I’m a planner. I’ve always been a planner. I’ve planned fundraising events for a living (and for free as a volunteer) and planning my wedding was incredibly fun. I like planning out my days and weeks, I like having checklists, and I like being on a schedule. Every once in a while I plan to save up for something really good and when I get there it’s such a great feeling.
Of course, sometimes I plan too far ahead. We’re moving in June, so of course I’ve been looking at houses since November. (I also occasionally look at floor plans for when Andrew and I build our dream home in like, two decades. Don’t look at me like that.) But now that it’s March, we’re finally getting closer to the point where I can start making spreadsheets and contacting landlords and property managers and I am so excited because SPREADSHEETS. YAY.
There are a bunch of things that I’m looking for in this new house: mostly carpet/tile (I’ve decided that wood floors are much more trouble than they’re worth, and we just put rugs on them anyway), fenced yard, and a fourth bedroom (our current place has three) or large bonus room. Now, before you accuse me of being greedy—it is just me and Andrew after all, and we don’t plan on expanding that number anytime soon—I promise it’s for a reason. First, of course, there’s the master bedroom. Then there’s the guest room. Then there’s the office. That’s the setup we have now, and it’s okay, but it’s not great; all of our books, as well as both of our desks, are crammed into one rather small room. My desk is cute and functional but tiny. I have no drawers, and very little surface space to put papers or anything down, or even write comfortably in a regular notebook. I’d either like a fourth room so Andrew and I can each have our own office space, or have a large bonus room for us to share.
Looking at all these houses has gotten me thinking about how I’m going to organize my office, should we find a house where it would be possible for me to have my own. I would hope to have an addition to my corner desk to make a bit of an L-shape so I have some more room to spread out. And, of course, I envision the bookshelves living in there with me.
I’ve thought a lot about my home library, both in the near future as well as the far future. In the near future, I anticipate buying at least one more bookshelf to accommodate my growing collection, and ideally I’d like to have a comfy chair or small sofa in the room so I can read books and write my reviews all in the same place.
In the far future, though, I have a more specific vision. When we build our house, the library will be constructed with built-in bookshelves on at least two, if not three walls. There will be enough windows so that there’ll be a decent amount of natural light, but not so much natural light that the books will fade. In one corner of the room, there’ll be a door or archway leading down into a smaller, round room with walls made mostly of windows; inside this round room will be plenty of soft, comfortable chairs with lots of cushions. Maybe a window seat going all the way around the room, or maybe the floor will be covered entirely with cushions. This will be the reading room. There will be plenty of natural light during the day from almost every angle, and for reading at night there’ll be one of those lamps that imitates natural light so our eyes don’t get so strained.
Of course, my vision for this has evolved over the years and I expect it to continue to do so. But this is my current vision of my dream library, and if I ever had the chance to truly plan it the way I planned my wedding, I’d probably be the happiest person in the world. For now, though, I’ll stick with my near-future vision of at least having enough space to keep all my books in one room!
What does your dream library—or dream kitchen or dream bedroom or dream house—look like?by