a flaming bag of dog poo on your front porch and run away. But then I decided to stop dancing around the issue and stomp right on it. I get the whole "it looks nice" vs. "it is totally impractical because you can't find anything" debate. I really get it. My mom was a librarian. And if you went to the library and the books were organized by color, no, you wouldn't be able to find anything. But then I had a revelation. I looked at my own cluttered bookshelf and realized that I know what color each of my books is better than I know the author and title. I don't know if that one book is called Victorian Life in America or Life in Victorian America, and I can't remember who wrote it, but I know it's green. And if I need to reference my husband's old biochemistry text, I'll never remember the author, but I know it's the big red one. Almost as big and red as Design Sponge at Home. Or is it At Home with Design Sponge? I can't remember, but I know it's red. (Hi Grace!) So for me and for anyone else with a memory like swiss cheese but with an uncanny ability to take full color mental snapshots, organizing books by color not only looks nice, but it's practical, too. And for the record, The Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces is also red!
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