Friday Fun: Reading and Forgetting About the World

Everyone may be rushing to go outside and escape lockdown conditions, but there will always be some of us who don’t mind staying indoors and reading… especially in cosy reading nooks such as these.

I mean, you’re practically outdoors with this attick library, aren’t you? From Pinterest.
A more classical interpretation of the librar, but Il
A lamp, a ladder, a cushion for the back, this one is for a reading pro. From Design Swan.
From the cosy to the monumental – from Blender Artists.
I can only assume the bookshelves are somewhere close by, but this is a great seating arrangement for reading. From Architectural Digest.
Couldn’t resist this vintage little photo, which might very well be a representation of me reading back in the days when I cared less about my back.

Friday Fun: All the Bookshelf Joy in the World

What’s the point of having a house without bookshelves filled with books? Here are some of my recent favourites (by the way, I have to keep on deleting old pictures, to make sure that I have enough space on my WordPress site, so you may find some posts are missing pictures, although I am trying to delete those rogue empty posts).

Don’t let a few pesky windows put you off having bookshelves on those walls, from Tumblr.
Tall shelves always look good, from Architectural Digest.
Having a long, narrow room doesn’t mean you have to give up on a windowseat and bookshelves. from Houseawards.com.au
The longest desk in the world and a lot of lovely tall bookshelves, from Laya Decor.
Mountain chalet would suit me perfectly, from beautifullyseaside.com
These shelves are far too empty, but those chairs look comfy, and the reading light seems good too. All I need is a footstool… From delightfull.eu

Friday Fun: Who Has the Fairest Home Library of Them All?

Whenever I search property websites for houses for sale in my dream locations, I am nearly invariably disappointed by the lack of books in most people’s houses. I’m not just thinking empty shelves, as is the case in one of the examples below (where the owner has clearly moved out before marketing her property), but no shelves at all, almost as if books were a dirty concept that should be kept hidden from view. Fortunately, I’ve managed to find some examples that prove that books really do form the best kind of backdrop in your home. And not just on Zoom calls.

A cosy waiting room for guests or reading nook for those who don’t like house parties. From ArchitecturalDesigns.com
Another cosy reading corner, with footstool and lighting, just off the main library (one can but hope). From livemaster.ru
A home library fit for a palazzo – or a LavishLawyer.com
A small apartment need not spell the end of your bookish dreams, as this charming bedroom demonstrates. From domino.com
This room has arched windows surrounded by books on BOTH sides – and ladders! It doesn’t get much better or showier than this. From thenordroom.com
Finally, this is the one that I said featured empty shelves. It is Emilia Clarke’s house in LA, which she has put up for sale. I think I might have enough books to cover up all that space (and perhaps a few left over). From thenordroom.com

Friday Fun: Ingenious Bookish Solutions

If (like me) you lack the money to buy a chateau large enough to house your entire book collection, there are some clever solutions for smaller spaces which I’m sure will work out slightly cheaper. Besides, don’t your books deserve all the love and attention you can given them?

Pull-out shelves from Woodmaster Woodworks customised solutions turn your house into a proper library.
Bookshelves above and around doors are always a winner, from OneKingsLane.com
Don’t forget to utilise the space in the smallest room in the house, from Media Bookbub.
Room dividers are always a stylish solution, from Architectural Digest.
Stairs provide the perfect additional storage space for books, from casa.abril.com.br
The home office solution on the stairs, except if your children come trooping down them like elephants. From arkpad.com.br
Oh, and don’t forget to use your mezzanine floor… What do you mean, you don’t have one??? From roomyspace.com

Friday Fun: Home Libraries of the Rich and Famous

I don’t need a whale of a house (although I keep dreaming of chateaux where I can make all of my friends welcome when times get kinder and allow us to travel freely once more). I could live quite modestly. But I would spare no expense (if I had the money) in setting up a fantastic home library. So who can blame these people for their extravagant interiors?

Bette Middler has this quite feminine library (with ladder!), as featured in Architectural Digest.
Unsurprisingly, the male founder and owner of magazine Vice has a more masculine home library, from WSJ.com
Not quite sure who is the owner of this home study/library, but it’s in Brooklyn, so the field is wide open. From Ultralinx.com
This looks darker and gloomier, monochromatic – except for that luscious green landscape. From Elle Decor.
Meanwhile, this Paris-based home library has light just flooding in. From Imgur.com
More realistic dimensions in this Sao Paolo apartment, from casa.com.br
Don’t forget the one indispensable item in a home library. Repeat after me: the ladder! (At least while my creaking bones and joints can cope with one.) From jessicagordonryan.com

Friday Fun: Library Lockdown

I wouldn’t mind getting locked down in any of these home libraries. Of course, some of them are fictional, but no need to limit yourselves to reality!

Under the eaves yet not dark at all, from deavita.fr
Another attic library, with a more realistic cluttered look, from mediabookbub.com
If you’ve seen the film Knives Out, I’m sure your pulses raced faster at the thought of having a study/library like this.
Another fictional library, from the TV series Gotham, as shown in Architectural Digest.
Slightly more rustic, but still incredibly inviting, from zillow. com
And if you have a few bob to spare, Bilotta.com creates custom-made libraries, wine-cellars, walk-in wardrobes and the like.

Friday Fun: Library Links

I have been busy deleting many of the pictures on the WordPress site, as I don’t want to go over my storage limit. Sadly, that means that the Friday Fun sessions have suffered. I will not be creating any new posts for the time being, but, to be honest, there are probably more than enough old ones to keep everyone happy.

This week, I would like to take a trip down memory lane with some of the best home library pictures I unearthed. From light and airy to the cosiest dark holes…

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/friday-fun-airy-and-light-home-libraries/

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/friday-fun-dark-and-cosy-home-libraries/

From the plain to the more ambitious

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/friday-fun-plain-old-home-libraries/

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/friday-fun-home-libraries-to-aspire-to/

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/friday-fun-time-for-some-more-home-libraries/

Meanwhile, I’d better clear out my far more modest (and unbearably cluttered) study to try and turn it into a temporary guest room.

Friday Fun: My Personal Interior Designer

I’ve shown his work in previous Friday Fun posts (see last week’s libraries for example), but let us take a moment to fully appreciate Luis Bustamente, Spanish interior designer of international renown. He started out as a sculptor and painter, and this shows in his quite grandiose interior schemes with large pieces of art. However, the reason I love him is that in nearly every one of his projects, he includes a library or at the very least some bookshelves. Let’s hope the owners of the properties appreciate this as much as he does. So, if I ever become fabulously wealthy, he’ll be the one designing my house, complete with at least one or two or three home libraries. All of the pictures below are taken from his website.

No windows? No problem with this hidden library that has doors leading in from multiple sides and mirrors to enhance the light.
For those who cannot conceive of a library without a mezzanine floor…
Clever use of skylights and a light colour scheme to make the most of another windowless room.
The best wall divider one can have: bookshelves.
He managed to squeeze in bookcases even in a Swiss chalet in Gstaad. Well, I’d certainly want some books for apres-ski, wouldn’t you?
Even in corporate projects, Bustamente manages to sneak in bookshelves. This is for the London Embassy Gardens luxury apartments in Nine Elms.

Friday Fun: Cosy Bookishness

As we start to retreat into our cocoons, here are some rooms where all our bookish goodness (and greed) can come to the fore.

Backlighting and ladders – what’s not to look about this? From theurbaninterior.co
Perfect reading nook, although I still prefer the Brasilia chaise. From homedit.com
More of a lived-in look, from vintagenook.com
For those of us who have high ceilings, from Pinterest.
Even if you have long, narrow rooms, you can still create a welcoming library. From kwnyc.com
I could be so organised if only I had those millions of little drawers, from Pinterest.
All that’s missing is the whisky, from the Mayflower Inn.
Perfect for book clubs, from Pinterest.

Friday Fun: Beautiful Misc

I love the word ‘miscellaneous’ and I love what it represents, so here is a beautiful mix of interior design elements that I hope will inspire you as much as they did me!

Impeccably organised living room, for music and book lovers. From Tumblr.
Chateau Dazaye-Rideau on the Loire Valley, from Jarrod Castaing.
Abandoned villa in Thessaloniki, Greece, from V Light Photography
Pure escapism on Laucala Island Resort, from deluxe-escapes.com
Missed opportunity to turn that window seat into a reading nook and far too much space on the shelves, but yes, a nice home library. From Rose Pingouin.
And, to end on a squeee note, a spotted piglet. From AnimalRights.com