Books, books and more books!

I’m window-shopping this morning with no intention to buy. I have all the bookcases I need right now (and in fact am trying to empty one to get rid of it).

But I love looking at libraries and bookcases. I prefer antique but when it comes to window-shopping, everything is game. Like this:

Sean Yoo‘s fun design. It probably helps that it’s filled with old books, but I love it. More info here.

I found this on blogger with no origin. It’s very cool and even though nontraditional and not antique, I could really love this in my home. An unexpected bit of modernity but with my much-loved wood-finish. (In fact, I’d like it even darker.)

I prefer my seating with backs, however.

Although the style is very different, this is the way my father built bookshelves in hallways and bedrooms in my parents’ homes. Around the ceiling.

It’s an idea I want to use in our small foyer, and put our old Britannicas up there.

How about books in the rafters? I was thinking you’d need a high ceiling for this to work, but this site says it helps that the ceiling was low so the books are more easily reached.

I found all of the previous images here, where there are many more to check out. I love that glassed in sunroom kind of library. So gorgeous, though I’d use color, of course.

But this bit of window shopping has reminded me of my very favorite library from houzz:

Study/Library traditional home office

I love that glassed in sunroom kind of library. So gorgeous, though I’d use color, of course.

You know what? I just previewed this and even though the individual pictures are interesting I find this entire post visually boring. No color. Bleah. What do you think? Boring or not?

So. Even though there isn’t a book in sight. I will leave you with this spot of bohemian rhapsody!

living room - portland, maine - wary meyers decorative arts eclectic
What’s your ideal personal library like? What kind of shelves do you have (or wish you had)?
Patricia Burroughs
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
— Roald Dahl

About Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs [aka Pooks, and yes, people really call her Pooks] is a fifth-generation Texan who loves books, football, dogs, movies, England, and traveling in her [email protected] camping trailer. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her high school sweetheart and believes in happily ever after, if you understand that it takes work, compromise, and sometimes just being too stubborn to quit. Visit her bookshelf at the BVC Ebookstore.


Books, books and more books! — 7 Comments

  1. Did you know that a mass market paperback will stand exactly on a 2×4 stud? So, if you have unfinished space in your house, you can stack or shelve the pbs on the studding? I have friends who have a basement that you would never notice they never installed drywall in. It looks like walls of books!

  2. I love all of them. Even the one without books, although that is pretty indecent. The very first one has an astonishing lamp. The second one is interesting, but I’m sure it would drive me crazy trying to locate books which I tend to not organize intelligently. I need patterns when I’m looking for a book. These patterns would not work for me. Still, nice design. The books above the door style is brilliant. I always live in small spaces and appreciate anything that saves space. Love the rafters for the same reason.

    The glassed in library is precious, in a good way.

  3. The more I look at that first one, the more I like it. Now in white because I prefer dark woods, but I can imagine it looking really great that way.

  4. My mother kept antiques and collectibles on most of her ceiling shelves, but my dad had some in the hallway that held his books. I’ve thought about putting some in our front entry to hold our set of Britannicas. It would get them out of the way and lend a library-ish look.

  5. The main irritation with ceiling shelves is that the books are hard to see and reach and dust. Also, you really do need to have them installed properly, or all the books will fall down.