The “Borrowing” Room
Do you ever wish we could bring back the home library? Could we ever return to the beauty of an actual room devoted solely to books, a personal refuge for reading, thinking, relaxation and contemplation? Manor houses and estates always had rooms custom-built to house an owner’s book collection.
The shelves often were polished walnut or cherry, and rows of leather bound, first edition books stood quietly behind glass doors. The chairs were overstuffed, covered in leather and crouched behind large ottomans before a soothing fire. Can we ever bring some sense of a library’s calm into our own home?
Style Estate suggests you visit the library of your imagination and start to “borrow” from it. Like the lending institution a library should be, you can find a way to incorporate those overstuffed chairs, beautiful cabinets, elegant bookcases, and appropriate “mood” lighting into your own home.
Begin with the overstuffed, leather chair. Places such as Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn consistently provide “library style” sofas, ottomans and lounge chairs. Ebay is a gold mine where you can dig for large desks, plush, vintage-looking rugs, and a series of bookshelves.
To decorate, consider investigating online museum shops such as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery or the British Museum for framed prints and miniature statue reproductions.
Finish your room with a couple of well-placed floor lamps and you are ready to read! Even if you have switched to a Kindle or iPad, there are plenty of vintage covers for each to ensure that this modern technology never clashes with your timeless taste.