Taking occupancy


Gradually things are finding their places in my new home. My husband & I both do a lot of work from home, so studies have had a high priority in our planning. (We have had no choices on the exterior design of the house, but have had some saying on the interior – and have amongst other things built extra strong walls to carry our 4000 books)


For the books we have chosen the very adaptable Swedish shelving-system called String, designed in the 50′.P1140384

Simple desks from IKEA are combined with chairs designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1950.


Such a mess!

We started out with 4000 books, but have reduced the collection considerably. I took out all novels I knew I wouldn’t reread, and a lot of books on post-modernism and post-structuralism. My husband got to keep all the books by Deleuze & Foucault, and I kept Barthes, the rest; Derrida, Lyotard, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Bourdieu … are all gone, hopefully disappeared into other readers shelves.


Now my highest wish is to find some time to spend with – new books …

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Elisa says:

    OOOOOOOOOoooooooo, I’m sorry if I am not keeping up properly, is this an awesome book room with writing area? Or, office with …perks?

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you, its a room for reading & writing, and for looking out into the world – .

  2. taidgh says:

    Nice! I like the white décor. And those shelves are for all your books, I’m assuming. Wishing you luck with your new place!

  3. Harold Rhenisch says:

    Gasp! Could be that all those books are working on the computer to create another one of themselves and have left the bookshelves for you to fashion into a bed for your sacred body?

    1. Sigrun says:

      I do suddenly see the greatness of digital books! No woodcutting, no airborne exhaust & pollution … and almost no clutter – !

  4. Jen says:

    Immaculate , orderly , and bound to be productive !
    (incidentally, I have a fav quote which relates: “Clutter is a tribute to Indecision” )
    So… here’s to making Good Sound Decisions ! 🙂

    1. Sigrun says:

      I’ll try to do my best – !

  5. KM Huber says:

    It looks marvelous and so inviting, Sigrun! Thanks so much for showing us your moving journey. I have moved many books in my life, at one time what I considered a small room’s worth, meaning the room was completely lined with full shelves. However, 4000 I never reached I am sure.
    A most happy new year to you and yours.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Dear Karen,
      I don’t think I will ever move again, at least not voluntary … I wish you all the best for the year to come!

  6. I wish you a great deal of happiness in your new home. It’s truly beautiful. I love it and I like the location. Letting go of books must have been difficult. Happy New Year Sigrun. Best regards,

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you so much, and all the best to you too!
      I only hope my books get new enthusiastic readers.

  7. c m wilson says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love this space!

    Love the Eames rocker, especially, and all your books, and the wonderful view. Carla

    Sent from my iPhone

  8. jane tims says:

    Hi. I enjoyed hearing about your focus on books. It is hard to let them go, even if they won’t be re-read! Nice work space! Jane

    1. Sigrun says:

      THANK YOU!
      & Yes, its painful to part with books! But at the same time I felt a bit like building up a library no one would use – a mausoleum …

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