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…

From the plain to the more ambitious

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
Perfect reading nook, although I still prefer the Brasilia chaise. From
More of a lived-in look, from
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
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
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

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

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

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

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

The modest country house retreat, from

Proving once again that minimalism is a luxury, from

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

Friday Fun: Designer Libraries

I prefer the lived-in look in a library, with a few higgledy-piggledy piles of books which give me an insight into the owner’s current preoccupations. But of course there are people who get interior designers to create libraries for them. Some of them do look quite tempting, but I doubt any designer would put up with my excessive expectations of indulging the books.

Loft library, from Bloglovin’.

Another loft library and home, from I think they could have fitted in a lot more bookshelves.

Corridor library – a good use of otherwise wasted space, from

Library in Milan which seeks to emulate that ‘lived-in’ look, from NY Times. Also, lots of pictures.

Home library designed by Patrica Martino. Bonus points for ladder.

Library from Sarah B. Spongberg Interiors. Minus points for unused spaces.

Calling forth the spirit of hygge, from T Magazine in NY Times.

Friday Fun: Airy and Light Home Libraries

We’ve thrilled and trilled at the attractions of a dark, comforting home library, but there are many lighter, airy-fairyer ones which are just as beautiful.

Who doesn’t want a double-height room to fill with books? From Architecture Art Designs.

The perfect combination of cosiness and light, from

Fireplace? Check! Comfy armchair? Check? Lots of wood? Check? But the huge window, transparent landing and minimal curtains make all the difference in this play on a gentleman’s library. From Architecture Art Designs.

White feels a little too stark with books, but it certainly makes it all look clean and tidy. From Decoist.

The perfect living/dining room needs a lot of room for books. After all, they make an excellent topic for conversation. From

A nice compromise between darker libraries and an airy feel – plus, bonus points for the curving staircase. Plenty of room for us to move in with our books, don’t you think?

Can anybody spot what is lacking in most of our homes to allow us to reproduce such magnificence? That’s right: double height ceilings.


Friday Fun: Dark and Cosy Home Libraries

High ceilings, large windows, light and airy rooms with a minimalist feel and minimum fuss and clutter are my favourites… in theory. When it comes to home libraries, however, I have a marked preference for the dark and sombre – much like my reading.

Double height gloom, of course, from

Grey and aubergine are wonderfully calming, from Home Libraries Design Ideas website.

Ellison Bay Manor home library, from The Daily Mail. Bit empty on the top floor!

Dark blue is wonderfully soothing, from House Beautiful.

Large windows do nothing to lighten this ‘gentlemen’s room’, as it say on the website Next Luxury.

The classic Victorian style never goes out of fashion, from She Knows website.

This Toronto home keeps it interesting with windows of all shapes and sizes, from Pinterest. Plus, a curved staircase never comes amiss.


Friday Fun: Libraries Big Enough for Stairs

There is something aspirational (and yet something that feels so right and natural) about staircases in libraries. Why would you ever not have a spiral staircase or a ladder if you have a large home library?

Ah, maybe because the ceilings are too low? In the house in England, where my younger son’s bunk bed might be too tall to fit, I think I can safely reach even the highest shelf without a stepladder.

House on the Rock, Wisconsin. From its website.
House on the Rock, Wisconsin. From its website.

The Oresman Library.
The Oresman Library.

Sobre spiral in metal, from Pinterest.
Sobre spiral in metal, from Pinterest.

OK, this is a professional bookstore in Mexico, but how inspirational is this? From CNN website.
OK, this is a professional bookstore in Mexico, but how inspirational is this? From CNN website.

Just one simple wall... from
Just one simple wall… from

A mezzanine without books is a bit of a waste... From
A mezzanine without books is a bit of a waste… From

For the modernists, from
For the modernists, from

For the classicists, from
For the classicists, from

From the outside, looking in... From
From the outside, looking in… From