Friday, January 15, 2010

coffee break



What better way to wind-down from a sometimes frustrating week of painting the boys' room than with a stack of inspiring books.



Thanks to the magic of my state's online library database, I am able to search for books available at connected libraries and have them delivered to my local branch. A great way to test-drive beautiful (but sometimes pricey) books.



I swoon over almost every page. I revel in the wonderful imperfection: the cracked, chipped and worn



I have a hunch that neither Rachel Ashwell nor Cath Kidston use blue painter's tape.

Hope to wrap-up the boys' room this weekend. Thank you so much for cheering me on! I'll be sure to keep you posted.

xo
elyse

50 comments:

Fran Moff Tarkenton said...

They have blue tape at the Scotch Boutique in my local mall. I went in there once thinking they also sold recording tape, but they don't -- just the sticky kind! How about that?!

Lisa said...

Glad you got a chance for a break!! I have two copies of Cath Kidston in Print. I'd love to pass one on to you if you want it.
Hugs, Lisa

Angie said...

That's so funny, I just used blue painters tape just this evening on my window project.

Sheila said...

Well now you are the smart one. I never thought about having the library get books from other librarys.. I have looked at Rachel Ashwell books at book stores,but never cath kidstons books. I am going to keep my eye out for those and take a peek. Thanks

debi said...

Looks like you found some yummy books to check out. Can't wait to see the boys' room!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

Elyse!! i've missed you!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

After you finish your boys' room and take another break, you can hop on over here and do my boys' bedroom. :) HA! Maybe when I see your big reveal, I'll be inspired to get to work over here. I don't seem to have any creative juices right now. Wishing you a most wonderful weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Hang in there Elyse...you'll be done soon. Its a lot of work but so rewarding.

stefanie said...

what a nice break you took, all those books are amazing and inspirational, to hard for me to acheive, but I can daydream...can't wait to see the finished room

aimee said...

Im sure it is going to look awesome when you are done with their room. Cant wait to see it. you deserve a break. what a neat way to enjoy great books. i love that coffee mug!
blessings,
aimee

NorthWestLondonGirlInTheCountry said...

Sounds like you definitely deserve a break - now I know what that blue tape sitting in HH's tool box is for xx

LiLi M. said...

Well deserved this coffee brake Elyse! I think that the color split room is going to be super! Hope your sons agree! Have a very productive and inspiring weekend!

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Kathy said...

Great books to sit down and have a cup of coffe with.I'm a new blogger hope you will come visit...Kathy

LaurieStar said...

I have that same pattern in a fabric that you have in your coffee cup! Glad to see that you are having a bit of down time and inspiration amid the work! :)

Floss said...

Ah, my friend Sarah over in NZ (Red Gingham) has been with you on the blue tape issue this week!

Those books are wonderful. Since moving to France I haven't even joined the library, which is a real change from the way I used to be in the UK. I CAN read in French, so I really should get into the habit of going...

Lori said...

hello sweet girl:) those look like lovely selections to pour over while sipping at your coffee...i can't wait to see the room makeover!!!

Theresa said...

Beautiful coffee cup, looks like it was made especially for you! Can't wait to see the finished paint job:) Go Elyse! Hugs from Georgia!

bellaboo said...

Those books look so tempting.I must look out for the Rachel Ashwell ones...new to me.Looking forward to seeing how the boys room turns out.Bet they are getting excited too!

Bellaboo

Tami said...

Hello sweet Elyse..I love all those books!! Sometimes I want to jump inside & stay awhile! lol
There just comes a time when you have to get out the blue painters tape.
Have a lovely day..thank you for your visit too..xo Tami

Sandi said...

Love those books Elyse! I have found two or three of the shabby chic books at the Goodwill of all places!!!! I snatched them up quick!!

Lovely coffee mug too!!
Hugs~

Kimberly said...

Hey Elyse,
I know how it feels to Paint, Paint, and then paint some more. When I was a young Mother you could find me at 2AM Wallpapering, stenciling, or installing a vinyl black and white checkered floor in the laundry room! When I was 8 months pregnant I put up a border in my Kitchen. Now this was all in the 80's as you can tell by the projects. Then five years ago when I bought my little cottage I painted every room! Keep on keeping on dear Elyse the results always make up for it.
Hey how do you know Fran Tarkenton?
Can not wait to see your room,
Kim

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey doll,
thanks for popping in and all your sweet word.
you are the best.
love you
oxoxo,
Jessi

Couture de Papier said...

Good Morning,Glad your back ..I know how consuming painting rooms are..I use to do for a living..boy would I love to have energy for that? Are you going up to Heidi's workshop Jan 23rd? Lisa and Jenns workshops in April?

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Elyse,
I just know that the boys room will be delightful. Thanks for the link about the library search. What a great resource to have.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Karen

koralee said...

Oh your books look lovely...enjoy you little piece of heaven while sipping your tea..nothing gets better than this. Books to inspire! xoxo

MARY PERNULA said...

I am with you all the way, a cup of coffee and some good reading. I belong to a book club and make a visit to Borders about once a month. I have been trying to cut down on my books and magazines cause it can get to much. I do not like to part with them so they hang around for years. Now that I have a shop I am offering my old magazines 3 for $1.00. What a score for someone. Goodluck on the boys room, I am also working on projects in my home and can't wait till they are all completed. XO MARY

Zuzu said...

What can I say? I love what you love. We are kindred spirits. I'm gonna call my twin brother up and ask if you can be our triplet. OK with you, Elyse?

:)
Zuzu

MelMel said...

Wow, such a wonderful blog, I see you like Cath....I'm going to make myself a cup of tea and come back to read your lovely blog..x

Cathy said...

Hi Elyse,

Hope you are almost done painting the boys' rooms. You can dive into those books and imagine for a few hours more. Then you'll be running around the house redecorating. That's what I used to do. Now I just stare at everything and think to myself "hmm, I think you all look good right where you are".

Have a fun weekend once you are out from under all the paint.

xo Cath

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sweetie! Oh those books look so good! I love sitting with a cup of tea or coffee and reading decorating magazines or books! That is just the best way to relax :) I LOVE that yummy coffee cup too, I am swooning over it!! tee hee!
Love ya,
Amy

Cozy Little House said...

Nothing better than a stack of books awaiting you. And a cup of coffee or tea in a bright pretty mug.
Brenda

KatCollects said...

Hi Elyse,
What a great way to get books! I wanted to say a big thank you for your sweet comments and good wishes, it means alot.
Hugs,
Kathy

Julie Harward said...

that is a good way to test drive books...each one i would love to curl up with! can't wait to see the boys room! :D

Jenny said...

What a beautiful blog! Can you tell me about that teacup! It is gorgeous.

icandy... said...

Ah, a coffee break... it sounds like that's just what you need! :)
I agree, "test-driving" books is the best way to get inspired, and not have to spend a fortune! Aren't our libraries great??
ox

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Can't wait to see the finished room. What a pretty coffee cup. laurie

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Elyse!

I love the imperfect too! Thats how I came to self-acceptance!:):)

Blue tape does have it place though! We can only do so much......

Chippy trumps perfect everytime!

love, kelee

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Can't wait to see the boys' room when you're finished!!! I work at my local library and the "Interlibrary Loans" are a wonderful thing - it opens so many more doors. Glad you found out about it and know how to use it. Have a great weekend ~ ♥

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Elyse!

You are soooo smart to get these books from the library! I end up buying books and not always liking them that much. If there is any you know I NEED to have, let me know! Good luck finishing up the boys room and have a nice week!

Love,
Maryjane
xox

Betty Jo said...

A beautiful post. I'll have to check to see if my state has the database. I have so many books already that I need to start borrowing rather than owning. Have fun with the room redo. ♥

Kelli at Lovely Vintage Cottage Life said...

Okay Elyse, totally loving the coffee mug! Is it Cath? hmmm you better tell me cause I'm lovin' it! Have a great day :)

Elyse said...

hi everyone,

yes, the mug is from cath kidston. i purchased a set of 4 online last spring. i have seen the set at homegoods!

you can order the new cath kidston spring catalog free. i love it. it's like a magazine!

http://www.cathkidston.co.uk/s-10-request-a-catalogue.aspx?

xo
elyse

Glitter & Bliss said...

Painters tape is a friend...that is for sure. I know your project will look great!! I hope you are surviving a cold New England winter. I remember when I lived there....I never knew cold like that. However, I love it!! Hugs to you my sweet friend!!! Thanks for checking on my sis. Hugs and Cheers... Leslie

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Bethany said...

Hi Elyse,
Hope you're hanging in there with the paint. It must be done by now?
Love your coffee and books photos.
And loved your Beetles book story too.
See you soon.

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I just had to say, I do the same thing. Libraries are great! And the inspiration from books is great, but so is surfing for creative blogs!

kanishk said...

That's so funny, I just used blue painters tape just this evening on my window project.

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