Friday Fun: Abandoned Interiors

Not quite sure if the pictures below fit in with anyone’s definition of fun. They make me quite sad, as I look at the remnants of past glory and how once stately, cosy interiors have been left to rot. Like animals in a shelter, I’d love to give them all a second chance if I could. What made people abandon them in such a hurry that they left all the furnishings behind?

Also, I think just one room could fit in all of my family and belongings.

Victorian ghost house, makes me think of The Lady in Black. From Abduzeedo.com
Belgian chateau – the parental suite, by Dan Marbaix at Caters News.
Another Victorian splendour, from eistplus.com
Abandoned hotel in the US, from CNN.com
This is the saddest of all for a booklover: abandoned library, photo by James Charlick.
Abandoned manor house in France complete with grand piano, from urbanghostsmedia.com
Grand staircase, from Pinterest.
Abandoned mansion in Taipei, from Pinterest.

 

 

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Friday Fun: Bookshelves and Libraries

It’s that cosy time of the year when you want to snuggle down in an armchair with lots of books close at hand. Here are some home libraries for you to choose from. Have fun with your reading!

The classical club room. From BooksCatsCoffee on Tumblr.
The classical club room. From BooksCatsCoffee on Tumblr.
If you have no dedicated library room, maybe a staircase will do? From Buddingbibliophiles.com.
If you have no dedicated library room, maybe a staircase will do? From Buddingbibliophiles.com.
Author and speaker Cara Brookins' personal library, from LibrarySlide.com
Author and speaker Cara Brookins’ personal library, from LibrarySlide.com
Anglo-Scandinavian influences in this bright, airy room, from Decoist.com
Anglo-Scandinavian influences in this bright, airy room, from Decoist.com
A gallery is always a bonus, from mediabookbub.com
A gallery is always a bonus, from mediabookbub.com

Friday Fun: Let in the Light!

One of the downsides of winter above the 45th latitude North is that it gets dark so quickly! Plus all the fog and cloud which render the sun invisible for days on end. So here are some houses designed to let in as much light as possible.

Vintage-inspired room, from freshome.com
Vintage-inspired room, from freshome.com
House in Perth, Australia, from Decoist.com
House in Perth, Australia, from Decoist.com
Jason Bateman interior, from Mydomaine.com
Jason Bateman interior, from Mydomaine.com
Living room with amazing view, from homedit.com
Living room with amazing view, from homedit.com
Vaulted ceiling and skylights, as well as picture windows, from homedit.com
Vaulted ceiling and skylights, as well as picture windows, from homedit.com
Humble San Francisco kitchen-diner, from Architectural Digest.
Humble San Francisco kitchen-diner, from Architectural Digest.
Converted skijump studio, from AirBnB.com
Converted ski jump studio in Norway, from AirBnB.com

I am tempted to go and stay in this last one… See you in Oslo!

Friday Fun: Libraries

From the smallest to the most generous spaces… there’s always room for a few more books!

Corridor Library, Dezeen Magazine.
Corridor Library, Dezeen Magazine.
Home library, Elle Decor.
Home library, Elle Decor.

(If you want to wrap up all your books in white covers for a streamlined look…)

Karl Lagerfeld's Paris library, Decoista.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris library, Decoista.
Book Mountain Library, Spijkenisse, The Netherlands.  Photo: Jeroen Musch.
Book Mountain Library, Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. Photo: Jeroen Musch.

Reading Nooks for the Weekend

This weekend will be a busy housekeeping/family affairs one. But I can always dream, can’t I, of escaping to reading nooks like the ones below…

From Buzzfeed
From Buzzfeed
Alittleshelfofheaven.blogspot.fr
Alittleshelfofheaven.blogspot.fr
From houzz.com
From houzz.com
Freshome.com
Freshome.com

But the best escape would be this hammock at the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos…

sangiorgio-mykonos.com
sangiorgio-mykonos.com

‘Tis the Season to be Cosy

A smoggy, sunless day today.

So indulge me… Allow me to curl up in a well-travelled vintage room, with lots of books, armchairs, plaid blankets and plenty of cushions. An open fire and a mulled wine would be optional, but deliciously thoughtful.

www.domainehome.com
http://www.domainehome.com
www.freshome.com
http://www.freshome.com
www.freshome.com
http://www.freshome.com

A cosy bedroom would not come amiss, even if it were designed with teenagers in mind…

www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com

But, for the ultimate retreat, while there is still snow in the mountains, I would like to hide up in this Swiss eco-pod hut in Flims and do nothing but read and write.

www.inhabitat.com
http://www.inhabitat.com

Dreaming of Bookshelves and Writing Desks

 

 

Where has all my text gone to?  I posted this yesterday with a little blurb about how I cannot resist a good bookshelf, wherever it might be in the house.  And how my husband keeps sighing and pointing out the progress of technology in the form of e-readers.  But this morning the text disappeared! Ah well, what use are words when the images speak for themselves?

http://www.thekitchn.com/in-good-company-dining-among-books-170014
http://www.houzz.com

Working lavishly:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/writersrooms – Marina Warner
http://www.Decoist.com
http://www.home-designing.com

In the in-between spaces:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com

But where do we get most of the reading done? In the bedroom!

http://www.home-designing.com