Your Life as a Bento Box, Part 1

7 Jul

The Bento fruit salad: both an art and a timeless pursuit

I have a friend (who also created the layered pillars of fruit pictured above) who I may or may not have accused of having a life like a bento box.  What I mean to say by that is – uniformly portioned; aesthetically pleasing; and segregated by color! I don’t mean colors found on people duh, more like on blouses and foods!

And though I’m not always the most orderly person, sometimes there’s harmony in a system… Case in point, my own latest foray into the Bento Box lifestyle.

Rows: red, thru violet

Recently, I found myself in the unique position of having: (one) freshly moved-away boyfriend and (one) awesome New-to-Me bookshelf that got left behind during the moving process. Not exactly tit for tat.

But to make the whole installation and shifting of stuff more exciting, my art-oriented sister decided to color organize my books.  She had a burning desire for rainbow book that was, so burning, it could only be quenched by rainbow book! rainbow book!

rainbow book!

So she color arranged (almost) my entire collection, and added a shoe, and it looks great!  A veritable reading rainbow.  Sometimes, a little aesthetic appeal goes a long way towards making things feel special :]

other fun ways to arrange your books (other than by subject) –

  • stack them on their sides to make pyramids/geometric shapes
  • use sparkly shoes or other decorative objects to act as bookends
  • rig a lazy susan or other rotating device to hold your books

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  • utilize open space!  especially if you have tall books and narrow shelves
  • if you’re a monochromatic control freak, cover all of your books in matching scrapbook paper!
Organization is more than kind of a sport, I’m coming to realize.
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photo credit 2,3 personal
photo credit 4 here


10 Responses to “Your Life as a Bento Box, Part 1”

  1. Mikaela July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I love it!!! Your bookcase looks AMAZING. (And seeing my fruit bowls being posted here is an honor, and a privilege.)

    • elohorn July 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

      you’re so talented w. layers, c rob!

  2. Punctuation Mark July 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    the bookcase looks fantastic… i love those round ones… they’re so retro!

    • elohorn July 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

      thank you!!
      aren’t the white ones great? more nooks & crannies than an english muffin!

  3. Sarah S @RunningOnWords July 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Wow, I have tried to organize my bookshelves about 8 million times and they NEVER look that good!

    • elohorn July 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

      oh, I’m equally incapable but my older sister is really into color & design, so she took over

      my contribution consisted of handing her different books and saying, “what do you think, yellow or green?”

  4. jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet} July 8, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    Ha! I love that shoe in the middle of the bookcase. It really glams it up. And that rainbow setup is too cute!

    • elohorn July 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

      thanks! shoe art is happening in a big way for me

  5. Mikaela July 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Haha I just came across this site and it reminded me of this post!

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