Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A winter's day refuge: the home library

As the days get colder and gloomier, we naturally spend more time inside. Sometimes a rainy or snowy day is just the excuse you need to cozy up and spend the day with a new or well-loved book.

via House of Fifty

That's one comfy looking loveseat. I'm sure I could read there all afternoon.

via Little Green Notebook

Talk about book storage!

via Loft Life Mag

If I ever have the space, creating a little reading nook like this will be a top priority!

via Maree Homer

via Marie Claire Maison

Check out how they've even extended the bookcase on the sides. Definitely making the best use of space here.

via Poppytalk Handmade on Pinterest

via Apartment Therapy

I've been reading a lot lately that if you have "ugly" books, to cover them in plain white paper to create a nicer looking shelf. I don't know how I feel about this. Something about it to me seems too forced, but I've never seen it in person. Has anyone tried this?

via Ballard


via Sweet Home Style

Squeeze the most out of an otherwise unusable wall space by running low shelf units along the bottom.

via Sweet Home Style

Do you have a dedicated home library, are your books spread out throughout the house, or have you carved out a space for books in another room?


Linsi said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one still obsessed with color-coordinated libraries. I love the bright rainbow of books on a white self, and would especially love to curl up in one today!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I love saving all my books and displaying them. We just moved last weekend and my husband asked me yesterday why there are so many boxes labelled books! I agree that the paper wrapped books looks a bit too contrived. One or two thrown into the mix is perfect but not all of them.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love the bookcase extension and how it shows the magazine covers -great display idea. I love covers (magazines and books).

Razmataz said...

I would never cover a book just to make them fit with my room. Too trendy and far too precious. Books have so much character as they are. How bad can a book spine be? They look wonderful in all the displays you have shown. Wrapping them in paper is a waste of time and paper...I say let their inherent personality shine through...

I don;t have a library area, but in our Florida house there is a space that is begging for book shelves.

Summers Cottage said...

I'm not loving the wrapped books or turning the books around so you just see the white pages. I like my rooms to be comfortable, stylish, and appealing, but tricks like this just seem to create rooms that are pretty to look at but have no soul. They say nothing about the occupant's interests other than they live in a showroom.

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I love home libraries so much that when we were house hunting last year, one of the things that was a must have was a first floor room to use as a library. We have a ton of books. That project has been put on the back burner while we do other things but I am very anxious to have it done.


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