Modest Home Libraries (page 9)


"Art dealer Brent Sikkema's New York library has oak bookshelves tinted black and the floors are bleached oak." (February 2011) A very clean, modern look.



"In (this) study, vintage armchairs and a custom-made desk." (January 2008) A nice study with traditional dark-painted bookcases and cabinets combined with modernistic furniture.



"In the library of a New York City apartment, a 19th-century clock from Charlotte Moss and a Charles H. Beckley sofa. A vintage Chinese cabinet, an antique wicker chair, and gilt steps from Mecox Gardens in the library of decorator Alex Papachristidis’s Manhattan apartment; the wall covering is by Clarence House." (November 2007) There is something arresting about the very graphic, red and white Chinese-style wallpaper, set off by white-painted bookcases. The furnishings are appealingly exotic and those library steps are absolutely beautiful.



"An 18th-century wing chair stands in the library of Mari Ann and Michael Maher’s house in Llewellyn Park, New Jersey. The reproduction Etruscan vessels atop the bookcases are by John Rosselli, and the walls are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Sierra Spruce." (July 2007) A lovely library corner with traditional English country-style furnishings and a tempting bar side table amidst a good collection of books.



"Antique club chairs upholstered in a vintage paisley, a 1930s Carl Malmsten cocktail table, and a 1960s Italian brass torchière in the library of a California home decorated by Madeline Stuart." (January 2007) I usually don't think blue is a good color for libraries, but this isn't too bad. The warm tones in the rug work well to warm it up.



"A pair of Hans Wegner’s Papa Bear chairs flank a circa-1938 Mogens Koch desk in the library of a Manhattan townhouse decorated by Lee Mindel." (December 2006) Gorgeously ornamented bookcases with all the moldings and trimmings, plus those lovely herringbone floors. Very chic.



"Kerry Joyce designed the library’s overmantel mirror, cocktail table, and leather chairs, and paneled the walls in mahogany trimmed in 23-karat gold." (July 2006) Although curved bookcases are not best-suited to storing books, there is something about a round library, particularly when it is wood-paneled, that is immensely appealing. Perhaps it is the usualness of it, perhaps merely the realization that the extra labor and trouble needed to curve all that wood make it more expensive. Whatever the reason, round libraries are fascinating.



"In the library of a Connecticut home, the artwork includes a mid-19th-century pastel by P. L. Brevete." (June 2006) Again, blue is not my favorite library color, but the bookcase arrangement, furniture, and particularly the carpet are all quite nice.



"Anglo-Indian ebony-and-cane chairs are paired with a Renaissance walnut library table in the study of a documentary filmmaker’s London apartment, which was decorated by Matthew Patrick Smyth; a late-18th-century gilded lintel crowns the bookshelf." (December 2005) Very, very tall bookcases accompanied by a just a few objects of extraordinary quality. A beautiful space.



"In the library of a California home, the Chelsea wing chairs, upholstered in a Chelsea Editions fabric, and Bobbin table are by Martynus-Tripp, designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard’s firm; the ottoman is upholstered in Ralph Lauren Home’s Perkins floral fabric." (February 2005) Well-constructed bookcases, painted white and simple, light-colored furnishings make this a good California-style library.