Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I've Got A Secret

Do you remember the first photo in this post? Looking at this photo, I was a little embarrassed about the empty bookcase. After all, we've lived in our new home well over a year. Decorating the bookcase hasn't been a priority of ours...until now. Doughboy and I made it our mission to find the perfect items. Who knew we would find them in our attic?

Finding these antique literary works of art is like winning the lottery. Imagine our surprise to find them right under our nose...or, in our case, right over our heads?

There are a total of 48 priceless novels. But who left them in our attic? More importantly, why?

Among the books were other antique treasures...like this cast iron mermaid.

And this old trunk that someone had cleverly turned into a clock.

Finders keepers, losers weepers. No matter who left them behind, they're ours now.

Wouldn't you agree our bookcase is much improved by these fabulous finds?

The room has been transformed into a cozy retreat. Perfect for curling up in a soft chair next to a fire and reading late into the night. Appearing behind one of the comfy chairs is our memory wall. It contains a partial collection of maps from the many places we visited over the past 20 years.

Depicting our love of sailing and travel is a hand-painted compass on the ceiling.

After a fun day unpacking our precious finds from the attic, it's time to sit down with one of the books for a quiet evening. Hmmmm...this one looks interesting.

But wait! What's this? It's not a book at all. It's a clever ruse...a hollow box made to look like a book.

To be completely honest, we moved into our house a year ago and it was brand new. The attic is empty (so far) and these are not priceless antiques. Nope, we have Garden Ridge to thank for these fabulous literary finds. I apologize for misleading you, but a little intrigue felt appropriate at the moment.

What do you think? Thumbs up...thumbs down...or, I don't care? If you don't like it, I have to tell you it was all Doughboy's idea. Of course if you like it, I'm taking all the credit!


Doughboy said...

Wait a minute.....you mean this book I'm reading is actually a hollow but 'clever ruse'? No wonder the plot seemed a little thin ..........we have an attic?
Shock and awe Doris, shock and awe.

Doughboy said...

.....BTW the way, the idea, while lacking credulity, is inspired and, I dare say, BRILLIANT ! Except I guess we could have used the real books we have all over the place for free without having the clerk at Garden Ridge think we're bonkers.
I vote thumbs up.

Country Girl said...

Not only do I love it, I ADORE it! It was quite clever mentioning finding everything in the attic, and I was nearly ready to call you and say STOP! I want to find things there, too!
It's all perfect. From the ceiling to the floor to the walls, I am loving all of it!
Thanks for sharing. Sorry for gushing so much. I just really like it.

Mental P Mama said...

You totally had me! Love it all. I have some of those hollow books. Great secret hiding spots for jewelry. If you can remember where you put them....

Kacey said...

LOL, you had me there for a bit! I think the room looks lovely!

Deb said...

Well, I knew your house was built new and wondered...who would place things in the attic! Silly, girl! Your bookcases look amazing now as they have that finished look. Good job!

Kristi Smith said...

HA! I was going to tell you how brave you were for posting them on your blog . . . that the "real" owners were going to come back for their possessions.

Very clever.

Your house is beautiful.

scrappysue said...

it looks awesome! what a stash! it looks so peaceful and inviting in that room

Nikki (a.k.a hermanmarie) said...

I,too, knew that your house was built brand new but I was so caught up in the story that I was planning on when I could come to Georgia and see your awesome treasure of an attic!

Starwoodgal said...

You really had me going! I collect antique books. I absolutely MAD for them. But, those are some excellent knock-off - I must say. Love the Mermaid. We do not have a Garden Ridge (Yet), but there is one in Tulsa (about an hour or so away). I may just have to drive over there this weekend and catch some bargins. Love the books. You're so clever.

Judyann said...

Well, I also knew that your house was brand new but thought maybe they came from the old house. You had me going too. Looking forward to seeing the new additions at scrap club.