Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Home Libraries and Decor for the Bibliophile

I am a total Bibliophile and no matter how many book
cases you give me, I can fill it up. I'm dedicating this
post to the home library. I absolutely adore the library
above. The curtain gives a nice pop of color and you
can draw the curtain if you want a nice clean "wall".

This room is from Apartment Therapy. I love
the color of the walls and the way the owners
opted for low book cases for a modern look.

Here's a great idea for the magazine lover.
Stack the magazines horizontally in neat

Tracy Garet's amazing home includes this
floor to ceiling, huge built in book case. It's
basically her wall and she hangs artwork
on it as well.

A more modern rendition of the home library. The tables
and chairs in the room make it feel like a true library.

Beautiful shelving in black with covered cabinets
below to store items. Love the nailheads on the door!

I thought this was an interesting built in book
case since it's built right up into the vaulted

Shelving with covered glass gives a more polished
and sophisticated look while protecting the books
from dust and other microbes.

Can you believe Karl Lagerfield's mountain of books?

I found this lovely photo from Ma Belle.
The extremely high ceilings really caught
my eye. I would LOve to have this kind
of library only...I'm afraid of heights...

A more traditional library or living room.
Proof that one can live without the TV!

I always thought bookshelves built around door frames
that spanned walls were a very clever use of space. It
also lends to a more eclectic look and homey look.

Another more traditional library at home.

And for all of you romantics, this is the home library
for you. Hope you've enjoyed the tour.

If you love books and libraries, this is my
recommendation available from Amazon.
It's truly a beautiful book filled with gorgeous
libraries around the world.


K said...

FABULOUS! I love all of those libraries! Having a full-room library one day (complete with a spiral staircase) is a big dream of mine! The pictures you found are very inspiring! Thanks!

stljoie said...

We too have a book problem...there are history books, decor books, medieval stuff books, and I am drawn to books about writers and thier associates...don't ask why because I don't know...I know more about Virginia Woolf and etal than she did...Now as for the cookbooks, of which I have far too many...I now so enjoy going to a search engine and listing the ingredients I have on hand and getting thousands of recipes that I just might thin that collection. You found such beautiful rooms, thanks for sharing...I did forward the Lagerfeld one to my husband.

Mélanie said...

I love houses with libraries .It gives a soul to a room

SimplyGrove said...

Fall is the perfect time for libraries!! They are just so cozy:) Great roundup!

erin@designcrisis said...

Fantastic round up! I love most of the rooms, especially the ones to manage to look uncluttered while still housing zillions of objects.

Visual Vamp said...

When does book collecting, become book hoarding? I have a friend who is a book hoarder, and I fear his second floor library is going to crash down to the first floor sooner than later!
For me books, art, flowers, and color are necessities in a room.
I love the curtain over the book shelf idea.
O at Home as a nice feature on home libraries this month.
Thanks for a great post!
Oh yeah, I use an old computer armoire (remember those????) to stack my magazines horizontally. The slide-out shelves once used for computer components are perfect for this. Since I now use only a lap top, a pretty French table is now my desk in my book room, leaving the dinosaur armoire for storage.

Ana Carini said...

Very cool! The forth one looks just like mine :) I am addicted to books! Great post!

Teal Chic said...

I love these bookshelves, they look so classic. I have a picture of Ivanka Trumps turquoise bookshelf. Love it! Great post as usual, Karen! I laughed at your comment, where are the naked men???? :)

FancyPants-design said...

I love all of these bookcases!! My favorite is the one in the middle with the art hanging from it!! I just love it when people add art to bookcases-looks so smart and eclectic! :)

Suzy said...

I'm a sucker for a wall of books too. Great post -they're all great, but I think I especially love the one with the black cabinetry and the red door with nailhead trim. So chic!

Pascale said...

J'aime beaucoup ces biblihotéques, j'en ai moi même une dans mon séjour, mais hélas aussi jolie que celles présentées.


Mango Gal said...

These images are absolutely beautiful! I was so excited to see this post, I love books and bookcases.

Anonymous said...

Love the pics. I can't wait for the day when I can finally get rid of the Ikea bookshelves, and get some that I don't have to assemble.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with Karl Lagerfeld
"Books are a hardbound addiction with no danger of an overdose." Thanks for this special view of those intoxicating, beautiful bound sources of knowledge. And then storing them...that is the art form!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

What a lovely blog you have! Libraries tend to be my favorite rooms so I really enjoyed the ideas you offer up in this posting...

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I was just reading the current issue of "O At Home". It features Oprah's library and of course it is quite lovely. Fantastic post. I love the last library room.


Karl Lagerfield's Library is Stunning - I have to say that I definately have library envy (lol)

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Emma @ White and Wander said...

Cant beat a library! With a nasty magazine obsession and about 10 years worth in archives I am heading for that Karl Largerfeld one I think ... xx

house decor said...

That photo of Carl Largerfeld in his Library is so funny, how many books does that man need????

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Thanks for sharing it.

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