Modest Home Libraries (page 7)

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Library Design (teNeues)

A beautiful home library and office, probably in Germany. Bookcases constructed of light-colored wood and glass-fronted doors, a handsome desk and chair, a pair of reading lamps and ample natural light make this an ideal room for reading.

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1062
House Beautiful: Decorating with Books; Hueston

The charming niches and central table in the entrance hall of this 1920s-era house serve as resting places for a modest number of books – likely the owner has more substantial book storage elsewhere in the house. The books, framed antique portraits and elegantly-draped hall table make this a welcoming foyer (I love books to greet me when I visit a house).

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1063
House Beautiful: Decorating with Books; Hueston

A sophisticated library and seating area with a touch of exotic Asian furnishings in warm reds and oranges make this an inviting space. The bookcases with red-painted backs frame a built-in settee (love that fringe) and a low coffee table provides space for displaying handsome volumes both on top and below. Plus a bar cart at right – what else could one ask for?

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1064
Classic Interior Design; Spencer-Churchill

This modern library has been decorated in an 18th-century style, with many nods to classicism. A very handsome room, filled with gilt and leather books and fine furnishings.

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1065
Classic Interior Design; Spencer-Churchill

This Victorian-style library is cozy and inviting, with rich wood bookcases and paneling, jewel-toned, comfortable furnishings and a fireplace to make a warm spot for curling up with a good book.

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1066
Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor; Russell

An exotic-looking parlor/library in Paris' Left Bank. The walls and ceiling are covered with a hand-blocked fabric, lending a Bedouin tent-like air (the room belongs to a textile designer). The bookcases and cabinetry are painted in a lipstick-red lacquer, with upholstery to match and an ornate English Regency mirror hangs above the fireplace. My favorite part of this room is the camel side table. Very cool.

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1067
Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor; Russell

A penthouse library in a Gramercy Park duplex in New York City. An eclectic mix of furnishings including built-in wall-to-wall bookcases designed and built by the photographer-owner in an original design – note the undulating upright shelf supports. The furniture is vintage 20th century and there are some Moroccan touches such as the side table, the pair of un-upholstered chairs and the lanterns hanging in the skylight. A rolling ladder allows access to higher shelves. A nice combination of modern and antiques.

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1068
Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor; Russell

A corner of the East Hampton retreat of interior decorator Charlotte Moss. A rolling ladder accesses the higher parts of the white-painted and molding-crowned shelves. The brown volume sets are bound interior design magazines – a useful way to corral large magazine collections.

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1069
Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor; Russell

The dining room/library of fashion designer Ralph Rucci's Manhattan apartment. Very tall leather and bronze etageres hold his book collection, largely oversized art and fashion books stacked horizontally nearly to the ceiling. Interesting furniture and statuary, including 19th-century scholars' chairs, a bonze tree table and a 6th-century Chinese torso fragment.

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Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor; Russell

The library in the Manhattan apartment of designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Blond wood floating shelves encircle at least the three sides of the space that we can see in the photo, running above the door and one left mostly empty provides a waist-level counter for display of objects. Furnishings are limited to a simple table and a decorative Ara chair inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Rennie Macintosh. A well-functioning research room.

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