Sunday, August 02, 2009

Chez le suèdois (French for Ikea)

I'd been thinking about some shelves from Ikea (in a charcoal black to go with everything) but hesitating over getting there, bringing them back, assembling, etc. etc., when I saw a notice in the laundry room of a moving-out sale.
Two Ikea Billy bookcases.
I called, I saw, they conquered.

Today, Jamie, the tenant who is moving, and I, moved them down to my apartment. In fairness, Jamie did most of the moving/lifting, for which I am eternally grateful. My old table (long banquet table) was consigned to the balcony to wait for Martha who is taking it off my hands. I'd tried folding the legs but they wouldn't budge. Jamie managed to fold them with a single blow. He told me he used to be a caterer so he knew these tables; I told him I used to be a food writer, and of course it turned out that we knew a lot of the same people in the foodie business. But I digress.
I spent the next few hours sorting and putting things away. The result was organization and space, blessed space. I can work with the mess because when I'm working, I'm focused and I don't notice it. The problem has been the rest of the time; when I'm not working. And it used to drag me down a bit.
No more. Now, when I'm not working, my eyes don't get assaulted every time I look there. Quite the opposite.


  1. Yeah! It feels so good when we get ourselves organized. I'm sure you'll enjoy your new shelving.

  2. good for you, colette. i'm sure that bit of organizing will do wonders. it does bring me down to be in the midst of my mess, too. but i've yet to conquer it. i used to daydream of beautiful dresses and now i daydream of knowing where all my tools are kept. someday...

  3. How wonderful Colette. I am so happy for you and your new space! Organizing is such a wonderful feeling ~ especially when it is finished!

  4. Merci beaucoup! Vous participez?
    Je suis mauvaise en anglais, je compte sur vous pour la traduction, mais ce n'est pas une obligation.
    Merci encore;
    Isabelle Kessedjian

  5. Beautiful Colette. I love the look.

  6. Anonymous5:14 p.m.

    Very, very nice Colette....................I wish you well to use them! what we say in Wales......I am guessing you have filled them to the brim already!!!

    Hope your week at the bookstore goes well....I am sure you will have a story or two to tell!If you are anything like me, you will spend MORE than you EARN on books!!!

    Anon the Elder.....OXOXO

  7. I can only say you are brave to have a picture of your workspace on your blog! and it looks so neat! I would be ashamed to have my studio seen by anyone but me! xoxo Carol

  8. When you need something, it has a habit of coming along. Don't you just love serendipity?

  9. I'm glad the shelves found a new home and are being put to good use. I hope you continue to enjoy them and that your new workspace inspires you to great more wonderful and beautiful things. I can't wait to move into my new place where Ms. Marple will be proudly displayed.

    Take care,



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