Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Scene of the Blog Featuring Kristen of BookNAround!

I can't remember how I came across Kristen's blog, BookNAround, but I'm glad I did. Everything from her clean, simple design to her restraint in the use of graphics screams, "Content!" and that's exactly what you get. I enjoy Kristen's sense of humor, and have learned that we see eye-to-eye on books much of the time. If you haven't found your way over to her blog yet, you're definitely going to want to correct that oversight!

Of course, you're all wanting to take a look at where this talented lady blogs, so it's time for me to stop hogging the spotlight and turn this show over to my guest. Let's see where Kristen does all that excellent blogging! (Don't forget that you can click on all the photos to see them full size.)

The first picture is of my actual desk from a short distance. It has looked this way since we moved in 9 months ago although in our previous house, it was never this messy and disastrous. OK, it hasn't looked exactly like this since the books are ever moving and shifting in their piles, but this is pretty representative.

The second picture is a close-up of the shelves so those of you who like to try and read very blurry spines in pictures can knock yourselves out. ;-)
There are actually knick-knacks that belong on these shelves but I've never gotten around to organizing them since my space is in the basement spare bedroom and therefore generally out of sight of most visitors to my house (and my parents are used to my mess after dealing with my chaotic desk at home for 18 years and ignoring it when they visit my own house for another 20).

The third picture is of the set of shelves along the wall to my left when I'm sitting at my desk. These are loaded not only with the paperback books I've read and am keeping (my organization of books is a whole other lengthy, obnoxious and eye-glaze inducing post) but with all the knick-knacks that belong on the desk shelves as well.

The fourth picture is of the bed directly behind my back when I am at the desk. It's handy for when I need a nap in the middle of a particularly boring book review. No, not really. It's our guest room and only the guests nap there. And the dog. For hours. And hours. Because she likes to keep me company when I am on the computer. Isn't it nice of us to have a whole queen-sized bed for her convenience? The pile of stuff along the window is more that I unpacked months ago and have never found a good home for.

Someone please tell me I'm not the only non-neat freak blogger out there! Oh, and for kicks and giggles, I'm hoping to have this inspire me to actually clear up the desk and get the knick-knacks where they belong and all. My parents will probably die of shock should it happen. I'll post pictures of the new and improved space (or the same old stuff with different titles in the stacks if I don't get to it) on my blog when this runs for Scene of the Blog.

That is some nice room in the basement for blogging, isn't it? (It's also a very nice guest room!)I had to smile when Kristen spoke of the dog insisting on keeping her company by sleeping on the bed behind her. I once had a dog who insisted on keeping me company, too, only he liked to lay under the desk and sleep across both of my feet. It was nice during the winter, but I did get tired of my feet going numb...or the times when he'd decide to lick between my toes!

I don't know about the rest of you, but I love those windows on the other side of the room, and I'm also itching to take a look at all those books on those shelves. Yikes! I never met a puppy... or a book... that I could resist!

Thank you so much, Kristen, for taking time out to share your space with us. Now that we've seen the Before Photos, Kristen has informed me that we can take a look at the After Photos on her blog (which gives you one more reason to head on over there)!

Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when we'll be visiting another book blogger to take a look at her creative space here on Scene of the Blog!


  1. Nice space :)
    Looks good for blogging. I do like looking at all your blogging places

  2. Great room Kristen. Very spacious and sunny.
    I am normally a non-neat freak but because I live in a tiny, tiny place right now I have to clean up and make sure nothing is out of place because otherwise it looks like 10 people live in there instead of 3.

  3. I love this room! I'll bet it's inspiring to write there. I'll definitely have to take a look at Kristin's blog :)

  4. Great blogging space! Our dog likes to blog with me too, but she's usually in my lap or behind me in the chair.

  5. Love your blogging room. Believe me, you are not the only non-neat freak. I like clean, but I can turn a blind eye to clutter.

  6. I'm so glad I'm not the only completely cluttered blogger out there. Seeing the pictures again here makes me want to hide my face. Ack! I guess I turned a completely blind eye to the disaster for a very long time.

  7. My dog has similar habits regarding beds, which is one reason I blog in the kitchen/family room :-). She's still there, but usually just on the rug.

    I've only gotten to know Kristen and her blog recently, but I really enjoy it. It's always fun to see where the magic happens!

  8. My blogging space is too embarrassingly cluttered to photograph! Luckily, it is in my bedroom so no one but family ever goes in there :-).

  9. I really like your desk. The room you're in is big with a lot of light, very nice!

  10. Isn't it funny how it seems so light in the photographs? It's not nearly as sunny as it looks, which makes me scond guess having put the desk downstairs.

    And Dani, if I can photograph and admit to that disaster, I defy anyone to come up with a space more embarrassingly messy!

  11. I think that any book lover will enjoy peeping into Kristen´s world of books :D

  12. You call THAT messy? My blogging space isn't messier than that, since it's in my living room, but my bookshelves downstairs certainly are.

  13. Nice space and you are not the only non-neat blogger. I don't have my own room for blogging, so the books and me are everywhere with the laptop. My dog loves sitting under my feet when I'm typing away at the table/desk or next to me on the couch!

  14. Boy, if you think that's messy, you should see my desk!! There aren't any books on the desk, but my husband leaves papers all over the place and it drives me nuts.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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