Larger Home Libraries (page 13)

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Living With Books; Dupuich

This room in a Berlin artist's apartment has a wall of bookshelves in a spare but curved, almost Art-Deco design.

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Classic Interior Design; Spencer-Churchill

This may look like an 18-century English country house library, but it is, in fact, a modern room, designed in neo-classical style. A beautiful room, full of fine leather bindings, ornately-carved bookcases and lovely furnishings.

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Classic Interior Design; Spencer-Churchill

This incredibly ornate library has a grand bookcase running the entire length of one long wall. It looks like there is a hidden bookcase door on the left end – very fun.

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House & Garden Book of Style; Browning

The library at Sparks House, the early-nineteenth-century residence of Harvard University's Divinity School head professor in Boston, Massachusetts. This is a very English-looking library, from the preponderance of classical busts – Caesar's head is irreverently topped with a Stetson hat – the rich furnishings in a mixture of historical styles, such as Persian rugs, Chinese vases and nineteenth-century furniture upholstered in jewel tones, and something I feel is essential to a library: a pedestal table upon which to place newly-arrived books. The gold leaf is a beautiful detail above the bookcases, illuminating an area that would be dimly-lit and focusing attention upon the objects placed there. The photos of the professor with visiting dignitaries adds a personal touch to a very warm and inviting space.

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Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

A very modern two-story library addition to the top of a 17th-century London town house, designed by architect Timothy Hatton. The continuous floating shelves that run the length of three of the sides of the space are made of white plaster. There is a sitting room at bottom and a study area above. The entire room is lit by three skylights in the roof, undershelf lighting on nearly all the shelves and the eerie glow of stair tread lighting. More coldly modern than my taste, but clearly a strikingly original and impressive library belonging to people who love books.

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Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

The "Small Gallery" (a hallway filled with books and art) in Elgkammer, a Swedish Palladian country house designed by Russian architect Giacomo Quarenghi. Very gilded and ornate, yet light in character.

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Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

This is the two-level library/living room in a 19th-century London house. There is space for reading upstairs on the mezzanine level, while the main area below serves as a living room. An ingenious use of a high-ceilinged attic space, and a very comfortable place to read and relax.

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Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

The library in a palazzo in Venice, Italy. The modern bookcase does not, curiously enough, detract from the fabulously ornate plasterwork and masterfully painted ceilings, perhaps because it is wisely placed off to the side, behind an arch off the main room. What an incredible space.

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homesoftherich.net

The two-story library at Palais Francais, a very large (17,500 square feet) and pretentiously-named house built in 2001 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Very beautiful wood paneling and bookcases, though, and the upper part of the library leads to a hidden billiards room that is hidden behind a bookcase.

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homesoftherich.net

The library in a 50,000 square-foot mega-mansion in Parker, Colorado. This library is large and has beautiful wood details, but doesn't appear to have much space for books (although the picture only shows one side of the room) – but there is a bar in case you get thirsty.

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