Of Books and Bathrooms

Did you know the White House has 132 rooms? When I heard that I veered off into an orgy of home decorating daydreams. What would I do with oodles of extra rooms? After a Christmas season with visiting grandchildren in sleeping bags on the floor, having a few additional bedrooms is appealling. But since I’m giving my imagination free rein I know the first new room would have to become a library.


I can picture it clearly: walls lined with floor-to-ceiling bookcases accessed by a rolling ladder, a large fireplace fronted by cream-coloured leather recliners and a low circular coffee table to hold my day’s selection of books and a carafe of coffee. There will be a bank of french doors opening to my daytime view of the woods, with luxurious velvet draperies to cozy the mood in the evenings. Of course there won’t be a clock — time restraints don’t exist in my daydream. It will be a generous room with a music nook for the grand piano and cupboards to discreetly contain my mess of music.


It’s a grand dream, but as I think more about those 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms on six levels with eight staircases and three elevators, a nightmare begins to emerge. I could easily get lost trying to find a bathroom at 2:00 a.m.!


3 thoughts on “Of Books and Bathrooms

  1. joylene says:

    My husband gawks at me when I say something like, “I wish we had more room.” He thinks at this stage in our lives we should be downsizing. He’s right. Extra bedrooms means kids will come home for unscheduled visits. lol We have a single son who still thinks he lives here at whim and at his place. Half his clothes are here and the other half are at his place.

    Are we ever satisfied?

  2. Shari says:

    Your imaginary library sounds absolutely gorgeous! Can I have one, too? 😉

  3. Careann says:

    Daydreaming is fun but realistically I know I’m blessed to have as much space as I do, and to have an office all my own. The shelves of its one tall bookcase are full, however, so it’s hard not to drool a bit over magazine pictures of library/music-rooms that I’ll never have. Mind you, the character in my next novel is going to have one. 🙂 I’ll live vicariously.

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