Friday Fun: Home Libraries Galore!

Brrr! Not the kind of day to venture out in the cold, so I’m building a book fort in one of these magnificent home libraries.

Home library in the Bahamas, from Architectural Digest.
Now that’s what I call a church conversion! From rightmove.co.uk
Please ignore the books turned the wrong way round! From homedit.com
Awkward space between floors? No problem with this small study/library in San Francisco, from ba-bamail.com
For the architecturally ambitious, this Salvador Dali inspired villa in the Netherlands does a nice line in bookshelving. From Onekindesign.com
Double-height still all the rage in this Monte Carlo library, photo credit Andrew Tort, Architectural Digest.
Fresh as a button, this Hong Kong library, photo credit Simon Upton for Architectural Digest.
Not really a home library, but I couldn’t resist the Batthyaneum Library in Alba Iulia, Romania, from adevarul.ro

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

Friday Fun: Places for Reading and Relaxing

You might be tempted to read outdoors in this weather, but whether you are afraid of overheating, or don’t want to be come a target for insects, here are some alternatives to reading in the garden.

Everything close to hand with super-comfortable seating. From Decoist.

 

 

For the more dreamy amongst you, an indoor hammock is a solution. From Remodelista.

Window seats are always popular, especially with such generous windows. From My Domaine.

The reading nook in the well-stocked library is always a refuge. From Tumblr.

Another home library with comfortable seating, from Pinterest.

Messy but atmospheric, this chateau library from Pinterest.

And if you really can’t stay away from the beautiful outdoors, here is a veranda reading nook, from housely.com

Friday Fun: Dreamy Spaces for Escapologists

Well, we all know where people who have an impregnably clear conscience go, don’t we? Even after they mess up an entire country? To a shepherd’s hut in the back garden, of course.

Not David Cameron’s hut but very similar, to be found at Melody Farm in Cornwall.

Here are some alternative places to hide from public scrutiny. All come with a beautiful view, if you feel like scanning the horizon. Nothing to disturb your peace of mind or make you think of the people you left behind. Very photogenic, too, for when you hire photographers to take pictures of you signing your resignation letters.

The Scholars’ Library in the Forest, designed by Gluck, from Designboom.

This rooftop study gives ivory towers a run for their money. From 6sqft.com

Endless space to create or pace around. From Ancram, NY.

Sail away, sail away, sail away… From Decoist.

The modest country house retreat, from Homedit.com

Proving once again that minimalism is a luxury, from Itchban.com

Another place on your isolated island, where no one will ever reach you. From Youtube.

Friday Fun: Home Libraries at Long Last

I’ve been neglecting the first and abiding love of my life: pictures of home libraries. It has been quite a while since I featured any, mostly because most of the interesting pictures on the internet have already been used up on this blog. So hurry up, folks, furnish some more gorgeous libraries in your houses!

Library designed by Evein Galls.

The dark clubhouse style, from Freshome.com

The extremely rustic yet still cosy, from Cottage Life.

The awkwardly shaped one with a staircase, from Elle Decor.

Small but perfectly formed reading nook, from Pete Ginkey.

For the more palatially minded, from Empatika.com

This one comes with a how-to guide for those who own mansions, from Mansion Global.