As the days are turning colder here, all I want to do is find a cozy spot in which to curl up and read a book. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a library at home that would serve that purpose? My dream library would include a working fireplace, floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves, a very comfortable arm chair for reading, a sofa for napping, a warm wool rug, a window, and a small table for writing. The one thing it absolutely would not have is a television. In fact, any kind of electronics would ruin the ambiance for me.
Here are some home libraries that inspire me:
I love it when the shelves overflow with books and there is a slightly-worn look to the furnishings:
A velvet reading chair would be wonderful with a variety of pillows to choose from:
This library displays an appealing abundance of art, books, and collectibles:
In the library pictured below, olive-green bookshelves wrap invitingly around a plush velvet sofa that’s made for napping!
This is one of my favorite library spaces because of its pretty English-cottage look:
Another English country-style library, this one with adorable pups:
Dark walls and lots of interesting patterns and textures highlight this Bunny Williams designed library:
This red library designed by Beverly Fields is striking:
Isn’t the blue velvet sectional with the matching blue bookcases, pictured below, a sophisticated look?
Another gorgeous blue library:
One more blue library, just because:
Emerald green makes for a stunning library, especially when accompanied with leopard print:
There is something inviting and warm about a traditional wood paneled library, especially when it includes a fireplace:
At Ralph Lauren’s Bedford home, he has a wood paneled library that looks like it is right out of an English country estate:
A table is a useful addition in a library, as seen here in Carolina Irving’s Manhattan apartment:
A small table in the library at Bunny Mellon’s Virginia estate:
Although I don’t have a library, I do have a comfortable velvet chair in the living room, a new book, and a pot of tea brewing, so I think I will wrap this post up and go read in my cozy spot—and perhaps get a little napping in, as well. A perfect Sunday afternoon in my book!