Are you a Professional…what?

I’m fairly certain my obsession for a library card catalogue unit started way before they were cool. I love drawers and organization (despite being an INCREDIBLY messy youth)…I even had a metal drawer version that I stuck index cards in containing, ughm, super secret really cool things that I didn’t even know about. Well fast forward to the 2000s and, well, a wooden library card catalogue is on every designy/interiors bloggers list, isn’t it? what became the newest member of the ¬†household this weekend! AND it’s best friend- a piece of old store signage. Way. Too. Excited. I very nearly brought home the entire word ‘TODAY’ as well. It was the same colour as the ‘H’ but in uppercase italics, which I have a bit of a personal relationship with that borders on frenemies. I love uppercase, and even have grown to love italics, but upperitalics. Nuh, uh.

Best part of the whole ‘adoption’ experience (one that included the handover of money) was when I was asked something to the effect of, ” Are you going to be using this professionally or just for decoration?” Ughm…well I don’t have a library, and I don’t use the Dewey Decimal System in my house YET…so does this count as decoration? I mean I’ll use the drawers for other stuff? Does rubber stamp pads count as professional? Trust me, this running inner monologue was as painful to be a part of ¬†as it was to read and I ended up stuttering out something like, ‘oh,well I’ll use it, can I use it?… I mean i want to use the drawers…’ until my sister-in-law saved me from my own social awkwardness with, ‘she’s an artist’. Whew, he seemed okay with that response and off we went to find arty stuff to stuff in the drawers in case the professional organizing/library police come sniffing around Brooklyn anytime soon.

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  • Celia said on August 21, 2012 3:28 am

    love love LOVE!!

  • carol said on August 21, 2012 12:18 pm

    Congratulations!!! It’s B E A U T I F U L .

  • Darcy said on August 21, 2012 12:27 pm


  • Lauren Longenecker said on August 21, 2012 1:44 pm

    No joke, I have been pining after one of these since my Rohrbach library days. Every one I have found is WAY out of my price range. Jealous doesn’t begin to describe my feelings at the present. You’re awesome.

  • Lucy Corbishley said on August 21, 2012 4:19 pm


  • Mutte said on August 28, 2012 3:15 pm

    You are so funny! I love the way your mind works.

  • Jodithelegs said on November 3, 2012 11:53 am

    Gorgeous! what a fine! where did you track this down?! I’ve been searching everywhere for one of these. :)

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