Books add so much to life. They teach us, they transport us, and they inspire us. If you are lucky enough to have a library in your home it is no doubt one of your favorite retreats.
It seems my whole house is a library specializing in interior design (no surprise there), World War II novels and biographies, English murder mysteries, and business. You will find them in every room, scattered about, stacked in baskets, on tables, dressers, beds, and the floor.
Reading is truly the perfect year round activity and books are one of my favorite decorating tools. I would rather decorate with books than knick knacks. I like knowing the things I am surrounded with are more than just the newest accessory. Image Assouline Books via Magazine C.
As much as I adore books, reading is not the only activity that should take place in the library. Three o'clock tea. Evening cocktails. Les Dangerous Liaison. Slid that by you. Supper for two. Or four. Even a light breakfast tray if the library has enough natural light.
The room above was a tricky decorating job and it was pulled off beautifully. It is light filled, crisp, yet worn in. Often we think of libraries as dark and intimate but in truth, the lighter libraries are much more functional.
The bookcases above anchor this library cum workspace. The over sized white work table is a fine, modern day twist on the classic library table. The natural finishes and texture give the room its artsy intellectual vibe.
Above and below are some interesting accessories for various library decor. Lamps by Roost.