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Defining a Mini Library

Livet Hemma
Livet Hemma

The moment you set foot inside my home, you know I’m a book lover. They’re everywhere. On shelves and benches in the living room and entryway, stacked on my dresser, and even more hidden inside boxes in the attic. While there’s nothing more I’d love than to have an entire room as a dedicated library, I satisfy my need to display books by creating little nooks full of them here and there. Long after being read, your favorite books can serve other purposes – two large stacks of mine even bring the television up to eye-level on top of a low console, and I love how the Ikea desk above replaces one side’s legs with a tower.

Surrey Homes
Surrey Homes

This glass-fronted armoire makes for the perfect book nook, keeping your tomes protected and in full view at the same time. A bonus that any book lover will surely appreciate is that they’d also be kept dust-free! Wouldn’t a wall of three or four mismatched armoires filled to the brim with books make for a beautiful compact library that makes a statement? The wheels are turning…

Vaaleanpunainen Hirsitalo
Vaaleanpunainen Hirsitalo

If lots and lots of books aren’t your thing but you’d like to hang onto and show off your favorites, then this idea might be the one for you – a slim but sturdy set of shelves turned on its side. Fill the cubbies with the books and magazines you already own, then add to it as your collection grows! When the shelves fill up make freeform book stacks on top of the piece and create a real focal point of the room it sits in.

Curbed
Curbed

If coffee table books are more the type of library you want to create, consider taking shelves of any type out of the equation. Fill your empty fireplace and display their spines, stack them on the floor against an empty wall and create your own art installation, or consider filling a bar cart to make a makeshift library on wheels. Any little nook or cranny in your home can become a mini library with a little creativity.

Elle Decor Espana
Elle Decor España

As can any piece of deep furniture house some of your collection – a desk, a console table, an armchair, an end table. Not every book needs to be in the same place if you don’t have the room for it and you can think out of the box. Help define your mini library space by adding a rug, some of my latest favorites are shown below:

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1/ Kaleen Rachael Ray Highline   2/ Company C Handwoven Chromatic Plaid
3/ Surya Mountain   4/ Company C Hand Tufted Diamond Lattice
5/ Karastan Cosmopolitan French Affair   6/ Surya Jax

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Dreamy Home Libraries

On a cold and rainy (or snowy) weekend, not much can beat curling up in a comfy chair with a hot mug of tea, surrounded by beautiful books. If you’ve been dreaming of crafting your own home library, you’ve come to the right place: you’ll find plenty of bookish inspiration, straight ahead.


Photo: Jenny Komenda via Architectural Digest

I love the idea of having a dedicated home library — a screen-free retreat where you can indulge in the simple pleasure of relaxing with a good book. Floor-to-ceiling shelving makes a big impact on its own, but why not put the icing on the cake with a rolling library ladder to reach those upper shelves, and a row of lights to illuminate your tomes? In the library shown above, a buttery leather sofa piled with cozy knit cushions sits atop layered rugs. Wouldn’t you just love to curl up and read here?


Photo: Kathy Collins

If you don’t have an entire room to devote to books, consider letting your library share space with a home office, guest room, sun room, or master bedroom. The living room can be a wonderful place for a library, but keep in mind that if you also have the TV in the living room, blaring sports may not prove to be the most serene backdrop for reading. However, if your TV is in a separate den, the living room can be ideal. The most important part is comfort, so wherever you decide to put your library, it’s worth investing in a high-quality reading chair. You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic wingbacks, as shown here.


Photo: The Style Files via Apartment Therapy

Of course, your bookshelves don’t need to be built-in to be amazing, as the library shown above proves. Just get the tallest bookcases you can find, anchor them to the wall (to prevent toppling) and fill them to the brim with fabulous books. And instead of library lights, you can simply dangle a fun set of string lights vertically down the side of your shelves to add readerly ambiance.

Every library needs a cozy rug underfoot, and I love the look of layered rugs. Layering rugs might sound complicated, but it can be really simple — scroll back up to that first photo to see how great it can look! Above, I’ve shared two of my current favorite combos; get the largest size natural fiber rug that will fit in your space, and top it with a traditional rug in a slightly smaller size for color and softness.

Rug Shopping Guide: (Clockwise from top left) Surya Country Living jute rug; Surya Caesar rug; Loloi Rugs Izmir; Safavieh Natural Fiber sisal rug.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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