Saturday, October 22, 2011

Let’s Talk Christmas

No! Let’s don’t talk Christmas. Okay, just a teeny bit.

I was zipping around the Internet and came across Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book – their fabulous, you-can-only-afford-if-you’re-super-rich list of Christmas gifts. To be fair, some of the items on the list of 600 ideas are under $250, but not the “book” related gift that I thought I’d tell you about.

For a mere $125,000, Publishing house Assouline will custom build you a library filled with 250 of their books.
Eduard de Lange, vice president of sales and distribution for New York-based Assouline, says the company will create the library anywhere a customer choses: "It could be in a mansion. It could be on a boat, on an airplane," he said.
Can they build it in my office closet, which currently serves as my “library”?

22 comments:

  1. No problem. They'll knock out your closet walls, create mounds of dust, lots of noise, and take over your garden. ;)

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  2. If I had $125,000, I could probably get just about anyone to build me a library.

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  3. Hi Helen .. love Laura and Bermuda Onion's comments .. me too - if I had $125,000 I'd be sunning myself! But I'd love a house big enough to house that library .. that would do me to start with ..

    Not Christmas yet but better start saving .. cheers for now - Hilary

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  4. I want it as a thousand square foot addition to my house. Two stories. One side all glass. And they can come back twice a month to clean and dust it for me as well.

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  5. I can think of so many things to do with that money and then I'll get my books out of the county library.

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  6. That's funny. I wouldn't want one publisher building my library, but I once visited someone's $3M mansion and learned they'd bought the whole house furnished with everything from books to wine closet. I always wondered if they ever read any of those books.

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  7. I'd love a room dedicated to being a library, but I wouldn't do it this way and I don't think I'd spend $125,000 for it. Unless I had so much money I didn't know what to do with it.
    Karen

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  8. I could build quite a nice (!) little library for that. I guess it would be worth about the same as the rest of the house... :)

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  9. I love my books, but I'm with Susan above.

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  10. I'd be glad to turn your closet into a library, and I'll only charge you $75,000 to do it. Heh.

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  11. They're suggesting that one has books in a single dedicated room of the house? How strange - I thought the idea was to have them in every room: on floors, tables, benches, shelves and stashed away in cupboards when there's nowhere else left. One lives and learns ... I'd love to see the finished product though, it'd have to be rather spiffy for that price. Sue

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  12. I'd like to see the finished library, too. I would like to have a library, but for now, books are all over the house, shelved and stacked in the closet, and now - in my iPad.

    Sorry, I'm so late in visiting. Today is the start of the Texas Book Festival and I was up at 4:30 to start setting up the Author Escort tent. Looong day.

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  13. Christmas! In October! Sometimes I wonder why the shopping malls even take down their xmas goodies - they seem top put them up earlier each year. Here our shops have already had Xmas goodies up for a few weeks. No wonder by the time Christmas comes I've lost all that sense of wonder & excitement I used to have as a child (my sister says I'm just a Grumpy Grinch at Christmas!)

    Judy, South Africa

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  14. And exactly how big is your closet? ;-)

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  15. Being a builder myself, If I had $125K and wanted a snazzy library, I'd build one myself and line it with all the books I want, lol.

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  16. And that's a publisher who's doing well in these tough times, lol!

    $125K? I'm with Alex. An addition. I already have the plans in hand. Yeah, I have a set of double french doors and a wall of windows.

    I wonder if they'll do the deck that goes with those french doors?

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

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  17. Lawdy, you could have a pretty nice house for $125K.

    My book closet is pretty small, but the shelves are floor to ceiling and double and triple stacked with books. Plus there's always the floor books. I seriously need to donate books. I'd like to keep the autographed ones, but some of those may have to go.

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  18. They'll build it anywhere, eh? How about the moon? If they could do that, I could come up with the $125K ... odds would be about the same.

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  19. Christopher, I bet $125K is enough for them to put straps on all the shelves so the books wouldn't float off into space. I hope so, anyway. We've got enough flotsam barreling back down to earth.

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  20. Why so expensive? I can have everything in my elibrary at a fraction of the price.

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  21. And I thought my new kitchen was a bit on the expensive side. :)

    I would love the space for a huge library but most of the fun would come from choosing all the books. And these days, my books are on my iPad anyway.

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  22. I agree with Sue. I thought books were supposed to be all over the house in misc. bookcases here and there and everywhere. Guess I missed getting the library thing. With that amount of money, I'd do something else. And only 250 books? Hopefully they are leather cased with gold binding!

    Thanks for sharing this, Helen!

    Monti
    http://marymontaguesikes.blogspot.com

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