Friday, 14 November 2014

Inspiration: library rooms

Inspiration: library rooms | Lunch & Latte

This post started as a space post but then evolved into one about library rooms. I guess I got a little carried away with the books and decorative objects on the desk above and below. As someone who loves books, I find library rooms fascinating and it's interesting to see how homeowners style them. I have always wanted one where shelves filled with books reach from the floor to the ceiling, with a ladder to reach the top shelves (of these spaces, Nigella's comes close to this vision of mine). The first library room belongs to a home in Milan and is a Studio Peregalli design. It appears in the book The Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture of Studio Peregalli by Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli.

Nigella Lawson in her home library | Lunch & Latte
Nigella Lawson in her home library

The above room isn't a home library but an office space that I wanted to include to show you a modern style. Designer Dieter Rams is the man behind the furniture company Vitsœ (founded by Niels Vitsœ (1913-1995) in 1959), which offers stylish shelving systems, here, paired with Eero Saarinen tulip furniture. (See another angle of this same room.)

A library room in a Connecticut lakeside retreat

The rustic shelves and floorboards above, and the traditional rugs are my idea for a library room style. The only thing missing in the photo is a beautifully decorated coffee table as in the room below by designer Alidad. A fireplace, fruit bowls, and books. You cannot go wrong with that. Add a cup of coffee and I'm sold.

Have a wonderful weekend!

photo credit:
1-2: from the book The Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture of Studio Peregalli by Laura Sartori Rimini + Roberto Peregalli, published by Rizzoli via Mark D. Sikes + Casa Vogue | 3: House & Garden via Books and Art | 4: NB Studio via Tumblr | 5: Oberto Gili for House & Garden, January 2007 via Architectural Digest | 6: Julie Garman Interiors | 7: Alidad


  1. I am glad you got carried away; I absolutely love libraries, bookshelves, piles & stacks of books... A wonderful post. All the best, Rié

    1. Glad you liked it, Rié, and thank you for your comment. Perhaps I will get carried away again ;-)


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