Larger Home Libraries (page 8)


This traditional dark wood-paneled library is a room in the Winthrop Estate, a house built in Massachusetts in 1875 as a summer home for Henri Braem, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. It is still privately owned, but is available for events.



This is an obviously-modern version of a traditional wood-paneled library. It contains the requisite dark wood bookcases and paneling, a nice fireplace, beamed ceiling and comfortable furniture. But it would look better with hardwood floors and oriental carpets, in my opinion. The bland, cream-colored wall-to-wall carpeting gives it away as a new (if custom, upper-end) "spec home."



This larger library is located in a Spanish Colonial-style Castle built in 1926 above Lake Hollywood. The Spanish-tile floored library is a long, relatively narrow room and contains room for several thousand books, as well as just enough space width-wise for seating and a reading table.



This is a truly beautiful library. The wood bookcases and paneling are exceptionally rich and warm in color, the chandelier is magnificent, the ancestor portrait lends a sense of history to the room and the furnishings, mostly in reds and browns, add comfort to the mix. Very nice.



A traditional wood-paneled library with bookcases on at least two walls, a lovely fireplace and two very comfortable-looking club chairs drawn up to the fireside.



The library in the Grey Craig Estate in Rhode Island, built in 1924 and now owned (and for sale) by actor Nicholas Cage. This magnificent barrel-vaulted room with beautiful wood bookcases on opposite walls and an impressive fireplace appears to currently be set up as a conference room with a large table occupying most of the floor space.



This library in a 12,000-square-foot Los Angeles mansion also doubles as a home-based drinking establishment. In addition to the usual wood paneling, bookcases and comfortable seating, there is a beautiful wood-paneled wet bar with bar stools to draw up. Everyone knows that relaxing in a wood-paneled library with a warming scotch is one of life's best pleasures.



This is a very ornately-fitted library in a $14 million, 18,000-square-foot, French-style chateau – in New Jersey. The room has handsome mahogany paneling and bookcases, parquet floors, and well-embellished fireplace, chandelier and mirror. Fancy.



This impressive, two-story library with spiral staircase is in a $27,000 million, 44,000-square-foot mansion in Quebec, Ontario. It features warm wood paneling and bookcases, a cozy fireplace, and a library ladder, among other traditional library amenities. Wow – that's what a library should look like.



The library in this $20 million Montecito, CA house has more paneling than bookcases, and the windows take up too much room that could be devoted to shelving, in my opinion. But it is clearly a large library room with a large fireplace and comfortable seating.

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