August 27, 2009

White Castle




Oh, I've been searching for hours for the picture and article to go with what I am about to tell you, but no luck. I'll have to wing it.

In light of my most recent post I had to share a quote I read from the owner of an all-white apartment. The apartment had a great view over Manhattan. So in order to showcase the view the owners decided to go for a pure white decorating scheme.

And it was white. And meticulous. There was not another colour in the mix. And there were no personal accessories.

I've never seen it's equal.

When asked why they had no books around, one of the owners answered,

"We already know how to read..."

To top it off, they had 11 TVs, including one in the hall outside the toilet.

I guess they don't need books because their design philosophy speaks volumes...



Top image is one of my bookcases.

Second image from Wallpaper*. A bookcase designed by Gianni Botsford for his father's collection of 16,000 books. I wonder if he knows how to read?

Bottom image from Domino. Photograph by Donald McPherson.

14 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Very interesting and at the same time it could be very boring. But I guess it gives one a feeling of cleanliness. Would truly be neat to see the pictures.

God bless.

JC said...

I don't read like I used to but I have a wall of books in my bonus room. I wish I had more space & could keep them all.

Mr. Boatman ... hubby ... has boxes of books in his attic. Just in case ... is what he says.

I'd love to have a huge library with a ladder ...

K. said...

No books because they already knew how to read. Eleven televisions because...they didn't know how to watch TV?

secretfragileskies said...

Love this post. Love bookcases. Love your bookcase. They do speak to me.

sallymandy said...

Hi Hazel, I've been away from your blog too long! These are lovely bookcases. Is that really you in the last photo?

I have to wonder who dusts these things.

When I was younger I wanted a house entirely filled with books, but now that I have my own house to clean I'm not so keen on that idea. Still, those floor to ceiling deals are incredible and if I had them I'd fill 'em up.

xo

willow said...

Your bookshelves remind me of mine. I must have my books about me to feel secure, so I decorate with them.

Is that a McCoy pot on the floor next to your shelves? It looks exactly like one I have!

einbildungskraft said...

theme books, great stuff. Love the photo of you miss H, wow. Were you a MODEL ?
I'm now reading life and times of Madame de la Tour du Pin--"Dancing to the Precipice"
greeting! Beth

ds said...

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. With or without a ladder. *sigh* In an ideal world...

Betsy said...

They already know how to read? Well, la-tee-da! I love the top picture best...your very own...lovely, comforting and inviting!

The Clever Pup said...

Sallymandy and Beth: No, no - that's not me! I was trying to be sarcastic. I might have looked like that decades ago, and I have never modeled.

Willow: Yes, that's a real McCoy. I got it for $12. Thanks for noticing. We have the same, eh?

Ima Wizer said...

Ha, ha, ha...I love this post.

An old friend once boasted, "I've never read a book in my life". I was completely shocked. Imagine! And to be proud of it, too! My, my.......

Candie Bracci said...

That's you on the ladder?that's really cool!Great pic!:)

Polly said...

Very interesting! I haven't owned a TV set for a couple of years now, what does one do with 11?

I love the bookshelf in the Wallpaper photo! I like yours too, but that one is amazing.

T. Clear said...

I am always stunned when I enter a bookless house (not that it happens often, in my world).