Modest Home Libraries (page 8)

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Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor; Russell

The library at the French country house of an art and antiques dealer. The bookshelves are constructed of natural pine, but antique 18th-century mahogany pilasters richly adorn the front. Antique tiles decorate the space above and a combination of modern and antique furnishings make the room a comfortable place read and relax.

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Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Décor; Russell

The library in the entryway of a Hollywood Hill house. The bookcases, running nearly to the high ceiling, are painted white with red-painted walls behind to add color to the space. A small pedestal table and pair of arm chairs provide a place for browsing and stacking new purchases. A well-designed space.

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The library at Villa Vistorta in the Veneto region of Italy. I debated whether this library should be categorized as "modest" or "larger," since the room is such a large one with two dramatic levels, yet the actual number of bookcases fills only one wall, making it in essence a modest library housed in a larger space. This is truly a handsome room, with beautiful woodwork all around, from the wall paneling to the stairs and balcony railings to the bookcases themselves, all painted in Biedermeier-style trompe l'oeil. And the furnishings are rich and comfortable, lending themselves to long hours of reading, or equally, to socializing in comfort and style. A thoroughly beautiful jewel box of a room.

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1074
Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

The library in a Georgian-style house in Wales. It looks as though the room has been furnished in this way for generations, with the traditonal antique Persian carpets, tables and freestanding bookcases filled with old spines, but it actually belongs to new owners of the house. I like the stuffed birds atop the bookcases – they have a suitably Victorian look about them. A very nice room.

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1075
Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

The library /sitting room in a Paris designer's apartment. I like how the white-painted, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves completely surround the doors to the room, as well as flank the fireplace, with matching moldings. The floors are salvaged lumber and have an interesting look about them, but I think the space would feel warmer with an area carpet of some sort, perhaps a luxuriously plush shag rug.

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1076
Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

A green-painted built-in bookcase with fluted pediments, in an English country house style house. This might be on a stair landing or perhaps under one, a good use of transitional space for storing books. Nice interspersing of miscellaneous objects and art with the books.

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1077
Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

A beautiful case of old, leather-bound books, as only a library in Tuscany could look.

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1078
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A library in a townhouse in Brussels, Belgium. Beautiful dark wood, floor-to-very-high-ceiling bookcases with closed cabinets below cover one wall, and the library ladder is clearly necessary in this room. Small light fixtures are attached to the uprights of the bookcase, providing illumination to what could have been dark spaces. The furnishings are very comfortable and stylish. A good library space.

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Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

A well-combined library and dining room, perhaps on a sunroom. White-painted floor-to-ceiling bookshelves also provide a small ledge upon which to display objects and the long table can double as a library table when a research space is needed. A lovely place to entertain and read.

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elledecor.com

"In a Manhattan library decorated by Sheila Bridges, a circa-1840 Irish writing table stands on a rug the couple purchased in Budapest; the George III mahogany side chair between the windows is from Cove Landing." (June 2011) I love the red carpets and beautiful wood of the bookcases.

 

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