Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Scene of the Blog Featuring Annette of Impressions in Ink!

One of the things that always makes me smile on the sidebar of this week's featured book blog is a drawing that shows a woman seated on a towering stack of books while intently reading another. A shoe dangles from one foot. The caption? "I always buy another book when I still have ten to read." Sound familiar? I thought so!

Annette is the voice of Impressions in Ink, and her subheader states that she reads "biographies, memoirs, historical fiction, American history, British history, Tudor history, Russian literature, British literature, military, Holocaust, mystery, classic literature." With wide-ranging tastes such as these, she's never going to run out of books to read. From reading challenges to reviews to lists such as her Top Ten Classic Fiction Books, you'll find a lot to keep you occupied when visiting her blog. You're not familiar with Annette or Impressions in Ink? Please take this opportunity to stop by her blog and say hello. I think you're going to like what you find!

If you're visiting from Annette's blog-- Welcome! I'm glad you decided to stop by and take a look at her creative spaces. If you'd like to see any of the photos in larger sizes, all you have to do is click on them, and they'll open in a new window. Most of the ones that show books are large enough for you to read spines (what bookaholic can pass up the opportunity to do that?), and you may have to click on those to get them in the largest size possible. Sometimes Blogger makes you work to feed your addiction! Once you've visited Annette, feel free to look at the creative spaces of previous participants. Click on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header. There are two ways to search: by Blog Name or by Location. Now let's get started on our personal tour!

The sofa in Annette's reading room
We moved into our home last August. I love it that I have a room (formal dining room) that is my office/library. I love it that I have a room (formal living room) for my reading. The only thing I would say I dislike is the fact that the rooms need to be painted. I'm still looking at paint colors.

I feel as if these rooms are my oasis, and no one else criticizes or gives input as to how they should be. The decision is left to me.

Annette's reading chair
This rocker/recliner is my reading chair. Notice my large two-tier table that holds many treasures. I have two reading lamps.

Treasures on top of the piano
On top of the piano is a small collection of vintage hymnals and school books, as well as photographs of my family. I love old Mason jars, and these have vintage flowers and embroidered handkerchiefs inside them.

Annette's rocker that she had as a child
The small rocking chair, which was mine as a child, holds children's and young adult books.

Books, loverly books!

One shelf with the gold clock is all Christian non-fiction. The other shelves hold other genres, some non-fiction, some classic literature as you can see by the titles.


My doggie Schotzi is a miniature Schnauzer. He's snoozing on his pillow nest in the reading room.

Annette's desk in her office/library
Of course, here's a photo of my desk (which was my mother's-- my husband refinished it). It holds my computer, printer, etc.

Annette's to-be-read stacks
This smaller table topped with a quilt holds all my TBR pile of books, sorta organized. In addition are notebooks that I take notes in. Some of these books have been started already.

Tea, anyone?
The top of a burl walnut china cabinet is where I keep my teapot collection.

Noelle, waiting for her reading buddy to return to the sofa

Thank you so much for this tour of these very special rooms in your house, Annette! I think we both belong to the school of painters who find choosing paint colors to be much more difficult than the actual painting!

I know I'm not the only one who's enjoyed seeing some lovely pieces of furniture and your collections of books and other objects. I'm afraid that, if I came for a visit, I wouldn't talk for a while because I'd be too busy looking through all those books! And Schotzi and Noelle? The perfect literary companions!


I'm so glad you stopped by this week to check out Annette's special spaces. Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll be featuring yet another book blogger in our worldwide community!


  1. Thank you so much for your hard work!
    Lovely how you arranged the photographs.
    I'm so pleased!

    1. And I'm so glad-- thank you so much for being a guest here on Scene of the Blog!

  2. Loved this post! I would love a room just like that! How perfect.

  3. I'd be looking through those books after I pet Schotzi!

    1. I should've said that, too, Kathy-- but for me, it's a given that Schotzi comes first! LOL

  4. How do Noelle and Schotzi get along? I see not chewed on books, so they must be well-behaved pets :)

  5. Schotzi and Noelle both have similar personalities: quiet, reserved, sweet-natured. They like each other. Noelle is very particular about who she lets touch her, but I'm happy to say she likes Schotzi. Sometimes she gives his ears a bath. Both of them are rescue animals from the shelter. Noelle is 9 and Schotzi is nearly 7. No chewing on books. Both are really good pet-children.

  6. Books, reading sofa, piano, tea, furry friends, kind of girl! Nice post!

  7. Your home and dog are beautiful.

  8. Well hello Doylene, thank you.

  9. I thought "too tidy" until I saw those double shelved bookcases..them I felt at

  10. The sofa looks so cozy - I just want to curl up there (and read, of course!)

    Cathy, you find such interesting blogs. Thanks once again for the tip!

  11. Thank you Caite. I'm pleased to say I live with 3 men--my 89 year old dad, 27 year old son Paul and Husband Jeff--all of them clean up after themselves. Dad and I share books together on the bookshelves. I actually I have 2 large book shelves.
    I tidied up a bit when taking pictures, wanted my nest to look its best.
    Thank you everyone!

  12. I've long been a fan of Annette's blog, so I'm happy to take a peek at her reading and blogging spaces. It's so wonderful that she has her own oasis, and it looks so cozy!

  13. Thank you Anna you are a sweetheart. All of you have made me feel special!


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