Better Renovations: The library, halfway

The library is one of the most daunting of rooms to revamp, on account of the sheer size of the space and the tedious chore of moving books to compensate for each adjustment so said books stay in alphabetical order. The last time we checked in with this space was in May. Here's where we started:

Here's what we did:

Tasks: Consolidation of books (all unused books were donated to individuals and libraries); the construction of additional shelving (utilizing reclaimed barn wood and reused nails); doing away with the dirty old carpet and decades-old couch unsuitable for human inhabitants; touching up the walls with spackle and eco-friendly paint; getting rid of the outdated TV and sound system (replaced with a large flatscreen, surround sound, and entertainment center with turntable); introducing some new houseplants transplanted from Brooklyn, and redecorating with already-owned items.

And here's where we are:

 Special thanks to worker bees Alec Gross, Mike Brown, Nils Horning, Tyler Howe, Dev Doobay, and Josh Babcock for reorganizing the intimidating array of books. Shout-outs to Tom and Beth Marturano for the floral couch; Mike and Lana Babcock for the armchair; Laura Caldwell for the lace curtains (Corinne Weiner for cutting and sewing them to fit); an assortment of wonderful people for the wall art and photographs; Alex Necochea for the Oriental rug; and Camp Tamarack for the "Scout is Reverent" sign.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.