Built-Ins And Book Nooks
There’s a scene from the novel Out of Africa in which Baroness Blixen is looking at an impressive collection of books belonging to Denys Finch-Hatton, and says to his friend, “Does he lend his books?”
The friend replies, “Denys once lent a book to a friend, and the friend never gave it back. Denys was furious. I said to him ‘You wouldn’t lose a friend over a silly book, would you?’ “‘No,’ he said. ‘but he has, hasn’t he?’”
And so it is, for anyone who is a lover of books… For bibliophiles, no electronic device could possibly give the tactile pleasure of a beautifully bound book. There is something about the connection one cultivates with a favorite book- a cherished novel that may have their name inscribed within; having been borrowed and returned again throughout the years… One refers back to it for favorite passages or quotes and will re-read it time and again.
For some, a place in the home dedicated solely to reading may seem an obvious choice. Many of the model homes we design at Design Line Interiors have what is referred to in the homebuilding industry as a “flex room.” A room which can be transformed into an at-home gym, an office or a library. Creating a home library takes very little effort in terms of construction, with the essential matter being built-in shelving for the books themselves. Although the need for built-ins can be circumvented by procuring an appropriate piece of furniture- a large hutch for instance, with shelves 12” deep and 15” high can serve as beautiful means in which to display favorites from a literary collection. The rest is just a matter of fashioning a comfortable seating area, appropriate lighting to read by, and voila! The library awaits…
Whether the space you choose is grand or small; an entire room transformed into a library or a merely sitting area in a bedroom dedicated solely to the written word, we have some design ideas to inspire your creative process.
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