I remember always seeing books on my parents' night stands. We didn't have shelves full of books because they were big library goers, but they were always reading something.
When I was old enough to get my own place, I was so excited to start my own book collection. It's many years later and I have managed to collect a lot of books! Our new house is very open and it's the perfect opportunity to make one of the rooms a library.
When we renovated our Boston apartment, the bookshelves became the focal point of our loft-like living room. I researched the brackets for ages and had white oak shelves custom made. When we left I was sad to have to leave those shelves behind because they had become one of my favorite features of our home.
But now I get to do it all again and dedicate an entire room to books! I can't wait till it's finished so I can share it with you. Until then, here's the design strategy...
-Mix shelves and furniture for a composed wall.
-Less shelves means more book density. I love the look of shelves filled just with books.
-White shelves that disappear into the wall will make the books the focal point.
- Have a round library table and a wingback chair to invite lounging and reading.
-Have a bar cart in the space for easy access to a whiskey for sipping on chilly winter nights.
-Have the space also function as a place to paint and draw.